Beat the heat with a weekend feast.
These FACT recommended soirees will take you from Friday to Sunday, providing the ideal way to kick-start your weekend and keep the celebrations going. From casual evening soirees to bombastic brunch buffets and party-fuelled feasts – these are this season’s best indoor brunches in Abu Dhabi.
Dai Pai Dong
Dai Pai Dong’s Friday Evening Hot Pot Brunch offers diners an authentic Cantonese dining experience. Bond with friends and family over the fresh flavours of a traditional Chinese hot pot within the slick dining room or out on the waterfront terrace with views across Al Maryah Island. Fridays, from 6pm to 11:30pm. AED 298 (soft beverages) and AED 428 (selected house beverages).
Hakkasan Abu Dhabi
The Hakka Night Brunch, exclusive to the sleek bar and cabanas at Hakkasan Abu Dhabi, provides diners with unrivalled views of the city skyline and the grounds of Emirates Palace. The evening soiree features a modern interpretation of Cantonese cuisine and an unlimited selection of beverages that draw inspiration from contemporary and ancient China. Fridays, from 8pm to 11pm. AED 438 per person.
The Writer’s Block evening brunch at this discreet bar inside The Abu Dhabi EDITION is ideal for those seeking post-work drinks or a lively start to the weekend. Dishes on the menu include cold cuts, lobster tacos, beef tartar charcoal cones, spiced beef pizza, wagyu skewers, teriyaki salmon and smoked chocolate truffles. Fridays, from 7pm to midnight (three-hour experience). AED 175 (soft beverages), AED 275 (house beverages) and AED 395 (bubbles).
Taking guests back in time to the glamour of the roaring 1920s, the Gatsby Brunch at Ray’s Bar provides a flawless fusion of delicious cuisine, live music, classic cocktails and sensational views from the 62nd floor of Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers. The traditional cold bites encompass healthy classics such as the Waldorf salad and potted Alaskan crab, while the array of hearty hot bites features braised short rib, lamb wellington and spinach and artichoke tart. The decadent journey ends with rhubarb and apple pie, wild berry pavlova and sticky toffee pudding. Fridays, from 5pm to 9pm. AED 379 (house beverages), AED 479 (sparkling) and AED 679 (bubbly).
GO: Call 02 811 5666 for reservations and more information.
Serving a selection of Mediterranean dishes to the table, including a mix of Alba Terrace classics, new seasonal creations and fresh delights from the poolside wood-fired oven. The charming confines of Alba Terrace at The Abu Dhabi EDITION is ideal for a chic Saturday – just don’t miss the roaming burrata trolley. Saturdays, from 12.30pm to 5pm (three-hour experience). AED 215 (soft beverages), AED 325 (house beverages) and AED 445 (Italian bubbles)
Feel like you’re touring the streets of Mexico as you peruse the colourful taco and burrito stations at this family-friendly brunch on Yas Island. Sample fresh guacamole and ceviche, indulge in grilled meats from the barbeque or sip on a refreshing glass of horchata. Desserts include creamy sorbets or churros con chocolate, and pool access is included for outdoor group bookings of four or more. Saturdays, from 12pm to 4pm. AED 199 (soft beverages), AED 299 (house beverages) and AED 89 (children).
GO: Call 02 656 2412 for reservations and more information.
With panoramic views of Yas Bay Waterfront, indulge in a Pan-Asian brunch at the stunning Asia Asia. Embark on an exotic and adventurous culinary journey along the ancient Spice Route, discovering flavours and aromas from the Far East to the Middle East. Saturdays, from 2pm to 5pm. AED 375 per person.
Fill your weekend with cheer and let your celebrations come alive at the lively Santé Brunch. Unwind in the laid-back garden or chill inside the cosy restaurant while listing to live music. Enjoy a casual brunch and discover an exciting spread of sharing platters, including seafood buckets, a roast carvery platter, and imaginative desserts. Saturdays, from 12:30pm to 4pm. AED 249 (soft beverage) and AED 349 (house beverages).
Buddha-Bar Beach Abu Dhabi
The Nikkei Brunch at beachfront hotspot Buddha-Bar Beach Abu Dhabi highlights the culinary art of Japanese and Peruvian cooking. The curated menu served on the beachfront terrace or inside the restaurant boasts a curated menu of more than 20 creative dishes and features salmon truffle tataki, prawn tempura, beef robatayaki and black pepper chicken. The atmospheric event is complemented by Buddha-Bar Beach Abu Dhabi’s resident DJ, enhancing the mood with a melodic mix of deep house beats. Saturdays, from 7pm to 10pm. AED 375 (soft beverages) and AED 495 (house beverages).
Butcher & Still
Butcher & Still at Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island offers a carnivorous weekend feast. Built around fresh, seasonal ingredients, diners can ease into the weekend with corn chowder, smoked chicken Cobb salad, and a choice of three platters to share, including the American bounty, generous cheese, and Butcher & Still sausage platters. The final explosion of summer flavours at this 1920s prohibition-era-inspired steakhouse is the Peach Melba, with a generous scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream for dessert. Saturdays, from 1pm to 4pm.
COYA Abu Dhabi
With creamy guacamole prepared at the table, diners start their Peruvian culinary journey with a selection of flavoursome tacos, maki rolls and a platter of COYA signature appetisers. The reimagined brunch menu also includes slow-cooked beef ribs glazed with miso, corn-fed baby chicken with panca chilli and salmon with miso, barley and seaweed. The Insta-worthy COYA dessert platter ensures a magical conclusion to the party. Saturdays, from 12:30pm to 4pm. AED 298 (soft beverages), AED 438 (house beverages) and AED 588 (premium beverages).
GO: Call 02 306 7000 for reservations and more information.
Crowne Plaza Yas Island
In addition to the expected games, live music and barbecue stations, for which this particular brunch is renowned, the Daydream Brunch also features excellent food and a fun vibe for adults and children. Live stations are abundant, including a Langos station (Hungarian deep-fried flatbread), alongside breakfast favourites such as eggs Benedict. Of course, it wouldn’t be brunch without the popular barbecue station, which serves chargrilled beef brisket, succulent meats and grilled seafood this season. Saturdays, from 12:30pm to 4pm. AED 169 per person (soft beverages), AED 269 (house beverages) and AED 69 (children aged six to twelve years).
Dino’s Bistro Italiano
With its casual and friendly atmosphere, Dino’s Bistro Italiano brings you the most refined flavours of Italy, paired with a selection of premium beverages. Visit with your friends or family for an à la carte brunch served straight to the table. Saturdays and Sundays, from 12pm. AED 180 (soft beverages) and AED 240 (signature cocktails)
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
Served at Marco’s New York Italian, CuiScene and Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Brunch will delight the heartiest of eaters. The culinary event will feature a fresh seafood bar, live entertainment by NathanHill, a special welcome drink and more. Saturdays, from 12:30pm to 4pm. AED 295 (soft package) with an additional AED 125 (unlimited house beverages) and an additional AED 300 (for house spirits and Champagne).
GO: Call 056 502 4999 for reservations and more information.
Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island
Celebrate summer at Graphos Social Kitchen’s market-style brunch. Guests can meander through the 15 interactive food stations, while kids can enjoy the popcorn corner, chocolate fountain and a candy station filled with large jars of chocolates and sweets. Saturdays, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 269 per person (soft beverages) and AED 379 per person (house beverages).
Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island
With its stunning interiors and beautiful ocean-facing terrace, all-day-dining destination White Restaurant flips expectations of what a weekend brunch should be. Expect a plethora of live cooking stations that bring together cuisines from across the globe. Enjoy traditional Italian and Levantine flavours from the FACT award-winning Mare Mare and Tean, plus a selection of smoked cuts from casual sports bar, OFFSIDE. The lively brunch also features live entertainment and spectacular views of the Arabian Gulf from the spacious terrace. Saturdays, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 350 (soft beverages), AED 475 (house beverages) and AED 600 (premium bubbly).
A Mexican fiesta awaits guests at La Carnita at the vibrant Yas Bay Waterfront. As plates are brought to the table, indulge in sharing platters featuring spiced fries, dips and chips, hamachi ceviche and Cali salad. A choice of one quesadilla is offered next, alongside a pick of two taco varieties. And for that sweet ending, there is churros to share. Saturdays, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 199 (soft beverages), AED 299 (house beverages) and AED 399 (bubbly).
GO: Visit www.lacarnita.com or call 050 185 8068 for reservations and more information.
Marriott Al Forsan
Get ready for a fun, casual and laid-back international brunch with free-flowing beverages, pool access, and plenty of activities to keep the kids busy. This brunch is packed with culinary surprises such as a seafood bar, oysters, caviar, pub grub, special roasts, ready-to-go tiffins, kababs, and live stations for chaat, ramen and bento-style meals. Children will be entertained with face painting, ceramics and arts and crafts. Saturdays, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 275 (soft beverages) and AED 395 (house beverages).
McGettigan’s at Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi
Gather with your friends for the new and improved McG Table Brunch Brunch at McGettigans inside Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi. Tuck into the chef’s backyard creations featuring sharing starter plates, soup, delectable mains and delicious desserts. Saturdays, from 12.30pm to 4pm. AED 199 per person.
Mykonos Abu Dhabi
Bad Bunnies at Mykonos Abu Dhabi brings together top-notch interactive entertainment and Insta moments galore: there will be a DJ spinning hip-hop music, confetti aplenty for those celebrating a special occasion, and the chance to mingle and dance with the brunch mascot, the big bad bunny himself. As the name of the restaurant suggests, the menu is inspired by the Mediterranean but fuses together food from across the world. Saturdays, from 3pm to 7pm. AED 199 (soft beverages), AED 299 (house beverages) and AED 349 (premium beverages).
GO: Follow @badbunniesbrunch on Instagram for more information.
The popular Nahaam brunch at Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers sees delicious delicacies delivered straight to the table in a relaxed, sharing-style format. Begin with creamy burrata with confit candy tomatoes and a selection of sushi, sashimi, and seafood on ice. Next is the ‘metre board’, a striking centrepiece that boasts home-smoked beef brisket, grilled beef striploin, lamb fillet, and fresh seafood specialities. From chocolate fudge cake to cherry cheesecake and crème brûlée to freshly prepared nitrogen ice cream, everyone’s favourite desserts can also be enjoyed. Saturdays, from 12:30pm to 4pm. AED 250 (soft beverage), AED 375 (house beverages) and AED 550 (bubbly).
Immerse yourself in a unique culinary journey featuring the best of British cuisine at the Notting Hill Market Brunch at Grand Millennium Al Wahda. The brunch features impressive food stations, including British, American, Indian, seafood, a roast corner, a Mexican cart and a cheese display. Saturdays, from 12:30pm to 4pm. AED 199 (soft beverages), AED 249 (house beverages) and AED 299 (premium beverages).
Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi
An extravagant buffet brings together the exquisite tastes of some of Shangri-La’s all-time favourites at Sofra Bld. Enjoy live cooking stations with fresh seafood, meats and pasta dishes, salads, desserts and three chocolate fountains. Beverages stalls also feature well-known international brands and delicious cocktails. Brunch also includes complimentary beach access. Fridays, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 298 (soft beverages), AED 378 (house beverages) and AED 498 (bubbly).
Inviting friends and loved ones to relax and admire the panoramic vistas of the Arabian Gulf, the sharing-style set menu brunch at Siddharta Lounge stars tasty starters such as fresh tuna mango roll, patatas bravas, gambas al ajillo, and miso eggplant. The culinary journey continues with orzo saffron risotto, tiger prawn, grilled lamb chops and chilli chicken for the main course. Finally, exquisitely decadent desserts include citrus cheesecake and cinnamon sugar churros served with hot chocolate sauce. Saturdays, from 12pm to 4pm. AED 300 (soft beverages) and AED 450 (house beverages).
GO: Visit www.thetrilogybybuddhabar.com for more information.
Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche
Kick-off the weekend with a lavish brunch at Corniche Dining inside Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche. The culinary journey will leave you spoilt for choice with a tempting spread of international dishes and refreshing beverages. The relaxed afternoon features live music, a kids’ play area and pool access. Saturdays, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 255 (soft beverages).
GO: Email firstname.lastname@example.org call 02 813 7777 for reservations and more information.
The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
The FACT award-winning ‘best family-friendly brunch in Abu Dhabi 2021’ features an abundance of live cooking stations that combine fresh ingredients with innovative cooking techniques. The expansive brunch offers fresh seafood, grilled meats and a cheese and chocolate selection. Saturdays, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 320 (soft beverages), AED 420 (house beverages and sparkling), AED 599 (bubbles).
The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
With The Project Brunch, guests can dine on the outdoor terrace or in the elegant dining room, while pass-around trolleys deliver a wide range of culinary delights directly to each table. In addition, the buffet spread contains appetisers such as crunchy salads, colourful tapas, and fresh sushi, plus homemade pizzas, Asian curries, grilled meats, and Indian specialities. Forget about the bog-standard chocolate fountain. Did we mention that the dedicated chocolate room boasts ten different types of handcrafted milk, dark and white chocolate? Saturdays, from 12.30pm to 4pm. AED 345 (soft beverages), AED 450 (house beverages) and AED 595 (premium French bubbly).
The WB Abu Dhabi
The diner inside the world’s only Warner Bros. themed hotel invites families to indulge in a weekend feast. The menu includes spaghetti meatballs, mini burgers and sweet potato fries, and stations for doughnuts, cotton candy and popcorn. In addition, the experience contains meet-and-greets with popular WBcharacters, including Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Robin. Kids’ entertainment also includes arts and crafts in the activity corner. Saturdays, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 185 (soft beverages), AED 290 (house beverages) and AED 395 (sparkling).
GO: Visit www.hilton.com for reservations and more information.
The VaKaVa Brunch invites guests to embark on an enlightening epicurean experience. The table-service experience features a selection of hot and cold starters followed by a choice of signature mains before ending with a classic dessert. Dishes include guacamole, scallop tiradito, beef filet anticucho and wild mushroom coca flatbread to start. Straight from the grill, the mains will be a choice of striploin steak topped with chimichurri or sea bass infused with lemongrass, ginger and miso. Those with a sweet tooth can end their meal with La Bomba, an indulgent package concealing an explosion of flavours. Saturdays, from 2pm to 7pm. AED 295 (soft beverages) and AED 495 (house beverages).
W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island
Garage, the racetrack-themed restaurant inside W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island has five kitchens serving freshly made Asian, Arabic, and Nikkei dishes. Elsewhere a tiled while wall features 11 beverage taps with a concoction for every mood and occasion. Saturdays, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 279 (soft beverages), AED 379 (house beverages) and AED 529 (sparkling).
West Bay Abu Dhabi
The FACT award-winning West Bay with its views of the Arabian Gulf and Abu Dhabi skyline is known for its tropical ambience and gastronomic dishes. Expect an impressive culinary line-up of international favourites served family-style, alongside live entertainment and pop-up bars at this buzzing beachfront brunch. There’s even a children’s fun zone. Saturdays, from 1pm to 5pm. AED 249 (soft beverages), AED 379 (house beverages) and AED 479 (bubbly package).
ZUMA’s popular weekend brunch presents a tasting menu that includes many of the restaurant’s signature dishes. Expect beef tataki, vegetable gyoza, chicken tempura, fresh oysters, grilled Wagyu steak and a platter of sashimi, nigiri and maki. Guests are then encouraged to select one main course from spicy beef tenderloin, barley miso corn fed baby chicken, jumbo tiger prawn with yuzu pepper, miso-marinated black cod and roasted Boston lobster. Finally, a dessert platter featuring chocolate fondant, yuzu cheesecake, sorbets, ice creams, exotic fruits and chocolates end this decadent brunch. Saturdays, from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. AED 495 (soft beverages), AED 595 (Prosecco, grapes and hops) and AED 695 (Champagne and sake).
GO: Call 02 401 5900 for reservations and more information.
Every Sunday, guests can savour the Viaggio in Italia Brunch, serving authentic Italian specialities to the table. Starting with a generous plate of antipasti to share, diners continue their culinary journey with roasted tomato soup with fried eggplant or mixed fried fish. Fresh plates of artichoke salad, beef tartare, Pizza Casareccia, homemade beef ravioli with parmesan fondue, steamed seabass fillet or the roasted lamb saddle all add up to a luxurious dining experience. Desserts are best to enjoy on the terrace alongside peaceful waterfront views. Sundays, from 12pm to 4pm. AED 245 (soft beverages), AED 325 (house beverages) and AED 95 (children aged twelve years and under).
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Curated by Chef Pham, the flavours of Li Jiang menu offers unlimited street food favourites from across Southeast Asia, including dim sum, duck gyoza and BBQ classics, including Korean Beef, Japanese yakitori and Malaysian salmon. Li Jiang is set to spice up your Sunday evening with an extensive list of special Asian-inspired drinks. Sundays, from 6pm to 11pm (three-hour package). AED 199 (food only), AED 345 (grapes and hops) and AED 465 (mixed beverages and bubbles).
LPM Restaurant & Bar
Lovers of LPM’s menu can enjoy the chic venue’s La Vie en Rosé Sunday brunch, featuring unlimited starters to share, including the LPM Burrata and snails with garlic butter. Main courses include grilled sirloin steak and lamb cutlets with smoked aubergine. Finishing off the meal on a sweet note, decadent desserts such as warm chocolate mousse with malt ice cream, vanilla crème brulée or LPM’s signature cheesecake are served for the whole table to share. Sundays, from 12pm to 4.30pm. La Vie en Rosé packages start from AED 375 (minimum of two people).
Greek restaurant MAZI at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort invites families and friends to end their weekend on a high with the TSO’L Brunch. Here, diners are encouraged to feast family-style and savour a curated menu of delicious contemporary Greek dishes, handcrafted cocktails featuring Greek herbs and fruits, and Greek grapes sourced from the country’s most prestigious vineyards. Expect traditional tzatziki, Greek salad, courgette cakes with cucumber and mint dip, succulent roasted lamb and decadent braised short ribs. Sundays, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 350 (food only), AED 475 (food, grapes, hops and cocktails) and AED 595 (food, Champagne, grapes, hops and cocktails).
Set in the oak-panelled rock and roll steakhouse at The Abu Dhabi EDITION, you can devour four courses, starting with shared seasonal salads and a salmon Wellington. Main course options include roasted striploin of beef and lamb saddle accompanied by an array of sides, from crisp roast potatoes to cauliflower cheese and traditional Yorkshire puddings. Tempting desserts include sticky toffee pudding, apple and blackberry crumble and an exquisite cheese selection. Sundays, from 12:30pm to 5pm. AED 245 (soft beverages), AED 365 (house beverages) and AED 485 (bubbles).
The Director’s Club
Tuck into a traditional Sunday roast at the movie-themed, The Director’s Club. Choose from slow-roasted beef sirloin, herb-marinated leg of lamb, roasted corn-fed chicken or whole grilled seabass, served with gravy, Yorkshire pudding, duck fat potatoes, cheddar-baked cauliflower and roasted vegetables. Vegetarian options are also available. Sundays, from 12pm to 4pm. AED 170 (soft beverages), AED 275 (premium beverages) and AED 375 (bubbly).
The new weekend brunch at The Lighthouse runs on Saturdays and Sundays at Yas Bay Waterfront. Enjoy a set menu of seven starters, eight main courses and four desserts, all served sharing style in keeping with the Mediterranean-inspired concept. Expect crisp halloumi with homemade tomato jam, yuzu lobster po’boy and cacio e pepe with onsen egg. All paired with a live DJ. Saturdays and Sundays, from 12pm to 4pm. AED 275 (soft beverages), AED 375 (house beverages) and AED 525 (Tribaut Champagne),
GO: Call 02 236 7831 for reservations and more information.