When Ed and I decided to spend a night in Yas Island, I immediately looked for a place to eat and I had several options. We can dine in hotel restaurants, but that also means we need to splurge. We can also grab a cheap meal in Ikea, but a food court meal isn't really suitable for Ed's pre-birthday dinner. So, we decided to go somewhere in between.
Stars'N'Bars in Yas Marina is a branch of a popular bar/restaurant in Monaco. It offers affordable American cuisine and great entertainment facilities. It sits right next to the yacht club, located just a few minutes away from we stayed.
On the eve of Ed's birthday, we went to Stars'N'Bars just as planned. Since it is a licensed restaurant that serves alcohol, the staff at the front door asked for my Emirates ID. Grrr! It happens all the time! For the nth time, I didn't know if I should be overwhelmed or be annoyed that still I look like a teenage girl! When I handed it over, I got the common "Whoa! 1982?" reaction. To avoid long conversation, a smile was my only reply. I always have to stop myself from blurting, "Oh Yes! I am an adult woman. I am married. And it's not fake!"
Anyhow, as soon as we went in, we chose to sit in a quiet semi-private booth that seems to be a golf hole. There are jerseys on display and the couches beside our table are race car seats. Stars'N'Bars is hip, sporty and unique!
After browsing the menu, we decided that it would be another 'Pizza Night'. We chose the S'n'B Royal pizza and a platter of tapas (starters). While waiting for our dinner, Ed's glass of Heineken, my bottle of Acqua Panna and a basket of complimentary bread were brought to our table. I love the balsamic and olive oil dip that came along with the bread. I always prefer it over butter!
The Tapas were served just as soon as we consumed the bread sticks. It is a massive plate of appetizers; onion rings, mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers, fried jalapeno and buffalo wings. The sumptuous starters were served with four varieties of dips; ranch, salsa, BBQ sauce and honey mustard.
We were busy munching and dipping the tapas when our pizza was delivered. The moment I saw the pizza, I realized that we ordered too much! The S'n'B Royal is a large pizza topped with pepperoni, turkey ham, roast beef, veggies, mozzarella and guess what?... a fried egg!!!
We were fully satisfied with the Tapas. All were deliciously crunchy and the dips were good. I just couldn't find something unique in them though. The S'n'B Royal, on the other hand, is a fine choice. The first thing that I looked for was the fried egg. The wait staff told me that it's buried under the thick layer of cheese. So, I dissected my first slice, but I still couldn't find it! However, I definitely knew there's one when I took a bite. It gave the pizza a unique flavor; 'The Something Different' that I was searching for.
We spent a couple of minutes at Yas Marina after dinner. It has a great view of Yas Viceroy Hotel across the yacht club. We watched the marvelous LED lights glitter under the dark sky. It was a perfect location to cap off our date night.
S'n'B Royal Pizza: 61 AED
Tapas: 65 AED
Heineken-Draft: 35 AED
Acqua Panna: 18 AED
Yas Island, Abu Dhabi