The Boundary

Kids under the age of 12 are restricted from entering malls, supermarkets and most restaurants but The Boundary welcomes them with open arms. The newly renovated café and restaurant, located at the Abu Dhabi Cricket Stadium is open to families and kids of all ages. This hidden gem is one of the first to serve kids and we’re giving you the inside scoop from families who’ve been. 

The Casale family at The Boundary

Safety first 

Melissa Casale, a primary school teacher in Abu Dhabi, was a bit hesitant taking her young kids to a restaurant for the first time but says the safety measures implemented helped her take the plunge.

“It seemed that The Boundary was doing their best to follow all the guidelines from the government, so we felt a little more relaxed about it and decided to take the chance and get out, she says.”

The restaurant is operating at about 50% capacity and divided into two distinct spaces. The dining room has six tables, which are spaced two meters apart and seat four people. The room in the back has six pub style tables with seating for four people and caters to those who’d like to eat, chill and watch a few rugby matches.

Guests are required to wear masks and greeted with the usual temperature checks and hand sanitizer at the front entrance, measures that Melissa explains didn’t compromise the experience at all. 

“Our kids were very excited about getting to go out! Wearing a mask didn’t bother them too much, but the wooden disposable utensils left a funny taste in their mouths, which was a bummer.”

In an effort to curb the spread of covid-19, The Boundary has traded traditional dishes and silverware for kraft containers and wooden forks and spoons. When my family popped in for lunch we enjoyed fish & chips, burgers, fries and chicken strips – basically, we ate with our hands – so finger food might be your best bet. There’s also a box of tissues and hand sanitizer at each table for unruly families like mine. 

In an effort to curb the spread of covid-19, The Boundary has traded traditional dishes and silverware for kraft containers and wooden forks and spoons. When my family popped in for lunch we enjoyed fish & chips, burgers, fries and chicken strips – basically, we ate with our hands – so finger food might be your best bet. There’s also a box of tissues and hand sanitizer at each table for unruly families like mine. 

The Clarkes at The Boundary

The verdict 

These days, going out poses a risk for everyone but life must go on and children need to get out. All things considered, Melissa is happy with her decision to dine out at The Boundary as a family. 

“Getting to take the family out to eat was definitely a positive experience for us. We loved getting to be around other people, even if we were socially distanced. Eating at a table other than our own dining room table was definitely a treat. The food was good and a nice change from our home cooked meals.” 

fish and chips at The Boundary

The only downside according to Melissa is that “eating out as a family of four has always been a bit expensive, but it seems that the prices have gone up even more.” 

So, if you’ve got little ones with cabin fever and a little extra cash to pad your food budget, give The Boundary a try. 

Need to know

Reservation required | 050 603 7838 | AED 300 for 4 (two adults and two kids) | Bring your own cup and get 25% off take away coffees