Food & Drinks

8 great new dining concepts in Abu Dhabi

In the capital, there’s always a chance for a new restaurant, lounge, or bar idea to open.

Crafty Fox

This laid-back new gastropub, which recently made its debut in the capital, is hidden away in Yas Links. It’s the perfect place to go for a game, catch up with friends, stop by on your way to or from a round of golf, or just when you’re in the mood for a classic gastropub. This one is a must-visit with a smart mix of pub fare and an organised drink collection.

Crafty Fox, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi; daily, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.


Perlage, the ultra-luxurious bar and restaurant by the Tashas Group, is officially open at The Galleria Al Maryah Island. Capitalites have been captivated by this idea since the beginning. With its distinct speakeasy atmosphere and rich crimson hues, this location welcomes you with a stylish elegance that few places can match. You should go easy and give it your all if you want to truly enjoy this experience.

Perlage: The Galleria Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, Tuesday through Sunday, 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Ma Buckley’s

Ma Buckley’s, an homage to your neighbourhood Irish pub, is now open at the Souk Qaryat Al Beri. It provides you with an authentic Irish pub experience with the choice of a seat with a view of the water. Enjoy a typical Souk experience along route, with old markets laying the groundwork for this fantastic new idea. Good fun ready to be had.

Ma Buckley’s, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Sand and Koal

The newest sand bar and restaurant in Abu Dhabi is called Sand and Koal, and it is the newest concept from the Emirates Palace Beijing Hotel. As we make the most of these autumn days in the capital, take a seat at this outdoor dining spot and pleasure in open fire cooking while you lose yourself in the elements of nature.

Sand & Koal is open everyday from 5 p.m. to midnight at the Emirates Palace Mandarin Hotel on West Corniche Road in Abu Dhabi.


It’s no secret that Yas Bay is probably the best place in town to discover fresh ideas, and the modern Korean steakhouse Nuri serves only to confirm this notion. Prepare yourself for an incredible dining and drinking experience in stunning interiors and an amazing outdoor space with views of Yas Bay. Things get even better with their live, sizzling BBQ demo and other features like private karaoke rooms for when you want to relax and have fun with the group.

Yas Bay, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi; Nuri Grill and Bar; Sun.–Wed., 12 p.m.–12 a.m.

Bua Thai Cafe

Following the success of Desert Lotus, Chef Buaban C. Tucker extends her culinary story to Abu Dhabi with her second restaurant. Savour traditional Thai cuisine, like their famous Pad Thai, cool sundae sticky mango rice, and many more.

Every day at Yas Bay Waterfront on Yas Island, Bua Thai Café by Desert Lotus.


Alya takes you on a delicious culinary adventure with delectable Lebanese cuisine. Renowned chefs curate this waterfront restaurant, where guests can enjoy lavish Arabic feasts and carefully selected cuisine for lunch and dinner within an immersive dining experience and rustic atmosphere.

Daily from 12pm to midnight at Alya, Beach Rotana Residences, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi.


With Origami Sushi’s fifth location in Abu Dhabi, Japanese culinary art has finally made its way to the city. Everything you need for your next special meal is here, including gorgeous Japanese interiors, a private “koshitsu room” that seats eight, and limited-time deals like a variety of soups, small plates, salads, sushi, robata (fireside cooking), skewers, and large plates. It’s located at Marsa Al Bateen Marina.

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