Review: Airy and stylish Italian restaurant and café Discuss this article

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When it comes to must-visit places in Abu Dhabi right now, Saadiyat Island is hard to beat. Louvre Abu Dhabi has captured the minds of the world, not just the UAE and the praise and attention its receiving is absolutely justified.

But, it’s not the only artistic hub on the island. NYU Abu Dhabi’s Art Centre has been staging acclaimed performances and exhibitions for some time now, and Manarat Al Saadiyat returned last year with a fresh look and a busier calendar than ever before. Now it has a licensed restaurant that makes it a destination for foodies as well as arty types.

Larte occupies an impressive space at one end of the venue. There are numerous objets d’art dotted around the bright, airy room. Some hanging from the ceilings, some – such as the big red gorilla – greeting you as you enter the room.

The menu is Italian, with plenty of grape and mixed drink options (starting at reasonable prices) and Italian hops.

We’re here at breakfast time, so it’s the coffee and juices we’re more interested in.

Our latte is served in a cute glass, but we’re not sure it really works for the drink (and doesn’t seem to fit a lot in), while the Americano is strong and hot. Not much more is needed. The matcha smoothie is a little pricey at Dhs28, but it is good. However, the omelette is a roaring success, all light and fluffy and coming with two hunks of great bread, and the Italian shakshuka is also worth checking out. The difference to usual shakshuka is that poached eggs are placed on top of the tomato, onion and pepper base and it’s drizzled with pesto.

There’s plenty for kids, too, with a dedicated menu and regular activities and events perfect for little ones.

The bill (for two)
1x sunny vegetables omelette Dhs38
1x Italian shakshuka Dhs38
1x matcha smoothie Dhs28
1x latte Dhs18
1x Americano Dhs15
Total (inclusive of taxes) Dhs137

The bottom line
A lovely venue ticking all the boxes.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
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.


  • Location: Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 657 5888
  • Travel: Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Times: Open Sun-Wed 8am-11pm; Thu-Sat 8am-1am

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