Feast like a king: 12 of the best upscale-dining deals in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

Unsure where to start in the hunt for great-value meals? Don’t worry — we have done the legwork for you. Here are some of the best upscale-dining deals in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

The Forge, Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal

The Forge offers a weekly speakeasy promotion called RSVP, which includes a burger, a choice of lobster dish including Manifesto — a broiled lobster with tarragon leaves and Parmesan crust — and one US Prohibition-era inspired beverage, including mocktails. The dishes are main course-sized.

Wednesdays from 7pm. Dh200 per person. Call 02 418 2572

Li Jiang, Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal

For an authentic taste of Chinese cuisine, head to the all-you-can-eat dim sum night every Thursday at Li Jiang. Choose from a selection including prawn, chicken and vegetarian options. Entertainment while you eat is provided by resident DJ Margo Sahara.

Thursdays, 7pm to midnight. Dh80 a person. Call 02 818 8282

BOA Steakhouse, Eastern Mangroves Promenade, Abu Dhabi

This upscale restaurant is serious about its steaks, which range in price from Dh200 to Dh500. Take advantage of the early dinner menu, and you can enjoy a special deal that includes a striploin or rib-eye plus one side dish and unlimited select beverages.

Daily, 6pm to 8pm. Dh215 for striploin; Dh230 for rib-eye. Call 02 641 1500

Hakkasan, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi; Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai

To soak up Hakkasan’s cool vibe any day of the week, check out the new Hakkatini Nights. In Abu Dhabi, you get three classic dim sum along with two signature beverages. In Dubai, enjoy two signature drinks plus a choice of grilled Shanghai dumplings; grilled vegetarian Shanghai dumplings or salt and pepper squid.

Abu Dhabi: daily, 6pm to 8pm and all day Saturday, Dh80 a person. Call 02 690 7999. Dubai: daily, 7pm to 9pm, Dh118 a person. Call 04 384 8484

Asia de Cuba, Abu Dhabi Corniche

This chic Asian-Cuban concept, with prime real estate on the Abu Dhabi corniche, has launched a Bento Box Lunch concept. These generously portioned boxes are a bargain, priced between Dh65 and Dh95. There’s something for everyone, with a Vegetarian Box; a Turf Box; a Surf Box and The Cuban.

Sunday to Thursday, noon to 3pm. Call 02 699 3333

Villa Toscana, St Regis Abu Dhabi

Villa Toscana, the Italian restaurant on the first floor of the St Regis Abu Dhabi, is the perfect spot for a special night out — but you can get a more affordable taste of chef Stefano Viola’s genius with the Espresso Lunch. The three-course deal includes a starter, a main course (or any pizza from the menu) and a dessert. It also comes with coffee.

Sunday to Thursday, noon to 3pm. Dh105 a person. Call 02 694 4553

Circo, InterContinental Abu Dhabi

Circo’s half-price menu is one of the city’s best-kept secrets. The light-fare menu is available every day at 50 per cent off. The highlights include: tagliatelle with slow-cooked Wagyu Bolognese sauce, spaghetti primavera, seafood risotto, and three different pizzas. Select beverages are also available at half price.

Daily, 5pm to 7pm. Call 02 666 6888

Stratos, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi

Stratos offers the best views of any restaurant on our list. Next time you go, ask for the bar-bites menu, which offers good portions of tasty dishes that are affordably priced. Or try the Stratos Bombay Social Supper Club, a late-night dining concept that features unlimited authentic Indian cuisine (not the normal fare), unlimited select beverages and tunes by DJ Lola Nova.

Fridays, 9pm to midnight. Dh200. Call 02 695 0490

Sho Cho, Souq Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi

Sho Cho, the Japanese restaurant with stunning views of the Grand Mosque, serves a special treat for sushi lovers every Sunday. The buffet has endless sushi, starters, a main course and desserts.

Sundays, 6.30pm to 11pm. Dh125 per person. Call 02 558 1117

Nobu, Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai

When talking about Nobu, “inexpensive” is not the first word that springs to mind — but you can eat there for less thanks to its Tails and Tapas concept. This includes two signature drinks and two tapas, which includes the choice of grilled langoustine with chilli shiso salsa; Nobu Wagyu beef sliders; Lobster tacos and more.

Saturday to Wednesday, 7pm to 11.30pm. Dh125 per person. Call 04 426 2626

Coya, Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai

Coya is a chic, trendy venue where the main courses can easily raise a bill for two to over Dh1,000. Try Coya’s lunch special instead, which includes a choice of two starters and one main. Main-course options include cornfed baby chicken, sea bream and tenderloin.

Sunday to Thursday, 12.30 to 3.30. Dh130 per person. Call 04 316 9600

Marina Social, InterContinental Dubai Marina

Marina Social is the latest in rising-star chef Jason Atherton’s global Social portfolio. If you are on a budget, check out the pared-down early express dinner menu. You can enjoy two or three courses, including some inspired mains, such as tagliatelle with brown crab and lemon ricotta or pulled lamb sourdough pizza.

Daily, 7pm to 8pm. Dh150 for two courses, Dh195 for three. Call 04 559 7862


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If you go...

Etihad Airways flies from Abu Dhabi to Kuala Lumpur, from about Dh3,600. Air Asia currently flies from Kuala Lumpur to Terengganu, with Berjaya Hotels & Resorts planning to launch direct chartered flights to Redang Island in the near future. Rooms at The Taaras Beach and Spa Resort start from 680RM (Dh597).

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Torque: 410Nm
Range: 402km
Price: Dh,150,000 (estimate)
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Al Ghaf Honey

The Al Ghaf tree is a local desert tree which bears the harsh summers with drought and high temperatures. From the rich flowers, bees that pollinate this tree can produce delicious red colour honey in June and July each year

Sidr Honey

The Sidr tree is an evergreen tree with long and strong forked branches. The blossom from this tree is called Yabyab, which provides rich food for bees to produce honey in October and November. This honey is the most expensive, but tastiest

Samar Honey

The Samar tree trunk, leaves and blossom contains Barm which is the secret of healing. You can enjoy the best types of honey from this tree every year in May and June. It is an historical witness to the life of the Emirati nation which represents the harsh desert and mountain environments

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The flights

Emirates flies from Dubai to Seattle from Dh5,555 return, including taxes. Portland is a 260 km drive from Seattle and Emirates offers codeshare flights to Portland with its partner Alaska Airlines.

The car

Hertz (www.hertz.ae) offers compact car rental from about $300 per week, including taxes. Emirates Skywards members can earn points on their car hire through Hertz.

Parks and accommodation

For information on Crater Lake National Park, visit www.nps.gov/crla/index.htm . Because of the altitude, large parts of the park are closed in winter due to snow. While the park’s summer season is May 22-October 31, typically, the full loop of the Rim Drive is only possible from late July until the end of October. Entry costs $25 per car for a day. For accommodation, see www.travelcraterlake.com. For information on Umpqua Hot Springs, see www.fs.usda.gov and https://soakoregon.com/umpqua-hot-springs/. For Bend, see https://www.visitbend.com/.

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