7 reasons to visit Yas Bay Waterfront’s pier for alfresco dining

From bowls of silken ramen to indulgent guacamole, the capital’s leading waterfront destination is the place to be for dining and nightlife.

Abu Dhabi’s vibrant dining and nightlife destination, Yas Bay Waterfront, is the place to be for your next alfresco meal and before the warmer months set in. Here’s what diners can expect this month:

Begin your journey at Akiba Dori for a non-traditional Japanese experience. This licensed food hall-style indoor alleyway, inspired by the neon-lit streets of Tokyo, serves up a modern take on Japanese street food. Diners can expect creative drinks and familiar dishes made to perfection, such as the one-of-a-kind Tokyo-style Neapolitan pizza. Enjoy your dinner with a side of ultra-cool hip-hop beats that are guaranteed to keep you grooving. See you there! For reservations, please call 04 770 7949 or email hello@akibadori.com

Continuing your journey East, stop by Asia Asia for an immersive experience by the pier. The multi-award-winning oriental fusion restaurant promises to deliver the ultimate alfresco experience. For just AED 300 per person, select from an exclusive tasting menu with four curated courses and three hand-crafted beverages. Or gather your gals and stop by on Thursday for “Go Geisha Ladies’ Night” from 6:00pm – 1:00am and enjoy a specially selected three-course menus with three handcrafted beverages for just AED 225.

“Sushi Sunday” at Asia Asia is guaranteed to end your week with a bang. Indulge in unlimited rounds of the chef’s selection of sushi and dim sum with a bottle of grape for AED 330 per couple from 2:00pm – 8:00pm. For reservations, please call 04 423 8302 6 or email reservations@asia-asiaabudhabi.com

Not sure where to go next? Stop by The Trilogy, and you’ll be spoilt for choice at the unique lifestyle destination by Buddha Bar that expertly combines three dining experiences under one roof: Bushra, Zeera and Siddharta Lounge.

Begin your dining experience at The Trilogy with modern Middle Eastern eatery Bushra. Offering traditional Levantine cuisines with an innovative fusion of flavours by world renowned chef Greg Malouf, you’re in for a treat as colours, designs, tastes and sounds masterfully combine to create one unique outdoor experience. Next, try Zeera as the culinary hotspot seamlessly blends modern India with her rich heritage, resulting in an explosion of flavours and traditions in a casual, chic restaurant. Meals are designed to be shared with family and friends for the perfect alfresco dining experience. Or stop by Siddharta Lounge and catch the perfect sunset over the pier from the dazzling rooftop playground with a dance show in a stunning setting of panoramic sea views – see you there.

For reservations, please call 050 601 1194

· Why not enjoy a warm bowl of ramen while the weather is still cool. Stop by Daikan Izakaya and treat yourself to a bowl of hearty, wholesome and authentic ramen and yakitori dishes served up in an industrial, fuss-free setting. Chopsticks optional.

For reservations, please call 02 235 8680

Fancy a good old-fashioned steak by the pier? Award-winning Australian high-end casual dining and lounge concept, Hunter & Barrel, is your best bet. The best steakhouse in the Capital specializes in an array of signature charcoal grilled meats and vegetables and barrel aged craft beverages. Find yourself stuck in yet another meeting that could have been an email? Hunter & Barrel’s business lunch is the perfect excuse to head out of the office for some fresh air and a steak from 12:00pm – 3:00pm, Monday to Friday. Don’t forget to pack your sunscreen! For reservations, please call 02 886 8299 or email yas@hunterandbarrel.ae

· It is a truth universally acknowledged that Taco Tuesday must be spent at Abu Dhabi’s favourite Mexican eatery, La Carnita. Expect a dynamic menu featuring two hours of unlimited mouth-watering tacos and margaritas with a mixtape to match for just AED 250 all day. Win, win. Enjoy your Saturday brunch alfresco, from 1:00pm – 4:00pm and dive into a four-course set menu with the flavours of Mexico for just AED 299. Either way, La Carnita has you covered.

For reservations, please call 050 185 8068

· Take a trip to Cannes at dining hotspot Paradiso and make the most of the last few weeks of cooler evenings with unlimited grape and cheese, Sunday – Thursday from 5:00pm – 7:00pm for just AED 275. Guests can delight in good music and impeccable dishes inspired by the south of France, as Paradiso’s menu features fare inspired by specialities from Nice, Italy and the wider Mediterranean region. For reservations, please call 050 437 2869 or email contact-paradiso abudhabi@groupebarriere.com

Stay tuned for exciting events coming to Yas Bay Waterfront this March. From the 2023 World Triathlon Championship Series taking place from March 3-4, Ultra Abu Dhabi from March 4-5 and Wireless Musical Festival on March 11, the first quarter is set to be one of the most exciting on Yas Island.

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