Visit a restaurant owned by the rich and famous
Diego is part owned by exfootballer Diego Maradona and is a real curiosity – while the colourful décor will transport you to a backstreet in Buenos Aires (it feels like a sports bar, complete with TVs showing Maradona scoring goals throughout his career), the food is fine-dining in look and taste. You’ll find everything from soups to ceviche and huge steaks here.
ation Galleria, Al Khubeirah, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Wed 9.30am to 11pm, Thur to Sat 9.30am to midnight. Tel: (02) 6772344. Taxi: Nation Galleria. allied-brothers.com
An Indian outlet in Yas Mall, Asha’s is owned by legendary Bollywood playback singer Asha Bhosle. The star has recorded more than 12,000 songs for 850 films during her career, and the 83-yearold was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dubai International Film Festival back in 2014. Try the paneer kebabs.
as Mall, Yas Island, Sat to Wed noon to 11pm, Thur and Fri noon to midnight. Tel: (02) 4926680. Taxi: Yas Mall. ashasrestaurants.com
You’d be forgiven for thinking Dave’s is just another boring old chain from the US, but the ribs and barbecued chicken in particular are of a high standard. What’s more, Famous Dave is also a bit of a personality – he’s been declared bankrupt twice, but also has friends in high places. Oprah Winfrey once gave big Dave an Angel Network Award for his work with at-risk Native American kids. He was also a torchbearer at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Utah.
Famous Dave’s, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Wed 11am to 11pm, Thur and Fri 11am to midnight. Tel: (02) 6587863. Taxi: Abu Dhabi Mall. famousdaves.ae