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Our Review of the Eastern Mangroves’ Newest Brunch
Carluccio’s new brunch starts earlier than we’re used to – 11am. It’s very chilled and kid-friendly with some soothing views of the mangroves, dipping birds and kayakers. Offered on Fridays as well as Saturdays, this four-hour feast has everything from a full breakfast menu all the way down to, of course, lots of pasta and other undoubtedly Italian eats and treats.
On first sitting we’re offered a picante gazpacho shooter topped with tomato, basil and a thick, yummy ball of mozzarella, as well as traditional bruschetta, and we reluctantly skipped the massive calamari fritters in favour of something more breakfast-y.
We had the Funghi Crostini – toast topped with a satisfying assortment of wild mushrooms and rocket. Better than their version of the Full English (which didn’t quite sit well with our English guest, to be honest).
We then braved a couple slices of the light, authentic salami pizza, the heaping portion of classic spaghetti and meatballs, and a soft and buttery homemade ravioli, but our favourite fresh and healthy option was the perfectly grilled and garnished salmon pesto.
Dessert is a taster platter that would make chocolate and fruit fanatics happy, inclusive of traditional treats like tiramisu and pannacotta, and gelato is available if you ask.
We appreciate that all of it is served to table al a carte style, allowing you to really take advantage of some leisurely lunching and the crisp, green environs, but anticipate slow service as this brunch is already pretty popular. Our guess is because of its affordable price tag.
Carluccio’s Brunch, 11am-3pm on Fridays and Saturdays
Soft Drinks Package- 175 AED, House Beverages Package- 245 AED, Bubbly Package- 295 AED
CARLUCCIO’S | Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi | +97126412231