The most hardened anti-brunch members of the culinary cognoscenti will find themselves converted after feasting at the Mediterranean and Levantine-inspired offering at Safina, at the serene Saadiyat Beach Club. Book an al-fresco terrace spot with unparalleled view of the white sand, sun-soaked beach and cool, cabana-lined infinity pool. Service is unobtrusive yet swift and attentive.
An open kitchen creates the scene; live stations (we overindulged at the grill that served chilli-tinged tiger prawns and lobster tails alongside melt-in-the-mouth meat options), freshly-tossed salad platters, a sushi spot, made-to-order pastas and breakfast treats beckon. The pickiest pescatarians will wax lyrical about the seafood extravaganza. Oysters, plump mussels, juicy clams, Alaskan king crab and jumbo prawns vie for attention. Not replete without a sugar hit? We gravitated towards a walnut chocolate cake and a strawberry-filled crêpe on the groaning table. Cheese fiends will find French flair and Spanish fare; if there’s room after the indulgence that preceded!
INFO: 12-4pm every Fri, Dhs275 with unlimited food and soft drinks, starting from Dhs375 including bubbly, Saadiyat Beach Club, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 656 3500, www.saadiyatbeachclub.com