Menus and décor that are a little out of the ordinary
The acai berry is one of those superfoods that experts reckon is full of antioxidants, can aid with recovery after exercise and can even help you lose weight. The small red and purple fruits look like a cross between a grape and blueberry and they’re served in milkshakes and smoothies at Express, but What’s On is a fan of their Special Meal menu – the berry is served like a sorbet in a big plastic cup with a variety of ingredients. We recommend Coconut Dreams – it comes with acai, condensed milk, milk powder, pineapple, coconut and mixed nuts.
Yas Mall, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Wed 10am to 11pm, Thur and Fri 10am to midnight. Tel: (02) 6423855. Taxi: Yas Mall. yasmall.ae
The Galleria’s classy Japanese restaurant adds a European twist to some dishes (thanks to some input from acclaimed French chef Joel Robuchon), the menu is huge, offering everything from ceviches to soups to maki rolls, and equally creative, and the dishes are all fresh and colourful.
The Galleria, Abu Dhabi Global Market Square, Al Maryah Island, Sat to Wed 11am to 11pm, Thur and Fri 11am to midnight. Tel: (04) 4495702. Taxi: The Galleria, Al Maryah Island. sushiart.ae
The décor here is worth a visit alone – the walls are lined with photos of people on motorbikes and bicycles (including celebrities) – and the menu is strong, particularly when it comes to breakfast options (pepperoni omelettes, anyone?) Service has been a little erratic on some of our visits but that’s a minor complaint – this is one of the city’s most unique mall offerings. It is a popular weekend haunt for expat and Emirati families.
Al Seef Village Mall, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Thur 7am to midnight, Fri and Sat 8am to midnight. Tel: (02) 4443942. Taxi: Al Seef Village Mall, near Khalifa Park. bikerscafe.com