Review: Middle Eastern food in a relaxed setting with great views Reviews

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Set in the super-cool Yas Viceroy, Atayeb is an ideal spot for anyone looking for some top-notch Arabic food. Billed as a fusion of “Arabic-Mediterranean cuisine”, it offers up dishes from Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon and Syria. All dishes are freshly cooked, and while the place is smart, it still has a leisurely vibe, and has a mix of couples and larger family groups dining.

The menu is long without being overwhelming, boasting a range of hot and cold mezze.

We opt for some hummus, cheese borek, the signature falafel and stuffed vine leaves.

Portions are huge and the borek is a delight. The melted cheese is perfectly gooey, while the filo it’s encased in is light, fresh and not at all greasy.

Everything comes with mountains of puffy, piping hot Arabic bread, which is used to greedily scoop up the rich, smooth hummus. The stuffed vine leaves are the weakest of the bunch, being a tad oily with an overpoweringly herby flavour.

Next we plump for the mixed grill (which is again on the large side) brimming full of kebabs, lamb cutlets and chicken. The meat is good quality and the spices are spot on.

For a leisurely Arabic dinner experience, pop this Yas Island spot on your list.

The bottom line
Excellent dishes in a swish setting.

Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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  • Location: Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 656 0600
  • Travel: Abu Dhabi-Dubai Road
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User reviews:

Posted by: Memo on 26 Nov ' 11 at 15:38
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

The most horrible restaurant i ever went . Waiters don't help you in what to choose . Many times they got the wrong order for us. Waiters doesn't not come to you , and the only thing u hear from the waiters for the customers is (sorry it won't happen again ) and they do the same mistake with other customers.
It really sucks. I will never go again to this restaurant.

But the shisha is pretty fine

Posted by: Sarah K on 18 Sep ' 11 at 12:21

The restaurant and food etc were fine- I certainly would not gush about it as the reviewer has done- and I found it pricey for what it was. The atmosphere certainly took away from the experience as everyone sat around looking slightly uncomfortable amidst the minimalist design where everyone's conversations could be overheard (hence a lot of bizarre whispering amongst groups).

Our bill did however come to a LOT more as we had drinks and water etc. which I see are not included in the approximate price above. Could we have some standardisation on this matter from TO please? Some reviews have every bottle of water and drink included, others only food, which gives a very incorrect assessment of price when comparing like for like.

Posted by: Vincent Garrigues on 19 May ' 11 at 21:34
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

The worse Couscous ever on earth and beyond... A dull wheat purée with unsalted vegies (sad carots) and dry chicken. Not one spice in the plate. Side bowl of a green (!!) sauce from unknow origin. Defrozen bread. "Exotic" fruit platter with large cuts of melon, not even a sugar syrup or so. A "moroccan" tea tasting like the Yellow one. Atayeb on Thurs special cabaret night with minimum cover charge 300 pp equal a stupid crookery. The Yas shame experience for gogos...

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