Eating

  • Al Dhafra Restaurant This hidden Arab gem serves the best Emirati cuisine in town.
  • Vasco's Fabulous seafood on a cosy terrace under the palms.
  • Sayad Superb seafood in a sophisticated, cool-blue restaurant.

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  • Al Ibrahimi Restaurant Watch expatriate local life pass by the tables of this popular Indian street restaurant.
  • Automatic Restaurant An institution in the Gulf, whole heads of lettuce come free with Lebanese grills.
  • Zahrat Lebnan One of dozens of regional shawarma, grill and pastry shops near Qasr Al Hosn.

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  • Giornotte Forget anything but a snooze after the best brunch in town.
  • Ushna Join those in the know for a curry lunch with a grand mosque view.

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  • Beach House Overlooking a coastal reserve, crabs may join the party.
  • 18° Contemplate the angle of dangle over supper in the leaning tower.
  • Aquarium Wall-to-ceiling fish tanks are a talking point in this Yas favourite.

Seafood

  • Vasco's The Vasco twist at this relaxed lunch venue is a reminder of the region's Portuguese influence.
  • Turquoiz A romantic sundowner of a restaurant on Saadiyat beach.
  • Sayad Possibly the city's finest seafood in the city's most celebrated hotel.

Local Ambience

Regional Flavours

  • Al Dhafra Restaurant A lunchtime of Emirati favourites is served daily at this flamboyantly Arabian restaurant.
  • Al Asala Heritage Restaurant Popular with tour groups, this Heritage Village restaurant offers Emirati dishes.
  • Mezlai Mashed spuds with camel's milk? Only the Emirates Palace could get away with it.
  • Mijana Offering six varieties of hummus and raw minced lamb, Mijana appeals to a sophisticated palette.