A Friday brunch rich with that show stopping element - The Ritz-Carlton, Abu Dhabi
|The lobby which leads downstairs to brunch|
It had been a year since my last visit, so I was, of course, curious to see to what extent, if any, the brunch had evolved. Incidentally, onthe day that I visited, they had 420 diners!
|Scallops' presentation to whet your sensual appetite.|
So what about the dishes? Just how good are they? maybe I am not the best judge, because in total I end up trying around only 10 dishes, most of them from the live stations. In truth, there are usually a few principle stations that I use to judge a brunch. Besides, my favourite line always applies - how much food do you actually need to eat at a brunch?
Firstly, as always, I start with the oysters. A choice of 6 oysters, I believe the largest selection in the city. Of course, I have my favourites, and the Irish Kelly oysters and Prat-Ar-Coum edge the other French and Scottish oysters on the day. While I have one or two that have a bit of sediment in the oyster liquor, they are generally well shucked.
The perfectly seared foie gras takes centre stage - Mango ganache, apple, pear and zucchini are smartly used to make sure that each piece of foie gras does something different to the palate. Pumpkin chutney brings part of the sweet and sour elements, parmesan crisp and blueberry crumble that is playfully thrown on the plate to diversify the tasting and textural journey, show that with creative energy there is no limit. Pushing the boundaries. While a standard foie gras dish would not be as elaborate, I have tried the other interpretation of the foie gras, and it is probably now the best foie gras dish I have had at a brunch.
However,a dish I would like to see given more boldness is the scallops. Sear that surface. Be daring. Give it texture and more colour!
Even though a lot of the dishes I have written about so far have that 'gourmet' element about them, there are many dishes with a homely ring to them. The laksa is one of them. It is all about the flavours. Nothing flashy. Beautiful stuff.
The bottom line
Ritz Carlton, Abu Dhabi
+971 2 818 8282
AED 410++ House beverages incl wine and cocktails
AED310++ Soft drinks