“When crisis calls, there’s only one thing for it: delivery.” GQ Magazine
Dining-in is the new (enforced) going out to eat. So if you’ve already cooked all your favourite dishes (me), dusted off the cook books to try a few new recipes (me again) and ordered your usual takeaway (also me) it’s now time to try out some new delivery options. Craving that certain delectable dish from your favourite restaurant? Not only is ordering in something to look forward to, it also helps restaurants and local businesses thrive in this difficult time. Here’s a few ideas of some establishments who are offering new takeaway/delivery services.
COYA Abu Dhabi – Experience COYA 2 U and enjoy Peruvian dishes from the comfort of your own home. The takeaway MENU is available everyday from 12 noon to 8pm. Choose from soup, appetizers, mains, side dishes and desserts with options for vegetarians and vegans too. Every order comes with complimentary Peruvian vitamin boost shots and a free DIY Guacamole kit.
Delivery information: Telephone 02 306 7000 to place your order
Desert Lotus – Authentic Thai and Japanese flavours are on the menu at homegrown restaurant Desert Lotus. Choose from the range of classic Thai dishes, sushi and teppanyaki. We sampled the Pad Thai and both Red and Green Curries over the weekend, and were not disappointed. Click HERE to see the menu
Delivery information: Order via Talabat, Deliveroo and Zomato
Emirates Palace – Celebrating a birthday or special occasion during lockdown? Planning a date night at home? Or maybe you just fancy a treat. Sample the gourmet flavours of Emirates Palace without leaving the house. The Emirates Palace Deliver to Your Doorstep menu features signature dishes from each of their restaurants available all day long with delivery to anywhere in Abu Dhabi – see the full menu HERE.
Delivery information: Telephone 02 690 7999 or e-mail email@example.com (minimum spend AED 300)
Foodshed – Try Foodshed’s farm-to-table cuisine at home and experience their wholesome, vegan-friendly menu with lots of healthy options. Fancy some mac and cheese balls for lunch, tasty tacos for dinner and a delicious chocolate nemesis for dessert? No problem, Foodshed has it all and so much more – click HERE for the menu.
Delivery information: Orders available daily from 8am to 5pm for pick up and delivery via Talabat, Zomato, Deliveroo and Carriage.
LOCAL – Missing your favourite caffeinated beverage? LOCAL, the popular specialty coffee shop located in Al Zeina, is offering curbside collection and home delivery within the Zeina community. Drinks, sandwiches and sweet treats such as the Wake’n Bake donuts, cinnamon buns, brownies and banana bread are available daily from 8am – 7pm. Various drinks and food combo deals to keep you fueled while working from home are also available for delivery, with options such as coffee with a pastry or panini. Coffee brewing kits can be purchased so you can brew your own LOCAL barista style coffee at home.
Pick-up/Delivery information: Call 02 555 339 or Whats App 050 494 8339 to place your order.
Nectar Juice Bar – Missing your usual juice, smoothie and nutritious bites from Nectar? The delivery menu includes such delights as Acai bowls, healthy waffles and snickers as well as oatmeal with superfood granola and kale chips. Stay energized and healthy with a delivery from my favourite juice bar, you even get the bonus of a free ginger lemon shot with your first order.
Delivery information: Order via Deliveroo or Zomato. For Saadiyat delivery telephone 02 657 5816
Tamba Restaurant – Spice up your self-isolation with some delicious Indian inspired cuisine from Tamba. Signature favourites such as biryani, chicken tikka masala, slow cooked lamb shank and tiger prawns can be ordered accompanied by various flavours of naans and beverages.
Delivery information: For home delivery telephone 02 672 8888 (minimum order AED100) or order through Zomato HERE
The Chippy – Good old fashioned fish and chips is on the menu at The Chippy located in Reem Island. Fresh battered cod, haddock, scampi, proper chips and curry sauce are offered along with many other fish and chip shop favourites.
Delivery information: Order online HERE for delivery or collection. Telephone 02 4447066 fore more information
West to West Kitchen – Try the tasty West African/Caribbean dishes from West to West Kitchen. Favourites such as saltfish fritters, jerk chicken, goat curry, plantains and rice & peas are all available – click HERE for the full menu.
Delivery information: Now delivering to Saadiyat, Ansam, Khalifa City, Al Bandar, Al Zeina, Al Muneera and Al Reef. Whats App your order to 055 283 5614 (minimum order of AED 100. Card and cash accepted) or order via Zomato HERE
Need more inspiration? Check out Best Bites Instagram (order direct highlight) for a comprehensive list of locally owned restaurants who accept orders directly and some offer Best Bites discounts. Otherwise check out the regular delivery apps Tabalat, Zomato, Deliveroo, Carriage, Uber Eats and The Entertainer.
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