Luxurious is probably the best word to describe to the InterContinental Abu Dhabi, whether you’re referring to its rooms, facilities or dining spaces. The urban resort is ideally situated for exploring the sleek and affluent capital, from local cafes and shisha bars to glitzy malls brimming with luxury boutiques, so long as you don’t miss its celebrated Lebanese restaurant.
Boasting panoramic views of the private marina, Byblos Sur Mer spans two floors and is known for serving up some of the finest Lebanese cuisine in Abu Dhabi. The views of the sparkling marina are best enjoyed on the terrace, with a chilled glass of arak in hand and the chalky smoke of a shisha wafting through the air, though there’s plenty of space inside for those who prefer to dine in temperature-controlled environs.
Popular with business people, as well as locals and visitors to Abu Dhabi, Byblos Sur Mer caters to all appetites, from snacks to go with your chilled Champagne to feasts for large groups. Perhaps start with a selection of hot and cold mezzeh such as hoummus, chargrilled baby squid, lamb sausage with oriental spices and lime or stuffed vine leaves with a tomato and pomegranate dip before moving on to one of the restaurant’s signature dishes or grills. Chicken shawarma flavoured with pistachio and baked in baklava is one such speciality, while deep-fried haloumi with a mouhamarah crust, apricot, and quince and molasses dip is another.
If you’re craving succulent meat or fish, try one of Byblos Sur Mer’s grills, which include chicken, lamb and seafood, perhaps with a traditional tabbouleh salad on the side. There’s also a selection of fatteh, soups and tartares on offer, and a rather tempting dessert menu featuring the likes of fig fondant, kunafa, and a cherry flavoured milk pudding served with ashta, berries and marshmallows.