The Galleria Dining Week
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Time Out brought you news of the fantastic feasts of The Galleria Dining Week already and now we're telling you where to find them.
The 10-day foodie extravaganza will showcase some of the finest food on Al Maryah Island.
Dining Week. Apr 20-29. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, www.thegalleria.ae (02 616 6999).
Almaz by Momo
A North African restaurant from super restaurateur Mourad Mazouz is one of the few Moroccan restaurants in Abu Dhabi. We're big fans of the mezze selection here and the Marrakech-inspired dining room is host to staples such as couscous and tagine. If you’re new to the cuisine, The Galleria Dining Week has an excellent introductory offer with a starter, main course and beverage for just Dhs89.
Daily. 10-1am. Almaz by Momo, The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, www.momoresto.com (02 676 7702).
Bentley Bistro & Bar
Proud owner of a Highly Commended nod in the Best European category at the Time Out Abu Dhabi Restaurant Awards, this chic bistro is a solid bet for casual dining with a fancy flourish. It is wheeling out a special signature menu for two during The Galleria Dining Week, meaning you can get some of the best European dishes and superior steaks at more reasonable prices.
Daily. Noon to 1am. Bentley Bistro, The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, www.bentleybistro.com, (02 626 2131).
OK, there are no prizes for guessing what is on offer at this contemporary Indian spot. It offers a new spin on Indian biryani and is a mid-shopping trip belly filler. Quinoa biryani anyone? Special combos are being created just for Dining Week. Throughout the promoton you can get a biryani or curry combo with a side dish, dessert and drink for Dhs59. That means lamb curry, Greek salad, gulab jamun and a lemon mint for less than Dhs60. Not bad if you ask us.
Sat-Wed, 11am-11pm; Thu-Fri, 11am-11.30pm. Biriyani Pot, The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, www.biryanipot.ae (02 676 6555).
We respect any dining room that simultaneously claims both cake and salad as a specialty. It is a combination that shouldn't work, but at this premium date boutique it just does. A new seasonal menu is unveiled during the promotion and there will be new breakfast items (think organic eggs and bread baskets or date muesli and fruit platters) and detox juice combos to sample during the week.
Sun-Wed, 8am-midnight; Thu-Sat, 10am-midnight. Café Bateel, The Galleria, Al Maryah, www.bateel.com (02 671 2284).
The food at this international coffee shop isn’t the fanciest in the city, but you can get snacks and Italian coffee, so no complaints from us. It is offering a Dhs24 coffee and cake menu during The Galleria Dining Week and that is something we're not turning our noses up at.
Sat-Wed, 6am-10pm; Thu-Fri, 6am-midnight. Caffé Nero, The Galleria, Al Maryah Island www.caffenero.co.uk (02 676 4131).
Did somebody say unlimited pasta? Those are two of our favourite words, particularly when used in a combination like that. So, we're going to be hovering near the door of celebrity chef Antonio Carluccio’s internationally-known restaurant asking more questions and hungrily eyeing the special tailored menu and delighting at the 15% discount on orders above Dhs100. The specialised menu will set you back just Dhs65 for salad and pasta making this one of the best value spots for celebrity chef-inspired food in the city.
Daily. 8am-11pm. Carluccio's, The Galleria, Al Maryah Island www.carluccios.com (02 677 1261).
One of the very best restaurants in Dubai has opened a new branch in Abu Dhabi. It is kind of a big deal. The menu is similar to the established sister restaurant in Dubai, so that means the signature ceviches, tiraditos and anticuchos that had neighbouring foodies weak-kneed and salivating are now available on our doorstep too. Peruvian food is the global trend that refuses to go away and this restaurant, which also has branches in London and Miami is going to make major waves on the Dhabi dining scene. Need more convincing? We took a peek at the brunch menu and have not been able to stop thinking of the Chilean sea bass with lime and chilli, Peruvian potatoes with truffle and mushrooms or salmon fillet with golden beetroot and mint ever since. See you there.
Daily. 12.30-5.30pm, 7-11.30pm. Coya, The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, www.coyarestaurant.com (02 306 7000).
Emporio Armani Caffé
Style, as you would probably imagine, is high on the menu at this Italian joint. Look beyond the sleek monochrome interiors, however, as there are decent Italian dishes to tuck into. Don't be fooled into thinking this is a mere coffee shop with better dressed waiters than customers. Adventurous main courses and classic desserts can be sampled while an insalata campana menu for Dhs75 is intriguing.
Daily. 10am-midnight. Emporio Armani Caffe, The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, www.armanirestaurants.com (02 676 6995).
Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island
The gorgeous, high-end hotel has deals and events aplenty throughout Dining Week. A-list Italian, Cafe Milano, from culinary champion Franco Nuschese, has special lunch or dinner menus starting at a paltry Dhs90 for two course and starting at dhs120 for three course. There is also a Chef’s Special Dinner Selection starting at Dhs200. Elsewhere in the hotel are sundown mixed drinks from as little as Dhs25 at the Eclipse Terrace or lunch deals at Crust starting at Dhs65.
April 20, 21, 27 and 28 will have mixology classes in Zsa Zsa starting at Dhs100 or kids’ pizza making classes (with free T-shirts) on April 22 and 29. Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island, www.fourseasons.com (02 333 2222).
Godiva Chocolate Café
When a pop star releases a new album it is only natural for music-lovers to want to hear it straight away. The anticipation is the same for a new movie, a fresh signing for a sport team or the latest video game. As far as we’re concerned the anticipation of a new dessert at a chocolate café is just as strong. This choc-loving joint, famous for sweet fondues and handmade sweets, is unveiling new desserts and offering discounts this week. Start preparing your social media followers for the Earth-shattering news now.
Sat-Wed, 9am-11pm; Thu-Fri, 9am-midnight. Godiva Chocolate Café, The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, www.godiva.com (02 667 0717).
GOSSIP Cafe & Desserts
Our spies tell us this UAE-born brand is preparing a unique menu for The Galleria Dining Week. Actually it wasn’t spies it was a press release but that makes it no less exciting. A venue known for decadent desserts will surely have something special up its sleeves and we’re prepared to eat our way through a lot of cupcakes to find out exactly what.
Sat-Wed, 7am-11pm; Thu-Fri, 7am-midnight. Gossip Café, The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, www.gossipthebrand.com (02 677 7520).
This dependable Thai restaurant somehow manages to offer two celebrations for the (very reasonable) price of one. As well as being The Galleria Dining Week it is also extending the Songkran set menu. A six-course set menu of Thai food includes a couple of main courses, a salad, appetiser and more. Considering the price is just Dhs119 there is no surprise this is one of our top ten favourite budget restaurants in Abu Dhabi.
Sat-Wed, 10am-10pm; Thu-Fri, 10am-midnight. Lemongrass, The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, www.lemongrassrestaurants.com (02 677 0100).
Leopold's of London
The excellent family restaurant is turning up the kid-friendly activities during Dining Week. On April 28 there will be a pizza class for young families. That means a parent and child will cook a trio of mini pizzas and try different types of tea for just Dhs69 for adults and a laughable Dhs10 for under-12s. Tea Tuesday is a free event and will be taking over Leopold’s on April 25 with a tea doctor giving guided tastings of five different blends from the restaurant's massive menu.
Daily. 7.30am-midnight. Leopold's of London, The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, www.leopoldsoflondon.com (600 560 602).
2016 had something of a bad rep, with many critics declaring it to be low on highlights. This year, however, got off to a flying start and we’re putting a lot of that down to the fact the popular Dubai Mexican restaurant arrived in Abu Dhabi. If you haven’t tried the lively restaurant yet look in this week for a special menu that costs a mere Dhs90 yet provides chicken quesadillas, beef tenderloin burritos and a three-milk cake with chocolate ice cream.
Daily noon-2am. Loca, The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, www.locauae.com (02 582 3639).
Let's make this very simple for you - this Al Maryah Island bakery has a deal that gives you a free cupcake for every five you buy. Red velvet, devil's food, hummingbird, German chocolate, carrot - whichever of the specialty flavours tickles your tastebuds we call that a good deal.
Sat-Wed, 7am-10pm; Thu, 7am-12.30am, Fri, 8am-1am. Magnolia Bakery, The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, www.magnoliabakery.com (02 674 9380).
We’ve never tried to hide the fact that we’re rather smitten by what Nolu’s has to offer. The kooky mix of Afghan food and international dishes propelled it onto our shortlist of the city's best cafés and The Dining Week deal at the Al Maryah island branch represents superb value. For Dhs100 a four-course set menu, including dishes such as steamed beef dumplings, shrimp curry and a date cake is a great introduction to the restaurant.
Daily. 9am-11pm. Nolu's Downtown, The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, www.nolurestaurants.com (02 800 66587).
The Galleria's signature Italian restaurant is not messing around this month. While the Dhs280 price tag for a three-course menu is not exactly budget it is a value offering for the upscale restaurant. The stylish restaurant and chilled-out terrace are quality additions to the city dining scene and The Dining Week signature menu gives you the chance to sample fancy food for less. Look out for dishes along the lines of wagyu beef tartare, potato foam, roasted octopus, custard foam, homemade ravioli, chocolate foam and much more. Not all of it foamy.
Daily. Noon-1am. Roberto's, The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, www.robertos.ae (02 627 9009).
Rosewood Abu Dhabi
It can seem like every week is Dining Week at this Al Maryah Island spot. Not in the least because it offers something original and fun every night and there is always a good deal to explore. Sunday’s are gentlemen’s evenings, Tuesday is ladies’ nights, movies by the pool on a Saturday – there is always something. Look out, in particular, for cooking classes at Aqua on Mondays and Sambusek on a Wednesday evening.
Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island, www.rosewoodhotels.com, (02 813 5550).
We don’t want to live in a world where we are the only ones who sometimes sit alone and silently wish we knew how to make dim sum. So we’re delighted that Asian restaurant Royal Orchid is offering classes where us and people like us can learn the art. Our delight is two-fold. For starters we will learn a skill that has some major brag factor with foodie friends, but also it seems likely we will line our pockets, or at least tums, with generous handfuls of dim sum as we do so. Not bad for Dhs75.
Sat-Thu, 10am-10.30pm; Fri, noon-11.30pm. Royal Orchid, The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, www.theroyalorchidgroup.com (02 677 7301).
Here are a few things you need to know about this speedy and flavoursome Mexican joint. It serves burritos, tacos and quesadillas with fizzy Mexican drinks to wash them all down. It has a buy one get one promo during The Galleria Dining Week by issuing 100 vouchers to hungry shoppers. What are you waiting for?
Sat-Wed, 8am-10pm; Thu, 8am-midnight; Fri, 11am-midnight. Taqado, The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, www.taqado.com (02 677 0700).
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