4 Fine Dining Destinations In Abu Dhabi To Try Now

BY Ayesha Shaikh / Dec 31 2017 / 07:16 AM

The UAE capital has emerged as a forerunner on the world’s culinary map. Bazaar looks at a selection of the top restaurants at the all-new Dining Collection in The Galleria Mall on Al Maryah Island

4 Fine Dining Destinations In Abu Dhabi To Try Now
A view of the kitchen at COYA Abu Dhabi


Cuisine: Italian

Why we love it: This regional icon has emerged as a prime mover in Italian cuisine with its first location that launched in Dubai in 2012 already a roaring success. 

Roberto's Abu Dhabi

An interior view of Roberto's Abu Dhabi

Interior designer Paul Bishop has filled the space with contemporary Italian flair with its pale wood walls and plush yet simple furnishings. Located on the waterfront with sweeping views of the city’s skyline, the restaurant houses a separate fine-dining area, Salotto Lounge Bar and an in-house bakery, making it a favourable choice whether you’re in the mood for a grand Italian feast or a quick bite. There’s also a live DJ in the lounge to get you in the mood to groove.

Roberto's Abu Dhabi

One of the delightful dishes on the menu at Roberto's 

The menu features Roberto’s signature dishes, including a variety of salads, pastas and risottos to an exquisite caviar selection, which Executive Chef Francesca Guarracino delivers with gusto under the culinary direction of 2 Michelin star Italian Chef Enrico Bartolini. Perfetto, we say. Robertos.ae/abudhabi/

99 Sushi Bar and Restaurant

Cuisine: Japanese

Why we love it: We have 99 reasons to love this soulful Japanese offering by brothers Pedro and Fernando de León. The duo opened their first international outpost of the Madrid and Barcelona-based restaurant in Abu Dhabi, October 2017 before winning Newcomer of the Year at Timeout's Restaurant of the Year Awards 2017.

99 Sushi Bar and Restaurant

An exterior view of 99 Sushi Bar and Restaurant

This swanky, cosmopolitan spot offers haute cuisine at its best. Having pioneered the Japanese food movement in Spain, it now brings its avant-garde dishes to the UAE capital’s tasteful palate. The space features 99 seats spread across its lounge, restaurant and terrace, a feature common to all its locations.

99 Sushi Bar and Restaurant

Grilled toro and smoked iberian air dried beef temaki with a chilli tomato emulsion and aromatised herbs

Don't miss Bazaar's top picks, the grilled scallops, the range of sushi, sashimi and temaki, and the ever popular tiger prawn tempura. 99sushibar.com


Cuisine: Peruvian

Why we love it: Coya already has a cult following amongst discerning diners. The Abu Dhabi restaurant, which took home the title of Restaurant of the Year, Best Latin American Restaurant and Highly Commended Brunch at the Timeout Restaurant Awards, opened in March 2017 with the brand's signature vigour and is already living up to its reputation. 

COYA Abu Dhabi

Sea bass ceviche with corn salad

London-based interior designer David d’Almada has dressed the luxurious space with vibrant spurts of colour and a contemporary spin on Peru’s rich Incan heritage, setting the tone for a menu that packs a punch. The space offers seating space for 126 across its restaurant, terrace and private dining room. 

COYA Abu Dhabi

Available at COYA Abu Dhabi

Head Chef Roland Puse and executive Chef Sanjay Dwivedi excels at harmonising the fiery flavours of Latin America, creating food that's as much a feast for the eyes as they are your tastebuds. Just think creamy guacamole served with tortillas and a deliciously hearty range of salads, ceviche, tacos. Coyarestaurant.com

La Petite Maison

Cuisine: French

Why we love it: This fabulously chic Provençal-inspired bistro made its way to Abu Dhabi in October 2017, seven years after the renowned restaurant’s first UAE venue opened in Dubai. It was brought to the country by Chef Patron Raphael Duntoye. The restaurant has been a resounding success with multiple awards for its venues across culinary hubs like London, Beirut, Dubai, Istanbul and Moscow. Calming pastel hues and natural light fill the space that offers both indoor and outdoor seating accommodating up to 140 guests.

La Petite Maison Abu Dhabi

Terrace of La Petite Maison in Abu Dhabi

La Petite Maison Abu Dhabi

French toast with spice ice cream

British Chef Rory Duncan has a gentle way with ingredients, and his greatest strength lies in his focus on fresh produce. Bazaar favourites include sea bass carpaccio, ribeye steak, and warm chocolate mousse with malt ice cream. Enjoy while taking in the stunning views of the waterfront and the capital’s mesmerising cityscape. Lpmlondon.co.uk/abu-dhabi

For more information, visit Thegalleria.ae/