Hickorys Restaurant and bar bread

Hickory’s Restaurant, located inside the Club House of the exquisite Yas Links Abu Dhabi Golf Course, serves up good vibes, great food and amazing views.

This is a premier dining destination but before eating or drinking anything, I was blown away by the views. With cooler temperatures sweeping across the emirate, we opted for a table on the terrace surrounded by lush greenery and endless mangroves along the coastline. I was awe struck by the scenery, which included iconic Yas Island landmarks and jaw dropping views of the Arabian Gulf.

The menu

We settled in for the Bubbly Brunch, which goes down every Thursday night from 5pm to 8pm. I recommend arriving at 5pm to witness a beautiful sunset over the golf course.

The brunch offers a set three-course menu, which started with a mini snack plate including two Buffalo chicken wings with blue cheese, garlic toast and a mix of Buffalo mozzarella, rocket leaves, sunflower seeds and balsamic dressing. This was my favorite plate of the evening as the wings were perfectly fried and crispy. The garlic toast and salad paired nicely too.

Hickory's starter

Then we moved on to the tapas style main course, which allowed for sampling. It included a cut of sesame teriyaki beef with vegetables, enoki gnocci with a light tomato cheese sauce, spiced chicken skewers, ciabatta open pizza and sweet, crispy potato fries. If that sounds like a lot of food, it was. Everything was well prepared, but the star of this board by far was the beef closely followed by the chicken skewers. The only thing missing was a crispy crust on the open pizza.

Hickory's Restaurant main course

The meal ended on a sweet note with a mini apple crumble, served in a chocolate shell drizzled with custard sauce. I was pleasantly surprised that it was served warm with a side of mixed fruit salad. My only regret is that I didn’t customize it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Hickorys Restaurant and bar dessert

The verdict

The Bubbly Brunch at Hickory’s is an experience – commendable food combined with stunning views. Whether you’re in the mood to kick it with the girls on a Thursday night or a romantic date, Hickory’s Restaurant is the spot. You don’t have to be a golfer to enjoy dining at Yas Links Abu Dhabi either as the restaurant is open to the public.

Hickorys Restaurant and bar guest

Need to Know

Reservation required | 02 404 3000 | AED 89 for food only, AED 199 for brunch & house beverages for two hours, AED 399 for brunch & house beverages for three hours | Yas Links Abu Dhabi, Yas Island  | troonabudhabi.com