If you haven’t already visited these places, this is your cue to head there now.
Abu Dhabi is a city bursting with vibrant culture and a food scene that will tickle your taste buds. But within this bustling metropolis lies a treasure trove of legendary establishments that have stood the test of time and have now been recognised as Urban Treasures 2023 by The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi). These seven places aren’t just spots on the map; they’re woven into the very fabric of Abu Dhabi’s culture.
Abu Al Afwal
Established in 1975, this place is one of the OG eateries in the capital. Located in Al Zahiyah, the restaurant flawlessly blends the flavours of Abu Dhabi and Sudan while creating a dining experience that’ll immerse you in the essence of Sudanese cuisine. Don’t forget to try their mouthwatering Ful Medames; this dish is a game-changer. And the best part? Abu Al Afwal keeps things wallet-friendly, making sure everyone can have a taste of their delightful creations.
GO: Call 055 760 9992 for reservations and more information.
Abu Kaabi Kabab Restaurant & Grills
In 1975, Abu Kaabi Kabab Restaurant & Grills first burst onto the scene, stealing the hearts of locals and visitors alike. This popular kabab paradise offers a cosy ambience. With a handful of tables and chairs, the restaurant remains simple and comfy. Located in Al Khalidiyah, this gem serves up an array of dishes that’ll make you weak at the knees. We’re talking creamy hummus, sizzling shish tawook and tender lamb chops that’ll transport you straight to the streets of Syria and Lebanon.
GO: Follow @abu_kaabi_restaurant on Instagram for more information.
Al Alamain Restaurant
This flavour-packed wonderland in Al Danah that’s been ruling the food scene for over four decades. Dating back to 1980, it’s like a culinary time machine that makes you feel like family. And you cannot leave without sinking your teeth into their falafel sandwich. What sets Al Alamain Restaurant apart is that they’ve kept their flavours and traditions unchanged for years, giving you an unforgettable taste of true authenticity.
Al Arab Restaurant
Dive into the heart of Abu Dhabi’s culinary scene with Al Arab Restaurant. Since 1985, this restaurant in Al Dhafrah has been serving Middle Eastern delicacies. But that’s not all because they’ve got something for everyone. Whether you’re craving continental delights, sizzling Chinese classics, finger-licking Pakistani favourites or tantalising Indian creations, Al Arab Restaurant has got you covered. Shawarma or chow mein? Chicken karahi or biryani? You name it, they’ve got it.
GO: Call 02 641 7210 for reservations and more information.
Al Sultan Restaurant & Grill
Established over 40 years ago, Al Sultan Restaurant & Grill is the ultimate Lebanese culinary destination in Abu Dhabi. This place knows how to serve up the real deal with a wide array of dishes such as creamy hummus and juicy kebabs, that’ll transport you straight to the vibrant streets of Lebanon. Whether you’re hanging out with your family, chilling with friends or having a romantic date night, Al Sultan is the place to be. Having expanded across the capital, this culinary gem guarantees an authentic adventure that’ll tantalise your senses.
GO: Visit https://alsultan.ae for more information.
This legendary brand has been dishing out flavoursome food in Abu Dhabi since 1994. From traditional Indian sweets to street food favourites that will transport you straight to the bustling lanes of India, Chhappan Bhog has captured the essence of Indian culture through its delicious offerings. Crispy and savoury dosas, delightful pani puris that burst with flavour, tempting thalis and kulfi that’ll cool you down in the sweetest way – it’s a culinary journey you don’t want to miss. And guess what? Chhappan Bhog has grown bigger and better, expanding to various locations across the Emirates.
GO: Visit www.chhappanbhog.me for more information.
Established in 1978, Lebanese Roaster has proudly earned the title of Abu Dhabi’s first-ever coffee roaster. And if you call yourself a coffee connoisseur, you must have already tried their blends. Known for its exceptional, high-quality Lebanese blends, Lebanese Roaster is on a mission to serve the finest coffee you’ve ever tasted. Since their first shop, they’ve now popped up across several emirates, giving those big coffee companies a serious run for their money.
GO: Visit https://lebaneseroaster.com for more information.