The best a la carte brunches in Abu Dhabi
What’s On reviews a la carte brunches in Abu Dhabi, including Koi brunch, Zuma brunch, McGettigan’s brunch, Market Kitchen brunch and more.
Bored of the buffet? Order off the menu this weekend at these restaurants in Abu Dhabi…
Traditional Indian cuisine is smartened up at this à la carte brunch. With a changing rotation of dishes selected from the dine-in menu every week, guests sit at their tables while the food comes to them. Though the menu features staple items, such as mutton seekh kebab, chicken makhani and Goan prawn curry, you’ll find at most Indian restaurants, you can also choose from more unique, one-off dishes such as pomegranate lamb chops and masala chai chocolate bomb, a molten lava cake with Indian-spiced chocolate sauce.
The Collection, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, Fri noon to 4pm, Dhs144, Dhs194 with house beverages, Dhs244 with champagne and spirits. Tel: (02) 6742221. Taxi: St Regis Saadiyat. theroyalorchidgroup.com
This Indian restaurant on Yas Island offers great value for money with its Friday brunch. If you can’t decide between the ten starters on the menu, the outlet is happy for you to sample them all. Servers recommend guests enjoy a giant sampling platter of every single appetiser (papdi chaat, aloo tikki chat and mustard salmon tikka feature) before choosing your curries and mains. Vegetarians are also catered for, with six main dishes such as dal makhni, vegetable jalfrezi and paneer makhni available. For dessert you can enjoy standard, if uninspired, favourites such as gulab jamun or rasmalai.
Yas Rotana, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs139, Dhs199 with house beverages. Tel: (02) 6564000. Taxi: Yas Island. rotana.com
Inspired by fresh, seasonal produce, you can brunch at your seat with a stream of dishes arriving at your table at this Le Royal Méridien outlet. Your meal starts with a seafood platter that includes Normandy oysters, jumbo shrimp and Maine lobster. Other offerings include heirloom tomato salad, smoked salmon pizza, roast rib of beef, and truffle macaroni and cheese. To close the meal, sample a salted caramel ice cream sundae, cheesecake with sour cherries and/or chocolate pudding with whipped cream.
Le Royal Méridien, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs199 with mocktails, Dhs299 with cocktails and wine, Dhs399 with champagne. Tel: (02) 6742020. Taxi: Le Royal Méridien. leroyalmeridienabudhabi.com
Koi Restaurant & Lounge
Another contender from Saadiyat Island, this posh Japanese restaurant offers table service during your Friday brunch. All dishes are freshly prepared to order and include traditional sashimi, spicy rock shrimp tempura and signature menu item Koi crispy rice and lobster tacos with mango salsa and yuzu guacamole. Want more? Try grilled Chilean sea bass with honey balsamic glaze, peppercorn filet mignon with shishito mashed potatoes and sautéed tiger prawns. Desserts see vanilla and chocolate crème brulee and traditional Japanese dessert mochi make an appearance.
The Collection, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, Fri noon to 4.30pm, Dhs295, Dhs395 with house beverages, Dhs495 with champagne. Tel: (02) 6783334. Taxi: St Regis Saadiyat. koirestaurant.ae
Not strictly 100 per cent à la carte, but this What’s On Award winner offers diners a water-fronted brunch that offers both live cooking stations, as well as a menu of signature dishes available to order. Guests can sample the buffet for appetisers and desserts, including crispy fried squid, green tea and banana cake and chawan mushi. Mains can be ordered off a changing menu that has previously featured miso black cod and jumbo tiger prawn with yuzu pepper.
The Galleria, Abu Dhabi Global Market Square, Abu Dhabi, Fri 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Dhs345, Dhs445 with house beverages, Dhs555 with champagne. Tel: (02) 4015900. Taxi: The Galleria, Al Maryah Island. zumarestaurant.com
Brunch in this popular pub combines à la carte with a buffet style brunch. If you’re in the mood for breakfast try the Canadian pancakes with berries and honey, caramelised onion and spinach rosti with poached egg or eggs benedict. Or if you’d rather something more suited for lunch, they serve Jamaican jerk pulled duck with mango salsa, teriyaki salmon on Japanese noodles with vegetable wok fry, or spaghetti meatball pomodora. In addition to the menu there is a live carving station and fresh salad buffet. Important note: pork is served on the premises and is available on the brunch menu.
Al Raha Beach Hotel, Al Raha, Abu Dhabi, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs199 with house beverages. Tel: (02) 6524333. Taxi: Al Raha Beach Hotel. mcgettigans.com
Stills European Bar & Brasserie
The newly launched à la carte brunch on the terrace offers diners as many plates of starters as they can eat. Guests can choose from a full English breakfast platter, Caesar salad, eggs benedict, smoked salmon salad and eggs cocotte. Afterwards, order one main from a menu that features British roast, fish and chips, roast lamb rump, roast chicken and veal sausages with mash, followed by a choice of dessert. The Stills Duo will be on the stage performing live music during the afternoon.
Crowne Plaza, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs200, Dhs285 with house beverages. Tel: (02) 6563053. Taxi: Yas Island. ichotelsgroup.com