Friday Brunch at Jing Asia - Crowne Plaza Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Jing Asia, as its name suggests, is an Asian-inspired all day dining restaurant at Crowne Plaza on Yas Island. My daughter and I recently visited their brunch.

The strong dishes are obviously the Asian ones. Chilli crab, tempura, wok fried noodles, sashimi and the spring rolls were my favourite dishes. The spring rolls especially were gorgeously crispy - even my daughter had a  couple.

In addition to the Asia dishes, Jing Asia is known for its salad station and again, they did not disappoint. There is a wide choice of salads, which ensured a few trips by myself to this station. I especially enjoyed the asparagus salad. Fresh and crunchy. For those needing more substantial dishes, a lot of favourites were on hand - butter chicken, Paneer mutter and even Beef and mushroom pie!  However, the grill and pasta stations offered the best variety. 

On the drinks' side, there was a generous choice of wines. They offer a Nederburg sparkling wine and then a rather generous 2 reds and 2 whites. The reds were especially nice and full with a Merlot and Cabernet sauvignon available. Interestingly, there was also a drinks trolley that I found a bit confusing - it turned out that these drinks were part of a cash bar.  

Finally, there is a kids' station that offers the usual brunch treats for kids. There is also a kids' room available a mere 3 minutes away. 

On the atmosphere front, I feel the music needed to go up a  notch. It was hard to feel brunch if you know what I mean. The music need not be loud but it could be fun perhaps. 

At a time when everyone is watching their spending, value for money is on everyone's lips. The brunch at Jing Asia offers guests exactly that. The selection of food and drinks really brings tremendous value to the brunch experience. Not all brunches need to make a dent in one's wallet. 

The Essentials

Jing Asia,
Crowne Plaza,
Yas island,
Abu Dhabi
+971 2 656 3000


169AED Soft drinks
259AED Sparkling wines and beer
Kids 6-12 years old 75AED

Brandon Stoltenkamp
Disclaimer: I had this dining experience courtesy of the hotel.