Instagrammable and aesthetic places are just booming everywhere. Located inside Umm Al Emarat, aiming to foster childhood memories of spending time at the park and serving street food around the world with some twist to it, Parkers is – by far – the prettiest restaurant I have been to in UAE.
I first saw this place from my friend’s Instagram story and was amazed by how nice it is. So I asked him where it was and went there a few days after with a friend. (Power of social media.)
Gray walls, wooden pieces of furniture, with a touch of ornamental indoor plants decorated on its high ceiling, Parkers’ architect and interior designer really did a great job. Aside from it being cozy and visually beautiful, they can also accommodate quite a lot of customers without making the place look crowded.
It was Ramadan when we came for a visit so there were only a few customers before sunset. They have this thing called “The Unplug Movement” where they discourage the use of phones or any gadgets and just go back to the good old days where we play games and talk about things with each other.
If you’re up for the challenge, just leave your gadgets in the Unplug Box and start with games like word scramble, word search, and crossword. They also have a Q&A card game which will help you get to know your friend/s more. It’s fun! You won’t even realize you’re spending too much time in there.
(Don’t worry, they’re too nice that they won’t mind.)
The staff were very approachable and accommodating, too! From the time we came, to the way we’re confused on which food to order, and to helping us with something we can’t figure out on word scramble, I can say that this place’s service is amazing.
As for the food, we ordered Fire House Burger, White Truffle Pasta, and Street Fries. Price-wise, it’s a little expensive than the normal but I’ve read that what they serve are fresh from the kitchen, so I guess it justifies it. Their menu has a good variety of choices also!
The burger – for its price – was quite smaller than we expected; however, the pasta’s nice and the serving’s good for two. We didn’t like too much toppings on the fries that much (as we felt like there were more toppings than the fries) and ended up eating the fries only. Hehe maybe we’ll try the plain or truffle fries next time!
We wanted to try their Pull Me treats, as well, as I’ve been seeing it on their Instagram page but we were already full from the pasta. Again, there’s always a next time!
A little trivia: did you know that when they first opened in UAE, Parkers used to have a concept where only people with keys are allowed to enter? They used to hide keys nearby the place and people will get hints on where to find them from their social media accounts. I’ve only known about this when I was reading more about Parkers the other day and I find it really interesting! :)
Since Mr. Parker is not doing it anymore in UAE, I think it’ll be more fun if he still hides keys but on a different concept – only those people who found the keys get a secret menu of the restaurant. (Or maybe some discount coupon? Haha)
All in all, my experience with Parkers was great! Until next time!
Parkers has different branches around UAE plus one in Saudi and I tried the one in Umm Al Emarat Park, Abu Dhabi branch. For more information, see below details:
Address: Umm Al Emarat Park – Abu Dhabi
Contact Details: +971 50 136 9166
Timings: 08:00 to 23:00