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Modern and cosmopolitan, Abu Dhabi is bound to offer memorable encounters with local and international cuisine in breath-taking settings. From desert venues serving traditional food to award-winning restaurants specializing in Chinese, French, Lebanese or Moroccan dishes, Abu Dhabi’s Michelin-starred chefs transform the city into a top culinary destination in these ten great restaurants.
As it name suggests, Marakesh is a Moroccan restaurant located in the center of Abu Dhabi and one of the few of its kind in the city. With opulent interiors, live music and dance performances every night, Marakesh sets up an authentic cultural space for guests to explore the aromatic gastronomy of Morocco. The menu includes a diverse choice of traditional dishes, from couscous to salads, tagines, fish, seafood and meat grills, and gives guests a good introduction into the culinary traditions of Morocco.
Located in the Abu Dhabi desert, Al Maqam completes and refines the romantic Arabian experience. Part of a luxury complex – Arabian Nights Villages – Al Maqam provides a high-class voyage into the realm of the desert and legends. Its Arabian-style, floor-level seating, hand-made decorations, palm-thatched terrace and live artistic performances create a cultural oasis in the middle of the desert where travelers can enjoy exquisite dishes. From the traditional local Emirati and Arabic recipes to classics of international cuisine, Al Maqam offers a full culinary tour, including cooking lessons and bread making sessions.
Villa Toscana is Abu Dhabi’s best place to savor a memorable rendezvous with the richly flavored landscape of Italian cuisine. Enjoying a great location in one of the city’s luxury hotels, Villa Toscana recreates the sophisticated and classy atmosphere of a Tuscany villa with high ceilings and large chandeliers. Offering cooking classes to amateurs and its classic Friday lunches at communal tables, Villa Toscana is a reference point for all those craving an authentic taste of the Italian regions of Tuscany, Umbria and Emilia-Romagna. A prime Abu Dhabi restaurant, Villa Toscana serves up a range of Italian delicacies from crunchy, quick pizzas to highly refined dishes that take two days to cook, such as the highly alluring tagliatelle with lamb ragout and chocolate powder.
Catalan quickly became one of the best restaurants in Abu Dhabi and a treat for all those with a passion for Catalonia’s world-renowned gastronomy. This high-end restaurant takes its guests back in time to the old-style decor and charm of a luxurious European salon in early 20th century Barcelona. With a Michelin-starred chef heading the kitchen, Catalan is a blend of traditional and contemporary, creating a unique dining experience. Guests can choose from an impeccable menu, starring roasted steak of foie gras, paellas or extra virgin olive oil ice cream, or the chef’s special seven-course tasting menu.