With a new working week to contend with, these are the very best things you can enjoy in the capital this week.
Monday 7 February 2022
Valentine’s Afternoon Tea at Sama Lobby Lounge
Spoil your special someone with an expertly crafted Valentine’s Afternoon Tea at Sama Lobby Lounge. Overlooking the beachfront and swaying palm trees, guests can savour an array of delicate sandwiches and decadent sweet treats. Available 1 to 28 February, from 3pm to 6pm. AED 185 per couple.
GO: Call 02 697 0000 for reservations and more information.
Tuesday 8 February 2022
Experience the Natsuko Shoji X Tori No Su culinary collaboration
Natsuko Shoji, Asia’s Best Pastry Chef 2020, is the chef-owner of Eté restaurant in Tokyo. She is revered for her pastry craft, making intricate desserts featuring livery of leading designer brands, while her bespoke cake-making business counts the likes of David Beckham and René Redzepi as happy customers. She is also a skilled savoury cook, trained in the classical French style, and will be joining forces with Tori No Su, the Japanese fusion restaurant in Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers.
GO: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to buy tickets or more information.
Wednesday 9 February 2022
Sample the Fuyu Tasting Menu at 99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant
“Fuyu” means winter in Japanese and with the land of the rising sun celebrating purity in winter, so does the culinary team at 99 Sushi. The 11-course menu features the Hosomaki, Spicy Tuna Tartar, Toro Tataki, Sea Urchin Tempura, Temptsuyu Maki and Grilled Foie Nigiri. Of course, no one can resist the 99 Yuzu Cheesecake topped with kunafa ice cream for a sweet finish. AED 899 per couple, AED 1,499 per couple (including a bottle of house French bubbles) and AED 3,499 net per couple (including a bottle of Dom Perignon).
GO: Call 02 672 3333 for reservations and more information.
Thursday 10 February 2022
Visit Qasr Al Watan’s esteemed ‘Al Barza’
For the first time since its opening in 2019, Qasr Al Watan’s esteemed majlis, ‘Al Barza’ is now open to visitors at the Palace of The Nation. The Emirati Majlis, or council, is the UAE’s deep-rooted cultural tradition of hosting meetings for community members to deliberate and share information amongst each other. A perfect complement to the immersive cultural experience that awaits visitors at Qasr Al Watan, Al Barza is the largest space in the Palace after the Great Hall and holds up to 300 guests. There, visitors can learn about the traditional role of a majlis, which are designated spaces for cultural, political and social gatherings that embody the spirit of participatory politics in the UAE. Qasr Al Watan is open daily from 11am to 8pm.
GO: Visit www.qasralwatan.ae for tickets and more information.
Friday 11 February 2022
Experience a taste of island life at Ting Irie Pon Di Beach
For a fresh modern take on Caribbean Cuisine and food for the soul, look no further than the newly opened Ting Irie at Mamsha Al Saadiyat. Snack on flaky Jamaican patties, jerk chicken or lobster rolls with Sriracha butter and wash it all down with handcrafted cocktails to make you feel like you’ve ventured to Jamaica. Expect a lively soundtrack of reggae, Hip-Hop and Dancehall to complement the beachfront environment.
GO: Visit www.tingirie.com for reservations and more information.
Saturday 12 February 2022
Nikkei Brunch at Buddha-Bar Beach Abu Dhabi
Served on the terrace mere steps from the pristine sands of the resort’s private beach, Buddha-Bar Beach Abu Dhabi’s culinary journey can now be enjoyed as an evening event, with Head Chef Renzo Reyes’ brunch menu taking diners on a voyage through Nikkei cuisine. Highlights include the ‘From the sea to your plate’ platter of veggie ceviche, tuna Midori ceviche and salmon truffle tataki, delicious bites like authentic beef gyoza and prawn tempura, and aromatic palate pleasers including beef robatayaki and black pepper chicken. Saturdays, from 7pm to 10pm. AED 325 (soft beverages) and AED 450 (house beverages).
Sunday 13 February 2022
Valentine’s Day afternoon tea at Al Meylas
Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island invites couples to fall in love all over again while indulging in a very special Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea. The offering includes indulgent duck rillettes, savoury sable, foie gras stuffed choux buns, quinoa muffin and finger sandwiches with smoked salmon, beetroot, turkey and truffle egg. Sweet platters feature berry pavlova, strawberry inspiration, raspberry layer cake, chocolate pot de crème and homemade scones with clotted cream. Available until 19 February, from 3pm to 7pm. AED 250 per couple.
GO: Call 02 333 2444 for reservations and more information.