Fun dining concept for the family - ROGO'S, Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi

Friday night in a mall with my 8 year old calls for something different. The moment you step into ROGO'S at Yas Mall, you know you have not seen anything like it in Abu Dhabi. Yas Mall, the newly opened luxury mall in the city, is home to some exciting new restaurants targeting families, and ROGO'S is one of them.

Known as the Roller coaster Restaurant, it is unique in the city. Accommodating 368 diners, it is the largest of its kind in the world. In a city where people crave superlatives, this will go down really well. It joins other roller coaster restaurants in Vienna, Kuwait, Socchi and  a couple others in Germany.  My daughter ordered her dishes via a Samsung tablet. The two of us started in wonder as the food was brought by a on a roller coaster. It is a technical marvel!

The menu
My daughter had a great time being able to navigate the very extensive menu. Menu items include Starters, salads, sandwiches, Burgers, pastas, a children's menu as well as hot and cold drinks. I even saw Traditional lamb biryani and Thai green chicken curry on the menu- there are some speciality items. My daughter did order two burgers by mistake as she did not clear one of them before checking out on the menu, so a warning to parents to keep an eye on the kids as they order, smart as they are. One of the challenges of living with technology!

We had the BBQ chicken wings, a Pear and walnut salad, a Classic Burger served with fries and my daughter also had a Chocolate milkshake. Dishes arrive in metal pots ensuring everything is warm. Common sense suggests you should be careful. 

Staff were on hand to help first time visitors like us to understand all the nuances of this never-been-seen restaurant.  While the idea of menus on a  tablet is not a new one, ordering using the tablet is quite different. There was a great balance between technology and the human touch on display. For example, I needed a slice of lemon for my drink and one of the baristas requested it - it too came on the roller coaster. There was an energy among the staff, important for this fast moving restaurant. 

Pear and walnut salad
The verdict
With so many mall restaurants trying to attract families, ROGO'S places itself at the front of the line. It is like nothing else. It serves food in line with what you would find at Casual American dining establishments like Chili's and Applebees, with the added twist of course. Personally, I like the idea of sharing a table with other guests and at our table were two Emirati families. An all-round good evening out in a mall. 

In one sentence, your kids are going to love this!

The lowdown

ROGO'S Rollercoaster Restaurant
Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi
02 565 0888

Brandon Stoltenkamp