Best brunches in Abu Dhabi: 7 new ones to try

From Friday feasts to Saturday spreads, here are all the new brunches in Abu Dhabi you need to know about…

Bistro at Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Center

Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Center Abu Dhabi has launched not one, but two brunches at its all-day dining restaurant, Bistro. The midweek night brunch features chicken mandi, kibbeh bil laban and muhammara. For the Thursday night brunch, expect live grill stations, grub from across the globe and a selection of wines and spirits to kick off the weekend. Appetisers include quinoa and goat cheese salad, while there’s lamb mansaf and classic beef goulash for mains.

Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Center, Hamdan Street, Abu Dhabi, Tue 7pm to 11pm, from Dhs130, Thurs 7pm to 11pm from Dhs150. Tel: (02) 698 2222. marriott.com

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Dino’s Bistro Italiano, Pearl Rotana

One of several new Italian restaurants to open in the capital, Dino’s is hosting two family brunches on a Friday and Saturday. The food is served sharing-style and diners get four starters, four pizza options, four mains and a selection of desserts. Children under five eat free, and there are kid-friendly activities like pizza making. There’s also an extensive drinks menu – the beverages package at Dhs190 includes frose and signature cocktails, and the Planet of Grape package with wine and bubbly is Dhs215. Even if you stay on the soft drinks at Dhs165, you get mocktails that come in big fishbowls.

Pearl Rotana, Adnec, Abu Dhabi, Fri and Sat, noon to 4pm, Dhs165 to Dhs215, under-fives free. Tel: (02) 307 5591. rotana.com

The Sportsman’s Arms

Try new dishes from the recently launched a la carte menu at the pub in Zayed Sports City on Thursday evenings and Fridays. For Dhs165, you’ll get one main dish from the menu and three hours of unlimited drinks. Alternatively, load up on unlimited pizza and poutine and three hours of unlimited drinks from Dhs240.

Zayed Sports City, Al Madina Al Riyadiya, Abu Dhabi, Thurs 7pm to 10pm, Fri 1pm to 4pm and 7pm to 10pm, from Dhs165 to Dhs240. Tel: (02) 447 1066. sportsmanszsc.com

Beach Rotana

The Al Zahiyah hotel has recently relaunched its Best of the Beach Brunch, taking place every Friday throughout the summer. Diners get to sample dishes from the hotel’s restaurants such as Rodeo Grill and Prego’s including steaks, seafood, Italian, barbecue and sushi. Expect tunes from resident DJ Miki Love and live cooking stations.

Beach Rotana, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, Fri 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Dhs339 (soft), Dhs478 (house), Dhs604 (champagne). Tel: (02) 697 9302. rotana.com

Sevilla, Al Raha Beach Hotel

There’s live cooking stations aplenty at the Friday Fish Market Brunch at the Al Raha Beach Hotel. You can try a wide selection from the sea that can be cooked just the way you like, with the added entertainment value of a belly dancer and DJ. Specialties include traditional roast, sushi and sashimi, French cheese and fritto misto and a variety of desserts. You’ll also get full day pool and beach access.

Al Raha Beach Hotel, Al Raha Beach, Abu Dhabi, Fri 1pm to 4pm, Dhs240. Tel: (02) 5080555. alrahabeach.danathotels.com

Dine, Aloft Abu Dhabi

The recently launched Funky Friday brunch at Aloft has soups, a dedicated bread station and grilled lobster. There’s also a protein salad counter where you can build your own salad using chickpeas, quinoa, lentils and pomegranate seeds. An unlimited beer and wine package is on offer, too.

Aloft Abu Dhabi, Adnec, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi, Fri, 12pm to 3pm, from Dhs159. Tel: (02) 6545121. aloftabudhabi.com

Ornina Oriental Lounge

The licensed Middle Eastern outlet and What’s On award winner has unveiled a new Arabic brunch. There will be a selection of cold and hot starters and main courses will include tagine lamb with prunes, kofta in tomato sauce, couscous chicken and mixed grills. You’ll finish with traditional desserts and fresh fruits. Drinks are served separately.

Al Bandar, Al Raha Beach, Abu Dhabi, Sat 2pm to 5pm, Dhs99. Tel: (05) 6969312. facebook.com/OrninaOrientalLounge

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