CuiScene

All-you-can-eat specialty restaurant in the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr 15 Reviews

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CuiScene

The Friday Fairmont Brunch is an international offering spanning the hotel’s dining outlets including Frankie’s Italian Restaurant & Bar, Sports Cafe and Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill. Dhs279 (soft drinks), Dhs369 (house beverages), Dhs519 (bubbly). Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta (02 654 3333). Timings: Noon-4pm (Friday)

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Like any all-you-can-eat buffet, it’s important not to make the rookie mistake of filling your plate with the first dishes you see. Instead, make like a pro and prowl CuiScene’s live cooking stations, checking out the competition.

The diners filling up on the restaurant’s 14 types of sushi had obviously never heard of this pearl of wisdom before – more fool them. And more chocolate fountain for us later.

CuiScene’s dishes change monthly, so frequent visitors don’t get bored. On our visit, we had a select few pieces of spicy tuna sushi, smoked salmon and a couple of hand-sized prawns; salad flavoured with a dollop of moutabbal, pomegranate seeds and hummus, and a single olive.

We still had plenty of space left for curry which is just as well as there were nine to choose from, including veggie options such as dahl. We by-passed the spring rolls at the Asian cooking station because they looked a little sorry for themselves, opting instead for the evening’s stand out dish from the European station: hambra fish in a creamy leek sauce, with asparagus tips and sautéed veg.

The chefs at CuiScene must have taken note of our review in 2012-2013’s Eating Out In Abu Dhabi because they’ve since upped their game when it came to the dessert selection – and fortunately for us, we’d saved room for it.

The gooey Brie, grapes and seeded rolls were tempting but we wanted to satisfy our sweet tooth – and childlike sense of fun. So, we plucked a couple of dates from the trunk of a 2ft edible palm tree and dipped marshmallows, meringues and bite-sized sponge cake into a chocolate fountain. Our dining companion opted for a chocolate mousse pyramid, which was as firm as crème brûlée but as soft as mousse on the tongue. We also sampled Umm Ali, a traditional local dessert which is served hot – and were glad we did. Made from pastry, cream, toasted pine nuts and a hint of rosewater, it resembled bread and butter pudding. Delicious.

The restaurant, which is on the ground floor, is all on one level and spacious so it’s suitable for wheelchairs. The layout also means you never have to queue for anything, and don’t feel rushed while filling your plate. The service is excellent; friendly chefs are on-hand to answer your questions, while waiters filled our glass so frequently we felt guilty for being so lazy.

Kids would enjoy watching the chefs at work, but on a cool evening, why sit indoors when you could be outside, overlooking the creek between the bridges? You can’t quite hear the waves lapping against the shore but the series of fountains that divide the lantern-lit terrace is all very Zen.

After dinner, relax in the cabanas on the terrace. Then walk off your meal under the stars on the promenade along the creek, which overlooks Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Even if you live here, you’ll feel like you’re on holiday.

The bill (for two)

Buffet x2 Dhs175
Total (excluding service) Dhs350

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.

Details

  • Location: Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Bain Al Jessrain, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 654 3333
  • Travel: Between The Bridges
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Brunch served

User reviews:

Posted by: Rizwan Memon on 14 Jan ' 12 at 07:06
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I cannot believe no one has pointed out that they have a good steak selection and they know how to make it right. My friend and I went there for dinner and we opted for steak. Medium rare cooked as it should be with tasty black pepper sauce and a side of mash potatoes done nicely. Yum!

Next I'm planning to take family for a Friday brunch :-)

Posted by: Silvia on 24 Dec ' 10 at 06:44
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  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

it's beautifull restaurant, the buffet is very good and the service too. i always come there.

Posted by: Alaa Saleem on 03 Nov ' 10 at 19:03
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  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

food and its presentation are likely to 2stars hotel.. cant imagine that I went for a brunch in a 5 star hotel.

Posted by: Rommel Pacarien on 03 Nov ' 10 at 09:06
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  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

I can say that its not all new brunch is great including my experience in Elements. the place is amazing but the food and the service is ZERO....

Posted by: jonathan mullan on 02 Nov ' 10 at 20:26
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

I celebrated my bithday they brought the cake to the table,nobody even greet us and the staff are not smiling over there,my best friend sad to me that is the BEST BRUNCH IN THE TOWN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Zoe Barrat on 02 Nov ' 10 at 20:20
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

beautiful new decor ,good food,very bad service no even in a 2 stars hotels you get this service

Posted by: Cherry on 16 Oct ' 10 at 14:07
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  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Moet from 12:00 to 4:00 PM, i had more than 10 glasses our server was amazing. the food was just awesome. from Oyster to kig crab to sushi to roasted ribs & lamb chops to chinese dumplings.

Posted by: Sreedharan on 16 Oct ' 10 at 13:28
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  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The best ever in abu dhabi. i had my brunch few weeks back and i'm already palnning my next brunch at elements. Food & Service are the best in the Abu Dhabi.

Posted by: Jack Toffle on 16 Oct ' 10 at 13:27
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  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Amazing Food!!!! Great Service!!! Free Flowing Moet!!!!

Best Brunch in Abu Dhabi.

Posted by: Anil D'Silva on 20 Sep ' 10 at 12:25
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  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

A great dining place for Brunch with family. Staffs are amazing and so are the chefs always hands on interacting. They even prepared something for my little daughter which she loved it. My kids just love the place and especially the chocolate fountain and the tempuras.
Overall a place to be to relax with family and friends on a weekend........ The Arabic Manager was just great......

Posted by: Paul on 18 Jul ' 10 at 07:55
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  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Great brunch, good selection. Fantastic service, very attentive waitresses, highly impressed. Will be going back again soon.

Posted by: Xof on 04 Jul ' 10 at 13:51
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I so enjoy the Element that i have to confirm my previous review. With time, The Fairmont Team does not let its goals vanishing... On the contrary, we have seen an improvment in the staff experience.

The venue is still very enjoyable, but not anymore unique since the Yas Hotel opened (but very disappointing buffet there) and the A-loft.

Still the food is excellent, some new stuffs every time we go. Ask for sushi made for you if you believe they are not fresh enough (but they are). and the crepe au chocolat with caramel on the top is ... a sin!

All in all, a keeper! and now, there is after dinner party in the lounges...

Posted by: john mapoo on 17 Jun ' 10 at 17:23
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  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The best brunch ever been in abu dhabi.... Great selection and the choc fountain is a winner!!! Service is awesome. Congrats Fairmont on a stunning job!

Posted by: Samar Ayash on 03 Jun ' 10 at 09:17
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

the best in abu dhabi, great service and very good food

Posted by: Xof on 07 Jan ' 10 at 10:55
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I fully disagree with the Time out review! Maybe you were on a bad day... or you believe you have seen it all.
We found it quite original, with new tastes, and an amazing diversity. The only Buffet that beats this one is the one of the shangri la so far...
The venue is also bringing something new in Abu dhabi, with quite a modern lounge style. Everywhere in Dubai, but not in the Capital.
All this at a reasonnable price...
And the least, but not the last for a French, the wine list is amazing, and bottles are served in style.
So, i recommand to go to the Fairmont, it can only get better with practice.

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