It’s time to rise and shine. If the shrill sound of your alarm clock doesn’t wake you from your slumber, the prospect of a hearty English breakfast will surely stop you from hitting that snooze button. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day – and it can also be the best if you really enjoy it to the full. Make sure you are sunny side up first thing in the morning by tucking into excellent eggs, tasty toast, superb sausages, moreish mushrooms and all the rest, cooked up by some of the very best eateries in the capital. Good morning, Abu Dhabi.
Blu Sky Lounge & Grill
Don’t you think breakfast is so good that it’s a shame you can only order it for a few hours a day? The team at buzzing sports bar Blu Sky Lounge & Grill certainly agree and have made their Full Monty breakfast (pictured on the previous pages) available all day long. Enjoy your eggs in the morning, noon or night, along with other classic ingredients such as mushrooms, beans, stuffed tomatoes, hash browns, veal sausages and turkey bacon.
Dhs65. Open Sun-Thu 3pm-3am; Fri-Sat noon-3am. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi (02 818 4888).
There is no way you’ll feel below par after this feed. Swing by this Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort venue for the crafted English breakfast: a packed plate of eggs, whatever style you like, plus homemade hash browns, sautéed forest mushrooms, tomatoes, veal bangers and smoked beef bacon. This is a traditional fry-up served with a generous dash of finesse. What better way to fuel yourself for a day out on the course or in the office than by devouring this ace breakfast.
Dhs65. Open daily 6.30am-11am; 12.30pm-3pm; 6.30pm-11pm. The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Sas Al Nakhl (02 616 9999).
Okay, so you might not expect it from the exotic restaurant name, but this place serves up a mean full English. The dish comes with packed with goodies including sunny-side-up eggs, sausages, grilled vegetables, baked beans and hash browns. While you enjoy your early morning pick-me-up you can also enjoy wonderful views of calm waters and pristine sands on the idyllic Zaya Nurai Island. Alternatively, you can plump for a breakfast buffet for an additional 15 dirhams.
Dhs105 (full English breakfast), Dhs120 (buffet breakfast). Open daily 7.30am-10.30pm. Zaya Nurai Island (02 506 6222).
Jim’s Kitchen Table
Jim’s Big Breakfast is aptly-named – as this feast will keep the hunger pangs away for a good while. For a very reasonable Dhs59, you can plant your fork into boerewors sausage, maple and thyme beef bacon strips, sautéed button mushrooms, roasted cherry tomatoes, homemade potato rosti, homemade baked beans and sourdough toast. If you are feeling a bit guilty about all those calories, you can even go for gluten-free bread. It’s well worth a trip to Masdar City for a seat at Jim’s Kitchen Table.
Dhs59. Open daily 8am-10pm. Siemens Building, Masdar City (02 491 9401).
You are guaranteed a hearty feed at this hugely popular Emerald Isle-themed haunt, but just remember it’s a full Irish here. It’s the same idea, though, all of your favourites – and lots of them. If you are not that peckish you can go for the small breakfast, but we strongly recommend you make room for the large offering, which comes with double portions of sausage and bacon, plus two eggs, black and white pudding, overnight tomato, baked beans, plus lashings of tea and toast. We can’t wait to get up in the morning.
Dhs60 (small), Dhs90 (large). Open Sun-Wed 3pm-3am; Thu-Sat noon-3am. Channel Street, Al Raha Beach Hotel and Resort (02 652 4333).
Porter’s English Pub
Now you’d be disappointed if Abu Dhabi’s quintessentially English pub didn’t cook up a good old fry-up wouldn’t you? Thankfully, the two-level venue knows how to finds its way into our hearts (and stomachs). To butter us up even more, you don’t even need to get up early to enjoy it. The pub doesn’t open its doors until 4pm, but the all-day breakfast is available, well, all day, and comes with veal Cumberland sausages, grilled beef bacon, two fried eggs, baked beans, hash browns, mushrooms and wholemeal bread. A lovely taste of breakfast in Blighty.
Dhs45. Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Hazza Bin Zayed Street, Al Wahda (02 495 3936).
The Coffee Club
Rest assured, you will get more than just a hot brew to kick off the day here. The Big Breakfast is loaded with Cumberland sausages, veal bacon, eggs, cherry tomatoes, button mushrooms, tasty ciabatta toast and
a hash brown to top it off nicely. If you do want something refreshing to wash the massive meal down with, take a pick from a huge collection of coffees and iced coffees. We are feeling more lively already.
Dhs63. Various locations, including Unit 3, Al Bateen Wharf Retail and East Marina, Al Bateen: Open daily 7.30am-11pm (02 222 1266).
England meets America in one flavour-packed plate. Wolf down buttermilk pancakes with whipped butter, laced with maple syrup, alongside chicken sausages, a fried egg and grilled tomato. The “special relationship” is very much alive and well at this laid-back hotel lobby spot at Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana. The great value for money of this offering will be put an extra spring in your step during your morning stroll.
Dhs39. Open daily 7am-11.30pm. Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, Corniche Road, Al Khubeirah (02 657 0000).
The Sportsman’s Arms
The Boston-inspired sports bar brings an Irish flavour to its morning meal. The full Irish breakfast at the Zayed Sports City venue will really set you up for the day, though perhaps you shouldn’t head to the tennis courts straight after. The dish comes with your eggs cooked to your liking, beef bacon, sausage, baked beans, grilled tomato, field mushrooms, hash browns and your choice of toast.
Dhs70. Open daily 8am-11.30pm. First Floor, International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City (02 447 1066).
The Terrace on the Corniche
You can get your fill of a full English – and a whole lot more thrown in for a good measure – at one of the classiest breakfasts in the city. The New York All Day Breakfast serves up a huge supply of culinary combinations each Saturday, including savoury eggs benedict, sweet French toast, fluffy pancakes and a few traditional English tastes, too. Diners can also help themselves to a dedicated cereal stand, à la carte eggs and a waffle and pancake station. Sit back and enjoy the scenic views from this stylish St. Regis Abu Dhabi eatery.
Dhs145. Every Sat, 6.30am-3pm. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers, Corniche West (02 694 4444).