The big brunch review: Iris on Yas Island

A see-and-be-seen party brunch on Yas Island…

There’s one thing you need to know about the new Friday La Brunch at Iris – it’s not really about the food. Sure, there’s food on display and there is a nice selection of it, but dining is done at bar top tables, and two hours in, the DJ turns the music up so loud, it’s hard to hold a conversation.

Yes, Iris’ brunch targets Abu Dhabi partygoers. The dress code appears to range from sequins to Doc Martens, with a hipster beard or two thrown in for good measure. Having said that, the selection of  food on offer is still good. Tuck into a juicy lamb chops – grilled out on the patio along with chicken wings and giant prawns. There are also mini-servings of top-notch fish ‘n’ chips complete with tartar sauce – a welcome accompaniment, that’s rarely offered in Abu Dhabi.


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Iris does party brunch right, though, without the wasteful largess of other party brunches in the city. There are several drink stations, not a dozen, and while there is more than enough food to sample, it’s decidedly not over-the-top.

The price is right too: premium packages for under Dhs300, something that is becoming increasingly harder to find.

Highlights included the cheese and a salad bar. Think big juicy chunks of watermelon and feta, pineapple, quinoa, and chicken. Pasta and barbecue stations rounded out the offerings.


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Dessert was fun, too, featuring a soft-serve ice cream machine. The red velvet and carrot cake slices are well worth a try, too.

Iris, Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Fri noon to 5pm. Dhs190 for soft drinks; Dhs290 for house drinks. Tel: (055) 1605636.

Written by Ann-Marie McQueen

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