Budget brunches in Abu Dhabi

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Under DHS100

Bistro

Stuck in the middle of a long week that shows no signs of ending? This Tuesday night brunch will help you through that mid-week slump and re-energise you for the remaining days. The buffet includes international favourites and a selection of comfort foods that will cheer you right up.
Dhs99 (soft drinks), Dhs199 (house beverages), Dhs299 (sparkling), free (kids under 6). Every Tue 7pm-11pm. Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Center, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street (02 698 2222).

NEW! Kareem’s

There are a few Indian brunches in the capital, but this one serves as the best value for money. The setting isn’t grand or party-ready, but it doesn’t need to be. It lets the food take centre stage, and chefs make full use of the opportunity. Skip past the Middle Eastern salads and French bread rolls and dive straight into the Indian spread. You’ll find options from across the Indian subcontinent – idli, kebabs, biryani, chole bhature, curd rice. When it comes to desserts, once again, stick to the Indian options.
Dhs69 (Indian beverages). Fri 11.30am-3.30pm. Ramada Abu Dhabi Corniche, Mina Road, Al Zahiyah (02 401 9004).

Pascal Tepper French Bakery
Unlike a majority of the brunches in the city, the Friday fare here includes more breakfast eats than lunch-time options, all freshly baked and prepared. Croissants, bread rolls and eggs made to order sit alongside salads, pastas and more. The menu is limited, but at the price you pay, it’s a good deal. There’s even a cupcake demo class and a face-painting corner for the young ones. The brunch is inundated by families, who come in droves with hungry kids in tow, making it so popular that they now have two time slots.
Dhs99, Dhs69 (kids). Every Fri 11am-1pm, 2pm-4pm. IPIC Tower, Muroor Street, Al Nahyan (02 444 4762).

The Horse & Jockey Pub

Drive up to The Garden City this weekend and enjoy the sights it has to offer. One of them being The Horse & Jockey Pub. The traditional English spot offers warm service and a roast buffet every Friday. You can enjoy your meal indoors or sit on the outdoor terrace that overlooks the garden.
Dhs99 (house beverages), Dhs50 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). Every Fri noon-4pm. Danat Al Ain Resort, Al Ain (03 704 6000).

Under DHS150

Amerigos Mexican bar & Restaurant

Fasten your sombrero and mosey on down to this Mexican restaurant for its Acapulco Friday brunch. Set up by the pool, guests can enjoy cool views of the Arabian Gulf and the golf course nearby. You will find the food carefully laid out across a row of colourful, hand-painted street food cabanas. There are freshly-made favourites like tacos, quesadillas and nachos, and Mexican-style sweets. Don’t miss the deliciously cheesy queso fundido. Catchy Latin tunes and club remixes round off the lively atmosphere for a budget-friendly Friday fiesta.
Dhs145 (soft drinks), Dhs225 (house beverages), Dhs75 (kids aged six-12). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Park Inn by Radisson Yas Island (02 656 2412).

NEW! Blu Sky Lounge & Grill

The swanky sports bar has been open for business for a little over a year, and is one of the latest additions to the capital’s brunch scene. Decked out with fluorescent blue lights and sleek décor, Blu Sky is a far cry from the typical smoky, dingy sports bars. For its weekly brunch it serves up a set menu that includes sharing menus and the usual pub fare. Sliders, wings, fish and chips and a traditional English roast all make the cut.
Dhs129 (soft drinks), Dhs199 (house beverages). Every Fri 12.30-4pm. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Mina Street, Al Zahiyah (02 818 4888).

Café D’Alsace

A buffet spread stretches along this family-friendly restaurant that dishes up a variety of European and Middle Eastern dishes for its Friday do, with the dessert section popular with those with a sweet tooth. Its outdoor terrace is a popular spot to book a table at the moment, given the cooling temperatures. And there’s a green patch just in front of it that is perfect for the kids to run around on.
Dhs115 (juices), Dhs135 (one glass of house beverage), Dhs65 (kids aged six-12). Every Fri noon-4pm. Café D’Alsace, Yas Marina, Yas Island (02 496 3412).

Jazz@PizzaExpress

A live band makes this family event a lively gig. Feast your eyes on its unlimited à la carte brunch menu that also includes standards from its weekly one. You can begin with a selection of Italian meatballs and the cheese-stuffed portobello mushrooms – both of which are hard to resist. Those looking for healthy options like salads will also be pleased with the offerings here. Although we’re not sure why you’d come to a pizza place to eat a plate of raw veggies. The pizzas are smaller than the pies served on non-brunch days, but they still deliver the goods.
Dhs129 (soft drinks), Dhs229 (house beverages and Italian white grape). Fri noon-4pm. The Hub, The Mall at World Trade Center Abu Dhabi (02 444 7752).

Dai Pai Dong

Authenticity is the name of the game at this Cantonese restaurant. Dim sum trolleys brimming with bamboo baskets, packed with juicy little dumplings, weave past at this yum cha brunch, just as you would find in restaurants in Hong Kong. No matter what your preference – shrimp, chicken, duck or vegetable – you are sure to find something to feast on. The deal also includes a selection of roasted meats and delicious desserts.
Dhs149 (jasmine tea), Dhs199 (iced tea, Fu Xi & Lai Cha), Dhs249 (Chinese hops, grape and sparkling). Every Sat noon-4pm. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 813 5552).

NEW! SushiSan

One of the newer brunches in the capital, the set menu at SushiSan ensures you leave full and satisfied. While the brunch menu rotates each week, there are a few mainstays you can bet on seeing every time. Diners will be welcomed with a platter of sushi and sashimi to start with, before digging into a selection of mains, which includes the restaurant’s famous sushi burger (it’s much better than it might sound!). Despite the name, this burger doesn’t feature fish – rather, it’s the traditional beef patty served between two ‘buns’ of compacted sushi rice. A selection of desserts, including SushiSan’s signature cheesecake, round off the meal.
Dhs149 (soft drinks), Dhs199 (house beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi, Dhafeer Street (02 657 4888).

Under DHS200

Big Bubble Brunch

Proving that brunches aren’t just for grown-ups, is this playful one. The Big Bubble Brunch is exclusively for kids between the ages of seven to 12. Organised at Shades Terrace, by the pool, it’s three-and-a-half hours of unbridled fun for the little ones. In addition to kid-friendly eats – including plenty of vegetarian options – there is a wide range of activities to keep them entertained. A pizza-making class, games, a play area and pool access are all part of the festivities.
Dhs195 (soft drinks). Every Fri noon-3.30pm. The Westin Abu Dhabi Gold Resort & Spa, Sas Al Nakhl (02 616 9999).

Cho Gao

The minute you step into this restaurant, you are transported to an Asian street market. Bird cages (sans feathered friends, obviously), wicker baskets and hanging lanterns lend the room an authentic vibe. The food is just as on point, with the buffet comprising of a hefty selection of Asian delicacies, including dumplings, salads, a new sushi station and desserts inspired by Asian flavours.
Dhs166 (iced tea), Dhs255 (house beverages). Every Fri noon-4pm. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street (02 616 6666).

KOI Restaurant and Lounge

Every Thursday, this stylish lounge hosts its Supper Club’s Thursday evening brunch. The food on offer is served tapas-style and features delicate Japanese treats. There are also sharing platters laden with the restaurant’s signature eats, including rock shrimp tempura in a creamy sauce, tuna tartare on crispy wontons and classic California rolls. The free-flowing grape and Japanese mixed drinks are part of the all-you-can-order package.
Dhs199 (house beverages). Every Thu 8.30pm-11.30pm. The Collection within The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island (02 678 3334).

NEW! Kuzbara
Usher in the weekend at this all-day dining restaurant’s BBQ & Hops brunch, running every Thursday night. The feast includes a tasty selection of barbecued meats and seafood bites (vegetarians need not apply). You can wash it all down with premium
brews, or, if you prefer, Spanish mixed drinks. The downtown location makes it a convenient spot to stop at.
Dhs195 (hops and Spanish mixed drinks). Thu 6pm-10pm. Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (02 304 7777).

PJ O’Reilly’s Irish Pub
You know you’re up for a good time when PJ O’Reilly’s gets involved. This pub puts on a jolly good show at its family picnic brunch. The outdoor celebration involves delicious cuts of Irish meat, which are served barbecued, plus pies and refreshing drinks. The kids’ corner includes a bouncy castle and other fun activities to grab the attention of the young ones. If you’re looking to simply have a good time with friends, hit this up. And don’t forget to break into a jig when resident band Sweet Chilli Jam steps up to play.
Dhs200. Every Fri 1pm-4pm. Le Royal Méridien, Sheikh Khalifa Street (800 101 101).

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The Village Brunch boasts a set-up of live cooking stations within the restaurant and on its outdoor terrace, with all the usual starters, mains and desserts. Its newest addition, a smoky-barbecue station, serves up succulent cuts of meat and fresh seafood that are worth queuing up for. Meanwhile, a DJ spins tunes during the three-hour affair to ensure a chilled-out vibe is enjoyed by all.
Dhs350 (soft drinks), Dhs530 (house beverages), Dhs590 (bubbly), Dhs95 (kids aged five-12), free (kids under five). Buy one get one deal available on all packages until May 26. Every Fri 1pm-4pm. Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Tourist Club Area (02 644 6666).

By Vanessa Fitter
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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