Restaurant Review: Le Brunch, Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche
If you have to define this concise yet very diverse offering, the brunch focuses on French and Arabic cuisine, but they’ve also added a good choice of Oriental dishes to cater to different dining preferences.
The highlight of the buffet was the Thai station where the chef allows you to choose your own fresh ingredients for a soup or salad, and then prepares it for you. The tom yum soup was packed with flavour and not too spicy. The appetiser selection includes fresh oysters, eaten raw or Rockefeller (topped with cheese and spinach, then cooked), as well as sushi and classic soups such as a delicious lobster bisque and traditional French onion. Continuing the Gallic theme, there’s a variety of freshly baked pastries, bread and, of course, cheese.
The Arabic offering covers the usual dishes you know and love with top quality cold and hot mezze – special mention goes to the stuffed vine leaves and the za’atar manakesh. For the mains, aim in the direction of the lamb tagine and vegetables couscous, and the dawood basha, which are Arabic-style meatballs in tomato sauce.
The dessert selection is extensive with a separate counter laden with a load of fresh French pastries, crème caramel, mini apple crumble tarts, vanilla mille feuille and also a selection of Arabic sweets, such as perennial favourite Umm Ali. If you love dessert, you won’t be disappointed.
INFO: Dhs245 to Dhs440++, 12.30pm, every Fri, Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, 02 813 7777, www.sofitel.com