SATURDAY BRUNCHES TO TRY THIS SEASON

Feel like you’ve done them all before? Or been out of the brunch loop lately and want a heads up on where to dip your toe back in? We have a round up of some newbies, some that might have flown under your radar, and some that have had a makeover!


January is done, plenty of New Year’s resolutions have been discarded, so it’s time to stop resisting and get back into the brunch game: we’ll be right there at the next table. Cheers!

BARBOSSA

YAS WATERFRONT


Grab your mates, grab your date, grab anyone - we wouldn’t mind betting you could even rock up alone to this brunch and you’d soon make some friends to enjoy the afternoon with! There is something about Mexican that just screams ‘good vibes’ and Barbossa certainly delivers. They serve up a drinks range that really impresses: yes, you have the classic margs, and in six different flavours, no less, but they sit alongside five other tasty cocktails, several beers, and even prosecco on the house package! Did we see trays of tequila shots being ferried to the massive group next to us? Try it and see for yourself! 


The food is plentiful, and as fresh and delicious as you’d hope! The starters alone are a fiesta on the plate - birria tacos with pulled beef, avocado mango salad as light as can be, and chicken flautas are highlights - followed by your choice of tacos, mains you’ll find just have to make room for, and of course - dessert! Add in a DJ who understands the assignment - getting the brunch crowd up and dancing with back to back nostalgic hits - and dancers who appear with boundless energy to tie it all together, and you’ll find it hard not to have the best Saturday afternoon in the city!


Availability: Saturdays | 1-5PM 

Price: AED249 soft package | AED399 house package | AED599 Champagne package

Bookings: 050 185 8068

GARDEN BRUNCH

BALCON TERRACE | SOUTHERN SUN


On the other side of the city, treat yourself to another terrace while the weather is kind! Garden Brunch has thrown open the doors and is back outside, and you’ll be very glad about it. Bringing back all the old favourites - look out for the seafood market, sushi, live cooking stations including your steak grilled to order, roast leg of lamb, beef Wellington, Indian and Italian stations - this brunch becomes a race against time to try everything before your stomach says no more


If you need a breather, Anna Kosh is on hand with a relaxing setlist of live music, ranging from soul classics to jazz. After a break, don’t forget dessert - the selection is top and seconds are encouraged! Settle in for an enjoyable afternoon on the terrace with your family or friends, a stone’s throw from the Corniche. Not ready to leave? Join the after party from 4-6PM. 


BB+ subscribers enjoy 25% off


Availability: Saturdays | 1-4PM 

Price: AED225 soft package | AED335 house package | AED385 premium wine package | AED585 Champagne package | AED150 after brunch party

Bookings: +971 56 515 3388 or email abudhabi.dine@southernsun.com

DAYDREAM BRUNCH

STILLS | CROWNE PLAZA YAS ISLAND


For a Saturday afternoon well spent, head to the revamped Daydream brunch: they have stepped up the game with new outdoor stations and a dessert selection that dreams are made of, alongside your brunch classics! 


Always a winner, look out for the well stocked cold seafood station, with mussels, crabs and oysters aplenty. Head outdoors and the true stars of the show are ready for you: it’s live station time! Let the chefs prepare fresh chicken tacos while you watch or cook up a storm at the outdoor grill and smoker - yes, it tastes as good as it smells! - with brisket, roast chicken, fresh prawns, lamb chops and steak done fresh to order. Don’t pass up some of the other favourites on offer: the Wagyu pie is top notch, and signature slow cooked Nespresso short ribs rate highly. Back inside, it’s dessert time. A teppanyaki ice cream station, a full Wonka-esque candy bar and chocolate tree stumps bearing treats await. 


With a talented musical duo providing entertainment, a kids mini buffet available if you book ahead and plenty of space to stretch out, enjoy the weather and have a dance, this brunch is a fun and affordable option with good bang for your buck! 


Availability: Saturdays | 12.30-4PM

Price: AED189 soft package | AED289 house package | AED349 bubbly package | AED79 kids aged 6 to 12 | Kids below 6 eat free

Bookings: 02 656 3066

VIVACIOUS BRUNCH

FAIRWAYS | VOGO ABU DHABI 


New year, new vibes! Pull up a pew at Vivacious brunch for a selection, or should we say a tsunami, of mouth-watering dishes: over 300 of them! A number that leaves our heads spinning, combine that with all the made-to-order specialties at the live cooking stations, and this is a brunch that calls for elasticated waistbands. 


You’ll enjoy this fun, family-friendly brunch for its relaxed vibe, fun live entertainment and a dedicated kids' corner with activities - if they’re happy, you’re happy, right? Don't forget your swimsuit - pool access is included, so you can make a proper day of it while you snooze and swim off that post-brunch food coma! 


BB+ subscribers enjoy 20% off


Timings: Saturdays | 1-4PM 

Price: AED249 soft package | AED359 house package | AED559 bubbly package | AED150 kids 6-12

Bookings: +971 2-6169999

PACHAMAMA BY EBER VILLABOS

CONRAD ABU DHABI ETIHAD TOWERS


This pop-up brunch is here for a good time, but sadly not a long time! Make sure you check it out before they wrap up on March 9th - a fabulous Peruvian brunch, the flavours coming out of Chef Eber’s (ex-VaKaVa) kitchen are sure to impress. The line up includes tuna tataki, tiradito, empañadas, tacos and beef cheeks plus a selection of tasty sweets. 


We love a 4-hour brunch you can linger over, especially when it’s something a little different like this - you have time to take in all the flavours and aren’t rushing through each dish. The warm hospitality of the staff will make you feel at home, and with 20% off for BB+ subscribers it really is a no brainer. Don’t miss it! 


BB+ subscribers enjoy 20% off


Availability: Saturdays | 1-5PM 

Price: AED290 soft package | AED450 house package

Bookings: +97128115666

ASIAN NIGHT BRUNCH

KHAYAL | MARRIOTT AL FORSAN


If your Saturday afternoon is already looking busy, or you just don’t have the staying power to last post-day brunch, this night brunch is perfect for you! 


Enjoy the art of sushi-making, customise your stir fry at the Wok Wonder station, enjoy handmade dim sum, experience Thai street eats - there is plenty of variety to keep you going back for more, and more! Even the desserts enjoy a fun twist, with Asian-inspired sweet treats to end on. Everything is ultra fresh, and this is a Saturday evening option that’s definitely worth a try. 


BB+ subscribers enjoy 25% off


Availability: Saturdays | 6.30-10.30PM

Price: AED220 soft package | AED350 house package

Bookings: +97122014131

DIRECTOR’S CLUB BRUNCH

THE WB ABU DHABI


A table brunch that brings the goods straight to your plate, you’ll be treated to premium cuts and fine beverages. With sharing-style starters, a choice of main - yes, that choice includes a tomahawk! - and an array of delightful desserts, you will be spoiled for choice. 


Live entertainment keeps things fun, and a special Little Director's menu is available for the kids. Post-brunch, head up to The Overlook to unwind over drinks and watch the sunset for a perfect finale to the afternoon! This is probably Abu Dhabi's most underrated brunch and an absolute must-try.


Availability: Saturdays | 1-4PM 

Price: AED275 soft package | AED399 house package | AED599 premium package | AED135 kids 6-12 

Bookings: +971 2 815 0000

Danika Star

2/1/2024