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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.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
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  • Location: Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 697 9011
  • Travel: Tourist Club Area
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Brunch served

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Posted by: NIKITA NIKITOV on 04 Jan ' 12 at 05:34
  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Bad Only 1 word verry bad

Posted by: Resh on 09 Aug ' 11 at 06:34

we had visited essence during iftar and found that the spread was not worth the price at all. there was a change to the International cuisine after 8:30p.m. but it wasn't the best too. The prawn salad with cucumbers were smelling from a distance and the sushi section was quite warm. The deserts were very good and the best to offer the entire evening.

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