Gourmet cuisine and classic flavours delivered with a modern twist.” Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island

Exciting times for Abu Dhabi as the new Yas Bay development, located on Yas Island, has unveiled its first luxury hotel. The five-star Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island resort, next to Etihad Arena, has opened with an array of new experiences for in-house guests and visitors alike. 

The newly opened hotel facilities currently include Graphos Social Kitchen, the spacious all-day restaurant, Osmo Lounge and Bar, Capila Pool Bar & Grill that offers pool bites and drinks, swimming pools, fitness centre and eforea spa with more areas due to open later this year. We dined at Graphos, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving an East to West menu with an array of international flavours. The modern space, designed to resemble a food market, has live kitchens housed in centrally positioned cubes complemented by additional stations, such as the dessert counter, around the edge. Each kitchen offers a different cuisine, flamboyant chefs interacting and entertaining guests with their culinary theatrics, expect to see lots of flames behind the glass.

Diners can wander (while socially distancing/wearing masks) throughout the space if choosing the buffet option or select the a la carte menu. We opted for the latter and enjoyed various dishes including burrata with tomatoes, fish and chips, pad thai with prawns and Asian beef. The deconstructed lemon meringue pie was top notch and definitely worth a try. Graphos is a large space with a contemporary design, bold tiles and colourful lighting vie for attention inside whereas the outdoor terrace has a more toned down design with a great vista. 

I highly recommend pre-dinner sundowners at Osmo Lounge and Bar located just off the main lobby. Head out to the bar’s all-white terrace for drinks with an elevated view of the palm lined pools and beyond. The modern blue lit bar also has a cosy interior and a good selection of beers, wines, spirits and mixology. The lounge side of the space offers coffee, pastries, snacks and afternoon tea.

We enjoyed our visit although the venues was quiet so lacked atmosphere (we were the only people in the bar and one of three tables in the restaurant) but that should improve as more people discover the hotel. I look forward to returning when more restaurant options open and to visit the new beach club, complete with its unique floating beach.

Graphos Social Kitchen

Location: Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island, Yas Bay, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Telephone: 02 208 6888

Website: www.hilton.com/en/hotels/auhyihi-hilton-abu-dhabi-yas-island

Open daily for breakfast 6:30am – 10:30am, lunch 12:30pm – 3:30pm and dinner 6:30 pm – 11pm

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