The cooler weather means a chance to experience an al fresco Friday feast in one of the capital’s most opulent settings – the magnificent Emirates Palace.
Any visit to the Palace can send expectations sky-high, and our anticipation only grows when we’re driven to Las Brisas’ brunch on the lawns in a golf cart, so vast are the grounds of the hotel.
After arriving in style, we’re immediately impressed by the beautiful setting. Crowd-pleasing music from a live band enhances the mood further as we get ready to embark on our culinary journey.
It’s a great spot for the kids, too. Little ones happily play by the pool, while watched over by lifeguards, and have plenty of sweet treats to choose from.
For adults, the tasty appetisers make for a great start, the highlights being a smooth, creamy hummus, a fine selection of sushi, a delicious range of cheeses and an excellent beef tartare that is ground, seasoned and delivered to your plate by one of the fleet of chefs lining up to serve you.
The international flavour makes its way seamlessly into the main course offerings.
We can’t resist a juicy slice of roast beef, carved by another friendly member of the culinary team, complete with Yorkshire puddings, and still manage to find some room on our plate for a spoonful of butter chicken and a handful of dim sum to complete our tasting tour.
Despite being slightly (very) full at this point, the sight of a chocolate fountain, plus plenty more sweets and cakes has the whole family queueing up impatiently.
The chilled-out vibes, great range of flavours and picture-perfect views make this a brunch you must have near the top of your foodie bucket-list.
Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs370 (house beverages), Dhs545 (bubbly), Dhs145 (kids aged ten to 12), free (kids under ten). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Emirates Palace, West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi (02 690 7999).
The bottom line
A must-visit brunch if you fancy a lazy Friday afternoon in the capital.