The Epicurean Friday Brunch at Olea - St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
Service taken up a notch
On my visit, brunch was slightly scaled down for logistical reasons - I was assured it just for that day. Nonetheless, I missed the seating in 55&5th and the glorious cheese room, foie gras service and wider oyster selection. However, there was still so much on offer to warrant my attention. The tandoor outside is a big attraction and one of the marquis new additions to the brunch this season. I am also excited about the seafood pasta station - expect a generous selection of seafood in this dish including lobster! Recommended.
A lovely innovation that one does not see at brunches catering for 250+ guests, is the pass arounds. This usually works well in smaller brunches because of the more manageable guest number, but I am glad to see it done here too. It is that extra wow factor that excites. The eggs benedict? Delicious.
Of course, I also recommend the 48 hour braised wagyu - always a dish you must have at a brunch whose sister restaurant is one of the best steakhouses in Abu Dhabi. Then, expect a big improvement in the kids' station with 5 dishes on offer. There are no fast food style chicken nuggets here. I would say the kids' dishes are as good if not better than I have seen at any brunch. Finally, dessert. This is a brunch that created wonderful childhood theme for its dessert station by drawing on literature. This year they went with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and created a space that like the book, enthralls both young and old.
Still the best drinks around?
I recently tried a brunch where there was a choice of around 15 cocktails. That is impressive. The mid range package is the bread and butter package of brunches as most people opt for this and is more profitable than the champagne package.
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St Regis Saadiyat Brunch