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A FANTASTICALLY UNFUSSY FRENCH FOOD EXPERIENCE

Brunch at la Brasserie in Abu Dhabi

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La Brasserie’s Parisian-Style Brunch is a Must for Foodie Couples

The average eater tends to shy away from French cuisine in favour of something simpler; something “safer”, their minds wandering to frog legs, snail and wines hard to pronounce or afford. But there’s a whole lot more to discover and/or learn to love from the French, and there’s a good showing of it right here at Venetian Village’s La Brasserie (formerly Brasserie Flo).

The venue is surprisingly understated, much like any cosy brasserie you’d find in Europe, and their brunches are similarly on the quiet side, geared towards small groups and couples. Less really is more here, with the kitchen truly honouring quality over quantity via a rustic à la carte menu.

First up, a platter per person of quaint appetizers – plump escargot (yep, snails) singing in a deep puddle of guilty-good garlic butter sauce, a tiny take on a vibrant Niçoise salad, plenty of sliced French bread to enjoy with foie gras terrine, cold cuts and pillow-y, farm-fresh burrata, all of which provide a flavourful contrast with the sharpness and sweetness packed into the perfect goats’ cheese pastilla also included.

You have a choice of one of six impressive mains. The crispy skin-topped seared cod and grilled salmon both are flawless, served alongside an incredibly velvety potato mash elevated even more by finely-chopped spring onions whipped in. As calorie-laden as it clearly is with butter, it’s hard for us to care.

 

The honey-glazed Demi Poulet (grilled half chicken) is remarkably succulent – we shamelessly bagged the rest to go. Sigh-inducing too was the classic Steak Frites, the huge, glistening Striploin cooked to perfection. Not that our meat needed anything more, it still came with onion, mushroom and peppercorn sauces…and a spot-on wine pairing that surprisingly wasn’t from France (they don’t discriminate).

Anyone with a hankering for cheese can find heaps of comfort in La Croque Monsieur, made with veal ham, and an emmental, gruyère and parmesan béchamel. Lastly, mushroom risotto may be Italian, but Brasserie staff has clearly done their research.

Small, picture-perfect desserts – crème brulée, chocolate éclair and sticky toffee pudding – came with ice cream in a waffle cone, which was a smart finishing touch for anyone wanting to grab in hand and go for a stroll along the Village’s soothing boardwalk afterward.

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Yep, La Brasserie really brought it, and we’ll definitely be bringing ourselves back – not just on Fridays. In fact, keep up to date with their upcoming theme nights and promotions during and after Ramadan, they might surprise you too!

LA BRASSERIE | Brunch at La Brasserie | Venetian Village

Fridays, 12:30-3:30pm

Packages: 225 AED (soft drinks), 325 AED (house beverages), 425 AED (bubbly package), all subject to taxes

Reservations: +97150 232 6253, labrasserie.abudhabi@venetianvillage.ae


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