My favoured Brunch concept at Market Kitchen - Le Royal Merdien, Abu Dhabi
Five talking points
The Kitchen Concept
On arriving for the brunch, the first feeling evoked is one of tranquility. It is more than the fact that the main dining area (excluding the loft and small outdoor area) accommodates around 80 guests making for a cosy brunch. It is the design. It is the colours. As the name 'kitchen' suggests, it is homely. The kitchen is the favourite part of my childhood home. Many fond memories of sitting with my mum and dad, my brothers and sisters - mainly laughter around plates of food. That is the feeling I have as I walk in. The decor is, reminiscent of a kitchen. Also, the whites and browns emphasize that feeling of peacefulness. Earthy.
The a la carte brunch concept is straightforward: an a la carte set menu, if you will, comprising starters, main courses and desserts. Be warned though, the dishes are substantial, so if you have concerns that you may leave unsatisfied because it is not a buffet, let me disabuse you of that fear! There are two sets of 3 starters, 3 main courses and 3 desserts. More than enough. If you serve fewer dishes, you have more control over the standard of the dishes. Obvious, isn't it? And that is what they do here. Finally, the menu changes, so if you go twice in a month, chances are you will not have the same meal. I love it.
|Crispy sushi - so delicious|
There are some fabulous dishes. The crispy calamari is perfectly cooked and beautifully complemented by the lemon rosemary dip. There is the Roasted beetroot salad with goat's cheese and crystalized ginger that is one of my favorites on the day.
|The beetroot salad.|
There is of course one of the signature dishes that you must have: Black truffle and Fontina cheese pizza. You don't have to wait for truffle season to enjoy this. I had the pleasure of it about 4 months ago. Just as good this time around. The one off-note is the Grilled beef that is overcooked. The assistant manager gracefully offers to bring out another serving, but we politely decline. It does not detract from a delightful afternoon.
|Not a bad meal for kids - my daughter's main course|
|A high quality premium Champagne|
The addition of the new Assistant manager will be a key aspect for service at Market Kitchen. I loved the way she briefly explains each dish, a reflection of her fine dining background. I think the whole dining out experience is also about being educated, and I for one love it when I am told in detail what I am having. It personalizes the whole experience. I am very excited about her addition to the staff because I believe she will infuse a new philosophy into the service, taking it beyond the usual cliches of fine, engaging service.
A very good brunch, spurred on by a winning concept. It is a brunch that will cater for families interested in an afternoon of relaxation where dishes are served; where children can join in the fun at the Fizz Factor, the hotel's designated family brunch that offers the usual brunch concept for families; an afternoon of relaxed sophistication where every dish that is served attempts to be indicative of Market Kitchen's vision which is to serve high quality food using high quality ingredients. It is a brunch that, like only a couple other brunches in the city, tries to give the guests an experience that is different, memorable and also, it must be said, tremendous value for money in an intimate setting!
Le Royal Meridien, Khalifa Street,
02 674 2552
Soft Package 250 Dhs++
Cocktails and Wine 350 Dhs++
Champagne package 450 Dhs++