Friday Brunch - Sofitel Corniche, Abu Dhabi.
The Sofitel is stylish. The predominant black and off-white colour scheme runs throughout. The expected clash of colours is not there at all. It remans tranquil, punctuated by the sound of water from the fountains in the restaurant. This was my first impression.
|The Arabic decor|
|Plenty of seating options|
On arrival you are greeted with a choice of mocktails, either a mango, strawberry and passion fruit mix, or the lighter and more refreshing cranberry and ginger mix. In truth though, I had both. A warm way to start the brunch.
With some dishes provided by La Mer, the highly acclaimed in-house seafood restaurant, and Silk & Spice, their Thai restaurant, I expected something special. The French oysters did not disappoint. Well shucked, clear, firm and slippery. Very nice indeed. Next up I tried the foie gras. It was sautéed and served on a small piece of baguette with mango salsa. Lovely combination. The mango salsa, with just the right sweetness, did not overpower the foie gras. I must confess, I made two trips!
|Oysters - French, of course|
|Loved the foie gras combination.|
|Superb green papaya salad|
|Live pasta station|
|Not short on decor.|
|Brilliant entertainment by the engaging The Scene. (no audio)|
|Got the pastry chef to whip me up some cream.|
|Meringues creatively displayed.|
|Expected more from the cheese selection.|
|I guess these guests were impressed with the music and brunch!|
The low down