That period between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day is a bit hazy for most of us. We are on holiday from work and are usually not 100 percent sure which day of the week it is. Most people are focusing on New Year’s Eve and seeing the amazing fireworks displays all around town. But the good news is, the celebrating can start earlier as tomorrow is Friday. And, in the UAE, that means there are plenty of great brunch options available. I have put together a short list of the some of the most indulgent, super luxe, over the top brunches out there for those of you who are looking to spoil yourselves after a long hard year.
Not your average garden variety affair
The Waldorf Astoria offers The Secret Garden Brunch at Mezzarie on a Friday from 1pm to 4pm. Perfectly suited to the cooler months in Dubai as you can enjoy it while sitting on their terrace. Think botanicals, think organic, think refreshing. This brunch is designed to rejuvenate your sense and earth you back to the land. Herbs, fruits and spices feature heavily on the menu; perfect for reviving flagging spirits at the end of a long year. Seasonal ingredients are the stars here and there is a water bar that has colourful combinations to tempt including: strawberry with basil, rosemary and peach and cinnamon and apple. Organic produce is used wherever viable and children are invited to tour the organic gardens where they can have a sensory experience learning about the agricultural process behind production. The French bubbly package is 725 DHS which is on the steeper side but, hey, it is the Waldorf. So, you won’t be let down.
Cake by the ocean
Pierchic is one of the ultimate romantic restaurants and one which consistently hits the mark when it comes to all-star quality. You will be transported from the pier to the door elegantly using provided rickshaws as the restaurant is situated out on the end of pier with breathtaking 360 degree views of the Arabian Gulf. Raking in the awards from BBC Good Foods and Tripadvisor, this restaurant offers a classy brunch guaranteed to satisfy; while the out-of-this-world location allows you to sit back enjoy the offerings while gazing at the Burj Al Arab Hotel. The menu includes Scottish-grown rope mussels, sea bream, Canadian lobster and crevettes while the vibe insists on taking inspiration from its surroundings; in other words, super chill – Ibiza style. And while the Champagne option is a cool 750 DHS, we reckon that if you going to do Pierchic, do it properly. Plump for the bubbles.
Navigate like Indiana Jones
The St Regis Olea Brunch comes with its own map. Yes. Don’t laugh. This is serious brunching for all the true aficionados out there. Situated on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, this brunch is intriguing in concept and scope; and you will really need that map to navigate this self-described ‘epicurean’ adventure that will take you everywhere from the the Manhattan Bar out on the terrace, then back inside to descend downstairs into the cheese cellar. With beautiful views of the ocean to boot, you will not be disappointed. Plus, super names such as Hunter’s Grove for the carnivores and Eatini Bar to name a couple have us curious and we advise you take your time and do a proper reconnaissance trip before indulging. Just so you can plan properly. There is even a live foie gras station and that crucial Bloody Mary Bar to put you back on top form again if your Thursday night left you a little green around the gills. The Diamond Package is priced at 495 DHS and is inclusive of Louis Roderer Brut champagne and other fine wines. Oh, and to class up the joint that little bit extra, some jazzy tunes are guaranteed.
So, there you have it. Three classy brunches for all your elegant folks out there.
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