The Martini Brunch returns for the new season - The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa
Dessert marks a departure from the previous edition of the Martini Brunch which was characterised by the Wall of Chocolate, or 'Death by Chocolate' as I christened it. The new dessert station features a lot more traditional brunch treats, excellent I must say, including their new flagship dessert, a hollowed out chocolate ball stuffed with mango, raspberry, crumble and cream. I think guests who were too overwhelmed by the excess chocolate in previous brunches will be relieved, while those like me who saw it as a sophisticated dessert station, will miss it dearly. Oh that Chocolate souffle from the old brunch - please come back!
If there is a picture that really captures the tone of the brunch and indeed the service, it is the one below in which Elvire, one of the waitresses, burst into spontaneous laughter when I surprised her with the camera - the service is relaxed, friendly and chatty. And this is all the way from the top where the assistant bar manager Morena manages to infuse her staff with a quicker step than most waiting staff would have - happy staff deliver great service. What I would like to see are uniforms that reflect the cool nature of the brunch. I find the masculine black polo shirts too conservative.
The Martini Brunch has shown again the value of a concept that works. While I see this brunch as very much a work in progress, the product as it is now is worthy of any top 10 brunch review of Abu Dhabi. It runs against the very notion of brunch in the city - there is no large buffet with most of the food prepared live, it accommodates only 50 people and music that continues a welcome change from jazz that has been done to death. It is never easy to please everyone, but the new DJ seems comfortable playing his set. I see the strength in the brunch being one of evolution. If I were to go in a month's time, I would be surprised to see all the same dishes. That makes it the kind of brunch you want to go back to again and again because you will not be bored.
Lemon & Lime Martini Brunch
The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa,
+971 2 616 9999
AED 305+++/person - Martinis, sparkling, red, white wine, spirits
AED 495+++/person - Martinis and Bubbly