Chocolate afternoon tea
With Easter just around the corner, it’s time to increase your chocolate intake to a whole new level. The chocolate afternoon tea at Crystal Lounge is the very definition of indulgence, with naughty treats such as opera cakes and choux pastries.
Dhs195 (adults), Dhs85 (children). Daily 2pm-6pm. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers, West Corniche (02 694 4553).
Lebanese food at Dahab is always a very good idea, and it tastes even better when you’re having it in place of your usual sorry packed lunch. For less than Dhs80 you can get a starter, main and dessert, and each authentic plate in the three-course menu sounds great. It’s just what you need to make the working week seem so much more bearable.
Dhs79. Daily noon-4pm. Hilton Capital Grand Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street Road (02 667 4446).
Argy Bargy night
Few things in life are more exciting than a curry night, and on Mondays you can get a classic curry, like Lamb rogan josh or butter chicken, plus a bottle of hops for less than Dhs100 at The Scene.
Dhs99. Mon 5pm-11pm. Yas Marina, Yas Island (050 797 0331).
Yas Marina is the perfect spot for some chilled-out nibbles. Diablitos is making the area even more tempting by offering a free jug of Spanish grape whenever you order ten of its lovely tapas dishes.
Prices vary. Sun-Tue 5pm-11pm. Yas Marina, Yas Island (02 565 1175).
Tokyo to Casablanca
You’re in for a right culinary journey at Khayal. The new Wednesday event features dishes from Asia, India, Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
Dhs220 (food), Dhs50 (soft drinks), Dhs150 (house beverages). Wed 6.30pm-10.30pm. Marriott Hotel Al Forsan Abu Dhabi, Khalifa City A (02 201 4000).
Swing by Kuzbara at lunchtime and you can get a selection of the eatery’s most popular dishes for Dhs45 each. You’ll also be in and out in less than an hour.
Dhs45. Sun-Thu 12.30pm-3pm. Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (02 304 7777).
The Stage Brunch
With live music, authentic crispy pizza and delicious salads, it’s not hard to see why feasting at Jazz@PizzaExpress is a popular pastime in the capital.
Dhs150 (soft drinks), Dhs225 (house beverages), Dhs250 (bubbly). Thu 8pm-11pm. The Hub, The Mall at World Trade Center Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah (02 444 7752).
Pool Deck has brought back its popular Thursday night get-together. There’s live entertainment, marinated meats and seafood, sushi, Arabian specialities, salads and more.
Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs325 (house beverages). Thu 7.30pm-11pm. Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara, Al Salam Street (02 656 1000).
Skipping breakfast just isn’t an option for us here at Time Out Abu Dhabi. On weekends, we love nothing better than stretching it out for hours and hours and our latest obsession is with the Arabic breakfast at TEAN.
Dhs195 (food), Dhs245 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages). Fri & Sat 8am-noon. Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island (02 811 4342).
You can feast on Italian dishes all weekend long at Dino’s Bistro Italiano. The brunch feast runs Friday and Saturday and offers unlimited pizza, starters, mains, desserts and lots of sharing dishes.
Dhs165 (soft drinks), Dhs190 (house beverages), Dhs215 (bubbly). Fri & Sat noon-4pm. Pearl Rotana Capital Centre, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 307 5591).
Nothing beats a Saturday afternoon sipping endless cups of tea and munching on piles of freshly-baked scones, fancy cakes and amazing sandwiches. The spread at The Lounge has everything you could dream of and more.
Dhs160 (two people with hot beverages). Daily 2pm-6pm. The Westin Abu Dhabi Resort & Spa, Khalifa City A (02 616 9999).
Anyone who is trying to eat less meat should seriously look away now, as the new deal at Rodeo Grill is enough to tempt even the most stoic of herbivores. It includes sumptuous meats such as rib-eye steaks, ribs, chicken and sausages, all paired with sensational sides and sauces.
Dhs400 (two people including two house beverages), Dhs800 (four people with a bottle of premium beverage). Daily 12.30pm-3.30pm & 7pm-11.30pm. Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah (02 697 9011).
Rock & roast
Is there any other way to see out the weekend here in Abu Dhabi than with a good old roast dinner? Aqua at Rosewood Abu Dhabi has launched Rock & Roast, where you can eat as many plates of tasty meats, Yorkshire puddings and lashings of gravy as you like. Better still, the new brunch is less than Dhs200 with free-flowing drinks.
Dhs195 (house beverages). Sat 1pm-5pm. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 813 5550).