DETAILS: Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs370 (hops, grape and mixed drinks), Dhs545 (bubbly), Dhs145 (Kids aged ten-12). free (kids under 10). 12.30pm-4pm. Emirates Palace, West Corniche Road (02 690 7999).
Abu Dhabi really is a winter wonderland at this time of year. We’re not talking about twinkling Christmas lights and snowflakes here, but more that you can actually soak up the sunshine and brunch outdoors.
The cooler climes means a chance to experience an al fresco Friday feast in one of the city’s most opulent settings, the magnificent Emirates Palace.
Brunch at the Palace is only served from October until April, so we’ve been excited to grab our opportunity to
Any visit to the Palace can send expectations sky-high, and our anticipation only grows when we are 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 are immediately impressed by the beautiful setting.
Nicely presented tables are surrounded by pretty palm trees and look out onto the calm, blue waters of the large swimming pool.
Crowd-pleasing music from a live band enhances the mood further as we get ready to embark on our culinary journey.
A rich array of live cooking stations and buffet tables are set up, offering cuisine from all over the globe.
The tasty appetisers make for a great start, the higlights being a lovely, creamy hummus, a fine selection of sushi, a delicious collection of cheeses and 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.
Whether you are after Asian delicacies, a traditional taste of British cuisine or want to spice things up with some Indian favourites, there is no way you will go hungry.
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 find some room on our plate for some butter chicken and a handful of dim sum to complete our tasting tour.
We are feeling pretty full at this point, but the sight of a chocolate fountain, plus plenty more sweets and cakes has us queueing up impatiently alongside the very well-behaved kids at a brunch that has a family feel.
The experience is lifted by the warm atmosphere created by a packed crowd of diners.
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
The bottom line
A must-visit brunch in the capital.