With the award-winning and leading voice of fashion and lifestyle in the UAE capital, Amal Salameh

In general, firsts tend to be important: First impressions and first trips—and when it comes to food, this rule is no exception. Hence, the importance of a good brunch which can be considered the most luxurious meal of the week. Whether you’re looking for a family place, or a buzzing hangout to catch up with friends, the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr is a go-to spot for a weekend brunch. Here is a fun fact for my non-Arabic speakers: Bab Al Bahr means “gate to the sea” which literally is also referring to the location of the hotel in Abu Dhabi which is most commonly known as “Between the Bridges”.

For this Friday brunch, it was a special treat as it was for my husband’s birthday and another good excuse for me to not step in the kitchen on a weekend. Upon arrival, we are welcomed with freshly made cocktails before entering the spacious passageway that is a spread of food stations from right to left – and it is a long corridor serving you flavourful cuisines from Europe, Arabia, Asia and the Mediterranean. The highlights for us at the brunch was finding a meat carvery station from Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse & Grill and a freshly made, on the-counter pasta station by Frankie’s Italian Restaurant which are two of my favourite (and award-winning) dining outlets at the Fairmont. So, you get a taste of both at the brunch! The only downside was I decided to wear jeans on that day so that kept me a bit grounded from going back for seconds and thirds – however probably a blessing in disguise for keeping my waistline under control.

going back for seconds and thirds – however probably a blessing in disguise for keeping my waistline under control. Besides the top-notch food, the best part of the brunch was the entertainment from the live DJ and singer who both took turns on the deck and what’s better than having the singer serenade my husband with a happy birthday song? Totally caught him off guard, made him slightly awkward but the smile on his face was beaming and made it jolly by the round of applause from our brunch neighbours. With cake and a customised Nutella crepe from the very inviting dessert station, we stayed till the very end of the brunch enjoying the live singer’s tunes and fine weather of the afternoon – birthday brunch goals.

Until September 6, the price of brunch is just Dhs249 per person

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