As the scrumptious six-week  celebration of food continues across the emirate until December 15th, there’s still time for avid foodies to uncover homegrown restaurants right here on their doorsteps. In partnership with Best Bites Abu Dhabi, gourmets can feast their eyes as they partake in the Hidden Gems Interactive Scavenger Hunt enabling them to search far and wide for the ultimate unique eatery, in a bid to win an array of tasty prizes.

The exciting line up of prizes on offer include: fine dining experiences, mall vouchers and luxurious staycations – to avail, all competitors have to do is check into as many of the participating restaurants and order at least three of the recommended dishes, easy! 

Al Dafra

Located along the idyllic Corniche, this quirky restaurant is serving up freshly caught seafood from Mina Port. Combining, the delicious specialties with its authentic features, this venue truly is one of the capitals Hidden Gems! Indulge in the Seafood Platter, Machbous and the Grilled Prawns for a typically traditional feel. 

Location: Corniche St, Mina Port

Contact: 02 673 2200

Kabul Afghanistan

Experience regional delicacies and savour on flavoursome, rich palates at this quirky eatery which provides diners with the option of indulging in their offerings sat traditionally on the floor. Relish on dishes such as Afghani Lamb Shank Pilau, Mantoo Dumplings and Afghan Mixed Kebab.

Location: Madinat Zayed area

Contact: 02 444 1889

West to West Kitchen

Renowned for its African Caribbean menu, West to West Kitchen is the first of its kind in Abu Dhabi and it’s not hard to see why it’s so popular. Foodies can devour scrumptious dishes such as the Chicken Groundnut Stew, Carnival Goat Curry and the Awojoh Binch for Caribbean feast.

Location: Electra St, Al Danah

Contact: 02 671 9119

Al Mufraka

Everything is about this venue is authentic, curated from a family’s love for cooking – the Sudanese infused menu, the chefs, the ingredients and raw materials is what makes the whole experience at Al Mufraka an enjoyable one. Treat yourself and be sure to check out the Falafel, Chicken Agashe, and the Shaya Jamour.

Location: Al Wahda

Contact: 052 821 8316

Bosnian Hut

This quaint yet delicious venue is serving up flavours and dishes typically derived from Bosnia and the Baltics, diners can opt for a selection of specialties such as the Cheese Pita, Bosnian Kebab and the Bosnlan Traditional Sweet (Hurmascle) for a chance to unlock prizes as part of the Interactive Scavenger Hunt.

Location: 933 Hazaa Bin Zayed St, near Burjeel

Contact: 02 566 6215

Ole! Espana

The UAE’s capital first and of course the finest Spanish street food infused restaurant; it’s just as tasteful as we expected. Savour on Mediterranean delicacies such as the Chicken Paella, Spanish Tortilla, and the Calamari Sandwich. 

Location: Airport Rd

Contact: 02 643 1162

Adventurers can take part by downloading the GooseChase App on Android or iOS and search for “Hidden Gems-Best Bites.” The competition allows you to play along  in a team of up to four people – once in the game the missions will be assigned which require a photo, video and text capturing or GPS check in. Further to this, gamers should ensure to keep checking their emails so they don’t miss out on opportunities to earn extra points!

For more information relating to this initiative and the participating restaurants, please refer to the Hidden Gems section on our website.

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