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The Best Brunch Spots In Abu Dhabi
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The Best Brunch Spots In Abu Dhabi

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Updated: 19 November 2016
The beloved institution of brunch has its origins in late 19th century, and has since been joyfully embraced across the world, including in the United Arab Emirates. Friday brunch has become something of a unique tradition in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. From laid back eats to elaborate feasts, here’s our list of the best brunches in Abu Dhabi.
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Located in the gorgeous Rosewood Hotel, Aqua offers guests a brilliant fine dining experience while they enjoy the stunning views from the waterfront terrace. You can also turn your eye to the live kitchen and watch the chef whip up everything from pasta and pizzas to spicy curries and biryanis. Diners drawn to the waterfront can take their meal outside for scenic al fresco brunch on the terrace. Every Friday, the restaurant offers scrumptious brunches for adults, and a separate menu preparation for younger guests. Aqua easily offers the best kids’ brunch in the city, with a superb seating area designed just for them. The service here is outstanding, and you may find yourself on a first name basis with the servers by the end of your meal; they’ll be sure to remember you when you come back to Aqua next time.

Aqua, Sowwah Square, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates +971 2 813 5550

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Café Arabia

Relaxed crowds, cozy atmosphere, and healthy home cooked meals: that’s what’s in store for you at Café Arabia. You’ll find a sumptuous buffet laid out on the second floor of this villa, offering customers a delicious selection of Arabic food. You can expect a lot of families and large friends visiting this restaurant for its ample seating. There’s even an outdoor terrace open in the cooler winter months. Their generous brunch menu features a live pasta station, a variety of desserts, hot main courses, and an array of cold mezze items.

Café Arabia, 5th Street, Airport Rd, Opposite Al Mushrif Children’s Park, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates +971 2 643 9699

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The brunch at Koi is a classy affair, set in a small, discreet venue to avoid the rush of diners. They offer a delectable Japanese menu of starters, mains and desserts. Their stunning sushi and sashimi plates deconstruct traditional flavors and often include modern Californian accents. Couple that with your choice of drink and the option to dine inside or out on the terrace, and you’ve got all the makings of a truly exquisite experience.

Koi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates +971 2 678 3334

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This casual yet chic poolside restaurant is one of the best choices for brunch in Abu Dhabi. Set in the iconic Jumeirah Etihad Towers, the restaurant not only offers the best views of the city, but also mind blowing food and a wonderful staff. The highlight of the restaurant is the outdoor grill stations, where you can have anything from steak to seafood grilled to perfection. The Friday brunch showcases an International Buffet with a vast variety of dishes on hand, and you can watch the chefs prepare your meal right in front of you at the live cooking stations.

Natham, Podium Level 1, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Corniche Road West, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates +971 2 811 5666

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Inside the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Oléa offers a brilliant, Jazz themed brunch experience. A large venue with terrace seating, Oléa employs live cooking stations to serve fine preparations of meat, including ribs and foie gras. The Friday brunch here is a great chance to experience a refined, Mediterranean-inspired menu and ambience. They also provide a separate brunch menu and seating area for children.

Oléa, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, PO Box 54345, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates +971 2 498 8888

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