The ultimate guide to Friday brunches in Abu Dhabi 2020

All the options across the capital

The ultimate guide to Friday brunches in Abu Dhabi 2020

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When it comes to weekends in Abu Dhabi, brunches are always high on the agenda.

With these listings you can book up any kind of occasion – from a casual pub brunch with pals to a high-end set menu to take your loved ones.

You can find evening brunch listings here and Saturday brunches here.

CHEAP & CHEERFUL (Dhs99-199)

49ers The Gold Rush
Get into the spirit of the Wild West at this steakhouse with free-flowing beverages.
Dhs99 (soft drinks), Dhs199 (house beverages). Fri, noon-4pm. Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiya (02 645 8000).

Abu Dhabi Golf Club
A liquid brunch offering pool access and loads of fun and games. There’s 10 percent off food.
Dhs135 (members, house beverages), Dhs150 (non-members, house beverages), Dhs85 (kids ages seven-12), free (under sixes). 12.30pm-3.30pm. Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Sas Al Nakhl (056 536 2230).

Al Naseem Pool Bar
Enjoy a Middle Eastern fusion barbecue at this laid-back poolside venue.
Dhs129 (soft drinks), Dhs229 (house beverages). 2pm-5pm. Novotel Abu Dhabi Gate, Al Maqta Street (02 508 9999).

Amerigos Mexican Bar and Restaurant
A fun Mexican brunch with live stations, access to the pool and tunes from a DJ.
Dhs190 (soft drinks) Dhs320 (house beverages), Dhs440 (premium beverages), Dhs100 (kids aged six-12. Noon-4pm. Park Inn by Radisson, Yas Island (02 656 2222).

Artisan Kitchen
Expect Italian pizzas and pastas, Asian live stations and Middle Eastern favourites at this feast.
Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs255 (house beverages), Dhs420 (sparkling). 1pm-4pm. Bab Al Qasr Hotel & Residences, West Corniche (02 205 3026).

Cooper’s Bar & Restaurant
A carvery brunch with roast meats and all the trimmings. There’s also a pleasant terrace and a good atmosphere.
Dhs165 (soft drinks), Dhs235 (house beverages), Dhs255 (premium beverages), Dhs82.50 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). Noon-4pm. Park Rotana Abu Dhabi (02 657 3325).

Cho Gao and Spaccanapoli
The Duplex Brunch features an incredible spread of European and Asian delicacies. You can add a bottle of bubbly for Dhs50.
Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs265 (house beverages). Noon-4pm. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street (050 612 3489).

Dine
A funky international brunch in a pleasant setting with free-flowing drinks.
Dhs159 (soft drinks), Dhs160 (house beverages) Noon-3pm. Aloft Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (02 654 5193).

Dino’s Bistro Italiano
The family-style feast starts with unlimited starters, followed up with crispy pizzas, freshly-made pasta and other traditional Italian main courses. Make sure you save room for the brilliant assortment of desserts.
Dhs165 (mocktails), Dhs200 (mixed drinks), Dhs215 (bubbly). Fri-Sat noon-4pm. Pearl Rotana Capital Centre, Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 307 5591).

Horizon
A family-friendly option serving international food. There are live stations and a kids’ play area.
Dhs199 (soft drinks). 12.30pm-4pm. Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, Corniche West (02 657 0000).

Iris Yas Island
This brunch attracts the cool crowd and the buffet features barbecue meats, salads and a great spread of colourful sushi. A lovely al fresco place for food.
Dhs190 (soft drinks), Dhs240 (house beverages), Dhs290 (bubbly). Noon-5pm. Yas Marina, Yas Island (055 160 5636).

Jazz@PizzaExpress
A value-for-money, family-friendly brunch. Expect a selection of starters, salads, pizzas, pastas and desserts served to your table.
Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs225 (house beverages), Dhs99 (kids ages six-16), free (under sixes). Noon-4pm. The Hub, WTC Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah (02 444 7752).

Khayal
This laid-back lunch features dishes from around the world and loads for kids to do. It can also be paired with a drinks package if you want to make a day of it.
Dhs165 (food), Dhs82 (kids aged six-12), Dhs50 (soft drinks package), Dhs99 (90-minute hosue beverage package). 12.30pm-3.30pm. Marriott Hotel Al Forsan Abu Dhabi, Khalifa City A (02 201 4131).

Min Zaman
Relax and unwind at this laid-back Friday brunch where you can feast on a host of Arabic dishes and Lebanese specialties.
Dhs120 (soft drinks), Dhs60 (kids from six to 12). Fri, 2pm-6pm. Al Ain Rotana (02 754 5111).

Pacifico TIKI
A family-friendly brunch with kids’ activities, face painting and a bouncy castle. The food offerings include barbecued meats and fish, salads and more. The views are really very lovely, too.
Dhs155 (soft drinks), Dhs225 (house beverages), Dhs77.5 (kids over five), free (under fives). Noon-4pm. Al Bandar Marina, Al Raha Beach (050 696 9298).

Paco’s
The Al Ain restaurant is offering a platter of delicious bites and unlimited house beverages.
Dhs115 (house beverages). 1pm-4pm. Radisson Blu Al Ain, Al Sarooj, Al Ain (03 768 6666).

PJ O’Reilly’s
The Pub of the Year winner at the Time Out Abu Dhabi Music & Nightlife Awards 2019 has added some new mixed drinks and food items to its brunch menu. There are loads of games and activities to enjoy while you eat, too.
Dhs149 (drinks only), Dhs199 (food and house beverages). 1pm-4pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (800 101 101).

Porters English Pub
The Pub Brunch offers an extensive buffet packed with plenty of hearty pub grub and DIY drinks stations. There’s also live entertainment and post-brunch karaoke.
Dhs175 (soft drinks), Dhs225 (house beverages). Noon-4pm. Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Hazza Bin Zayed Street (02 443 9999).

Rangoli
The Friday brunch at this Indian reataurant also includes pool access and a kids’ club.
From Dhs159 (soft drinks). 12.30pm-4pm. Yas Island Rotana, Golf Plaza, Yas Island (02 656 4155).

Rock Pool Café
The Flavor of Soul brunch offers creole specialties and homemade Southern USA favourites including smoked brisket, buttermilk fried chicken, fried catfish, corn on the cob, Cajun mac‘n’cheese and more.
Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs249 (house beverages). Fri 12.30pm-5pm. TRYP by Wyndham Abu Dhabi, Khalifa Bin Zayed the First Street (02 202 3555).

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club
The family-friendly Krunch brunch has an international buffet and loads of activities for little ones.
Dhs155 (soft drinks), Dhs260 (house beverages), Dhs85 (kids five-12 years old), free (under fives). Fri noon-3pm. Saadiyat Island (056 660 8780).

Stock Burger Co.
This party brunch offers a sharing platter with drinks and a quiz, and it’s really good value.
Dhs99 (ladies, house beverages) Dhs199 (men, house beverages), Dhs249 (couples), half price (kids six-12), free (under sixes). Fri noon-4pm. Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi, Dhafeer Street (800 78625).

Tamba
A set menu of brilliant Indian food with a twist. It’s great value, too and the mixed drinks are super.
Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages). 12.30pm-4pm. The Hub at The Mall, Word Trade Center Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah (02 672 8888).

The Foundry
A buffet that includes a beef wellington station, vegan corner, poke bar and make-your-own burrata, as well as super meat and seafood.
Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs549 (house beverages), Dhs99 (kids aged six to 12). 12.30pm-4pm. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Mina Street, Al Zahiyah (02 818 4888).

The Sportsman’s Arms
At the barbecue brunch you can choose from either one main course, or unlimited dishes plus a three-hour package.
Dhs150 (house beverages), Dhs165 (one dish and house beverages), Dhs240 (unlimited barbecue and house beverages). 1pm-4pm & 7pm-10pm. International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City (02 447 1066).

Victor’s Bar & Restaurant
The laid-back pub is offering unlimited starters, a main course and dessert, plus entertainment from a live band and unlimited beverages.
Dhs199 (house beverages), free (kids). 12.30pm-4pm. Hilton Capital Grand Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street Road (056 201 8520).

Zest
Tuck into a buffet packed with an international spread including a fresh seafood station and live cooking stations
Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs249 (house beverages), Dhs85 (kids from six to 12). Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm. Al Ain Rotana (03 754 5111).



DUST OFF THE WALLET (Dhs200-299)

Alba Terrace
This chilled, Mediterranean restaurant serves up an exceptional three-course set menu. The band is great.
Dhs245 (soft drinks), Dhs388 (house beverages), Dhs488 (bubbly). 12.30pm-8pm. The Abu Dhabi EDITION, Al Bateen Marina (02 208 0000).

ANNEX
This party brunch is a lively affair inside one of the most popular nightspots in the city where you can enjoy loads of small bites and free-flowing beverages.
Dhs228 (house beverages), Dhs588 (bubbly). Fri 1pm-4pm. The Abu Dhabi EDITION, Al Bateen Marina (02 418 2432).

Appaloosa
It’s all about having fun at the Bring Your Own Friends brunch where you can tuck into sharing platters of pub grub and enjoy live music.
Dhs249 (house beverages). Fri 1pm-5pm. Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Khalifa City A (02 201 4131).

Barfly by Buddha-Bar
This upbeat brunch has amazing views a pan-Asian spread including a buffet and a menu with Thai, Japanese and Chinese specialties.
Dhs285 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 404 1951).

Butcher & Still
A party atmosphere, live music and sizzling Stateside dishes.
Dhs390 (food only), Dhs490 (house beverages), Dhs590 (bubbly). Fri 1pm-4pm. Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island (02 333 2222).

Byblos Sur Mer
Hot and cold mezze is served to your table, while the lavish buffet includes traditional Lebanese specialties like chicken and potatoes, ouzi, kibbeh bil laben and more. Kids’ activities are also provided.
Dhs175 (soft drinks), Dhs249 (house beverages). 12.30pm-5.30pm. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street (02 666 6888).

Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
This buffet brunch incorporates the indoor area at @District by Amalfi, the whEAT kid’s play zone and outdoor area at LRM Central. Kids can enjoy their own buffet, cooking classes, face painting and more.
Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages), Dhs425 (sparkling), Dhs495 (bubbly), Dhs125 (kids aged six to 12). 1pm-4pm. Sheikh Khalifa Street (800 101 101).

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

Choices
A family brunch offering a great range of and international dishes. There’s live music, pool access and a kids’ club.
Dhs208 (soft drinks), Dhs308 (house beverages). 12.30pm-4pm. Yas Island Rotana, Golf Plaza, Yas Island (02 656 4155).

COYA
Tacos, ceviches, marinated skewers and more. Be sure to try the arroz Nikkei and leave room for the dessert platter. Great fun to be had here.
Dhs238 (soft drinks), Dhs378 (house beverages), Dhs498 (sparkling grape). 12.30pm-4pm. The Galleria Al Maryah Island (02 306 7000).

Crust
A laid-back brunch serving up a diverse buffet, with Middle Eastern, Western and Asian specialities. There’s plenty to keep kids entertained, too.
Dhs330 (soft drinks), Dhs440 (house beverages), Dhs550 (bubbly), Dhs125 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). 12.30pm-4pm. Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island (02 333 2222).

Dahab
A four-course set menu of Middle Eastern specialties including cold mezze, grills and traditional desserts. There’s also live entertainment.
Dhs200 (soft drinks), Dhs100 (kids aged five to 13). 1pm-5pm. Hilton Capital Grand Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street (02 667 4446).

Filini Garden
Antipasti is served to the table along with pizzas and pastas to share. There’s also a buffet of salads, breads and more, if that’s not enough. Stick around for the lively after-party, too.
Dhs200 (soft drinks), Dhs365 (house beverages), Dhs500 (premium beverages). 12.30pm-4pm. Radisson Blu Hotel Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (02 656 2000).

Garage
This chic and stylish party brunch offers up delicious dim sum and more alongside big beats from the resident DJ for an upbeat start to the weekend.
Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs365 (house beverages), Dhs525 (bubbly). Fri 12.30pm-4pm.  W Abu Dhabi - Yas Island (02 656 0000).

Giornotte
The Chef’s Brunch has a brilliant international selection with a huge array of cuisines, live stations, vegan options, kids’ buffet and mixed drinks. There’s entertainment and a vegan package with organic grape. 
Dhs299 (soft drinks), Dhs359 (vegan package), Dhs399 (house beverages), Dhs599 (bubbly), Dhs90 (kids aged six-11). 1pm-4pm. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 818 8888).

Hytes
The rooftop bar offers a South African-style braai, with dishes from the USA and Australia thrown in.
Dhs229 (soft drinks), Dhs289 (house beverages). Fri 7pm-10pm. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Mina Street, Al Zahiyah (02 818 4888).

Ingredients
More than 200 excellent international dishes from five open kitchens and live stations. There’s entertainment as well and plenty of stuff to do with kids at this great option.
Dhs276 (soft drinks), Dhs389 (house beverages), free (under sixes). 12.30pm-4pm. Anantara Eastern Mangroves Hotel Abu Dhabi (02 656 1000).

InterContinental Abu Dhabi
Live stations offering meats from Chamas, Asian dishes from Cho Gao Marina Walk, Italian specialities from Circo, Euopean pub grub from Belgian Cafe and fresh seafood from Fishmarket.
Dhs245 (soft drinks), Dhs345 (house beverages). Noon-4pm. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street (800 423 463).

Kuzbara
EAT.PLAY.LAUGH. is a fun international brunch for grown-ups. There’s food and beverage stations, games, a DJ and even a magician to go along with the food.
Dhs260 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages), Dhs415 (sparkling), Dhs90 (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under six).  12.30pm-4pm. Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (02 304 7777).

Latest Recipe
The garden area makes for a fantastic al fresco setting for a brunch with dishes from international food stations, barbecues, entertainment and kids’ zone. The price also includes pool and beach access.
Dhs249 (soft drinks), Dhs349 (house beverages), Dhs389 (bubbly). 1pm-4pm. The Village, Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiya (02 495 2000).

Loca
The five-hour brunch serves DIY tacos, burritos, fajitas, mouth-watering ribs and lots more. There’s live music, too at this fun offering.
Dhs285 (house beverages). Noon-5pm. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 582 3639).

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 noon-4pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (02 674 2020).

Mr Miyagi’s
This party brunch keeps you entertained with karaoke, dancers, silly games a five-course set menu and three hours of free-flowing drinks.
Dhs149 (soft drinks), 249 (house beverages), Dhs299 (bubbly). Fri 2pm-5pm & 7pm-11pm. Yas Marina, Yas Island (050 797 0742).

Saadiyat Beach Club
Live stations including a barbecue, seafood station, Asian dishes and cheese bar. There’s live entertainment and you can get a day pass to the beach club for a bit extra.
Dhs299 (soft drinks), Dhs399 (bubbly), Dhs499 (French bubbly), Dhs99 (kids seven-12), free (kids under six). 1pm-4pm. Saadiyat Beach Club, Saadiyat Island (02 656 3555).

Sevilla
The Fish Market brunch offers a buffet of fresh seafood alongside more international dishes, plus plenty of activities for kids.
Dhs260 (soft drinks). 1pm-4pm. Al Raha Beach Hotel & Resort, Channel Street (02 508 0477).

Sofra bld
International dishes, live stations, kids’ activities such as face painting and free beach and pool access.
Dhs279 (soft drinks), Dhs349 (house beverages), Dhs459 (bubbly), Dhs140 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). 1pm-4pm. Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain (02 509 8555).

Stars ’N’ Bars
The brunch at this sports bar is a raucous affair. Expect games, top tunes from The International Playboys and US-style grub.
Dhs249 (house beverages), Dhs49 (kids under 12). Noon-4pm. Yas Marina, Yas Island (02 565 0101).

The Café
Chill at this relaxed brunch overlooking the ocean and enjoy food from live coking stations.
Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs350 (house beverages), Dhs550 (mixed drinks and pool access), Dhs200 (kids from six to 12). Fri 1pm-4pm. Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas, Saadiyat Island (02 407 1138).

The Village
This al fresco brunch offers a selection of dishes from around the world served direct to the table as you soak up the sun and listen to the house band.
Dhs259 (soft drinks), Dhs369 (house beverages), Dhs399 (bubbly) Dhs130 (kids from six to 12). Fri 1pm-4pm. Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiya (02 644 6666).

Todd English’s Olives
A five-course set menu of Mediterranean dishes, designed to be enjoyed while watching the sunset.
Dhs225 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages. 4pm-7pm. Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 404 1941).

Tokyo Grill & Bar
Choose a time that suits you on Thursday or Friday between 12.30pm to midnight. Tuck into sharing style dishes and unlimited drinks for two or three hours. Dishes on offer include a range of sushi, sashimi, meats and more.
From Dhs250. Thu-Fri, 12.30pm-midnight. Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Khor Al Maqta (050 696 9503).

Trader Vic’s
Chill out at this fun Friday brunch and get your fill from the buffet serving up a host of international dishes while the house band play lively South American music.
Dhs249 (soft drinks), Dhs312 (house beverages), Dhs105 (kids from six to 12). Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm. Al Ain Rotana (03 754 5111).

Urban Kitchen
Plenty of Asian dishes, roast meats, seafood, Indian food by chef Kunal Kapur and more. There's a kids section with supervisors, too. 
Dhs270 (soft drinks), Dhs400 (house beverages), Dhs90 (kids aged seven-14), free (kids under seven). 12.30pm-4pm. Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, Sultan Bin Zayed The First Street (02 698 8137).

Vasco’s
There’s an international spread on offer at Vasco’s with a set menu to be enjoyed while taking in the views of the Arabian Gulf.
Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages). Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm. Radisson Blu Beach Club and Spa, Corniche West (02 681 1900).


JUST BEEN PAID (Dhs300-399)

99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant
An incredible set menu of Japanese dishes that come out one after another to the table.
Dhs269 (soft drinks), Dhs369 (sparkling), Dhs669 (bubbly). 1pm-5pm. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 672 3333).

Aqua
A relaxed international brunch with top views. There’s also a dedicated children’s area with games and activities for little ones.
Dhs395 (soft drinks), Dhs495 (house beverages), Dhs165 (kids aged six-12). Fi 1pm-5pm. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 813 5550).

BOA
Steakhouse Dishes are brought to your table at this waterside venue, including seafood starters and excellent steak main course choices.
Dhs340 (soft drinks), Dhs445 (house beverages), Dhs495 (sparkling), Dhs595 (French bubbly), Dhs150 (kids aged seven-12). 12.30pm-4pm. Eastern Mangroves Promenade (02 641 1500).

Essence
It’s a family-friendly affair at this brunch where you can tuck into a spread of International dishes from the hotel’s restaurants Rodeo Grill, Brauhaus, Finz, Prego’s and Benihana.
Dhs340 (soft drinks), Dhs440 (house beverages), Dhs540 (bubbly), Dhs170 (kids from six to 12). Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiya (02 697 9011).

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
An international offering providing dishes such as sharing platters, grilled meats, pastas and more. There’s also a play area for kids.
Dhs349 (soft drinks), Dhs461 (house beverages), Dhs649 (bubbly). Noon-4pm. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta (02 654 3333).

Fairways
Famous party brunch Bubbalicious includes signature drinks stations, a live band, DJ and cuisines from around the world. The sushi, grilled seafood and cheese section are just some of the highlights.
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).

Hakkasan
A sophisticated brunch of dim sum, Peking duck, soup, miniature desserts and lots more at this incredible culinary offering. A super value way to enjoy the place.
Dhs318 (soft drinks), Dhs438 (house beverages), Dhs638 (bubbly). Noon-4pm. Emirates Palace, West Corniche (02 690 7739).

KOI Abu Dhabi
A brilliant set menu of Japanese dishes all brought to the table with free-flowing drinks. It’s also two-for-one for kids.
Dhs340 (soft drinks), Dhs445 (house beverages), Dhs495 (sparkling), Dhs595 (French bubbly), Dhs150 (kids seven-12). 12.30pm-4pm. The Collection at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort (02 678 3334).

Las Brisas
Live cooking stations and buffet, themed on a European food market. Food includes grills, seafood, pastas and more.
Dhs370 (soft drinks), Dhs465 (house beverages), Dhs680 (bubbly), Dhs780 (French bubbly), Dhs185 (kids between six and ten). 12.30pm-4pm. Emirates Palace, West Corniche (02 690 9000).

Nahaam
You’ll find food from across the brilliant restaurants at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers at this truly excellent brunch.
Dhs390 (soft drinks), Dhs450 (house beverages), Dhs575 (bubbly), Dhs185 (kids aged nine to 14), free (under eights). 12.30pm-4pm. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, West Corniche (02 811 5666).

Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas
The Market Brunch offers a spread featuring loads of fresh seafood, barbecued meats, fresh salads, themed mixed drinks and entertainment from a live band. The outdoor area is stunning and there are also activities for kids.
Dhs350 (soft drinks), Dhs495 (house beverages), Dhs595 (sparkling), Dhs165 (kids aged six to 11), free (kids under six). 1pm-4pm. Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, Saadiyat Island (02 697 0000).

The Terrace on the Corniche
Expect fresh seafood, sushi, grilled meats, foie gras, Italian specialties  more at this classy buffet. The dedicated chocolate, cheese and dessert rooms are something else.
Dhs345 (soft drinks), Dhs430 (house beverages), Dhs595 (bubbly), Dhs172.50 (kids six-12), free (under sixes). 12.30pm-4pm. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers, Corniche Road West (02 694 4553).

White
A monthly themed brunch offering fun, entertainment and top food.
Dhs375 (soft drinks), Dhs475 (house beverages), Dhs575 (with bubbly), Dhs115 kids from seven to 11. Last Fri of the month 1pm-4pm.  Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort (02 811 4342). 

Zuma
Fantastic sushi, sashimi, main courses, desserts and more, all with brilliant service. You need to try this at least once.
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).


SPLASHING OUT (Dhs400+)

Frangipani
An international buffet on Nurai Island with music from a live DJ and kids’ club facilities. You can use the islands, beach, pool and main public areas, too, so you really get to make a day of it.
Dhs550 (soft drinks), Dhs650 (house beverages), Dhs850 (bubbly), Dhs275 (kids four-12), free (under fours). 12.30pm-4pm. Zaya Nurai Island (02 506 6274).

The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
The exclusive Cristal Brunch in the Clouds lets 50 diners explore the lavish Abu Dhabi suite, suspended between both Nation Towers, where they’ll find live stations (including a huge sushi room), a cinema stocked with popcorn and even massage therapists on hand. Get it on your bucket list.
Dhs650 (soft drinks), Dhs950 (sparkling), Dhs1150 (bubbly). 12.30pm-5pm. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers, West Corniche (02 694 4553).

Turquoise Restaurant
The Turkish Brunch at Rixos Saadiyat Island boasts an exciting mix of live stations and buffet spreads. You’ll find Turkish delicacies like dolmas, mixed grills, kebabs, mezzes, homemade baklava and Turkish delight.
Dhs700 (house beverages, pool and beach access), Dhs375 (children, includes soft drinks and access to the pool, beach and aqua park). 1pm-4pm. Rixos Saadiyat Island, Saadiyat Island (02 492 2222).

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