Yas Island food and drinks span the world, from Europe and the Americas to Asia and the Emirates, with fine and casual dining in every flavour. Here are some delicious highlights to whet your appetite.

Taste the nation at Al Fanar Restaurant Café

WHAT: Emirati

WHERE: Yas Mall

Legendary Emirati food chain Al Fanar offers a delicious introduction to the distinct flavours of the region in a Sixties-style Middle Eastern setting that recalls a time before the oil boom, far from the Mary Quant mini-skirts of London. Today the restaurant has branches as far and wide as Kensington and Dubai, and its breakfasts are legendary. Try the sweet ‘balalit’, thin noodles spiced with cardamom and saffron, topped with an omelette.

https://www.yasmall.ae/en/outlets/al-fanar-restaurant-cafe-the-fountains

 

Meet amigos on Yas Island at Amerigos Mexican Bar & Restaurant

WHAT: Mexican

WHERE: Park Inn by Radisson Yas Island

Take a table indoors to enjoy the ambient amber glow of Amerigos or pull up a seat by the pool outside and savour striking views of the Yas Links golf course and the Arabian Gulf whilst samplingvibrant Mexican dishes. From Taco Tuesdays to Frida Nights, the weekly schedule is as lively as the dishes and the crackle of sizzling fajitas is a tempting soundtrack.

https://www.radissonhotels.com/en-us/hotels/park-inn-abu-dhabi-yas-island/restaurant-bar/amerigos

 

Get a brimful of Asha’s

WHAT: Indian

WHERE: Yas Mall

Asha’s authentic mix of Indian herbs and spices are enjoyed all across the Gulf and the UK. Taste what all the fuss is about at famous singer-turned-restaurateur Asha Bhosle’s Abu Dhabi outpost, enjoying a first-floor location in Yas Island’s deluxe shopping centre. Among the beloved biryani and curry dishes, discover ‘kadai gosht’, an aromatic masterpiece made with succulent mutton.

https://ashasrestaurants.com/abu-dhabi

 

Fill your belly at Barouk

WHAT: Lebanese

WHERE: Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi – Yas Island

Entertain your stomach while also being enthralled by belly dancing to mesmerising live music at this Middle Eastern-themed Yas Island restaurant with a menu of Lebanese favourites. Relish mouth-watering hot and cold mezze, juicy marinated grills with garlic cream and vivid bowls of parsley-laced tabbouleh. Added romance comes courtesy of the shimmering Arabian Gulf views.

Crowne Plaza - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (ihg.com)

 

See and be seen at Cipriani

WHAT: Italian/Japanese

WHERE: Yas Marina

Observing important culinary events such as International Ice Cream Day, Cipriani offers exceptional fun in a fine-dining parcel. Salmon tartare with roe and creamy wasabi; Wagyu beef; artfully rolled sushi and sashimi; and classic tiramisu (minus alcohol) are among the hits on the Italian-meets-Japanese fusion menu. The winning concept was created by Giuseppe Cipriani Senior, who originally opened the world-famous Harry’s Bar in Venice in 1931.

http://ciprianiyasisland.com

 

Make a dash for Dish Dash

WHAT: Emirati-American

WHERE: Cascade Dining

Say ‘shukran’ – or thanks – for this Emirati gem that mixes Middle Eastern signatures with Uncle Sam’s classics in its bid to please all of the taste buds all of the time. Choose between flat breads with zaatar, cheese and more, often referred to as ‘the pizza of the region’ – or opt for traditional US-style pizza. Tuck into the Dish Dash mixed grill with pillows of Arabian bread or grab an American Philly cheese steak sandwich. Finish with Arabian ice cream or take a Stateside sundae. The food, in this Yas Island restaurant, is fast and fabulous, and the choice is yours.

http://dishdashuae.com

 

Find the sweet life in Filini Garden

WHAT: Italian

WHERE: Radisson Blu Hotel Yas Island

Unpretentious Italian food in an al fresco setting is the order of the day at Filini Garden. Like the menu, the restaurant is modern and uncluttered with an elegant terrace overlooking the sparkling Arabian Gulf and the vast greenery of Yas Links golf course. Friday brunch is a big deal with seductive antipasti, pizza, pastas and ever-changing classic Italian main courses and deserts vying for diners’ attentions. The ‘frutti di mare’ seafood platter is an excellent starter to share on romantic dates.

https://www.radissonhotels.com/en-us/hotels/park-inn-abu-dhabi-yas-island

 

Rangoli

WHAT: Indian

WHERE: Yas Island Rotana

Delivering a culinary education in the differences between northern and southern Indian cuisine, Rangoli sets the scene with warm, earthy colours, alluring aromas and authentic artwork. Order freshly grilled meats from the traditional tandoor and be transported to the streets of Delhi and Chennai, while enjoying the one-of-a-kind luxury of Yas Island.

https://www.rotana.com/rotanahotelandresorts/unitedarabemirates/abudhabi/yasislandrotana/dining

 

Sip and mingle at Stills Restaurant & Bar

WHAT: European

WHERE: Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi – Yas Island

Eventually, everyone ends up in Euro gastropub Stills, thanks to its roster of popular party nights and crowd-pleasing Friday brunch packages. Decked out in wood floors, exposed brickwork and leather sofas, it benefits from a sunny terrace with sea views, beyond the championship charms of the Yas Links golf course. Beefy comfort food includes Stills cheeseburger; the Wagyu puff pastry pie; prime carpaccio and classic grilled cuts, while vegetarians can tuck into quinoa sliders, burrata with heirloom tomatoes and halloumi and spinach salad. Save room for the sticky toffee pudding!

Crowne Plaza - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (ihg.com)