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4 Epicurean Adventures You Need to Experience in Abu Dhabi

Apart from its thriving fishing industry and gorgeous coastline, Abu Dhabi is also known for its amazing food culture. Enjoying good food while you are in this fabulous desert city is something that you should not miss.

Here, you can find various international cuisines, including American, Indian, Chinese, French, Italian and Mexican. A visit to Abu Dhabi is not complete if you miss eating in some of their most highly recommended restaurants.

Here are four epicurean adventures you should include in your must-do list when you visit this stunning city:

  1. The Best Steak at BOA Steakhouse

Looking for mouth-watering steaks? BOA Steakhouse is the perfect place for you. They offer the best steak in Abu Dhabi and other delectable dishes, including poultry and seafood.

Their best-selling juicy meats are accompanied by different side dishes and house-made sauces. You can also pair your main dish with a salad and sandwich, such as their Caesar Salad and Mac-N-Cheese. Savor your meal with their wide range of cocktails and wine.

Got allergies? Well, BOA Steakhouse can cater to your needs and special requests. Just be sure to inform the service once you arrive.

The restaurant also caters to all types of events. Their excellent customer service, award-winning chefs, and knowledgeable servers will surely make your event fun and memorable.

What’s best about BOA is that the staff gives every event the same dedication, quality service, and attention to every detail, which are what actually have made this steakhouse very popular back in California.

  1. Lebanese Cuisine at Li Beirut

Do you love Lebanese cuisine? Or would you like to try some? Li Beirut is considered the best restaurant offering Lebanese cuisine in Abu Dhabi.

The restaurant offers traditional Levantine dishes, including a decadent chocolate globe that is infused with Arabic coffee and rose. You can also try the zaatar-crusted rack of lamb that is truffled with sweet potato. To make your experience authentic, know that every course they offer comes with special libations from Beirut.

  1. Japanese Cuisine at KOI

Would you like to sample the best of Japanese cuisine in Abu Dhabi? KOI will definitely satisfy your cravings. Be inspired by their traditional dishes and fusion Japanese cuisine. Their dishes are infused with California accents, and they also offer cocktails.

What makes them extra different is their ambiance. The restaurant possesses an atmosphere that induces serenity and intrigue, and which appeals to all your senses. KOI is your best option if you are looking to impress your guests or planning a romantic evening.

Try their signature dishes, especially the KOI Crispy Rice topped with Spicy Tuna. Aside from their signature rolls, you need to try their seafood offerings for a well-rounded experience.

Like BOA, KOI also caters to events. You can reserve the entire restaurant for bespoke events and private parties. If not, you can just hire one of their private dining rooms for canapé receptions, lunches, and dinners.

  1. Seafood Boil at Hooked

Love seafood? Indulge your taste buds at a seafood boil at Hooked, an American-style restaurant in Abu Dhabi.

A seafood boil refers to the cooking of fresh seafood like lobster, prawns, mussels, crayfish, and shell-on crabs in a giant pot. Spices, aromatics, garlic, onions, potatoes, and corn on the cob are added to achieve that mouth-watering smell and taste. When everything is ready, the contents are then tipped off into the table that is lined with newspaper. Then, it’s time to get cracking!

At Hooked restaurant, the drill is similar. Choose the seafood you want to boil, select your sauce, and pick your spice level (mild, medium or hot). You won’t be using any cutlery or plates when eating. The table will only have a disposable tablecloth, a shell cracker, and napkins. The messier it gets, the more fun the dining becomes!

Without a doubt, Abu Dhabi is a genuine epicurean gem.

No matter what food you prefer to eat at this moment, the buzzing capital city will have a must-try restaurant for you and your family to visit.

All you have to do is research ahead of time. Be sure to note the opening hours and availability of the dining establishment first, and try to book in advance. So go eat and enjoy!


Franck Mottais is the Operations Manager at Tourism Development & Investment Company or TDIC. With a true passion for food and beverage operations, Franck’s personal goal is to consistently deliver the highest quality of guest service and effectively run distinguished establishments such as KOI Restaurant & Lounge and Boa Steakhouse in Abu Dhabi.

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