Stills Bar & Brasserie

Yas Island-based pub grub with a touch of style on the side Reviews

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Stills Bar & Brasserie

Unlimited mussels served in your choice of sauce for a lean Dhs130 Timings: 7pm-11pm (Monday)

Mussels Night

Unlimited mussels served in your choice of sauce from 7pm-11pm for a lean Dhs130 Timings: 7pm-midnight (Monday)

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They say size isn’t everything, but with the longest bar in Abu Dhabi (a stately 26m, no less) Stills is clearly giving it a go, puffing out its chest like some proud, indignant peacock. Certainly, the giant Victorian mirrors provide plenty of preening possibilities. The red brick and black leather interior has a kind of slick Manhattan wine bar feel to it and the centrepiece is the towering set of stills (geddit?) behind the bar. Admittedly, they don’t brew anything here (we’d love to see the paperwork to make that a reality!), but the look is certainly dramatic.

The menu is pure pub grub with pretensions; a steady collection of old-fashioned faves lifted up by their bootstraps, tarted up with rock salt and slapped down with an artist’s eye. Most dishes arrive with a strange lattice of a half-dozen chips or asparagus, interlocked like some mad culinary game of Jenga. There’s no real point to it, but you can forgive Stills its odd peculiarity because the quality is, on the whole, very good.

The fish and chips (which we’ve tried before) consists of two large spears of flaky, delicious cod in a light batter and the steak and ale pie boasts a rich, thick meaty gravy in which swim large, soft chunks of beef. If they can sort out the ‘exploding pastry’ problem (we were still finding bits on our jeans the day after), they’ll have a monster on their hands. For vegetarians, the Portobello ciabatta arrives like some gigantic fungal submarine, packed with flavours and aforementioned portobellos. We had a few issues with the pinkyness of our chicken schnitzel, but the taste was good.

There is little food-wise that doesn’t pass muster at Stills and the prices are pretty standard for the city. The greatest test is simply the location on Yas Island. The adjacent positioning of hotels still makes it look a bit like an industrial estate and it remains to be seen how well the island will fare in luring islanders out from their cosy regular haunts. We went mid-week and found it surprisingly full, but the large proliferation of men in suits suggested a convention might have been in town (possibly a suit convention). Nevertheless, this is bar-restaurant that definitely benefits from a bit of bustle. Just how much it will receive remains to be seen. The drinks are reasonably priced (for the UAE), the food is good and if they can just keep up the numbers, this has the makings of a great local. It’s just a shame that it’s not a bit more local.

The bill (for three)
Steak & ale pie Dhs70
Chicken schnitzel Dhs70
Portobello ciabatta Dhs65
Water Dhs15
Beverages Dhs68
Total (incl 16 per cent) Dhs334

By Jon Wilks
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.

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  • Location: Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 656 3053
  • Travel: Abu Dhabi-Dubai Road
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

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Posted by: Eric on 10 Jun ' 12 at 12:50
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The all you can eat Mussels offer on Mondays is just un-beatable!

Posted by: Mike on 15 Sep ' 11 at 19:28
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Very bland and tasteless food. Music too loud to hold a conversation.

Posted by: Allison on 15 Sep ' 11 at 05:38
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

We went on a thursday night for Ladies night! The place was full, that meant the service was extremely slow, the food was average, some dishes were OK, but nothing WOW. The ladies night is a great idea, but they need to sort out the service.

Posted by: Allison on 15 Sep ' 11 at 05:38
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

We went on a thursday night for Ladies night! The place was full, that meant the service was extremely slow, the food was average, some dishes were OK, but nothing WOW. The ladies night is a great idea, but they need to sort out the service.

Posted by: Salah Al Zaabi on 23 Apr ' 11 at 15:04
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

i like it on Thursday only, they serve good burger and fish chips and the rest of their menu is crabs.

Posted by: joker on 15 Mar ' 11 at 07:00
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

It is a great place... but for 26mt long bar, Stills needs more staff, specially during Thursday night when they host the Ladies night, a very nice concept, because next day is Friday ;) !! Thumbs up for the idea!!!

Posted by: gordon on 17 Feb ' 11 at 05:10
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

well presented pub grub. good selection of beer. will return

Posted by: mubarak al ameri on 29 Jan ' 11 at 18:40
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

amazing place

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