DETAILS: Dhs132 (soft drinks), Dhs194 (house beverages). Fri noon-4pm. Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Hazza Bin Zayed Street (02 495 3936).
Living in the multicultural melting pot that is Abu Dhabi really can serve to broaden your horizons – particularly if you happen to be a foodie.
We share our beautiful city with so many different nationalities, tasting plenty of cuisines along the way, that lots of barriers can be broken down and misconceptions put to rest along the way.
However, even if residing in the sun-baked emirate has led to a sense of enlightenment, we must admit some long-formed stereotypes are hard to let go of.
For example, as we make our way to the Friday brunch at Porters English Pub we already have in our mind visions of platters full of fish and chips, burgers and onion rings.
The pocket-pleasing price of the feast – starting at a mere Dhs132 – only cements our opinion that we’re in for plenty of fun, but with no frills.
This view is quickly dashed, though, as we find our seats in the brightly lit basement level of the spacious two-floor venue.
We’re greeted by station after station of international flavours, including salads, sushi, sashimi chicken kebabs and an array of very tasty looking desserts, too, completely doing away with our initial fears. But there is also a distinctly British element to this brunch. There’s a live carving station featuring mighty chunks of beef and chicken with roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and a selection of gravies to pour over the succulent meat.
The carving station is the culinary highlight of the generous spread, but we’re also impressed by the fresh, flavoursome sushi and the tender chunks of chicken kebab on offer.
But the good-quality grub isn’t the only attraction. We’re also big fans of the fun and lively atmosphere at Porters – the party mood is in full flow during our visit.
The seven-piece resident band, YFY, keep the packed crowd of brunchers entertained with a fun-packed set crammed with a host of chart-topping hits.
The hours fly by pretty quickly here, which is a good sign, and you definitely feel like you get great value for your outlay during your stay.
If you’re after a chilled-out brunch with an extra layer of style and sophistication, Porters might not be for you.
But if you’re in the mood to let your hair down with pals in a welcoming setting, we recommend making Porters your Friday port of call.
The bottom line
A top-value brunch with a sense of fun.