Fri­day Brunch at Nahaam

Time Out Abu Dhabi - - FOOD -

→ Dhs375 (soft drinks), Dhs450 (house bev­er­ages), Dhs550 (bub­bly). 12.30pm-4pm. Jumeirah at Eti­had Tow­ers, West Cor­niche (02 811 5666).

WE’RE NOW INTO the sea­son when be­ing out­side is the best thing ever. So with an out­door din­ing area and com­pli­men­tary pool and beach ac­cess, we’re al­ready en­joy­ing Nahaam’s Fri­day brunch be­fore we even start on the food.

Af­ter be­ing seated and pre­sented with a drink we do a quick lap of the sta­tions to try and get our bear­ings.

In­side there’s cold seafood (in­clud­ing lob­ster and huge king crab legs), sushi, foie gras, sal­ads, a huge amount of cheese and rows of in­cred­i­ble-look­ing desserts.

Af­ter re­mind­ing our­selves that we are meant to be adults and so shouldn’t just skip straight to pud­ding, we be­gin with the sushi spread, which has at­tracted quite a crowd.

The mix of maki rolls, ni­giri and sashimi is freshly pre­pared and topped up through­out the af­ter­noon. The tuna and sal­mon sashimi is par­tic­u­larly sen­sa­tional and we end up go­ing back for sec­onds be­fore mov­ing on.

Next, we’re drawn in by the won­der­ful dis­play of colours at the poke sta­tion. The chef asks us what we’d like in our poke bowl and of course we answer with a sim­ple

“ev­ery­thing, please”. So in goes sal­mon, sea­weed, av­o­cado, edamame beans, sweet po­tato, pump­kin, toma­toes and peanuts.

The com­bi­na­tion ticks all the boxes and both tastes, and looks, de­light­ful.

Out­side we can’t re­sist the Mex­i­can sta­tion that’s serv­ing up que­sadil­las, tacos, na­chos, fa­ji­tas and other clas­sics Àlled with beef, chicken and veg­e­tar­ian Àllings.

We try a que­sadilla, and although we feel like it could have been given a minute or two longer on the hot plate, we love the spicy Áavours and the ac­com­pa­ny­ing salsa, sour cream and gua­camole.

Af­ter that we’re drawn to the chick­ens that are be­ing bar­be­cued with hop cans stuffed in­side them. It looks quite alarm­ing but we can’t deny that it tastes bril­liant.

In fact all the meats are im­pres­sive. The steaks are de­li­cious and can be fur­ther grilled to your lik­ing on one of the many bar­be­cues. Ac­com­pa­nied by the corn, sweet pota­toes and roast pota­toes and Amer­i­can-style beans, it’s a Texas-style feast.

The ter­race is also home to schnitzels, bar­be­cued seafood and burg­ers, while a huge vat of ris­sotto is brought around to the ta­bles. Although it’s a bit bland for our lik­ing, it’s nice to able to sam­ple some things with­out hav­ing

“The cho­co­late or­ange fon­due is al­most lifechang­ing”

to move (brunch­ing is a lazy af­fair, af­ter all).

Many of our fel­low din­ers are drink­ing from cafetières that we imag­ine don’t con­tain cof­fee. In­trigued, we ask our friendly server (who is wear­ing bright yel­low shorts and a straw hat to add to the sum­mer-hol­i­day vibe), and dis­cover that they con­tain dif­fer­ent types of Span­ish grape. .

We’ve man­aged to make sure there’s room to try an ex­ces­sive num­ber of desserts. The

maple syrup and blueberry cheese­cakes are creamy and beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated, while the red vel­vet cup­cake is ev­ery­thing we dreamed it would be. The cho­co­late fon­due comes in sev­eral dif­fer­ent Áavours (the cho­co­late or­ange one is prac­ti­cally life chang­ing), and we can’t get over how great the huge slabs of home­made white cho­co­late and Oreo are.

We Ànish up with a cof­fee on the beach, and con­clude that there are few bet­ter ways to spend a long af­ter­noon.

WHAT IS IT... An in­ter­na­tional buf­fet brunch with com­pli­men­tary pool ac­cess WHY GO... For the out-of-this-world dessert se­lec­tion and the quirky bar­be­cue­ing tech­niques. Oh, and the fact you can roll straight onto the beach after­wards

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