Escape to the great indoors with the launch of HOYA, an alluring and innovative all-day dining concept, opened on Wednesday, 28th February. Top of FormBottom of FormTop of FormBottom of FormNestled in the vibrant heart of Al Manara, HOYA transcends the conventional definition of a restaurant; it emerges as a haven for culinary connoisseurs, nature enthusiasts, and avid readers alike. Spanning two levels of unparalleled design, each facet contributes harmoniously to the overarching ambiance. A visual feast for the senses, lush greenery and natural light converge, creating an oasis that invites patrons to escape the ordinary.

The design of the 90 cover restaurant is a testament to this ethos, with every nook and cranny carefully curated to evoke a sense of wonder and exploration. Each level of HOYA is a chapter waiting to be discovered. On the ground floor, diners will have the unique opportunity to indulge in delectable dishes while perusing a vast library of carefully curated books, creating an atmosphere that nourishes both the body and the soul. Patrons are allowed to check out books, an initiative aimed at fostering a sense of community and intellectual curiosity.

Enter HOYA’s clandestine haven, concealed beyond a discreet bookshelf, and discover an enchanting garden showcasing a picturesque pond. Guests will be asked to refrain from taking calls, contributing to the preservation of the tranquil ambiance and encouraging a more sociable experience. Top of FormAscend to the mezzanine floor, where a charming plant shop (Plant Studio) awaits. Budding botanists can immerse themselves in a verdant world and purchase vibrant greenery, including their own HOYA plant – a living memento embodying the spirit of the restaurant. The shop will also serve as a creative hub, offering workshops for those with green fingers to delve hands-on into the art of horticulture.

 SoonThe rooftop area, which will launch later in the year, will be designed for classes and private bookings, creating an optimal setting for gatherings beneath the open sky. Noteworthy is the ingenuity of both outdoor spaces, featuring retractable glass roofs that seamlessly adapt to the ever-changing seasons, ensuring an enchanting experience no matter the time of year.

The meticulously crafted menu will whisk you away on a culinary journey that delights the senses and soothes the soul, one delicious bite at a time. Each dish is designed to envelop you in warmth and nostalgia, but with depth of flavour and ingredient balance are highlighted. From vibrant salads bursting with the fresh local produce to creamy soups that wrap you in a warm embrace, and handmade pasta adorned with luxuriously rich sauces, the menu offers an array of options to satisfy every palate. Highlight dishes include:

  • Quinoa Salad (Dhs60) – Featuring a vibrant mix of mixed tri-colour quinoa, crisp kale, refreshing green apple, tangy dried cranberry, juicy pomegranate seeds, succulent orange segments, creamy avocado, sweet cherry tomatoes, all tied together with an indulgent truffle dressing and topped with toasted almond chips.
  • Burrata & Cherry Tomatoes (Dhs60) – Showcasing a blend of mixed cherry tomatoes, peppery arugula, luscious figs, drizzled with aromatic pesto and aged balsamic vinegar, garnished with roasted pine nuts and croutons.
  • Pasta Alfredo (Dhs55) – Get lost in this dreamy bowl of handmade pasta, delicately coated in a velvety Alfredo sauce. Choose to enjoy it on its own or elevate by adding tender chicken or succulent prawns.
  • USDA Grilled Beef Striploin (Dhs170)– Savour the richness of our USDA Grilled Beef Striploin, served with a crisp Hoya side salad. Choose your preferred sauce from chimichurri or mushroom, and pair it with your favourite side such as mashed potato, sweet potato fries, grilled asparagus.
  • Orange Crème Brûlée (Dhs40) – An elegant Orange Crème Brûlée, featuring blood orange zest, essence of vanilla bean and topped with caramelised sugar.

Complementing the culinary offerings, the beverage menu showcases an array of exquisite concoctions. The refreshing Agave Citron (Dhs28), blending yuzu, agave syrup, and fresh lime juice with sparkling water. Or opt for the floral elegance of Lavender Hibiscus Lemonade (Dhs22), featuring Jing Tea Blackcurrant & Hibiscus Tea, lavender, and zesty lime juice, topped with sparkling water. For a taste of indulgence, try the Matcha Leche (Dhs35), marrying vibrant matcha with dulce de leche and creamy coconut milk. As for hot beverages, indulge in the decadent Vanilla Crème Frappé (Dhs30), the signature richness of Mirzam Signature Hot Chocolate (Dhs26), the distinguished flavours of the specialty blend Saudi Arabic Coffee (Dhs42), or Instagram-worthy teapots filled with your choice of Jing Tea (Dhs25), offering a picturesque experience with every pour.

This culinary haven is the inspired creation of two friends, bonded by a love for exceptional cuisine and the allure of nature. “HOYA is a masterpiece of design which blends elements of nature with sophisticated modern touches, creating an atmosphere that is both intimate and awe-inspiring. As guests settle into their seats, the anticipation of the culinary ballet ahead is palpable, a hidden gem, a dining experience so unique and immersive it transcends the ordinary, inviting guests on a fabulous culinary journey that is as enchanting as it is unforgettable.” – Mylyn Calayag, Co-Founder of HOYA.

“As avid readers and proud parents of mini home jungles, Mylyn and I spend hours in plant nurseries while discussing books. Five years ago, we had a dream of opening a cosy cafe filled with books and lush greenery, and that vision transpired into HOYA. Our aim is to connect with like-minded visionaries and dreamers. We escape into your imagination and the stories that each nook, each interior element will tell. HOYA is ours and your escape to the great indoors!” – Ghadeer Albarakani, Co-Founder of HOYA.


Daily from 10:00am – 10:00pm

HOYA, Villa 1901-A Al Wasl Road, Al Manara, Dubai.

[email protected] / +971 4 346 8986

Instagram @hoya.uae



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