“Our passion for food is equally matched by our love for art. Urban retrEAT teams-up with local talent to showcase art and hosts live music every weekend.” Urban RetrEAT
The UAE’s street food scene has boomed in recent years and food incubator Urban RetrEAT provides a venue where local vendors can promote themselves and their food to the local community. Located near Ferrari World on the upper floor in Yas Mall, Urban RetrEAT offers diners a casual indoor dining space to try a variety of street food from around the globe under one roof. Regular rotations keep things new and exciting with vendors changing on a regular rotation and some that stay for a longer duration.
The latest vendor rotation gives diners mouth watering options such as avo fritters, burrito bowls and other Mexican favourites from Burro Blanco, I can personally recommend the guacamole and veggie quesadillas. Try some American comfort food like sliders, loaded hot dogs and fries courtesy of Revolution Kitchen and some Asian noodles and bao from ASIA. Add some spice to your life with traditional Caribbean and African dishes from West to West Kitchen, the fried plantain is tasty and the other half rates their goat curry.
Flipt Kitchen offers guests its culinary roadtrip concept with the ‘first casual fine dining experience’ in Abu Dhabi with dishes such as venison steak, duck with chilli rosemary sauce, chicken with the Dutch favourite; joppie sauce and mixed berry cheesecake. KRUST is all about the grilled cheese sandwich with a range of savoury toasted cheesy options with various toppings.
If regional cuisine is more your thing, Al Areesh has a menu packed with Middle Eastern inspired dishes such as sharwamas, mixed grills and a colourful fattoush salad along with fresh pomegranate juice. Traditional Emirati cuisine is offered by Barzat Al Freej, choose the delicious Shakshouka or some crunchy sweet luqaimat, the traditional Arabic dumplings served plain or filled with cheese, add a glass of chai karak or cardamom coffee.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with authentic flavoured Syrian ice-cream smothered in pistachio nuts from Arabica Booza and for the ultimate sugar rush try the Sukkar Dose rolled ice creams, definitely sample the nutella flavour, or one of their bubble waffles or crepes washed down with a bubblegum mojito, ice cold frappe or milkshake. Finish up with a dark roast coffee freshly brewed from Espresso Mobil.
This unique family-friendly venue is modern and inviting, offering several areas that are ideal for the city’s digital nomads, those looking for a quick bite to eat or those who want to try a different cuisine or just a nice social space to catch up with friends.
Location: Yas Mall – Level 1- Shop L1-052, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday 10:00am – 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday 10:00am – 12 midnight
I was invited to Urban RetrEAT. All views are my own based on my experience. Unless otherwise stated all photos © Jo Brett 2019. All rights reserved. Additional photos used with courtesy of www.urbanretreat.me/