Easter is here and even though we’re enjoying stuffing our face with chocolate eggs there’s loads of great food on offer around the city that doesn’t come wrapped in foil.
Whether it’s a brilliant brunch, afternoon tea or a little bit of family fun you’re after, here’s what venues in Abu Dhabi have to offer this month.
If you’re lucky, you might even spot the Easter Bunny, too.
Afyä Beach Lounge
Who doesn’t love a barbecue? Get your grill on at Afyä Beach Lounge with an Easter-inspired edition of the venue’s barbecue brunch. Overlooking the canal, you can enjoy fresh seafood, Indian, Middle Eastern and Levantine grills and an Easter-themed desert display to top off the meal. While the adults eat, kids can get active and take part in an egg and spoon race, egg painting or burn of some energy on the bouncy castle.
Dhs141 (food only), Dhs71 (kids). Apr 21 and 28, 12.30pm-3.30pm. Traders Hotel, Bain Al Jessrain (02 509 8555).
Need some egg-citement? At Artisan Kitchen there’s a 5kg chocolate egg up for grabs among the prizes if you’re a winner in the Easter egg hunt. Who wouldn’t want to win that? Away from the hunt there’s a host of international dishes on offer, fresh seafood, a carvery station and a selection of indulgent desserts on offer to give you energy for the egg hunt.
Dhs350 (house beverages). Apr 21, 1pm-4pm. Bab Al Qasr Hotel and Residences, Corniche West (02 205 3000).
Ginger All Day Dining
Take a break from the kids and enjoy an Easter lunch at Ginger Al Day Dining. While the little ones burn off some energy taking part in seasonal activities including a traditional egg hunt, egg painting, bouncy castle and kids’ corner, you can tuck in to your choice of starters, main, salads and desserts from the seasonal buffet. Bliss.
Dhs255 (house beverages), Dhs 115 (kids aged seven to 12), free (under sixes). Apr 21, 12.30pm-3.30pm. Park Rotana, Khalifa Park area (02 657 3333).
It’s a family affair at Ingredients as the Easter brunch serves up a seasonal edition of their signature weekly brunch. Explore what’s on offer from the venues live cooking stations before getting your fill of chocolate and Easter treats to spoil yourself. It’s not all about the food though with an Easter egg hunt, egg painting activities, face-painting and more to keep little ones (and big ones) busy.
Dhs389 (house beverages). Apr 19, 21 and 28, 12.30pm-4pm. Eastern Mangroves Hotel and Spa by Anantara (02 656 1000).
Looking for an evening event that’s a little bit different? Head poolside at La Piscine where you can forget about traditional food and enjoy an Easter barbecue where you can tuck into a selection of meats and seafood fresh from the grill. Once you’ve had your fill you can hit the dance floor as Cuban band Styles provide a Latin soundtrack to the night to encourage you to throw some shapes.
Dhs120 (food only), Dhs60 (kids aged six-12), free (under sixes). Apr 21, 7pm-10pm. Al Raha Beach Hotel and Resort, Channel Street (02 508 0431).
If afternoon tea is more your thing then head between the bridges and enjoy some bite-sized food at Lobby Lounge. The chilled, Arabic-themed venue, has all the bases covered with a selection of treats including chocolate nests, chocolate Easter egg cookies, quiche Florentine, chicken liver parfait, freshly baked scones and hot cross buns to name just a few.
Dhs110 (food only). Until Apr 30, 2.30pm-6pm. Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain (02 509 8888).
If you’ve overindulged with the sweet treats like the rest of us, then why not enjoy something more traditional to mark the occasion? At popular Irish pub McGettigan’s you can get stuck in to a leg of lamb marinated in rosemary and garlic, served with duck fat roast potatoes, green beans and carrot and swede mash all topped off with a rosemary jus (that’s fancy gravy to you and us) and mint sauce. We’re already loosening our belts in anticipation.
Dhs99 (food only). Apr 21-22, noon-10pm. McGettigan’s, Al Raha Beach Hotel and Resort, Channel Street (02 652 4333).
Enjoy an Easter-themed spin on one of the capital’s favourite brunches at Olea. The beachside venue is serving up themed dishes including rabbit galantine with grilled pears, Scotch eggs, lamb shank, cottage pie and more. We’d save room for desert too with the epically-named donut wall, chocolate fountain and more on offer to round-off the meal.
Dhs495 (house beverages), Dhs180 (kids aged six to 12), free (inder sixes). Apr 21, 1pm-4pm. St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi (02 498 8888).
Rosewood Garden Brunch
Okay, the weather has been all over the place lately but if you want to eat al fresco before the summer sun rears its head then now’s your chance. Head outside with the Easter edition of the Rosewood garden brunch and take your pick from oyster and sushi bars, live tuna carving and a fritto corner alongside live cooking stations and a buffet packed with a selection of international and Asian dishes.
Dhs400 (house beverages), Dhs165 (kids aged six-12). Apr 19, 1pm-5pm. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 813 5550).
Avoid the hustle and bustle of downtown and head to Al Raha Beach for an Easter meal at Sevilla. The stylish international restaurant, boasting scenic waterside views, will be serving up dishes including leg of lamb and grilled shrimp as well as a range of pastries and chocolates to satisfy your sweet tooth. Little ones can keep busy too by taking part in an Easter egg hunt, games and activities.
Dhs176 (food only), Dhs88 (kids aged six-12), free (under sixes). Apr 21, 12.30pm-4pm. Al Raha Beach Hotel and Resort, Channel Street (02 508 0431).
Treat yourself for Easter at Sofra BLD with an international buffet featuring 12 live cooking stations serving up a range of cuisines and even some vegan options to cater to all tastes. Want to make a day of it? Brunch goers can enjoy complimentary beach and pool access from 10am while kids take part in activities including an Easter egg hunt, face painting and more. Just remember to bring your swimsuit.
Dhs220 (food only), free (kids under 12). Apr 21 and 28, 1pm-4pm. Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain (02 509 8888).
Get into the spirit at The Galleria as the waterfront promenade embraces a host of Easter-themed activities and attractions. Families can check out the children’s creative area, get busy with a range of Easter-themed art and crafts and even meet the Easter bunny who’ll be hopping by for an appearance across the weekend.
Free. Apr 19-20, 3pm-9pm. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 616 6999).
The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa
Celebrate Easter with a full day of activities at the Westin’s Spring Fair. Visitors can shop for locally-made artisan goods at the market stalls, watch live performances and get your fill of street food throughout the day. Kids can also join the “biggest Easter egg hunt in town” where 1,000 eggs will be hidden. Some of the eggs will include prizes, including overnight stays, and the rest can be traded in for chocolate eggs, so it’s win-win in our book. Need to unwind after all that excitement? Take part in the sunset yoga session on the lawn at the end of the day and find some calm.
Free, registration required for Easter egg hunt. Apr 20, noon-7pm. The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa, Sas Al Nakhl (02 616 9999).
Tilal Liwa Hotel
Need a break? Pack your bags and enjoy an Easter escape nestled between picturesque sand dunes with getaway at Tilal Liwa. The desert resort is celebrating the season by hosting an Easter brunch, egg hunt and offering some tempting discount weekend stay deals so you can enjoy a few days away and enjoy some serious relaxation.
Dhs499 (weekend stay), Dhs149 (brunch). Apr 18-22. Tilal Liwa Hotel, Western Region (02 894 6111).
Egg painting, check. Easter egg hunt, check. Kids chocolate factory? That sounds amazing. Get busy with some seasonal activities at Urban Kitchen where you can burn off some calories after getting your fill of food from the Easter buffet that’s packed with seasonal specialties and familiar favourites.
Dhs160 (food only), Dhs75 (kids aged seven to 12), free (under sixes), Apr 21, 12.30pm-4pm. Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, Muroor Road (02 698 8137).
Victor’s Bar and Restaurant
Put the chocolate to one side and enjoy some good old-fashioned comfort food at Victor’s for Easter. Until the end of the April you can sink your teeth into traditional roast lamb served with all the trimmings and a beverage of your choice. What more do you need?
Dhs99 (food only). Every Sat-Sun until Apr 28. Hilton Capital Grand, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (02 666 5508).
Head over to the stunning Jumeirah at Saadiyat island Resort for this chocolate brunch. There'll be games and activities for kids and the Easter Bunny might even make an appearance.
Dhs375 (soft drinks), Dhs475 (house beverages), Dhs454 (bubbly), half price (kids aged four-11). Fri Apr 19, 1pm-4.30pm. Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort (02 811 5555).