We just can’t get enough of brunch here in the capital. We don’t just love that Friday feeling, though, we also get our foodie fix on a Thursday, enjoy marathon meals midweek and cap off the weekend with a sumptuous Saturday treat.
All that good eating, however, can really decimate those dirhams (and pile on the pounds, but we will worry about that another day). That doesn’t mean you have to cut back on your brunching, though, it’s an Abu Dhabi dining institution after all.
Even if you might have to loosen your belt you won’t have to tighten the purse strings with so many bargain brunches being served up all over the emirate. So lighten the load on your wallet and still fill up on fine flavours at these brilliant pocket-friendly feasts.
Sometimes Friday feels so far away, doesn’t it? So it’s great that you can bring a slice of the weekend to your midweek by indulging in a Wednesday evening brunch. Greek restaurant Acropolis offers unlimited mezze for less than 100 dirhams, with authentic dishes such as lahanodolmades (cabbage rolls filed with rice and minced meat), spanakopita (Greek filo with spinach and feta cheese) and xtapodi ksiado (marinated octopus) on offer. They are a mouthful to say and the brilliant value might well leave you speechless, too. It would be a Greek tragedy not to take advantage of this smashing deal.
Dhs99 (soft drinks), Dhs120 (two house beverages). Wed 7pm-11pm. The Village, Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Tourist Club Area (02 644 6666).
Amerigos Mexican Bar & Restaurant
Bring along your amigos to Amerigos for a poolside party brunch that really packs a punch. Enjoy a bumper spread of Mexican dishes served in a row of colourful hand-painted cabañas while you soak up funky tunes by a resident DJ and stunning views of glorious golf course greens. All packages come with swimming pool access too, so you don’t have to splash out on a dip in the waters. The motto of the brunch is Fiesta No Siesta and you don’t want be caught napping by missing out on the opportunity this sample this high-energy brunch.
Dhs190 (soft drinks), Dhs320 (house beverages), Dhs440 (premium beverages), Dhs95 (kids aged six-12). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Park Inn by Radisson Abu Dhabi Yas Island, Yas Island (02 656 2000).
Now this is a brand-new brunch we think you will be hearing a lot more about. Not only is the price very reasonable, you get a whole six hours to enjoy the generous spread. We are big fans of the eclectic menu at this chilled-out sports bar, so there is sure to be plenty to tuck into from noon until the early evening.
As well as mountains of quality food, there is also thumping beats from a DJ to keep your spirits up if a food coma threatens to strike.
Dhs249 (soft drinks and house beverages). Fri noon-6pm. Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Khalifa City (02 201 4131).
Asia De Cuba
The capital’s super-cool Chino-Latino venue is a great place to visit, day or night. It’s not just the awesome views from the beautiful outdoor terrace that are Instagram-worthy, either. The Friday brunch offers up dishes that look (almost) too good to eat. Delve into popular Cuban classics such as chicken chicarones, roasted duck and icy hot shrimp. Asia De Cuba is one of the city’s must-visit spots, so why not take in a great-value feed while you are there?
Dhs250 (soft beverages), Dhs350 (house beverages), Dhs650 (bubbly). Fri-Sat 1pm-4pm. The Corniche, near Nation Riviera Beach Club (02 699 3333).
Blu Sky Lounge & Grill
The Blu Sky is the limit, here. The popular sports bar gets the weekend up and running with its weekly Thursday Frolic brunch, featuring the best of British pub grub. Tuck into sharing platters, fish and chips and traditional roasts alongside bottomless beverages before hitting the dance floor to the rocking tunes of resident DJ Cliff Townley, who will be keeping the party atmosphere in full flow until the early hours.
Dhs169 (house beverages). Thu 7pm-10pm (DJ from 9pm-1am). Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Al Mina Street, Al Zahiyah (02 818 4888).
You get two bites of the cherry (well, the paella) at Bravo’s Spanish evening brunch. The flavoursome feast is held on both Sunday and Thursday and is a great way to start or end your week. Dig into all-you-can eat selections of hot and cold tapas and freshly prepared paella and get whisked away to Spain by the romantic sounds of a live flamenco guitar music. Enjoy an explosion of Mediterranean flavours in a laid-back dining space. And if you don’t feel like indulging on a Sunday, the soft drinks package is a real steal.
Dhs169 (soft drinks), Dhs220 (house beverages). Sun and Fri 6pm-11pm. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort (02 677 3333).
Saturday afternoons don’t come much more sophisticated than this. If you really love this trendy Al Maryah Island spot than you can brunch here every week and get a different experience each time. The Viaggio in Italia brunch brings together the nation’s finest and freshest cuisine, showcasing a different region each week. Tasting tours include Puglia, Toscana and Umbria, each offering a unique menu. Enjoy the intriguing artwork on the walls, the super view and the even more eye-catching food on your plate.
Dhs235 (soft drinks), Dhs300 (house beverages), Dhs75 (kids aged six-12), free (kids aged five and under). Sat noon-4pm. Four Seasons Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 333 2444)
You can have the whole world on a plate at the Fizz Factory Brunch. The bright all-day dining venue offers global cuisine in a warm and friendly atmosphere. While the parents tuck into the wealth of culinary offerings, the little ones are kept entertained by a host of activities, including face painting, bouncy castle games and much more. There’s little not to love about this offering.
Dhs240 (soft drinks), Dhs340 (house beverages). Fri 1pm-4pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street
(800 101 101).
Choices and Rangoli
Fire and Spice, twice as nice. There is double dining delight on offer at Yas Island Rotana, with hotel restaurants Rangoli and Choices teaming up the Friday Fire and Spice brunch. Foodie fans can enjoy authentic Indian dishes from Rangoli alongside sizzling barbecued favourites from Choices. You can savour all the flavours in one place. The tasty brunch also comes with pool access, while there is live musical entertainment and fun activities for the kids, including a bouncy castle, face painting and a playful clown.
Dhs208 (soft drinks), Dhs308 (house beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Yas Island Rotana, Yas Plaza, Yas Island (02 656 4157).
Cooper’s bar & restaurant
You can have a barrel-load of laughs at Cooper’s – so why not spend the weekend here (or at least a large part of it)? The lively British pub serves up brunches on both Friday and Saturday, dedicated to the foodie favourites of roast dinners and barbecues. The Friday carvery brunch features a bounty of dishes, including roasts with all the trimmings, plus pies and cakes and live cooking and barbecue stations outside.A resident band offers a fun soundtrack from 3.30pm onwards. The Saturday brunch includes dishes hot off the grill, alongside salads, starters, main courses and desserts.
Dhs165 (soft drinks), Dhs235 (house beverages), Dhs255 (premium beverages), 50 per cent off (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). Fri noon-4pm; Dhs155 (soft drinks), Dhs190 (house beverages), Dhs220 (premium beverages), 50 per cent off (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). Park Rotana Abu Dhabi, Khalifa Park area (02 657 3325).
COYA Abu Dhabi
Fancy exploring award-winning cuisine and still ending up with change from a Dhs200 note? Well, those dreams can come true at Coya Abu Dhabi, the trend-setting Peruvian eatery, which swept aside the culinary competition to be crowned Restaurant of the Year in the Time Out Abu Dhabi Restaurant Awards. The classy Al Maryah Island venue freshened up its Friday feast ahead of its first anniversary celebrations in March 2018 by introducing fresh flavours, including Causa Amarillo with crabmeat, waygu rib maki with wasabi and bao of veal belly with barbecue sauce (it's all on the cover this week) and a decadent new dessert display featuring a host of fruit-based and savoury sweets and traditional Peruvian treats such as tres leches and cheescecake flavoured with maracuya or passionfruit. The trusty favourites are all there, too, including an array of ceviches and a selection of anticuchos. Brunch guests can each select a main course, ranging from grilled chicken or salmon and spicy beef to a seabass cazuela, a delicious Peruvian stew with corn purée. This is one to tick off your brunching bucket list – especially at these prices.
Dhs198 (soft drinks), Dhs318 (house beverages), Dhs428 (sparkling). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Four Seasons Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 306 7000).
There’s no need for quirky monikers here, this restaurant name gets straight to the point. Dine, based in the heart of Aloft Abu Dhabi, serves up a bumper international buffet that caters for the whole family. Plot a course for a global tasting tour under one roof by navigating the array of cooking stations serving up a wide variety of terrific tastes. Kids aged five and under eat for free and youngsters aged six to 11 get a big dining discount, too. Dine in style with the whole family at this quality joint.
Dhs182 (soft drinks), Dhs270 (house beverages), Dhs58 (kids aged six-11), free (kids aged under six). Fri noon-3pm.
Aloft Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (02 654 5193).
Dino’s Bistro Italiano
We love a new hotel opening in Abu Dhabi – especially as it gives us the chance to check out some cool new bars and eateries. Dino’s Bistro Italiano has just landed at the recently launched Pearl Rotana Capital Centre and it already has a brunch on the books. The family-style feast starts with signature bread with dips, spreads and cheeses, followed up with pizza from a wood-fired oven and pasta made fresh. Make sure you save room for the assorted desserts. And at these prices, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth.
Dhs165 (soft drinks), Dhs190 (house beverages), Dhs215 (grape and bubbly). Fri-Sat noon-4pm. Pearl Rotana Capital Centre, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 307 5555).
Hats off (or should that be sombreros off) to the team at colourful Mexican joint El Sombrero for spicing up our Friday nights. If you prefer a later brunch sitting (or are hardy enough to take on two in the same day) then spend your Friday evening here. The great value offering includes everything from sizzling fajitas and enchiladas to burritos and chimichangas, all washed down with free-flowing Mexican beverages. There is also lively music from the Latin Groove trio to enjoy while you dine.
Dhs215 (soft drinks), Dhs249 (Mexican beverages). Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche Road (02 677 3333).
All is rosy in the garden at one of the capital’s coolest alfresco spots. Filini Garden, which launched last year, sets the scene perfectly for a fantastic Friday feed. Guests are welcomed with flower crowns and refreshments at the piazza before plotting a course to the idyllic dining area via an Instagram-worthy pathway adorned with blossoming flowers. Once you’ve got the sight-seeing out of the way it’s time to dine. Food is served on the table, from starters and pastas to main courses, while there is also a line of live stations offering Italian antipasti, cheeses and desserts. Funky house tunes and a saxophone player provide the soundtrack to an enchanting afternoon.
Dhs200 (soft drinks), Dhs365 (house beverages), Dhs500 (premium beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Radisson Blu Yas Island (02 656 2000).
Not sure if you are in the mood for Mexican, have an inkling for Italian or fancy a taste of Arabia? Well, you can enjoy them all at Flavours. The international eatery dishes up Middle Eastern delicacies, Spanish, Mexican and Italian cuisine as well as fresh seafood, such as oysters, lobsters and mussels during the Fizzy Brunch. There are also a variety of live cooking stations to tour before you round off a fine feed by trying out the desserts.
A party atmosphere is guaranteed, thanks to music from resident bands Latin Groove and Generation Gap. If you do bring a big party, there are exra savings to be made. Book for 10 guests or more and you will scoop a 20 percent discount.
Dhs216 (soft drinks), Dhs270 (house beverages), Dhs324 (sparkling grape), Dhs106 (kids aged six-12). Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche Road (02 677 3333).
With its fine selection of seafood, cool vibes and lovely views, it’s no fluke that Flooka remains a big hit with Abu Dhabi diners. The venue’s best flavours are showcased in its laid-back Saturday brunch, stretching out over more than five hours. Soak up the relaxed atmosphere at the Eastern Mangroves while tucking into some of the freshest bites around. You can even bring the kids along, too, as a special brunch for the little ones is served up.
Dhs160 (soft drinks), Dhs260 (house beverages). Fri noon-5.30pm. Dhafeer Street, Eastern Mangroves Promenade (02 441 8244).
Enjoy a Friday feed with a family feel at this welcoming all-day dining spot. The Park Rotana Abu Dhabi venue cooks up a huge variety of dishes, including barbecued meats, shawarmas and pizza, as well as a delicious dessert section and a play area and a selection of treats for the kids, too. You can also make the most of the beautiful weather by sitting outside for a fantastic alfresco experience.
Dhs219 (soft drinks), Dhs249 (house beverages), Dhs319 (bubbly). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Park Rotana Abu Dhabi, Khalifa Park area (02 657 3322).
The brand-new Ali Baba and the 40 Chef’s brunch will take you on an Arabian adventure – and you don’t even need to say “open sesame” to get in on the fun. Enjoy culinary delights from all over the world at a wealth of live cooking stations, including ones dedicated to shawarma and falafel, in a themed setting that will help to bring a beloved tale to life.
You can bring along the kids for the enchanting experience and they will reap the rewards of a 50 percent dining discount and have the run of their own children’s corner.
Dhs199 (soft drinks). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, Al Khubeirah (02 657 0200).
For anyone who counts their calories, brunches can be a dangerous thing. All that fine food is impossible to resist and you deserve to indulge after another long week at work. But what if we told you there’s a way you can fill your belly and not wake up the next morning convinced your waist is a few inches bigger than it was yesterday? Well, you can dance those calories off at La Cala’s Balaeric brunch as a different guest DJ plays every week. Brunch runs from noon to 9pm, all you need to do is rock up between those times and your three-hour package will begin.
Dhs150 (soft drinks), Dhs249 (house beverages), Dhs499 (sparkling). Fri 1pm-9pm. La Cala, Ghantoot Marina & Resort (050 151 8407).
Enjoy all the glitz of the Ritz at a price that really fits. This stylish Southeast Asian restaurant, nestled away on the picturesque promenade of the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, cooks up a relaxing Saturday afternoon brunch crammed with fantastic flavours spanning the continent. Tuck into a host of Pan-Asian delicacies, including delicious dim sum and authentic rice and noodle dishes. Live entertainment is also on the menu, along with some stunning views from the pretty outdoor terrace. A perfect weekend unwind is on the menu.
Dhs215 (soft drinks), Dhs340 (house beverages), Dhs465 (bubbly and mixed drinks), 50 percent discount for kids aged six-11, free (kids aged five and under). The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 818 8282).
We’ve been crazy about Mexican hot spot Loca since it first swung open its doors – and its Friday brunch is a huge part of its success.
The fantastic five-hour food bonanza includes authentic Mexican breakfast dishes such as huervos machaca, Loca’s slow-roasted ribs, kingfish fajitas and the line of palate-pleasing desserts. There is also live music to enjoy from 2pm, with a DJ taking control of the decks at 8.30pm if you fancy making a whole day of it at one of Al Maryah Island’s premier dining destinations.
Dhs157.50 (soft drinks), Dhs285.50 (house beverages). Fri noon-5pm. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 582 3639).
Looking to freshen up your brunching experience? Market Kitchen scours the globe for the best quality ingredients for its delightful dishes, inspired by the classic cuisine of chef, Jean-George Vongerichten, whose restaurants have picked up a bunch of Michelin stars over the years. The brunch features the restaurant’s greatest hits, including crispy tuna sashimi, black truffle pizza and soy glazed beef short ribs. Brunchers can enjoy the traditional Friday feast or go for a tapas-style sharing menu with free flow of beverages on a Thursday evening.
Dhs250 (soft beverages), Dhs375 (house beverages), Dhs499 (bubbly, Friday only). Thu 8.30pm-11pm, Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (02 674 2552).
Everyone knows the Irish love to have a good time and the hospitality is extended to Friday brunch at McGettigan’s, with a hearty mix of great food, lively vibes and top entertainment on the menu. The extensive selection of dishes ranges from roast rib of beef with all the trimmings to salmon fillet. Party hits and chart-topping tracks are played throughout the brunch, before Barry Casey takes to the stage at 5pm to serenade foodies with sing-a-long tunes and the Boxtones perform live at 9pm.
Dhs139 (soft drinks), Dhs229 (house beverages). Fri noon-4pm. Al Raha Beach Hotel, Channel Street (02 652 4333).
Porters English Pub
Feel like enjoying a taste of England, but without all that soggy weather? Then make a Friday date at Porter’s, the authentic English pub transported to sun-baked Abu Dhabi. You can enjoy an extensive buffet packed with plenty of hearty pub grub that will fill you up without emptying your wallet. There is also live entertainment from resident Brit band Ruth Jones and the Heavy Tones and if you want to stay on a little longer you can stump up Dhs125 for a three-hour after-brunch party with unlimited selected beverages.
Dhs132 (soft drinks), Dhs194 (house beverages), Dhs125 (after party). Fri noon-4pm. Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Hazza Bin Zayed Street (02 443 9999).
Not sure whether you want to spend your Friday lounging by the pool, out at a brunch or enjoying some live music? How about doing all three? Well-established Irish haunt PJ O’Reilly’s offers up plenty of fun in the sun at its Pool Picnic Brunch, which includes a huge spread of pub grub along with live musical entertainment and free access to the pool. Weekend unwinds don’t come much better than this.
Dhs200. Fri 1pm-4pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (800 101 101).
The Fish Market brunch offers a huge buffet of fresh fish and live stations as well as roast meats, sushi and sashimi, cheese and a massive dessert section. There's also a kids' buffet that promises to be the biggest in the city. If, for some reason, you're still hungry at the end of tall that you can stay on for a barbecue dinner for Dhs145.
Dhs240 (soft drinks), Dhs145 (barbecue dinner add-on). Fri 1pm-4pm. Al Raha Beach Hotel, Channel Street (02 508 0555).
Add a Far-Eastern flavour to your Friday at cool Japanese spot, Sho Cho. The Friday Brunch Unplugged offering will really strike a chord with foodie fans and music lovers alike. Try out a multitude of tasty dishes, including rock shrimp tempura, yellow fin tuna tartare, donburi black cod with den miso and beef tenderloin with teriyaki while DJ Allad spins top tunes throughout the brunch and beyond.
Dhs160 (soft drinks), Dhs280 (house beverages). Fri noon-4pm. Qarayat Al Beri, Khor Al Maqta (02 558 1117).
There’s plenty of fun and games (and a fair bit of food, too) at this ever-popular party brunch. Savour sizzling barbecue bites, devour the dessert station and enjoy lots of the venue’s best dishes in between, before sitting back and letting the fun unfold. The brilliant entertainment laid on includes toe-tapping tunes from Abu Dhabi’s best resident band, The International Playboys, plus games for big kids to enjoy, such as Jenga, Twister and hops pong. The brunch packages start at just Dhs188 and even if you go for the full eight-hour experience (including the after party) you certainly won’t feel short-changed.
Dhs188 (soft drinks), Dhs261 (house beverages), Dhs365 (eight-hour funch brunch). Fri 12.30pm-4pm (brunch), Fri 12.30pm-8pm (funch brunch). Crowne Plaza Yas Island (055 780 0086).
If you are sick of queueing up with plate in hand along the rest of the hungry hordes at brunch then it’s time to check out Tamba.
The innovative Indian eatery allows its diners to take things at a more sedate pace during its Lazy Lunch. More than 20 terrific dishes, from street-food style starters to mouth-watering main courses, are brought straight to your table by the friendly and knowledgeable staff, who work extra hard so you can take it easy. In between courses you can even head out to the pretty outdoor terrace and enjoy retro beats from DJ Tanya Vie.
Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages and sparkling). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. The Hub at the Mall, World Trade Abu Dhabi, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street (02 672 8888).
You may have just find the perfect ‘meating place’ to launch yourself into the weekend. The Foundry’s Thursday Steak Feast is a juicy proposition, with multiple servings of prime cuts, plus oysters, salads and much more. Find out why this is one of the city’s very best steakhouses at a brunch showcasing its wide variety of dishes. Enjoy the lively atmosphere served up at the popular eatery and chew the fat with friends over a quality steak or two.
Dhs219 (soft drinks), Dhs319 (house beverages). Thu 7pm-11pm. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Al Mina Street, Al Zahiyah
(02 818 4888).
The Terrace on the Corniche
England meets Italy at this refined restaurant every Friday night. Prepare yourself for an intriguing culinary combination of fresh, home-made ravioli and the trusty English puff pastry classic, the Wellington. Bring the two tastes together in one sitting at one of the city’s most luxurious hotels, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, while taking in some splendid views.
Dhs245 (soft drinks). Fri 7pm-11pm. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nations Towers, The Corniche (02 694 4553).
The Village at Le Méridien Abu Dhabi
There aren’t many more scenic spots to eat out than The Village. The lovely outdoor garden area makes for a fantastic alfresco setting for a brilliant brunch with an international flavour. The recently-launched Village Kitchen Brunch brings together terrific tastes from the likes of Greek favourite Acropolis, Italian restaurant Pappagallo and British-style pub, The Captain’s Arms. Entertainment is also provided by a live band and there is a dedicated kids’ zone. Something for everyone, we feel, no matter your age or culinary disposition.
Dhs139 (soft drinks), Dhs229 (house beverages), 50 percent off (kids six-12), free (kids under six). The Village, Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Tourist Club Area (02 644 6666).
“Wok” this way (as Steven Tyler would probably say). The Dusit Thani’s international eatery, Urban Kitchen, cooks up a Friday feast with a difference. Diners can treat their taste buds to an array of wok-fried delights at the aptly-named Wok with Me brunch, as well as rotisseries, Mediterranean homemade fresh cheeses, superb seafood, tandoori delicacies, an Asian noodle bar and delicious sweets and pastries to end the meal on a sugar-induced high. Best of all, you can enjoy the brunch for half price until the end of April.
Dhs145 (until April 30), Dhs295 (standard price). Complimentary drinks from noon-12.30pm. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, Al Muroor Road (02 698 8137).
Who doesn’t love a little lasagna? Actually, scratch that, who doesn’t love a lot of lasagna? Tuscan-inspired eatery Villa Toscana is dedicating its entire Saturday brunch to the classic dish. Enjoy unlimited layers upon layers of freshly-made pasta and melted cheese surrounding by some of some of the most idyllic sights in Abu Dhabi. Enjoy an authentic taste of Italy in the heart of The Corniche.
Dhs240 (soft beverages), Dhs360 (house beverages), Dhs425 (sparkling and mixed drinks). Sat 12.30pm-4pm. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nations Towers, The Corniche (02 694 4553).