The brunch scene in Abu Dhabi is an ever-changing landscape. The large collective buffet constantly renewed with fresh arrivals, emerging trends and reboots of impertinent formats. Some of our favorite varieties of brunches, especially at this time of year, are those that allow us to make the most of outdoor spaces. These are just four of the best new brunches available to try now, in Abu Dhabi…
Friday Night Brunch, Mykonos
Designed with a studied Greek island allure, Mykonos has undoubtedly been one of the most significant additions to the capital’s culinary scene in the past year. Its waterside perch with sultry sea views, luxurious Mediterranean menu and airy sophistication give it a truly unique overall charm. It also offers one of the most economical Friday night brunches on the circuit. Every week between 7pm and 11pm – with the option of al fresco dining, there’s a heady mix of Mediterranean and Asian cuisine – food stalls offering fresh bread, salad, choice cold cuts and fruit chilled seafood as a starter. There are premium real-time rolled sushi selections, vegetable paella and couscous, meat feasts available at the live grill and grill stations with options of beef, lamb, chicken and of fish. The dessert lineup includes a churros track prepared in front of you, and Baleric beats come from a live DJ. The inclusion of non-alcoholic drinks is charged at only 199 Dhs and it is only 299 Dhs to enjoy your evening with access to unlimited house drinks.
Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah, Friday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. (three-hour package), 199 Dhs sweet house at 299 Dhs. Such. : (050) 785 2320. @mykonosabudhabi, Marriott.com
Saturday Greek Seafood Brunch, Mykonos
Hot on the heels of their incredibly successful Friday night brunch, Mykonos has just launched a brand new event on Saturdays, and it’s doing things a little differently for the prime time slot. The Greek Seafood Brunch begins with a welcome drink, tangy pita bread and a sharing platter of assorted entrees. When you’re ready for the main course, head to the buffet, which operates 10 individual stations with seafood fresh from the catch, shucked oysters, ceviche, tartare to order, salted salmon, octopus, crab, prawns, assorted mezze and stuffed vegetables. There’s also a fishing boat statuette featuring a huge selection of ocean bounty that the expert chefs of the Mykonos kitchen team will dress, prepare and grill to your liking.. There’s a full dessert counter, including bespoke crepes, the sounds of resident DJ Marc, opportunities to sample specialty Arak and Ouzu drinks, alfresco seating options by the water, and a range of beverage packages.
Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah, every Saturday from 1pm to 4pm, Dhs249 soft enhanced, Dhs299 house. Such. : (050) 785 2320. @mykonosabudhabi, Marriott.com
Sevillana Saturday Spanish Brunch, B-Lounge
This all-new Saturday brunch is inspired by the sparkle, dishes and finesse of southern Spain’s foodie culture. Your meal begins with a variety of chorizo, salads and a well-stocked cheese platter. A click of the castanets and it’s on mains. The star of the show is the Iberian seafood staple – paella. Delicate mixtures of rice, meat, broth, seafood and vegetables – theatrically prepared in live cooking stations. There’s also meat, seafood and skewers (grilled to order), the Spanish delicacy of meatballs – albondigas, prawns in a tomato and garlic sauce, fresh fruit and a dessert of churros. and a chocolate fountain. Savor your meal against the backdrop of a live DJ and with the choice of soft drink or house drink accompaniment. Those who opt for the latter can even enjoy homemade sangria. until the party.
B-Lounge, Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, every Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., soft Dhs185, house Dhs285. Such. : (02) 697 036, @sheratonabudhabi, Marriott.com
The West Bay Saturday’Brunch’
Head to West Bay and enjoy the gastronomic delights of a newly remixed and improved seaside Saturday brunch (from Dhs249). Pro tip: There’s also 20% off all packages through February 25, 2023. Taking place under the expansive timber frame and fabric hut of island life, there’s something for everyone. On the menu, you can enjoy deliciously tender grilled meats, juicy cuts of lamb leg, ocean-fresh sushi rolls, garden salads, quesadillas and paella, freshly baked chunks of bread and assorted plates of snack foods for those inclined to share. Of course, there are shows and dessert. And as an extremely important extra, access to the West Bay pool and beach is free with the house and premium champagne packages (Dhs479).
West Bay Lounge at West Bay Abu Dhabi, Corniche Rd, Al Bateen, Saturday 1pm-4pm, children Dhs125, Dhs249 for soft, Dhs379 house, Dhs479 bubbles. Tel: (02) 692 4375, @westbayabudhabi, Radissonbluhotels.com