Chef's guide to Abu Dhabi

Erwan Stadler's guide to the best places to eat in Abu Dhabi.

A veteran of luxury hotel kitchens from London to the Caribbean and the Seychelles, Erwan Stadler is now executive sous chef at the newly opened Bab Al Qasr Hotel in Abu Dhabi. Billed as “the ultimate luxury hotel”, the glittering property promises guests a taste of authentic Arabian hospitality in the Middle East’s new capital of cool. Stadler takes us through his 10 favourite places to dine in Abu Dhabi.

 

Sontaya

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

Asian fusion meets fine dining. The views and location can’t be beat! I usually sit outside when the weather allows it – it is so peaceful and serene. The service is excellent.

 

Brasserie Angélique

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers

Being French, this is the best place for me to feel at home, dining on Oliver Jackson’s beef tartare and the rack of lamb. Brasserie Angélique serves classy French food with its myriad flavours.

 

Flooka

Eastern Mangroves Promenade

My favourite place to go for a lively dinner; the place is always full! The food is great and the service very good. Try the daily catch cooked the way you want. A great place to go with a bunch of friends.

 

55&5th, The Grill

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

You can drink good wine from their extensive wine list and enjoy the magic of the bartender with an amazing cocktail. When I am dying for a good cut of meat, this is my destination and I am never disappointed.

 

Hakkasan

Emirates Palace

Outstanding Chinese fusion cuisine prepared in a modern, mouth-watering style by chef Stefan Trepp. The food is delicious and atmosphere amazing. If you love a cocktail this is your place.

 

Zuma

Galleria Mall

I am a big fan of whisky, so I can say you must try their Japanese whisky. The sushi and wagyu beef are the best in town. Food is served to share, which makes for a great atmosphere.

 

Avasa

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

I highly recommend this venue for excellent Indian food. The food and staff are very good, but order wisely as the portions are very big!

 

Villa Toscana

The St. Regis Abu Dhabi

Chef Thomas Pendarovski will take you on a pure Italian journey. I like to go with my wife for a romantic dinner, but it’s a great choice for brunch, á la carte or simply a pizza, and they also have a beautiful wine cellar.

 

Byblos Sur Mer

InterContinental Abu Dhabi

A place to go to enjoy the sunset with great Lebanese food. One of the best views in Abu Dhabi.

 

Limo Restaurant

Bab Al Qasr Hotel

Of course, I must include one of our own restaurants. The first pure Peruvian restaurant in the capital, Limo brings you to a different level of the South American cuisine than you are probably used to. Chef Luis and his team are doing wonders with the dishes on the menu. The flavours are just amazing and take you to a different world. I recommend you try the ceviche and the beef anticucho.
 

The first pure Peruvian restaurant in the capital, Limo brings you to a different level of the South American cuisine than you are probably used to.
 

 

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Famous for its hot weather, Abu Dhabi reaches its highest temperatures in August, with an average temperature of 36°C and the month with the most sunshine hours is June, with 13 hours. The coldest month is January, with a moderate average of 18°C and February is the month with the highest rainfall, receiving an average of 20mm of rain.

 

 

 

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