Chill out over brunch at this stylish retreat on Saadiyat Island
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Time Out Says

This brunch is so laidback that you wouldn’t be surprised to find people taking a siesta in a quiet corner. And some of the guests at the adjacent beach club most probably are asleep, soaking up the sun on the stylish sunloungers next to the pool.

But it pays to stay wide awake to make the most of this Friday afternoon treat. It’s not the biggest or most varied brunch you’ll find, but the quality is generally high and you’re sure to find something you like.

There’s a section of salads in tiny jars (a bit tricky to fish out with the spoons), including Middle Eastern favourites such as fattoush and hummus. You can add some beef cold cuts to your greens, plus the obligatory sushi.

Seafood takes pride of place at this brunch, and you’ll see a huge table groaning under the weight of lobsters, prawns and mussels on ice. There’s also a station where chefs will rustle up ceviche to order.

But this brunch comes into its own when you venture outside. The tables set up on the terrace look out over the pool and across to the ocean. Mellow pop hits are played at a volume that still allows conversation, creating a relaxed vibe.

There is also more food to try out there. A buffet of decent curries lines one wall, but the star of the show is the barbecue. The chef will cook up lamb chops, king fish, tiger prawns and chicken skewers. This is where you’ll need to loosen your belt, especially if you later decide to tackle the sweets on the dessert table.

While most of the food is enjoyable, some dishes fall flat, such as the stodgy dim sum. And the service is a bit inconsistent, veering between assured and confused. But push this to one side and you’ll have an utterly chilled-out Friday.

The bottom line

A relaxing beach club with a decent brunch offering.
Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (bubbly and house beverages), Dhs475 (premium bubbly). Fri 1pm-4pm. Saadiyat Beach Club, Saadiyat Island (02 656 3500).

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff  | 26 Dec 2016

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Show number 02 656 3500
Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

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