Koi Friday Brunch - Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi
|The lounge/bar area at Koi.|
It is a compact brunch, with seating for about 65 guests indoors and another 30 or so outside. This has clear advantages - highly personalised service, quick delivery of dishes and intimacy of course. The concept is simple: an a la carte menu with options spanning starters, main courses and desserts. It is quite an extensive menu, and for someone not all that familiar with Japanese cuisine, it serves as a comprehensive introduction to it.
|Art meets sashimi|
|Crispy rock shrimp cake|
|Unique bubbles - Sparkling sake|
As was the case when I had dinner the last time, the service is superb. Our very suave and articulate waiter, Sheik, provides slick, connected service. As he brings each dish, he talks us through it. This is something that would be lost in a buffet brunch. This is that personalised service I think this concept creates.
|Isn't that a picture reflecting passion and respect for the art of serving Champagne?|
|Sushi bar style seating available|
|Mochi ice cream|
So, no, it did not lose its charm or appeal because of the daylight setting. Laughter, clinking of glasses and a splattering of satisfied faces after every bite was testimony to that!
The low down
Within the St Regis Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
295 Dhs with soft beverages
395 Dhs with Regular Alcohol
495 Dhs with unlimited French Bubbly
Pictures thanks to Nokia Creative Studio on my Nokia 1520