UAE food news: Sergio Lopez launches delivery-only burger concept in Abu Dhabi

From restaurant launches to discounted meals, here’s what’s new on the UAE’s food scene

Grillzy Burgers and Buns which launched on Monday, November 16, gives Abu Dhabi residents the chance to sink their teeth into five gourmet creations. Courtesy of Grillzy Burgers and Buns
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There is no doubt that the UAE has a vibrant and ever-changing culinary scene. From fresh fish with views of the Palm Fountain to discounted sushi at Yas Marina and dining with your dog at Dubai's MasterChef, the TV Experience Restaurant – here, we bring you the most delicious news of the week ...

Sergio Lopez brings a delivery-only burger joint to Abu Dhabi

Sergio Lopez, the restaurateur who co-started Tom & Serg and The Pangolin in Dubai, and Sanderson’s in Abu Dhabi, has launched a delivery-only concept for burger enthusiasts in the capital. Grillzy Burger and Buns is a virtual restaurant offering gourmet creations such as Get Down, a peri-peri grilled chicken burger with crispy onion, guacamole and jalapenos; Truffle Shuffle, with Wagyu, pecorino cheese, truffle oil and rocket leaves; and From Down Under, a beef burger with grilled onion, lettuce, beetroot, beef bacon and cheddar cheese. There is also a vegetarian #YumGood, a mushroom patty with mozzarella, lettuce, shallots, zaatar and mayonnaise. All the burgers are priced at Dh45. Desserts feature a selection of sweet buns, including those with sour cherry and custard, each for Dh35 a pop. Orders can be placed via Deliveroo or at

Pick fresh fish with a view of the Palm Fountain at Samakje

Levantine-inspired seafood restaurant Samakje has opened at The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah. Courtesy Samakje
Levantine-inspired seafood restaurant Samakje has opened at The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah. Courtesy Samakje

Dubai residents looking to try something new can head over to Samakje, a Levantine-inspired seafood restaurant that opened at The Pointe in October. Samakje, which loosely translates to “fish expert” from Arabic, gives guests the option to choose fresh seafood displayed on ice that is cooked in various ways. The menu features Levantine-inspired dishes such as truffle labneh dip, fish tajin and lobster kibbeh. Desserts include lemon curd labneh cheesecake and chocolate mousse pastilla. The outdoor seating has views of the waterfront and the record-breaking Palm Fountain, which has daily shows starting from sunset.

Discounted sushi at Yas Marina

Mr Miyagi's has two hours of unlimited sushi and beverages for Dh149. Courtesy Yas Marina
Mr Miyagi's has two hours of unlimited sushi and beverages for Dh149. Courtesy Yas Marina

Sushi lovers in the capital can head to the waterfront destination where four restaurants have launched limited-time deals. Seafood restaurant Aquarium has unveiled its sushi Sundays, with a variety of sushi, ceviche, noodles, miso soups and desserts available for Dh115 per person between 7pm and 11pm. Cipriani is treating guests to a 50 per cent discount on its signature Yotto Sushi menu every Monday, inclusive of salmon sashimi, California maki rolls and tuna nigiri at bargain prices, when dining between 6pm and midnight. On Tuesdays, Iris will serve its signature maki rolls starting at Dh100, and an unlimited maki and house beverage menu for Dh249. The offer is valid from 8pm to 11pm. Finally, Mr Miyagi’s has also launched a Sushi Me Rollin deal on Saturdays, with two hours of unlimited sushi and house beverages for Dh149 per person, available from noon. All offers are valid until Monday, November 30.

Take your pup to the MasterChef restaurant for a discount 

MasterChef, the TV Experience Restaurant based on the television show, is giving pet lovers further incentive to visit. The venue located in Dubai Marina is allowing guests to bring their dogs to the expansive terrace seating. Diners can enjoy dishes such as tenderloin with beurre noisette carrot puree by Diana Chan (MasterChef Australia champion season nine, 2017), while their pets enjoy doggy biscuits. Pet owners will get a 20 per cent discount on the bill. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 04 550 8111.