Time Out Abu Dhabi Restaurant Awards 2015

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It's that time of year again when Time Out Abu Dhabi reveals the names of the very best restaurants in the capital.

For the past 11 months, our team of anonymous reviewers have been busy spending hundreds of thousands of Dirhams and eating their way through the best of Abu Dhabi's dining scene. With so many new restaurants opened this year, it was no easy task! Anyone who made this list deserves a nibble, and we should know—we’ve tried them all.

This is the 10th year in a row that Time Out has awarded the capital's finest restaurants and this year we have more restaurants nominated, bigger waistlines and a larger expenses bill than ever before. The winners will be unveiled at a glittering ceremony at the Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche on November 4.
See the full shortlist below and let us know who you think should win the coveted title of Restaurant of the Year.

Best Afternoon Tea
Alba, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
Le Café, Emirates Palace
Lobby Lounge, Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi
Mangroves Lounge, Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara
Observation Deck at 300, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
Orchid Lounge, Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi
Stratos Revolving Lounge Bar & Grill, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
Tea Lounge, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
The Chocolate Gallery, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
The Library, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas

Best Bar Food
Belgian Café, InterContinental Abu Dhabi
Cooper's Bar & Restaurant, Park Rotana Abu Dhabi
De La Costa, Saadiyat Beach Club
Heroes, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi
McGettigan’s AUH, Al Raha Beach Hotel
Porters, Grand Millennium Al Wahda
Stills Bar & Brasserie, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island
Trader Vic’s, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi
Waves, Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan
Y bar, Yas Island Rotana Hotel Abu Dhabi

Best Brunch
Asia de Cuba, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
Bubbalicious, The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa
Friday Marina Brunch, InterContinental Abu Dhabi
Giornotte, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
Hakkasan, Emirates Palace
Market Kitchen, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
Nahaam, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
Safina, Saadiyat Beach Club
The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
The Terrace on the Corniche, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi

Best Budget
Barbacoa, Masdar City
Bonna Annee, Al Zahiyah
Buca di Beppo, Yas Mall
Pizza Di Rocco, Al Dhafra
Sangeetha, Madinat Zayed
Saudi Cuisine VIP, Al Khalidiya
Simply Fish & Chips, Al Khalidiya
The ONE Café, Al Khalidiya
Vasa Vasa, Al Muneera
Wokinaki, Deerfields Townsquare

Best Business Lunch
Cho Gao, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi
Frankie’s Italian Restaurant & Bar, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
Hickory's, Yas Links Abu Dhabi
Li Jiang, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
Rodeo Grill, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi
Toki, Hilton Abu Dhabi
Vasco’s, Hilton Abu Dhabi
Villa Toscana, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
Zaytinya, Khalifa Park
Zuma, Sowwah Square, Al Maryah Island

Best Café
Café Arabia, Airport Road
Circle Café, Al Raha Gardens Plaza
Emporio Armani Caffè, The Galleria on Al Maryah Island
Leopold’s of London, Nation Towers
No. FiftySeven Boutique Café, Al Marasy, Al Bateen Harbour
Nolu’s Café, Al Bandar
The Living Room Café, Khalidiya Village
The Third Place, Corniche Road
Vasa Vasa, Al Muneera
whEAT, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi

Best Family
Café Arabia, Airport Road
Jim's Kitchen Table, Masdar City
Johnny Rockets, Corniche
Lemon Tree, Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi
Park Station Café, Mushrif Central Park
Pascal Tepper, Muroor Road
Rogo’s Rollercoaster Restaurant, Yas Mall
Shakespeare and Co., Central Market
The Living Room Café, Khalidiya Village

Best Romantic
Atayeb, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi
Azura, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
BBQ Al Qasr, Emirates Palace
Beach House, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas
Bord Eau, Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi
Brasserie Angélique, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
Flooka, Eastern Mangroves Promenade
Stratos Revolving Lounge Bar and Grill, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
The Forge, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
Turquoiz, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

Best Seafood
Aquarium, Yas Marina
Catch, Nation Riviera Beach Club
Finz, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi
Fishmarket, InterContinental Abu Dhabi
Flooka, Eastern Mangroves Promenade
Sayad, Emirates Palace
Turquoiz, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

Best Steakhouse
55&5th, The Grill, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
Blue Grill, Yas Island Rotana Hotel Abu Dhabi
BOA Steakhouse, Eastern Mangroves Promenade
Chamas, InterContinental Abu Dhabi
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
Ray’s Grill, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
Rodeo Grill, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi
Stratos Revolving Lounge Bar and Grill, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
The Forge, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
The Foundry, Southern Sun Abu Dhabi

Best Chinese
Beijing Restaurant, Madinat Zayed
China Restaurant, Mercure Abu Dhabi Centre Hotel
Hakkasan, Emirates Palace
Jing Asia, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island
Noodle Bowl, Zayed Sports City
Royal Orchid, Hilton Abu Dhabi
Shang Palace, Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi
Shanghai Surprise, Al Diar Capital Hotel
the noodle house, Souk Qaryat Al Beri

Best European
Bentley Bistro & Bar, The Galleria on Al Maryah Island
Bord Eau, Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi
Brasserie Angélique, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
Burlesque Restaurant & Lounge, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi
Café D'Alsace, Yas Marina
Diablito, Yas Marina
Safina, Saadiyat Beach Club
Sardinia, Abu Dhabi Country Club

Best Indian
Angar, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi
Avasa Indian Kitchen, The Collection at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
India Palace, Salam Street
Indigo, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi
Kebabs & Kurries, World Trade Center Souq
Lazeez, Hamdan Center
Peppermill, Eastern Mangroves Promenade
Rangoli, Yas Island Rotana Hotel Abu Dhabi
Spice Mela, Rosewood Abu Dhabi
Ushna, Souk Qaryat Al Beri

Best International
18°, Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Aqua, Rosewood Abu Dhabi
Asia de Cuba, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
BBQ Al Qasr, Emirates Palace
Beach House, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas
Caramel Restaurant & Lounge, The Collection at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
Imago Restaurant & Bar, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
Nahaam, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
Origins, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi
Teatro, Park Rotana Abu Dhabi
Vasco’s, Hilton Abu Dhabi

Best Italian
Amalfi, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
Amici, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi
Andiamo, Al Zeina
Azzurro, Souk Qaryat Al Beri
Bocca, Hilton Abu Dhabi
Circo, InterContinental Abu Dhabi
Frankie’s Italian Restaurant & Bar, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
Mezzaluna, Emirates Palace
Prego's, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi
Villa Toscana, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi

Best Japanese
Benihana, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi
Kazu, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi
Koi, The Collection at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
Sho Cho, Souk Qaryat Al Beri
Sushi Art, The Galleria on Al Maryah Island
The Yacht Club, InterContinental Abu Dhabi
Toki, Hilton Abu Dhabi
Tori No Su, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
Toshi, Grand Millennium Al Wahda
Zuma, Sowwah Square, Al Maryah Island

Best MENA
Al Fanar, Venetian Village
Almaz by Momo, The Galleria on Al Maryah Island
Atayeb, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi
Azura, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
Dolmabahce, Al Zeina
Li Beirut, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
Mezlai, Emirates Palace
Mijana, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
Sambusek, Rosewood Abu Dhabi
Zaytinya, Khalifa Park

Best South East Asian
Benjarong, Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi
Cho Gao, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi
Hoi An, Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi
Lemongrass, The Galleria on Al Maryah Island
Li Jiang, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
Pachaylen, Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara
Royal Orchid, Hilton Abu Dhabi
Silk & Spice, Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche
Sontaya, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

Best Newcomer
Angelina Café, Yas Mall
Asha’s, Yas Mall
Brasserie Flo, Venetian Village
Byblos Sur Mer, InterContinental Abu Dhabi
Dai Pai Dong, Rosewood Abu Dhabi
FANR Restaurant, Manarat Al Saadiyat Art Exbition Center
Jazz@PizzaExpress Abu Dhabi, World Trade Centre Mall
Olives, Venetian Village
p&c by Sergi Arola, Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi
Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor, Nation Towers

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