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A new market style brunch extravaganza at Saadiyat Rotana
Wondering what is the latest in the Abu Dhabi Friday Brunch-sphere? This season brunch seems to be all about a more casual, market style, with food stalls serving freshly prepared dishes. This is exactly what the the new Market Brunch at Saadiyat Rotana is also all about.
The brunch is located at Sim Sim – the buffet restaurant on the ground floor – but it stretches beyond with a live band outdoors, different grill stations on the terrace and even a separate pork room at the Italian restaurant nearby, filled with plenty of delicacies.
Although the brunch is just a few weeks old, it has already attracted a lot of brunch-goers, in fact all afternoon long, we saw happy faces wandering from one stall to another, making the most of this gourmet market afternoon.
The first impression guests have while enjoying this brunch could be summed up in two words: choice and layout.
All stalls at this Market Brunch are quite memorable.
There was quite often a long line at the sushi station where chefs were busy preparing sushi, maki and sashimi. Visiting the Asian street food station, it is hard to resist the warm Peking duck pancakes. The seafood corner was a pleasure for the eyes and was overflowing with lobster, shrimp and more.
Just nearby, the fish market was possibly the most visited spot. You just have to come with your ticket – labelled with your table number-pick your choice of seafood – we opted for lobster and crab – and a waiter will serve you the prepared grilled dish on your table!
Take a moment in the afternoon to stop at the tuna carpaccio stall. The melt-in-the-mouth tuna is cut on demand and served with a few drops of olive oil aside. Just divine!
The carving station is really impressive with a large variety of juicy meats and grilled chicken and turkey with all the appetizing trimmings around.
If you are into Indian street food, please stop at the Indian corner; we loved the colourful display and kept returning for more tandoori shrimp that were delightful.
Cheese lovers will feel the urge to visit the remarkable cheese stall facing the bread and pastry as it is filled with an impressive selection of cheeses picked from around the world. Although we consider ourselves quite the cheese connoisseurs, we discovered new cheese varieties at the brunch!
At the desserts station, the pastry team came up with fun pastry designs that will surely attract the little ones. From huge burger style cakes to perfectly imitated coca-cola bottles, take a moment to visit this creative corner. Even if we initially wanted to skip the dessert, we finally couldn’t resist the temptation and went for a slice of chocolate banana tart along with a hazelnut eclair.
If you opt for the Premium package – sold at 595 AED- you can visit a central VIP room filled with very refined and premium delicacies and indulge on French bubbles, try some refined grapes and cocktails along with oysters, get fresh foie gras on toast and even caviar topped on tiny blinis.
Weather was still warm mid-November to spend the whole afternoon at the terrace so we felt lucky to get a table indoors. But as the winter season is about to start, we recommend the outdoors with the live band and various food and cocktails counters.
All details about pricing and booking
Every Friday, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at Sim Sim Restaurant
Soft Package @335AED
inclusive of soft beverages
House Beverage Package @475 AED
Inclusive of house beverages, wines, beers and cocktails
Premium Package @595AED
With access to the VIP Lounge
Inclusive of Champagne, Premium Beverages, wines, beers and cocktails
Children from 6 to 11 years old @165AED
Children below 6 years dine for free
We also noticed on the hotel website an overnight stay at the hotel called A Brunch Escape. The starting price for this weekend for two is starting from AED 1620! This package includes the following benefits:
- Overnight stay in one of our comfy rooms
- Complimentary Friday brunch experience for two at Sim Sim Restaurant
- A magnificent buffet breakfast at Sim Sim Restaurant
THE MARKET BRUNCH | Saadiyat Rotana | Details here
Tel: +971 2 697 0000
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