Your guide to the best international brunches in Abu Dhabi

All the shortlisted venues for the Time Out Abu Dhabi Restaurant Awards 2019

Your guide to the best international brunches in Abu Dhabi

99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant
An incredible set menu of fantastic Japanese dishes awaits you at this quintessential sushi bar, with a stunning view out over Abu Dhabi’s waters from the Four Seasons Abu Dhabi Al Maryah Island.
Dhs269 (soft drinks), Dhs369 (sparkling), Dhs669 (bubbly). Fri 1pm-5pm. The Galleria Al Maryah Island (02 672 3333).

Alba Terrace

This chilled, Mediterranean restaurant serves up an exceptional three-course set menu with a live band, it’s a three-hour package that starts on your arrival, and runs between 12.30pm and 8pm.
Dhs245 (soft drinks), Dhs388 (house beverages), Dhs488 (bubbly). Fri 12.30pm-8pm. The Abu Dhabi EDITION, Al Bateen Marina (02 208 0000).

Café Milano
A previous winner of Time Out Abu Dhabi’s Best Italian Restaurant, the Viaggio In Italia brunch takes you on a gastronomic journey across 20 different Italian regions and cuisines.
From Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs405 (house beverages). Sat noon-4pm. Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 333 2222).


A 15-course, sharing-style menu at this gorgeous seafood restaurant includes ceviche, tacos, sushi and mains such as salmon and jumbo prawns.
Dhs255 (soft drinks), Dhs370 (house beverages), Dhs419 (bubbly). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Nation Riviera, Corniche Road (02 611 0909).

The weekly brunch at this world-famous Japanese-Peruvian restaurant features a selection of tacos, ceviches and marinated skewers. It’s properly lively, and be sure to try the arroz Nikkei and leave room for the dessert platter.
Dhs238 (soft drinks), Dhs378 (house beverages), Dhs498 (sparkling grape). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. The Galleria Al Maryah Island (02 306 7000).

Fancy an afternoon at one of the top Chinese fine-dining experiences in the world? Dim sum, Peking duck, miniature desserts and lots more are found at this incredible culinary offering.
Dhs318 (soft drinks), Dhs438 (house beverages), Dhs638 (bubbly). Fri noon-4pm. Emirates Palace, West Corniche (02 690 7999).

KOI Abu Dhabi
At the luxurious St. Regis Saadiyat Island, you can experience Japanese dishes such as maki rolls, sashimi and meats at this swanky brunch
Dhs340 (soft drinks), Dhs445 (house beverages), Dhs495 (sparkling), Dhs595 (French bubbly). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. The Collection at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort (02 678 3334).

Market Kitchen

The De’vine’ Friday Brunch offers seafood, ceviches, sweet and savoury toasts and more dishes inspired by the Californian coast.
Dhs250 (mocktails), Dhs375 (house beverages), Dhs499 (bubbly). Fri 12.30-4pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (02 674 2020).

This dark, moody yet lively Indian restaurant has a Friday brunch that dishes up a set menu of brilliant south east Asian food with a twist.
It’s great value, too.
Dhs195 (soft drinks excl taxes), Dhs295 (house beverages excl taxes). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. The Hub at The Mall, Word Trade Center Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah (02 672 8888).

The Italian hangout offers live stations, fresh pizzas, lamb shank ragu and a huge dessert spread. You can also add on an after party at
LEXX and pool access, to make a real day of it.
Dhs290 (soft drinks), Dhs440 (grapes and mixed drinks), Dhs145 (kids aged six to 12). Sat noon-4pm (brunch), 4pm-6pm (after party). Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences Emirates Pearl, West Corniche (02 510 1234).

Now, if you want something truly spectacular, head to the world-famous Japanese restaurant for a lively Friday brunch. Fantastic sushi, sashimi, main courses, desserts and more awaits.
Dhs395 (soft drinks), Dhs495 (house beverages), Dhs595 (bubbly), Dhs195 (kids aged four to 12). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. The Galleria Al Maryah Island (02 401 5900).

Brunch at the Palace at Emirates Palace
A brilliant brunch that’s absolutely chock full of live cooking stations, accompanied by an enormous buffet full of international cuisines.
Dhs370 (soft drinks), Dhs465 (house beverages), Dhs695 (bubbly), Dhs185 (kids between six and 12), free (kids five and below). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Emirates Palace, West Corniche (02 690 9000).

Bubbalicious at The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa

A positively legendary party brunch, Bubbalicious includes drinks stations, a band, DJ and different cuisines from around the world.
Dhs336 (soft drinks), Dhs430 (house beverages), Dhs624 (premium beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, Khalifa City A (02 616 9999).

Elements at Café Palmier at Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
This gigantic buffet brunch incorporates the indoor area at the uber-trendy @District by Amalfi, whEAT and the outdoor area at LRM Central – and this afternoon is great for kids.
Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages), Dhs425 (sparkling), Dhs495 (bubbly), Dhs125 (kids aged six to 12). Fri 1pm-4pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (800 101 101).

Nahaam at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
Thanks to its gorgeous outdoor dining area, you’ll enjoy this massive brunch before you even eat. But you’ll love the food, because it’s a superb spread from across Jumeirah at Etihad Towers.
Dhs390 (soft drinks), Dhs450 (house and sparkling beverages), Dhs575 (bubbly), Dhs185 (kids aged nine to 14). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, West Corniche (02 811 5666).

Raising the Steaks at The Foundry

While being fairly meat-centric, this buffet includes a wellington station, but also a vegan corner, poke bar and make-your-own burrata (dreamy), as well as superb meat and seafood.
Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages), Dhs99 (kids aged six to 12). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Mina Street, Al Zahiyah (02 818 4888).

The Chef’s Brunch at Giornotte

Not only does this brunch feature a dedicated package for vegan brunchers, but it’s also home to spectacular Italian cuisine every Friday.
From Dhs299 (soft drinks), Dhs399 (sparkling), Dhs599 (bubbly). Fri 1pm-4pm. Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 818 8282).

The Friday Marina Brunch at InterContinental Abu Dhabi
Live stations offering meats from Chamas, Asian dishes from Cho Gao Marina Walk, Italian from Circo, pub grub from Belgian Café and seafood from Fishmarket.
Dhs245 (soft drinks), Dhs345 (house beverages). Fri noon-4pm. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street (800 423 463).

The Market Brunch at Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas
A spread featuring loads of fresh seafood, barbecued meats, fresh salads, themed mixed drinks and entertainment.
Dhs350 (soft drinks), Dhs495 (house beverages), Dhs595 (sparkling), Dhs165 (kids aged six to 11). Fri 1pm-4pm. Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, Saadiyat Island (02 697 0000).

The Terrace on the Corniche
There’s a gorgeous terrace to enjoy, as well as fresh seafood, sushi, grilled meats, foie gras and more at this classy buffet.
Dhs345 (soft drinks), Dhs430 (house beverages), Dhs595 (bubbly). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers, Corniche Road West (02 694 4553).

Wonderbrunch at Sofra BLD
International offerings, live stations, kids’ activities such as face painting and free beach and pool access await you at Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri every weekend – arrive from 11am for early access to the pool and beach.
Dhs279 (soft drinks), Dhs349 (house beverages), Dhs459 (bubbly), Dhs140 (kids aged six-11), free (kids under six). Fri 1pm-4pm. Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain (02 509 8505).

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