With Abu Dhabi being a hub for mixed races, it only makes sense that the food is as diverse as the nationalities residing here.
The good news is that hotels and malls are the not the only places where you can find international delicacies.
We’re pretty sure that you can find a humble eatery in your neighbourhood serving authentic – or at least a decent replica – dish from your home country or another.
Don’t believe us? Well, here are some great but unassuming restaurants offering international cuisines that you shouldn’t miss.
Nestled at ADNOC’s service station on Yas Island is Mamak. Serving genuine Indonesian delicacies, its menu carries a rich range of influences such as Chinese, Portuguese and Indian – a true reflection of the flavours that dominate this Southeast Asian country. Some of the favourites include kari kepala ikan (fish head curry with mixed vegetables) and the best-selling snack roti kaya, which is paratha stuffed with sweet coconut jam. Daily 7am-midnight. Contact: 058 104 9107
Nasi goreng varieties are abundant at Indonesian restaurant Bandung in 18th Street opposite Al Madina Supermarket. With starting price of AED 20, you can already get your hands on delicious fried rice flavoured meals served generously. You can even pair it with chicken skewers with matching peanut sauce for added variety. Not a fan of rice? Then try the mie ayam baso or steamed noodle with chicken and meatball. The restaurant also has vegetarian options for non-carnivore guests. Daily 11am-11.30pm. Contact: 02 645 2008
Abu Dhabi’s best-kept secret for the longest time, Bonna Annee in Al Zahiyah has become sort of an icon in the food business here. It carries authentic Ethiopian cuisines and dishes like quanta fir fir – traditional injera flatbread soaked in beef jerky with onion, butter and garlic – is just one of the many must trys. Tip: better dine in here in group as the servings are pretty big for one person alone. Daily 10am-12am. Contact: 02 491 2128