Friday Brunch - Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi
First impressions are everything, and sadly the hostess we met as we arrived failed to grasp this. Warm and friendly yes, but missed on basics like asking if it was our first visit or explaining to us key areas of the brunch. It would have been useful, for example, if she told us there was a kids' area. Nonetheless, we make our way to our table. We sit down and I simply took it all in - it is a lively brunch, as a brunch should be, but missing music though. It is also a big brunch. Depending on how busy they are, The Fairmont opens up two other restaurants, Frankies and Marco Pierre to accommodate guests.
|Premium Champagne brunch|
|I loved the presentation of the oysters|
I start off with the seafood. The oysters are simply amazing. The taste of the sea gets you the moment you try it. They are well shucked and I end up having a couple of servings - of the best oysters I have had at a brunch! I then try the blue crab, and this also hits the right note. They are quite fleshy, so my efforts to break through the shells are richly rewarded. I decide to try the scallops next and they are well cooked. While I appreciate the presentation, I wonder to myself if they will not be better served on a large plate. Notwithstanding this, I enjoy them. They are not overpowered by the dressing. Finally, I visit the sushi area. There are numerous choices, but I opt for sashimi. While I am limited to tuna, this I also enjoy despite the large manly portions which are cut.
|Marinated Blue crab legs|
The salad selection is impressive, and its abundance fills one with a sense of occasion. The bowls are large and well presented. The variety is also quite noticeable. I try the mozzarella and tomato and enjoy it. I have a couple of servings here too. The pesto is simply delicious.
|Loved the pesto in this salad.|
|One of my dishes of the day.|
|US Angus rib eye - perfectly cooked.|
|This milkshake got my daughter excited.|
|Nice cheese selection|
Friday Brunch at Cuisine
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi
+971 2 654 3333
Bubbly free: AED 269++
Hops and Vines: AED 319++French bubbly option: AED 489++
Pictures thanks to Nokia Creative Studio on my Nokia 1520