Getting together for meals with the people you like and care about is one way of bringing balance to your life. After a long day of work at the office or chores at home, it is nice to head somewhere that has a good social atmosphere.
The capital of the UAE, that is, Abu Dhabi, has an abundance of such places, and most of them are restaurants that boast a cozy ambiance and a delightful selection of comforting food such as soups, noodles, and superbly-cooked meats that just melt in your mouth.
Therefore, if you are looking forward to a meet up with your pals, there are places where you can make a reservation right now for an intimate gathering of food, drinks, and conversation. Five of them are listed below:
1. Koi Restaurant
If you are in the mood for Japanese food, KOI Restaurant is the best place to try Japanese cuisine. The menu offers a selection of traditional Japanese cuisine as well as exciting recipes fresh out of the chef’s imagination.
The food is not the only thing you will love about this dining destination.
Patrons of KOI compliment the interior design of the restaurant as well. If it’s cozy that you want, that’s what you will get here. The Japanese love warm lighting for dining to enhance the colors of the ingredients they use and to make mealtimes truly comforting. Plus, KOI has private dining rooms if you really want to avoid the buzz of a crowd while having an intimate meal with your friends.
2. The Living Room Café
Located in Khalidiya Village, this is the perfect place to go to if you are already a family person, and your meetups with friends mean all of you bring your spouses and children. This place is one of the most kid-friendly dining destinations in the capital despite its rather fancy interior.
There is a section for really young children that is equipped with toys, and children can enjoy their own meals here while playing with each other. The café also offers a cupcake decorating activity for kids.
As for adults, they can enjoy the elegant interior of the café, relax and talk over everything — from pasta, soups, burgers, to different kinds of meat dishes.
3. BOA Steakhouse
Big meat-eaters can find delight here because steak is always perfectly prepared at BOA Steakhouse. It has brought its reputation as one of the best places for steak in the USA to the capital of UAE, and the locals love it.
As a meeting place with friends after work, BOA delivers a satisfying experience with its bold and colorful interior. The overall vibe of the place is young and hip but also warm and intimate for dinner dates.
4. Bord Eau
This French gastronomy specialist in Abu Dhabi is a treat for many. The food is “de-luscious” according to foodies and critics. Plus, everything about the restaurant screams sophistication. There are massive windows that provide a view of the beautifully landscaped grounds of the Shangri-La Hotel, regal crystal chandeliers, and gorgeous French paintings.
If you are looking for an elegant culinary destination that also ensures a warm and cozy experience for guests, you cannot go wrong with Bord Eau. The place and the food are absolute works of art. You and your friends will certainly feel like you are rewarding yourselves.
5. Jazz Bar & Dining
Do you and your friends love music? Then, Jazz Bar & Dining should make it to your list of places to dine at.
You will love their international food options as well. The restaurant has fresh seafood, French desserts, and a bunch of other dishes worth trying for the first time with people close to you. But, of course, the best thing about dining here is the jazzy atmosphere. What beats live jazz music (from Sunday to Friday) for a cozy background?
Enjoy Some Time Out With Friends
In this fast-paced and hectic world, everybody needs to find the time to enjoy splendid food and a lovely atmosphere with friends. It’s a highly effective way to regain balance and find joy in life. Thankfully, Abu Dhabi has some of the best dining locations to provide you with such experiences.
Jenene Bronwin Batts is the Senior Marketing Coordinator at Tourism Development & Investment Company or TDIC. She oversees website maintenance, PR requests, marketing initiatives and all general guests’ enquiries for the company’s destinations, including KOI Restaurant & Lounge and Boa Steakhouse in Abu Dhabi.