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BUDDHA-BAR BRUNCHING

David Tapley delves into the new brunch at buzzing beachfront venue Buddha-Bar Beach at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort.

The Buddha-Bar brand requires little to no introduction thanks to a collection of beach clubs and nightlife venues located in some of the most desirable locations across the globe. Buddha-Bar Beach at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort has made a mark in the capital since opening on a pristine stretch of private beach two years ago, bringing the classic Buddha-Bar vibe to Abu Dhabi with a stunning beachfront venue.

Overlooking the picturesque Saadiyat Beach, Buddha-Bar Beach Abu Dhabi has a beautiful and relaxed ambience and embodies the sophistication and chicness associated with the Buddha-Bar brand. Walking up to the venue with its palm-tree-lined pathway and manicured gardens will have you feeling like you’re on holiday, complete with a sun-kissed shoreline. The hostesses are friendly and welcome us warmly, while the décor is modern and striking.

Our visit coincides with the popular brunch which is held at two convent time slots on a Friday. For daytime brunching the all you can eat, all you can drink feast runs from 1pm to 4pm and for the night owls, a second sitting takes place from 7pm. The food, beverages and prince points remain the same, no matter which time you choose to attend.

The brunch menu, as you would expect from a Buddha-Bar venue, presents a myriad of dishes from different countries of the Pacific region, offering guests a beautiful presentation of delectable highlights. It’s a carefully put together menu and the choices are extensive for brunch. So make sure you pace yourself accordingly. The selection involves hot and cold entrees, salads, sushi and ceviche alongside a generous selection of mains. This is one of those places where you’re initial reaction is to try everything on the menu and of course with this brunch offering you can!

Brunch begins with a selection of salads and freshly prepared sushi, that includes maki rolls, nigiri and thin slices of delectable sashimi. Presented in wooden boxes and upon bamboo that has been placed in a large circular dish containing ice, this particular course is a treat for both the eyes and the stomach. This penchant for all things raw continues with a delightful beef tataki and a selection of plump oysters with pomegranate. Brunch decadence at its very best!

With the warm appetisers arrive the lobster dumplings, which those in the know will recognise as the restaurants signature dish. It’s exciting to see premium dishes such as these in the brunch offering and we devour a few more plates of these than we care to admit. We soon move onto a selection of skewers straight from the Robata grill. The shrimp, scallop and beef would be our preference as the charcoal flavours from the grill are imparted perfectly onto these specific proteins.

Main courses include the popular Chilean Seabass with its delicate texture and sweet glaze, alongside beef tenderloin and Kung Pao chicken. When the staff warn us it’s a lot of food. We really should’ve listened!

We round out the brunch with the dessert selection which is nicely presented and includes mini eclairs, a crepe soufflé and an innocent-looking apple tart tatin that transpires to be a powerhouse of flavours and a dish we would love to see elevated in position and included on the main a la carte menu.

The Buddha-Bar Beach Brunch is definitely one to add to your Abu Dhabi brunch list, for the food is of a very high standard and service is exceptional. The team do their very best to please and the impression that no culinary request is out of bounds is undoubtedly given. Buddha-Bar Beach Abu Dhabi is a venue that puts the customer experience front and centre and it certainly shows.

GO: Email restaurant.saadiyat@stregis.com or call (0)2 498 8888 for bookings and more information.

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