It’s a tradition here: weekends are for brunching. Whether you’re looking for something quiet and casual, an all-out family affair with entertainment or a sophisticated gourmet experience, these outlets have it all


Sophisticated Fun 


If you consider yourself a gourmand or just love trying something new, then The St. Regis Epicurean brunch is for you. The buffet features dishes from around the world from a Mongolian barbecue and tandoori specialities to foie gras and Italian pentolo. It’s all complemented by an extensive selection of beverages and live music from Smooth band. From AED 395 with soft drinks, AED 190 for children aged six to 12, free for children under five years. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island. Fri 1pm-4pm. Contact: 02 498 8443,


Embrace the Slow Food trend and take a moment to appreciate the finer things in life: good food made by passionate chefs using carefully sourced local ingredients. That’s what you’ll find at Aqua’s Slow Food Brunch with an array of international dishes representing each country’s heritage and traditions. Meanwhile, the separate Rose Buds Brunch caters to children with a play area, mini brunch, films and a nanny. From AED 300 with soft drinks, AED 135 for children aged six to 12. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island. Fri 1pm-4.30pm. Contact: 02 813 5552,


Hop between live cooking stations and buffet spreads at the famous Bubbalicious brunch featuring an international feast. Take in the view of the lush green golf course while enjoying entertainment and free-flowing beverages. From AED 348 with soft drinks, AED 174 for children. Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa, Sas Al Nakhl. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Contact: 02 616 9999,

Bringing the best of its signature restaurants to one location, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers’ Friday brunch features live food and beverage stations serving favourites from its outlets. Enjoy a relaxing brunch with free-flowing beverages and live entertainment, before joining the after-party at the pool bar. From AED 360 with soft drinks, AED 180 for children aged four to 12 years. Corniche West. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Contact: 02 811 5666,

The Foundry

Raise the steaks at this meat-filled brunch that features five tender cuts of beef cooked just the way you like. Aside from the main attraction, guests can pick from food stations serving burrata, poke bowls, Mexican specialities, foie gras and oysters. From AED 259+++ with soft drinks. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Mina Street. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Contact: 02 818 4888,


Dubbed The Big Brunch, this extravagant spread features international dishes served from five open kitchens. Relax in the modern all-day-dining restaurant feasting on food like seared foie gras, Thai dishes and desserts while enjoying views of the mangroves and live entertainment. From AED 280 with soft drinks. Eastern Mangroves Hotel and Spa by Anantara, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Street. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Contact: 02 656 1000,



Head to the Andiamo! Brunch at this sophisticated Italian restaurant and you can shuck oysters at the oyster bar, share antipasti like beef tartare and risotto served at the table, tuck into delicious main courses and enjoy a fruit-inspired platter for dessert. With views of the water and city skyline, and a post-brunch drink in the lounge with DJ beats, it’s a great way to spend a Friday. From AED 295 with soft drinks, AED 150 for children aged six to 12. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island. Fri noon-4pm. Contact: 02 627 9009,


Brunch shouldn’t be rushed, which is why Flooka gives you five and a half hours to relax by the mangroves while enjoying a selection of seafood and drinks. It’s a casual way to spend your Saturday. From AED 160 with soft drinks, AED 90 for children. Eastern Mangroves Promenade, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Street. Sat noon-5.30pm. Contact: 02 441 8244,

Asia de Cuba


The Chino Latino brunch at this beachside spot features a selection of some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes including chicken chicharones, roasted duck and icy hot shrimp. From AED 250 with soft drinks. Nation Riviera Beach Club, opposite The St Regis Abu Dhabi, Corniche West. Fri-Sat 1pm-4pm. Contact: 02 699 3333,

For the Big Kids



There may be a magician and games, but the EAT. PLAY. LAUGH brunch is just for the grown-ups. Making the most of the beautiful weather, the brunch has now moved outdoors where you can dine on a selection of food and beverages from the hotel’s signature restaurants and bars, served from small buffet counters and live stations. Adding to the atmosphere is a DJ, roaming magician and PG+ rated games. From AED 330 with soft drinks. Hazza Bin Zayed Street, near Al Wahda Mall. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Contact: 02 304 7777,



If you’re looking for somewhere with atmosphere then this place has it in spades. The Friday Fun Brunch & After Party – aka FUNCH – features live music from The International Playboys and DJs Cliff Townley and Chris Smith. Obviously there’s food included, a barbecue and open bar, plus games like a rodeo bull, table tennis, giant Twister and Connect 4 and so much more. AED 249 for brunch only, AED 179 for after-party, AED 349 all-inclusive. Crowne Plaza Yas Island. Fri 12.30pm-4pm, after-party
4pm-8pm. Contact: 02 656 3000,


Grab your friends or family and join the Fizzy Brunch. An international spread features everything from fresh seafood and Middle Eastern specialities to Mexican, Italian and Spanish dishes. Entertainment is provided by resident bands Latin Groove and Generation Gap, while the fun continues with the after-party in The Tavern from 4.30pm. From AED 216 with soft drinks, AED 106 for children aged six to 12, group discounts available for ten or more guests. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche East. Fri 12.30pm-3pm. Contact: 02 677 3333,

Novotel Abu Dhabi Gate Hotel

Fresh air. Cold beverages. Live music. What more could you want? Food, you say? There’s plenty of it: Belgian, Italian and much more from the buffet in Belgian Café or Gabbiano Italian Restaurant. Brunch is followed by happy hour from 4pm to 7pm. From AED 199+++ with soft drinks. Khor Al Maqtaa. Fri 1pm-4pm. Contact: 02 508 9999,

Beach Rotana

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Dubbed The Best of Beach Brunch, this vibrant affair features steak, seafood, Italian, barbecue, sushi, German and much more from seven of the hotel’s dining outlets. Brunch is served from live food and drinks stations while a DJ sets the mood. Keep up the vibes at the after-party in Trader Vic’s with a live band from 3.30pm until 6.30pm. From AED 339 with soft drinks, AED 170 for children aged six to 12 years. Next to Abu Dhabi Mall, Al Zahiyah. Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm. Contact: 02 697 9011,

Porters English Pub

There’s plenty of atmosphere at this roast carvery brunch, which features a live performance from the new resident band, Ruth Jones and the Heavy Tones. From AED 125 with soft drinks, after-party AED 119 with select beverages. Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street. Fri noon-4pm. Contact: 02 495 3936,


Las Brisas

You don’t have to be royalty to dine at the iconic Emirates Palace. Brunch At The Palace is a refreshingly casual brunch given its opulent setting. Feast on gourmet cuisine from live cooking stations including a barbecue, pasta counter, tandoor and shawarma station, plus colourful sweet treats. It’s all capped off with a caviar-tasting hour from 1pm, live entertainment and a dedicated kids’ zone. From AED 370 with soft drinks, AED 180 for children aged ten to 12. Corniche West. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Contact: 02 690 7999, 

The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Brunch Dolce Dessert Room
Like a Willy Wonka wonderland of sweet and savoury delights, Giornotte’s lavish brunch features everything from fresh oysters, wagyu beef and a cheese room to a dedicated dessert parlour brimming with candy floss, popcorn, waffles and chocolate fountains. Dancers keep guests entertained with acrobatic moves, while an after-party takes place upstairs in Sorso bar with handcrafted drinks and a DJ on the decks. From AED 370 with soft drinks, half price for children aged six to 11 years. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqtaa. Fri 1pm-4pm. Contact: 02 818 8282,

The Terrace on the Corniche

If you want to cart the kids off to brunch without sacrificing on style, then The Family Friday Brunch at The St. Regis Abu Dhabi is a great option. Enjoy an unlimited selection of fresh seafood, sushi, foie gras, grilled meat cuts at a live station, plus cheese from the cheese room and of course, desserts to end. From AED 345 with soft drinks. Corniche West. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Contact: 02 694 4553,


When it comes to variety, the Friday Fairmont Brunch has you covered. Bring the whole family along to enjoy a buffet of dishes from Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill, Frankie’s Italian Restaurant, Sports Café and all-day-dining spot CuiScene. There’s a DJ on the decks and a separate buffet for kids, too. From AED 349 with soft drinks, half price for children aged six to 12 years. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, between the bridges. Fri noon-4pm. Contact: 02 654 3238,

Bab Al Qasr 

Find some chill with friends or with your family at the Saturday Street Food Brunch at Bab Al Qasr for a stylish picnic. Guests can enjoy a selection of meats from the grill, sliders, fried chicken, local Arabic snacks and sweets including freshly spun candy floss, self-service ice cream, waffles and crepes. Little ones can jump around on the bouncy castle and play while parents sit back on cushions and beanbags while enjoying live music from the Latin guitarist. AED 100++ for soft drinks package, AED 220++ with house beverages, AED 350++ with premium beverages. Bab Al Qasr, Corniche West. 2pm-6pm. Contact: 02 205 3000,

Abu Dhabi Golf Club

Grab the family and enjoy a carvery brunch with views of the fairways every Friday at Abu Dhabi Golf Club. The ultimate family day out, there are plenty of activities to keep the youngsters entertained including arts and crafts, pirate-themed games like a plank walk and balloon bending. From AED 147 with soft drinks, AED 84 for children aged three to 12 years. Sas Al Nakhl. Fri noon-3pm. Contact: 056 536 2230,


Grab your friends or family and join the Fizzy Brunch. An international spread features everything from fresh seafood and Middle Eastern specialities to Mexican, Italian and Spanish dishes. Entertainment is provided by resident bands Latin Groove and Generation Gap, while the fun continues with the after-party in The Tavern from 4.30pm. From AED 216 with soft drinks, AED 106 for children aged six to 12, group discounts available for ten or more guests. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche East. Fri 12.30pm-3pm. Contact: 02 677 3333,

Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi

Billed as a fairytale landscape, the Fizz Factory Brunch takes diners on a rainbow ride of colourful cuisines for adults and children. Adding to the adventure is a variety of entertainment for the little ones including face painting and a bouncy castle. From AED 240 with soft drinks. Fatima Bint Mubarak Street. Fri 1pm-4pm. Contact: 800 101 101,

Al Bathna

Enjoy an international spread served at the buffet at Al Bathna’s Friday Family Brunch. AED 201. Armed Forces Officers Club, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street. Fri noon-4pm. Contact: 02 497 5100,



If it’s variety you’re after, then Brunch Live with its 15 cooking stations could offer you plenty of it. With open kitchens and interactive stations serving food from around the world, there’s plenty of choice here. It’s all topped off with a fresh juice bar, a live band and activities for the little ones. From AED 199 with soft drinks. Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Khalifa City. Fri noon-4pm. Contact: 02 201 4000,

Sofra BLD

Bring the family along for the complete brunch experience at Shangri-La Abu Dhabi Qaryat Al Beri. Take your pick of various cuisines from the international buffet while the little ones pick from their own station. Live music soundtracks the day while brunch comes inclusive of complimentary pool and beach access so you can make a day of it. From AED 285++++, half price for children aged six to 12. Between the bridges. Fri 1pm-4pm. Contact: 02 509 8555,


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While adults enjoy international and oriental dishes from live cooking stations and the buffet, little ones can head to a special corner with games and golden candy. AED 199. Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, Corniche West. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Contact: 02 657 0200,


It’s Krunch time with the family-friendly barbecue hosted every Friday at Saadiyat
Beach Golf Club. While the parents enjoy a grilled brunch with views of the golf course, palm trees and maybe a wild dhabi or two, kids can join in fun activities. AED 132 with soft drinks, AED 68 for children aged six to 12 years. Saadiyat Island. Fri noon-3pm. Contact:
02 499 8100,

Themed Cuisine 


This Mighty Samurai Brunch features a selection of Japanese dishes served up every Friday. Sit down to a five-course set menu inspired by the Land of the Rising Sun. From AED 195++ with soft drinks, AED 99 for children. Venetian Village, Khor Al Maqtaa. Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm. Contact: 02 404 1921,


Wagyu beef truffle puffs, braised superior seafood soup with black truffle and fish maw, wok-fried wild prawn with pineapple and XO sauce, Peking duck – if that doesn’t get your mouth watering, there’s plenty more at this luxury Chinese brunch that will. Dine on dim sum and small bites as well as main courses and desserts that change on a regular basis, all paired with signature beverages. Resident DJ Kristina Simonova will be on the decks providing the soundtrack. From AED 318 with soft drinks. Emirates Palace. Fri noon-4pm. Contact:02 690 7739,

Olive Tree

If you could eat breakfast all day, then Aloft Al Ain’s All Day Breakfast Brunch will hit the spot. Choose from various sweet and savoury breakfast items including pancakes, waffles and eggs with veal bacon. AED 144 with soft drinks. Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium Development, Al Towwaya, Al Ain. Fri noon-4pm. Contact: 03 713 8888,

Café Milano

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Café Milano’s brunch aims to celebrate the diverse culture and traditions of Italy through food, taking you on a trip to different regions each week. On 17th February, it’s all about Molise while 24th February is dedicated to the Calabria region. Food is brought to your table for a relaxing and sophisticated affair. From AED 200 with soft drinks, AED 65 for children. Four Seasons Hotel, Al Maryah Island. Sat noon-4pm. Contact: 02 333 2630,

Villa Toscana

Revamping its popular Saturday brunch, this homely Italian restaurant dedicates the whole day to homemade lasagna with its Lasgna & Lunch offer. Enjoy different flavours of the hearty dish in the comfort of Villa Toscana for the ultimate Italian weekend lunch experience. From AED 240 with soft drinks. The St Regis Abu Dhabi, Corniche West. Sat 12.30pm-4pm. Contact: 02 694 4553,

Stars ‘N’ Bars
If brunch means extending the most important meal of the day then this sports bar is the place to be. Every day, the brunch offer includes a selection of hearty breakfast dishes including steak and eggs, garden omelette, pancakes and waffles with bottomless drinks for AED 200. Yas Marina. Daily 11.30am-5pm. Contact: 02 565 0101,


The Saturday brunch at this contemporary Japanese restaurant serves traditional dishes with a modern twist. Enjoy a selection from the robatayaki grill and dedicated sushi and sashimi bar as well as tempura, handmade soba and sizzling teppanyaki all served from the live cooking stations to your table. From AED 285 with soft drinks. Yas Viceroy, Yas Island. Sat 12.30pm-4pm. Contact: 02 656 0600,


Weekends are about unwinding with friends and food, and that’s an ethos shared by the team at Tamba. The Lazy Lunch at this contemporary Indian fusion restaurant, bar and lounge includes over 20 dishes served straight to your table so you can catch up with friends and listen to beats from resident DJ Tanya Vie. Menu highlights include spicy tuna chur-muri, fried idli macaroons with coriander-coconut chutney and smoked chicken black pepper burrata. From AED 195+ with soft drinks. The Hub, World Trade Center Abu Dhabi, Khalifa Street. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Contact: 02 672 8888,


Five hours of feasting, live music and plenty of atmosphere: that’s what this Mexican-style brunch is all about. Tuck into dishes like huevos machaca, slow-roasted ribs, kingfish fajitas and desserts with unlimited house beverages. There’s live music from 2pm and a DJ from 8.30pm when the fun spills over into the evening hours. From AED 270. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island. Fri noon-5pm. Contact: 02 582 3639,

Dai Pai Dong

The popular Yum Cha Dim Sum Brunch at this Cantonese restaurant features a selection of small dishes from dumplings to roast meats and desserts brought to your table. From AED 188 with tea. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island. Sat noon-4pm. Contact: 02 813 5588,



Decreasing its price and increasing the quantity of food, this pan-Latin joint is making sure it stays ahead of the competition with a wealth of new flavours added to its popular Friday brunch. Start with small dishes such as the refreshing corn and quinoa salads, tuna and salmon tacos and wagyu rib maki with wasabi. Follow this up with sharing plates like ceviches, tiradito, anticuchos and the new bao of veal belly with barbecue sauce. If you’ve got room, you can choose a main course from the menu before tucking into a tasty sharing platter with six desserts including tres leches, homemade picanones donut and hazelnut coffee cake. With everything brought to your table, plus free-flowing beverages and live music, it’s a top-notch affair. From AED 198 with soft drinks. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Contact: 02 306 7000,

Sho Cho

Get your fill of Japanese cuisine at this Friday feast. Dine on dishes like rock shrimp tempura, shima aji ceviche, yellow fin tuna tartar and beef tenderloin teriyaki. Brunch is soundtracked by DJ Koast spinning his signature mix. From AED 160 with soft drinks. Souk Qaryat Al Beri, between the bridges. Fri noon-4pm. Contact: 02 558 1117,

Li Jiang

Get your fill of pan-Asian dishes at this modern restaurant. A range of plates are served up from the bustling open kitchen, including dim sum, rice and noodle dishes. From AED 215 with soft drinks, half price for children aged six to 11. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqtaa. Sat 1pm-4pm. Contact: 02 818 8282,


The Asian Fusion brunch at this Saadiyat spot serves up East Asian cuisine including homemade duck spring rolls, prawn and chicken dumplings and fragrant Thai curries in a stunning beachside location. AED 290 with soft drinks, AED 415 with house beverages and pool and beach access as per availability. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. Sat 1pm-4pm. Contact: 02 498 8443,

New Offers 


If you’re a big seafood lover then check out the new Friday Fish Market Brunch at Sevilla. The family-friendly offer includes a separate kids’ buffet with special treats, while adults can tuck into dishes like sushi, roasted organic vegetables, French cheese, traditional roast and fritto misto prepared from live cooking stations. Desserts come in the form of fresh pastries like cinnamon roles and cookies. From AED 240 with soft drinks and beach and pool access. Al Raha Beach Hotel, off E10. Fri 1pm-4pm. Contact: 02 508 0555,


Missing your traditional roast dinner from home? Bistro has recently introduced a new brunch inspired by just that, with live stations preparing everything you need with roast turkey, chicken, salmon and beef plus all the trimmings. That’s not all: choose from starters like shrimp cocktail, oysters and mussels and then end on a sweet note with speciality desserts. From AED 160 with soft drinks, AED 80 for children aged six to 12. Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Center, Hamdan Street. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Contact: 02 698 2222,

Filini Garden

The great outdoors is calling: The Garden Brunch at this trendy Italian spot welcomes guests to relax in its garden and terrace, don a flower crown and enjoy haute couture beverages inspired by famous fashion designers. When it comes to food, you can expect a colourful assortment of traditional but contemporary dishes like bruschetta and antipasti served from an antipasti bar, a variety of pastas, risotto and pizza, a choice of four main courses and, of course, sweets to finish. DJ Cliff Townley spins beats while saxophonist Milan Ivkovic’s sultry sounds add to the atmosphere. Join the after-brunch party to watch the sun set over the golf course. From AED 200 with soft drinks, AED 100 for after-party package. Next to Radisson Blu Hotel Abu Dhabi Yas Island. Fri 12.30pm-4pm,
after-party 4pm-8pm. Contact: 02 656 2000,

The VIP Experience 

Brunch in the Clouds

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Exclusivity is the key word at this brunch, hosted in the world’s highest suspended suite at The St Regis Abu Dhabi. Hosted once a month, the brunch starts with a butler whisking the 50 diners into a private elevator and up to the 1,120 square-metre suite. Here you’ll enjoy an exclusive spread dotted around the suite including a cinema full of candy, caviar ice-bar and roaming stations. There’s even a private spa and live entertainment. AED 650 with soft drinks. Corniche West. 23rd Feb and 30th Mar noon-5pm. Advanced reservation required. Contact: 02 694 4553,

Evening Brunches 


Greek mezzeh

Who says you have to wait until the weekend to brunch? Every Wednesday night, Acropolis’ Greek Evening Brunch features all-you-can-eat mezzeh. Enjoy Mediterranean dishes made with seasonal ingredients including lahanodolmades, cabbage rolls filled with rice and minced meat, spanakopita, Greek filo stuffed with spinach and feta, and xtapodi ksidato, marinated octopus. From AED 99 with soft drinks. Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah. Wed 7pm-11pm. Contact: 02 644 6666,


Get your fill of grilled meats cooked to your taste at live cooking stations. It’s all part of Origins’ Thursday night Grape & Grill. Enjoy meats, salads and sweet treats while DJ Marc Betta soundtracks the night. From AED 220 with soft drinks. Yas Viceroy, Yas Island. Thu 7pm-11pm. Contact: 02 656 0600,

Blu Sky Lounge & Grill

Blu Sky

Eager to start the weekend early? Brunch doesn’t have to wait until Friday. At this popular sports bar, brunch takes place on Thursday evening with a selection of British pub grub served on a sharing-style platter, including fish and chips and traditional roasts. With DJ Cliff Townley on the decks, it’s a great way to kick off the weekend. AED 169++ with house beverages. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Mina Street. Thu 7pm-10pm, DJ 9pm-1am. Contact: 02 818 4888,

WORDS Rachael Perrett


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