Delicious international cuisine in a bright and airy setting 2 Reviews
The venue: Essence features live cooking stations, a fresh sushi counter and plenty of original salad options combining the essence of Arabia and a subtle, modern touch. The European Championships will also be shown.
Iftar: A buffet with a wide selection of traditional iftar dishes and a large selection of Arabic juices. Dhs195 (adults), Dhs110 (children six-12). Dhs170 per person in groups of ten or more.
Suhoor: Not available.
Bookings accepted: Yes. Offer throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan. Timings: From 7pm (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
Six of the hotel’s restaurants – Rodeo Grill, Brauhaus, Prego, Benihana, Trader Vic’s and Finz – come together for this lively brunch. Dhs270 (soft drinks), Dhs380 (house beverages), Dhs480 (bubbly), Dhs135 (children
aged six-12) Timings: 12.30pm- 3.30pm. (Friday)
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Essence, the Beach Rotana’s long-awaited all-day dining restaurant is certainly a worthy replacement of its predecessor, Rosebuds. The decor is light and elegant, with a few subtle Arabic accents, while the tree-lined centre walkway, sky-high ceiling and brightly lit interior give it the feeling of al fresco dining without the scorching summer heat. Visit for brunch, when the enormous spread is supplemented with cuisine from Brauhaus and Benihana, so you can enjoy a range of fresh sushi or German meats. However, that’s not to say the main restaurant doesn’t have a lot to offer. With a large salad bar, a seafood selection, bakery, and Arabic dishes sitting alongside the hot cuisine, there’s plenty to choose from.
The most impressive of all the spreads, however, is undoubtedly dessert. Often an afterthought at brunch, Essence’s offering has to be seen to be believed. Think jars of jelly sweets, an orange chocolate fountain and profiterole sculptures. However, service is sluggish, and those who love all things cheese will be disappointed by their humble offering. It doesn’t come cheap, either, and there are none of the usual brunch drinks packages, so if you’re thirsty, expect to get stung on the bill.
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