Tastes of the capital: Five great dining deals to try this weekend

Eat three courses at the best restaurants in the city for as little as Dhs99

Tastes of the capital: Five great dining deals to try this weekend

BOA Steakhouse

Overlooking the beautiful Eastern Mangroves National Park, this modern steakhouse is lucky enough to have a totally stunning setting. But you shouldn’t just come here for the amazing views. The cuts of meats, fresh salads and tempting desserts are all expertly prepared and taste tremendous, too. Choose one option from each of the three delicious courses below for Dhs299. 

First course
Tuna tartare
BOA signature caeser salad
Wedge salad
63 degree yolk steak tartare
Goat cheese baklava

Second course
Choose from US prime ribeye, US black angus tenderloin or US prime striploin (all cuts served with your choice of rub, sauce or side)
Grilled Loch Fyne salmon
Spatchcock baby chicken
Potato gnocchi

BOA bounty
Homemade mascarpone cheesecake
Molten chocolate sphere
Peach frangipane tart
Sorbet trio

Dhs299. Eastern Mangroves Promenade, Al Salam Street (02 641 1500).


This exceptionally stylish Chinese restaurant at Emirates Palace is one of the most glamorous venues in the city. It bagged our Best Chinese gong at the Time Out Abu Dhabi Restaurant Awards last year, and once you try the dim sum, stir fries, duck pancakes and any of the other dishes on this menu, you’ll immediately understand why. With this tasting menu, you'll sample some of the restaurant's very best dishes for Dhs299. 

Hot and sour soup with chicken

First course
Hakkasan signature Peking duck with pancakes, cucumber and spring onion
Hakka steamed dim sum platter with abalone and chicken shui mai, sea bass dumpling and sweetcorn dumpling

Second course
Stir-fry black pepper rib eye beef
Crispy silver cod with XO sauce
Stir-fry sugar snap, cloud ear and ginger
Edamame egg fried rice

Chef's selection

Dhs299. 7pm-8pm. Emirates Palace, West Corniche (02 690 7999).

Mare Mare 

Located at the stunning beachfront resort Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort, the inviting restaurant is great place to enjoy a spell away from the busy streets of downtown Abu Dhabi. The Italian restaurant is serving up a range of classic and contemporary dishes, including your choice of first course, main course and dessert. You can also enjoy a glass of grape with your meal for Dhs199.

First course
Oven baked aubergine gratin with tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese and basil
Tuna tartare with avocado, sour cream and black squid ink cracker

Main course
Slow roasted baby chicken with gremolata sauce and grilled vegetables
Baked ricotta gnocchi with tomato sauce, Parmesan, mozzarella and basil
Frutti di mare pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella, clams, mussels, prawns, calamari and octopus

Warm ricotta and chocolate tart
Classic Italian tiramisu, with lady ¬finger biscuits, espresso and mascarpone cheese

Dhs199. Weekdays only. Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island (02 811 4444).

Todd English's Olives 

Situated in the Venetian Village at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, this trendy Mediterranean restaurant has a cool bar area and wide open terrace that’s perfect for al fresco dining during the cooler months. The high-quality dishes are full of fresh ingredients, and the set menu stars some of the renowned chef’s most popular recipes fir Dhs299.

Choose one dish from the first two courses.

First course
Cauliflower bisque
Lemongrass poached prawns

Second course
Charbroiled American beef striploin
European sea bass

Passion fruit panna cotta

Dhs199. Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 404 1940).


As one of the newest restaurants in the capital it’s the ideal opportunity to see what’s on offer, try some the restaurant’s best dishes and enjoy the vibrant ambience. Alongside a three-course meal where you can select one dish from each course, guests can also enjoy a glass of grape or hops with their meal. Here’s what you can expect when you take your seat at one of the city’s newest restaurants for Dhs199. 

First course
Smoked guacamole with tortilla chips
Chicken anticucho with Peruvian chillis, pickled cucumber, miso and roasted corn
Wild mushroom coca flatbread with arugula, goats cheese and truffle oil

Main Course
Seared salmon with chaufa quinoa, rocoto, chipotle aioli and mushrooms
Achiote marinated chicken thigh
Venezuelan Sweetcorn Pancake, Halloumi Cheese, Sour Cream

Tres leches cake
Chocolate fondant

Dhs199. Until Aug 15. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, West Corniche (02 811 5666).

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