Yas Bay officially opens next week, here’s what we know so far


The island of Yas is about to experience a Gastronaissance …

Located on the southern edge of Yas Island, opposite Al Raha, the multibillion-dirham leisure and entertainment district, Yas Bay is about to be launched.

The waterfront location is full of over 30 restaurants and bars and has its own leisure pier. And recently a countdown appeared on the location official site – the launch date being Thursday 25 November… Just in time for the United Arab Emirates 50 Jubilee celebrations, Abu Dhabi Formula 1 and the holiday season.

These are all the sites that we know will launch soon in Yas Bay.

Daikan Ramen

One of Dubai’s most popular cult ramen joints heads to Pier 71 on the Yas Bay waterfront. Known for its hio, miso and shoy broth, this authentic Japanese ramen-ya will be an electric addition to the capital’s Asian food scene.

La Carnita

This urban-style Mexican restaurant designed and raised in Toronto’s mighty culinary forge. As you might expect, coming from Drake’s backyard, the soundtrack for the Latin Canteen Room Network is straightforward, golden age, hip hop, and R&B. This Abu Dhabi outpost follows the success of the Dubai location, found at the InterContinental Dubai Marina. As with much of Yas Bay’s “upcoming” collection, we don’t have specific numbers on an expected due date (although, if we were to guess based on the current momentum, there are deadlines. delivery and crazy guesswork, we’d say Q4 2021). We hope it will take roughly the same format as its cousin from Dubai. Which offers one of the best Tuesday tacos in town (three hours of unlimited tacos for 150 Dhs), fiesta brunches, loco ladies’ evenings and mixology masterclasses. @lacarnita_dxb

Akiba Dori

The electric Japanese restaurant and pizzeria in Dubai Design District (D3) is making its way to the multi-billion dirham new development in Yas Bay. With its neon stripes, academy badge of honor of chic interiors, and innovative artwork, we believe Akiba Dori will fit right into the neighborhood. This new outpost of the insanely cool Tokyo restaurant, Akiba Dori, is slated to open around mid-September 2021. The restaurant will be located on Pier 71 of Yas Bay and will feature a terrace with some pretty incredible views of the horizon. We’re too early to get confirmation of the final menu, but we’ve been told to expect some favorites to return from the Dubai collection. @akibadori


The Lighthouse Restaurant & Concept Store is coming to Yas Bay in Abu Dhabi, it is expected to launch in the last quarter of 2021, it will have room for 145 diners and excitingly it will be licensed. As you would expect from the deliciously and deliberately quirky innovation engine that is the D3, The Lighthouse is not your conventional restaurant. Designed by Hashem Montasser and Hany Bassiouny and launched in 2017, the brand combines a gastronomic experience with a retail space. They have a great selection of books, perfumes and curios that make gifts for those people who are “really hard to buy” for. The menu is a bit hipster, and we mean that in the nicest sense. This guarantees you excellent breakfasts and top quality coffee, imaginative culinary creations, health and nutrition will be an integral part of the menu identity, and you can go vegan if you wish. @thelighthouse_ae

Hunter and barrel

Australian steakhouse Hunter & Barrel, which recently opened a store in Dubai at Vida Emirates Hills, will bring a much-needed “dining spot” to the capital’s new leisure and entertainment district. Here’s what What’s On had to say when they recently visited the Dubai site:

“The bar is cool and contemporary with a huge oak table. The dishes are plentiful at Hunter & Barrel and at very reasonable prices, with steak prices starting at 120 Dhs for a filet steak.

The Hunter’s Sharing Platter (150 Dhs) is filled with serious comfort food in the form of sticky and smoked chicken wings, lightly breaded shrimp, spicy squid and, our favorite, the three cheese dip, served warm and gooey with a serving of fresh pita bread for dipping.

Rob De Villiers, Managing Director Middle East of Seagrass BHG (the group responsible for Hunter & Barrel), said: “We are delighted to share our exceptional charcoal roast dishes and tender cuts of beef with residents and visitors. of Yas Island.


Center of haute cuisine born in Cannes, Paradiso is the world-renowned Mediterranean restaurant of the Michelin-approved double culinary act of Nicole Rubi (the woman behind La Petite Maison de Nice) and chef Pierre Gagnaire (Fouquet’s). Their ‘medium’ is light gourmet dishes using local and seasonal ingredients – reinterpreting Mediterranean classics and giving them a taste rebirth. Expect the menu to include items such as Nicole’s Petit Fours (stuffed vegetables, often zucchini); deeply tasty snails; Bavarian cauliflower; Paradiso’s signature pizza; and shoulder of lamb confit with spices. Diners can also choose from a connoisseur’s collection of pasta; young roasted cockerel; and grilled prime rib. The man behind the mixology, Emanuele Balestra, also ensured that the restaurant’s botanical theme is reflected in the making of the signature drinks. Expect exquisite and understated luxury for interiors, an expansive terrace and dazzling decor from Italian architects Vudafieri-Saverino Partners. Botanical elements run through the place with elements presenting green hues of olive leaves, capers and sage; elsewhere, blushes of saffron yellow and orange cirtus duel with ceramic tiles, rattan, Sicilian stone, brass, velvet and silk.

Asia Asia

Asia Asia

Solutions Leisure Group, the team behind Dubai’s mega hotel projects such as Lock, Stock and Barrel, STK and Asia Asia announced the opening of the latter in Yas Bay. The award-winning What’s On setAsian restaurant is known for its party atmosphere and excellent fusion of Asian and flavors of the Middle East. Also hopefully a magnificent terrace overlooking the new bay. AsiaAsia.com

The central

Early renders of new entertainment destination The Central suggest an arcade complex, complete with Pac Man, air hockey, and simulators, is heading to the new Yas Bay development. There’s also a retro restaurant inside, which we believe will serve a selection of American comfort food. There have even been (and we highlight: unconfirmed) rumors that it could include a bowling alley.

Lock, Stock and Barrel

Another solid hit from the Solutions Leisure group, Lock, Stock and Barrel has been the go-to place to party until the early hours for a few years now. If restrictions allow, we can expect live music, a large dance floor space, and a menu of international bites, including his signature meter-long flatbread at this Yas Bay business. . lsbabudhabi.com

The Buddha Bar AKA Siddharta, Zeera and Bushra Trilogy

Capital Motion, the team behind the Siddharta Lounge Abu Dhabi by Buddha Bar, says it will be a ‘dazzling rooftop playground with a Mediterranean menu, smart mixology, breathtaking views and concept-inspired events. cutting edge technology ”. Big statement. But judging by the success of its Dubai counterpart, it should live up to the hype. We also heard rumblings from two more exciting concepts of Buddha Bar (Bushra and Zeera, apparently with the support of a Michelin star / celebrity chef) heading to Yas bay. More to come on WhatsOn.ae.

Cafe Del Mar

In April, we brought up the idea that Ibiza’s iconic cave, Café Del Mar, could be heading to the new Hilton in Yas Bay. But now we’re sure – it’s all confirmed, with the horribly imminent * pinch us * launch date of “later in 2021”. It arrives in Abu Dhabi under the expert guidance of Capital Motion (which will also be delivering Siddharta Lounge, Bushra and Zeera to Yas Bay soon). Commenting on the announcement, Mario Samaha, Founder of Capital Motion, said: “We are delighted to expand our collaboration with Miral to Yas Bay Waterfront and bring Café del Mar to Abu Dhabi. This latest addition to Capital Motion’s portfolio and the already impressive array of nightlife and dining venues at Yas Bay Waterfront will provide guests with a truly unique experience in a world-class entertainment venue.Cafe Del Mar is the stuff of Balearic legend. Over the course of his 40-year non-stop party manifesto, he’s launched countless “cool house” playlists, hosted nearly every Hall-of-Famer DJ, and established himself as a staple of the game. Ibiza musical phenomenon. New Cafe Del Mar establishments have sprung up in Phuket, Tenerife, mainland Spain, and there’s even one offering a warm welcome and loving farewells at Ibiza Airport. The news that the Cafe Del Mar Beach Club will be relocating to the Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island – presumably with the ‘man-made floating beach’ concept that was announced ahead of the launch, will be good news for those still mourning the closure of the island. other emirate. “big in Ibiza” sesh spot, Blue Marlin…

Emmy squared

The capital’s food scene takes a giant bite out of the Big Apple, with New York-based pizzeria Emmy Squared heading to Abu Dhabi’s Yas Bay. Scheduled to open in the last quarter of 2021, this fine-carbohydrate supplier offers Detroit-style pizzas – a square-shaped pizza with “a crispy bottom, a chewy focaccia-like dough, a ‘frico’ crust with caramelized cheese and stripes. signature sauce. Despite being just over five years old as a brand, Emmy Squared has 13 branches across the eastern and southeastern continental United States. They offer a mix of traditional and more innovative red and white pizzas such as Colony² (Ezzo pepperoni, marinated jalapeños, honey) and Big Ang (house sauce, ricotta, double pecorino, meatball, banana peppers). It’s not just about ‘za either, according to the website, their two-decker burger, The Big Matt, was named “the number one best burger in Nashville” by The Tennessean and Nashville Lifestyles; one of Gothamist’s “Best New Burgers in New York”; and one of the “20 Best Burgers in New York” by The Infatuation. And because this will be a licensed venue, you’ll be able to pair your crusty stuffing with a collection of adult drinks, including a signature mixology.

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