2022 is going to be very active for Abu Dhabi’s food scene. The UAE’s capital started off strong and continues to expand its gastronomic prowess with some cutting-edge ideas introduced by local chefs. Well-known chefs from all over the world have opened famous brands. There are everything from upscale hotel-managed restaurants to family-run casual venues. Let’s take a look at a few hotels opening in Abu Dhabi in 2022.
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Not far from the glistening sea and white boats of Yas Marina, this brand new jazz venue is a must-see. This month, visit the brand new Penelope’s Brasserie and Jazz Bar American in Yas Marina. Jazz musician Layla Kardan and Mexican La Carnita restaurateur Hamdan Al Khafaji are pursuing it as a new passion project. The Art Nouveau hotel will offer bistro dining and custom-mixed cocktails.
Where: Yas Marina, Yas Island
When: 6pm to 2am
cost: 525 dirhams
2. Coal Steak House
Abu Dhabi’s brand new steakhouse offers an alternative to surf and turf Be sure to take a walk in the park after dinner, as Coal Steakhouse is near Sola and Seven Dawgs, among other new restaurants. Carnivores, the menu here is influenced by many cuisines including Indian, Australian, Continental and Mediterranean. So if you want the best of everything, visit this place in Al Khadiya, Abu Dhabi.
When: 9 am to 12 am
cost: 385 dirhams
For those who want to escape the busy city and relax with a cup of coffee, Let’s Cafe provides the ideal setting. From breakfast to entrees to desserts and pastries, the dishes are a fusion of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern elements.
When: 8 am to 12 noon
4. Saddle Cafe
With more than 10 branches across the UAE, this locally run restaurant is quickly becoming a favorite. As of now, Marsa Al Bateen in Abu Dhabi will be Saddle Cafe’s first-ever dine-in location. The café serves Mediterranean and foreign cuisine.
Where: Al Hudayriat Beach, Al Bateen
When: 7am – 2am
cost: 125 dirhams
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Want to enjoy the ambiance with flowers and food? Check out Fils in Abu Dhabi. This lovely café doubles as a florist and restaurant in the Al Bateen district. Go there to get caffeine and florals all in one place. The cafe is open Sunday to Wednesday noon to 11pm and Thursday to Saturday noon to midnight.
When: 12:00pm – 11:00pm
cost: 180 dirhams
New restaurant in Abu Dhabi serving lunch and dinner. This Lebanese-Armenian restaurant focuses on fusing traditional Armenian flavors with authentic Lebanese cuisine. Almayass relocated from the previous Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel to the Galleria, adjacent to LPM.
Where: The Galleria, Amalia Island
When: 12:00 noon to 12:00 am
cost: 335 dirhams
6. Em Sherif Café
The new location is one of nine Em Sherif locations around the world, including restaurants, delis and cafés. Cafe serving Lebanese cuisine, located in Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island. The fine dining experience offers lunch and dinner as well as coffee. We also offer shisha at this location.
Where: Radisson Blu Resort, Hubira
When: 12:00pm – 11:00pm
cost: 215 dirhams
Chef Akmal Anuar has relocated his modern Japanese restaurant from Dubai to the capital Al Qana, one of Abu Dhabi’s newest and trendiest neighbourhoods. There is a sushi bar that serves a wide variety of sushi and sashimi. The restaurant can accommodate 100 indoor seats. However, the restaurant does not take reservations, so please make sure you arrive at the restaurant on time. This restaurant is one of the most anticipated new restaurants in Abu Dhabi.
Where: Al Qana, Al Maqtaa
When: 11am to 11pm
cost: 320 dirhams
9. Talea by Antonio Guida
Antonio Guida’s Talea Italian restaurant debuted at the Mandarin Oriental, Emirates Palace in March to critical acclaim. The decor of the restaurant is all white with accents of vibrant blue and gold for a contemporary feel. Calming watercolors on the walls also soften the room. It looks cozy and warm instead of giving it a startlingly modern look. But it’s still upscale, as you’d expect from a place with a well-known chef in this type of hotel.
Where: Emirates Palace, Al Ras Al Akhdar
When: 12.30pm to 11pm
cost: 395 dirhams
With year-round breezes and a name inspired by Mykonos, this new restaurant brings an island feel to Abu Dhabi. Le Meridien Village’s waterfront restaurants and bars are all-encompassing, exuding a resort vibe from day to night. Culinary artist Chef Yousef has curated fusion recipes to be enjoyed here. The atmosphere is peaceful and the DJ is sure to put you in a good mood.
Where: Le Meridien Village
When: 5pm to 12am
cost: 660 dirhams
We recommend visiting these places before the end of the year! How many have you visited?
Cover image courtesy: Instagram/mykonosabudhabi