The Best Brunches in Abu Dhabi 2017
The year has seen the continued growth of 'evening' brunches, a concept I am yet to warm up to. We have also seen Saturday brunches emerging as an alternative to Friday brunches thanks to a lower price point. Value for money is the big buzz word now. There is still loyalty by a select group of guests, but most are now loyal to the best deal available. Note though that a few brunches in my top 10 are sold at under 400AED for their top tier package. Interesting indeed.
I should say, almost as an apology in compiling this top brunches in Abu Dhabi I did not have a chance to cover a one or two other brunches, including Terrace on the Corniche at St Regis, one of last year's best. Based on people in the know, it would have sailed into my top 10 again. This will be remedied in the next year.
Finally, the idea that champagne maketh the brunch has been debunked with 3 of my top 10 brunches serving Prosecco.I am a self-confessed lover of the French stuff, but I do commend the branches that have gone ahead without, challenging the norm.
Here follows the best brunches in Abu Dhabi 2017.
10. Koi, Saadiyat Island.
This is the third year now that Koi has featured in my Top 10. Despite the popularity of sushi in this region, it is still an achievement for a Japanese brunch to do well because it such a niche brunch. A fairly in-crowd takes up the style this brunch ensuring it is
both classy and sophisticated but brought down to earth by staff who have really taken service levels closer to the good old days, after a lull a year ago.
Within the St Regis Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
+971 2 6783334
345 AED with Soft beverages
455 AED with Regular Alcohol
515 AED with Sparkling wine
The stand-out feature is the staff - make sure you seat yourself near the gorgeous terrace bar where you will see what I mean. The use of the Glo Bar gives guests that feeling that they are at a bar rather than a brunch. In terms of food stations, live stations should have all bases covered, with the tandoor and Butcher stations offering great creations. But there is also a Lebanese and Cantonese station that proves popular. Finally, the after-brunch experience at Glo comes at great value!
Rosewood Hotel, Abu Dhabi
+971 2 813 5550
Connoisseur Food, Grapes, Hops and Mixology 385 AED ++
Gastronome Food, Grapes, Hops, Mixology and Bubbly 450 AED++
Make sure you have the Goat cheese baklava, still a winner after all these years. Finally, Champagne package holders have a premium drinks selection,making BOA Steakhouse one of 3 or so brunches making this distinction, as it should be. Overall, a stylish brunch where it is mainly about the food.
Eastern Mangroves Promenade
+971 2 641 1500
345 AED Soft drinks
This table brunch has only 4 courses but incredibly runs 4 hours, doing justice to its name, Satur-laze! The seafood stand is just the perfect way to announce you're ata seafood brunch. I commend them for sticking to a seafood-only concept; restaurants are far too inclined to bend over backwards for an extra dirham. Also, top class entertainment by DJ Miki Love adds that touch of fun but class to a super nice brunch. Finally, at 370AED, this is an excellent option to end your Saturday on a high.
+971 2 697 9000
No brunch can surely compete with the Nurai Island experience? It is a brunch that starts the moment you leave the welcome centre on Saadiyat Island as you board a boat to Nurai. It is a genuine getaway that allows you to recharge your spirit as you find yourself surrounded by beach, trees and very fresh air. Brunch is set a few meters from the beach and I found myself walking on the beach, bare feet, with a glass of bubbly in hand. The brunch has options for people to sit down, have a bite and go for a swim and then come back to the table.
There is a Chivas Real station dispensing some Chivas based cocktails and of course an Aperol Spritz station. There is something very classy about the way the drinks are dispensed from stations nicely constructed. Finally, in addition to wines offered, the champagne is Veuve Cliquot NV. The restaurant is one of a handful in the city with a sommelier on the floor.
(next to Four Seasons Hotel / Galleria Mall)
Al Maryah Island,
278 AED soft drinks
448 AED Wine and cocktails
548 AED Veuve Clicquot, cocktails and wine
5. Olea, St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
971 2 498 8888
St Regis Saadiyat Brunch