Concierge Dubai blog » restaurant Tue, 13 May 2014 13:17:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Meet Angela Missoni Mon, 21 May 2012 06:47:44 +0000 admin By Naomi Chadderton, Fashion Editor, Concierge

I’ve long been a fan of Angela Missoni’s artistic talent. So when I was invited to have lunch with the design guru herself earlier this week, I jumped at the chance to pick the brains of arguably one of the most talented Creative Directors on the scene.

For those who don’t know, Missoni is an Italian fashion house famous worldwide for its stunning knitwear and playful patterns. In town to host an exclusive preview of the Missoni Pre-Fall 2012 collection at Boutique 1, myself and a select group of media were invited to Salmontini in Mall of the Emirates to grab a bite with Angela before the event, where we talked about everything from fashion and to holiday homes in Lake Como and her gorgeous daughter Margherita’s upcoming nuptials (she’s set to marry a long-term friend of the family next month).

When it comes to personalities, they don’t get more welcoming than Angela Missoni. Bubbly, bright and super-friendly, she oozes a familiarity I suspect you won’t find with many world-class designers and she was an absolute pleasure to chat to. As for the collection, think everything from over-sized cardigans to wide jackets and skirts in a delectable colour palette of grey, purple and earth tones. I’ll definitely be saving up for a little piece of my own Missoni from this stunning collection.

Concierge Fashion Editor, Naomi Chadderton, with Angela Missoni

Carefully contrasting geometric designs in an eclectic yet stylish mix

Missoni's amazing knitwear

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Abu Dhabi restaurants Thu, 10 Nov 2011 07:44:27 +0000 admin Abu Dhabi is a foodie’s paradise with top quality restaurants offering authentic cuisine in spectacular settings
Words by Amanda Tomlinson



Perched over the water in a wooden hut, this romantic seafood restaurant has a boardwalk terrace that’s perfect for outdoor dining.
Whether taking in the views of the glistening Gulf waters or observing the growing Abu Dhabi skyline, by day or night Finz is one of Abu Dhabi’s favourite restaurants.
The menu features all manner of seafood dishes, but perhaps one of the most recommended is the salt-crusted sea bass for two, which comes with lobster and tarragon sauce, seasonal vegetables, baby potatoes and rice. The mixed seafood grill platter is also popular.
The seafood is sourced from all over the world. The sea bass is from Norway, the Dover sole from European waters, the sako tuna comes from the Philippines, the oysters are from France, the salmon from Norway and the catch of the day is from the local fish market.
The wine list is extensive, while the service is friendly and attentive. There are few better ways to enjoy a seafood meal than overlooking the water, with a gentle breeze of mild sea air.
Where: Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi 
Daily 12.30 to 3.30pm and 7 to 11.30pm
Contact: 02 6979000

Yas Viceroy
02 6560600
Admire luxury yachts in Yas Marina while feasting on fresh seafood in this ultra- modern restaurant.

St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
02 4036577
Relaxed beachfront restaurant and lounge serving a good selection of fresh seafood.




There are two things you’ll need to get through dinner at Chamas: A large appetite and a craving for meat. That’s not to say that vegetarians won’t be catered for here – there is an extensive salad bar – but really, it’s more for the avid carnivores.
Chamas, which means flames in Portuguese, is Abu Dhabi’s only churrascaria, or Brazilian-style steakhouse, and the pasadors (meat waiters) roam the restaurant with a variety of flame-grilled meat on long skewers eagerly carving slices onto the diners’ plates.
After choosing their first course from the salad buffet, guests will find a coaster-sized disk at each place setting when they return to their table. One side of the disk is red while
the other side is green. This is to let the pasadors know when to bring more meat. Red means ‘not now thanks’, while green means ‘bring it on’.
With a warm atmosphere, energetic staff and as much meat as diners can stomach, guests are certain to remember their meal at Chamas.
Where: InterContinental Abu Dhabi
When: Dinner and Friday lunch
Contact: 800 423463

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
02 6543000
Popular steakhouse
overseen by the three-star Michelin chef.

55th and 5th The Grill
St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
02 4036577
Signature restaurant with a terrace overlooking the Arabian Gulf.




One of the first restaurants of high-end international fame to open in the capital, Hakkasan is an ultra-trendy Chinese restaurant from a Michelin-star stable.
The restaurant’s design and décor are as much a work of art as the dishes. Dark wood, high ceilings, creative lighting and private dining spaces adequately reflect the modern Chinese cuisine while still capturing the Middle Eastern location.
Start the evening at the 20-metre-long bar and enjoy a signature cocktail before moving through to the restaurant, which is divided into two sections with private dining areas. Those near the kitchen can watch the chefs through the aquarium-like blue glass.
The menu is impressive with many Hakkasan specialities. Try the jasmine tea-smoked wagyu beef ribs as a starter and charcoal-grilled silver cod with Champagne and Chinese honey for main.
Where: Emirates Palace
When: Daily 6pm to midnight
Contact: 02 6907999

Cho Gao
Crowne Plaza
Abu Dhabi
02 6166122
Trendy restaurant in the centre of Abu Dhabi serving a range of Asian cuisine.

Le Meridien Abu Dhabi
02 6446666
Best Thai restaurant in town. Reserve a table on the terrace overlooking the water.




The UAE’s first five-star Emirati restaurant, Mezlai at Emirates Palace is a must for those who want to taste more than just the local culture during their visit. While Lebanese cuisine is common throughout Abu Dhabi, Emirati cuisine has been hard to find, until now.
Mezlai’s chef, Ali Salim Ebdowa, says Emirati food differs from Lebanese food in the way it is cooked and the spices that are used.
Chef Ebdowa recommends visitors try his signature dish lamb medfoun. “You don’t see this dish every day,” says chef Ebdowa. “Families would normally make it during Eid. It’s a once-a-year dish.” The roasted lamb shoulder with chick peas in tomato sauce is served with a sauce of dates, honey, vinegar, yeast, local spices and garlic.
Mezlai is not out of place in the opulent Emirates Palace hotel. With high ceilings and large windows, it is bathed by light during the day yet cosy in the evenings.
Arabian hospitality is at the core of the experience and diners are treated to Arabic coffee and dates in the majlis on arrival.
Where: Emirates Palace
When: 1 to 11pm
Contact: 02 6909000

Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi
02 6262700
Moroccan restaurant with theme nights and entertainment by a belly dancer and band.

Hilton Abu Dhabi
02 6811900
Lively Lebanese restaurant with a belly dancer and singer to entertain late into
the night.



This central Abu Dhabi restaurant serves simple traditional food that an Italian family would prepare at home. According to restaurant manager Luca Busato, when the team was putting together the initial menu, “we had to think of what our mums would cook at home”.
Spaccanapoli’s warm, themed interior has a relaxed atmosphere making it perfect for families.
But the real treat is in the eating and this is something Spaccanapoli does on a grand scale. The large wood-fired pizza oven can produce one-metre-long pizzas.
All recipes are prepared using traditional methods and with an Italian chef and restaurant manager, diners know they are in for the real deal.
Where: Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi
When: Noon to 4pm and 7 to 11pm
Contact: 02 6166122

Beach Rotana
02 6979000
Casual Italian eatery serving authentic cuisine, with a terrace overlooking the water.

The Beach House
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi
02 6738301
Offers Mediterranean dishes and great views of Saadiyat Beach. Venture upstairs for sundowners.


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The Ivy is the envy Mon, 11 Jul 2011 06:11:59 +0000 admin As suspected, the media launch of The Ivy at Jumeirah Emirates Towers last night proved unmissable with the cream of Dubai’s press out in force. The food was superb with tasty dishes such as eggs benedict, shepherd’s pie, mini beefburgers, gnocchi and an imaginative duck, watermelon and ginger salad. The tomato and mozzarella soup was also a winner, washed down with Champagne cocktails or, in my case, a creative elderflower mocktail.

Just like its London counterpart, the restaurant itself is dark and moody with wood paneled walls and rich green furnishings. Besides the impeccable food, the strategically placed art is also a highlight, with sought-after pieces borrowed from many private collections.

The Ivy is excellent, even in a city awash with superb international eateries. This is one outlet we will definitely revisit.

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The jolly and The Ivy Sun, 10 Jul 2011 07:49:21 +0000 admin The team at Concierge HQ is looking forward to the official media launch of The Ivy at Jumeirah Emirates Towers tonight. If the quality of food at the sister restaurant in London is anything to go by, we’re in for some outstanding British cuisine. We’ll report back with our findings first thing tomorrow. Watch this space…

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