Thursday Evening Pool Deck Barbecue - Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara, Abu Dhabi

In its second year now, the Thursday Evening Pool deck Barbecue has found a niche in Abu Dhabi. With all hotels focusing on Friday and to a lesser extent Saturday brunches, the Thursday affair at Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara will continue to set trends, and it will not be long, based on my visit, before more and more hotels launch similar Thursday evenings.

Two talking points from my experience.

Thursday brunch

This has many aspects of a brunch, but thankfully the marketers have eschewed labelling it as such. But anyone who enjoys brunch, is going to love this, and even more. There is the lavish buffet, but punctuated of course by bonfire barbecues, free flowing drinks and some very stylish guests. Finally, entertainment provided by my daughter's favourite duo, the Colombian band, Diamond Duo

The only difference is, other than no bubbly option, is the x factor - it takes place at night, and anyone who has been to the hotel, will testify to its heightend beauty under the night sky.


The Barbecue boasts an impressive salad station, but then that is no surprise if you have been to their Friday brunch. ( Read my review here: Wicked Brunch ). Although the evening is about the barbecue, I was pleased that non-meat eaters would therefore be so at home here. Equally impressive is the seafood station, with my favourite oysters, Kelly oysters, on offer. Clams, razor clams and mussels are also on display. The Asian station remains one of the best you will find at a buffet in the city, with the sushi a real highlight. Also, the Korean BBQ will be hugely popular with all, especially kids, as evidenced by my daughter's frequent trips to the station. Overall, it is a quality affair.

Final word

With the weather absolutely beautiful in the months between October and April, I can think of few places to equal this venue on a Thursday night. Coupled to this is the trademark service with a smile and a warm heart that is typical of the hotel. Finally,  and this needs mentioning, it is very good value for money, all resulting in a brilliant night out. Highly recommended. 

The Essentials.

Thursday Evening Pool Deck Barbecue,
Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara,
Abu Dhabi
Poolside Barbecue
+971 2 656 1000

AED 239++ soft drinks
AED289 ++ Wine and beer

Brandon Stoltenkamp

Disclaimer: I visited the Pool deck barbecue at Eastern Mangroves by Anantara courtesy of the hotel.Images via the hotel.