Your weekend mantra
Hit List: Speed around Yas Marina Circuit, try the new Saturday brunch at Caramel
Tuck into healthy organic burger at Bareburger
The burger market in the UAE is anything but bare, but in the last six months, a new meaty offering has made its way on to the food scene and it’s a place that is sure to be a hit with families thanks to their new Monday kid’s eat free nights. Bareburger is a health-conscious, organic, and non-GMO burger restaurant that has outlets at City Walk and Festival City in Dubai. Their most recent restaurant is in Abu Dhabi’s Marina Mall, and there are plans afoot for a third Dubai eatery next month. Touted as a healthy alternative to “typically fattening and synthetically processed burger eateries” we think it is worth checking out. For more, visit bareburger.com.
Go behind the scenes at Yas Marina Circuit
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to drive round an F1 track or stand on an F1 podium, now’s your chance. Yas Marina Circuit is offering up to 25 per cent off driver and passenger experiences in cars including Aston Martin GT4, Radical SST, Mercedes AMG, Ferrari 458GT, Jaguar F-type S Coupe and even Chevrolet Camaro drag racing. I opted for the Yas Radical SST Passenger Experience, at Dh330, discounted from Dh440. A professional driver took me around the track four times, hitting top speeds of up to 200 km per hour. I also booked a two-hour venue tour, which takes you behind the scenes to key locations including pit lane, team villas, the control room and drivers’ briefing room. You can even pose on the podium, where Nico Rosberg’s doughnut rings from last year’s championship celebrations can still be seen. Available Thursdays and Saturdays, from 6pm, from Dh120, Yas Central, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 800 92, www.yasmarinacircuit.com
Check out a new wellness studio in Al Seef
Does Abu Dhabi finally have its answer to the popular American fitness program SoulCycle? Sweat is a newly opened cycling and wellness studio that comes from the owners of Nolu’s Café. It is located in the Al Seef Resort & Spa by Andalus and next to Nolu’s Raw – a branch of the restaurant that features healthier food options and has a juice bar – perfect to go to after finishing a class. Offering cycling classes as well as other programs such as Yoga, TRX, power breathing, HIIT, and more, this wellness studio is one to keep an eye out for in the capital. Classes start as early as 6am and run as late as 7:45pm. For more on the studio, follow www.instagram.com/sweat.uae
Pay a visit to the Brunch Guru for a good time
One of Abu Dhabi’s most popular night spots will launch its first ever afternoon brunch on Saturday. Running from 1pm to 4pm weekly, the Brunch Guru at Caramel is set to become one of the capital’s more refined brunch offerings. There will be no buffet stations, instead, the food will be served à la carte. Brunch Guru will also boast its own menu of new and old favourites, including soup of the week, starters consisting of shrimp tacos, miso glazed black cod, spicy buffalo wings, mac and cheese (pictured far right) and a list of mains that has Kobe chili frites and pan-roasted salmon. Desserts include Granny Smith apple pie and chocolate-chunk brownie served with vanilla-bean ice cream. Music will be provided by a pair of DJs performing a mix of modern hits and deep house, and a female singer will be performing a range of covers. Prices from Dh249, Caramel, The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 678 3344.