A quite-brilliant restaurant serving niçoise cuisine. Expect super ingredients, presented simply but effectively. A more than welcome addition to the city.
Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 692 9600). @La Petite Maison
This place oozes class. Watching the chefs work meticulously to prepare the stunning plates of food is a joy, and as those dishes come out – one-by-one, each with its own comprehensive explanation – you’ll instantly be wowed.
Open daily noon-3.30pm; Sun-Wed 7pm-11.30pm; Thu-Fri 7pm-12.30pm. bar open Sat-Wed noon-1am; Thu-Fri noon-2am. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 672 3333). @99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant
An incredible restaurant serving unbelievable cuts of meat by some of the best (and smartest) waiting staff in town. Yes, it can be expensive, but in reality you don’t have to spend a fortune to eat well here, and it’s a lot more welcoming than it appears at first.
Open daily noon-midnight. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 679 9949). @Nusr-Et
The Nation Riviera spot serves up a wide selection of seafood, showcasing Asian, European and Middle Eastern cuisine, with a generous sprinkling of flair. Top tastes include the crab burger, pan-roasted sea bass yellowtail pizza.
Open daily noon-1am. Nation Riviera Beach Club, Corniche Road West (02 611 0909). @Catch
A beach club and bar with its own wood-fired pizza oven? Sounds good to us. What’s that? The pizza oven is pineapple shaped? Even better. This incredibly relaxed venue is like no other in the capital, and it takes just ten minutes to get there from Saadiyat Island.
Open daily 10am-10pm. Zaya Nurai Island (02 506 6222). @Smokin’ Pineapple
Free meal for youngsters to celebrate new dishes
Al fresco Friday Feast being served up at Yas Island spot