This Friday afternoon we are visiting COYA Abu Dhabi to experience their Friday Brunch. Last time we visited COYA they had just launched their Friday Brunch, at the time we were very impressed. Today the biggest question on our mind is, does COYA Abu Dhabi still have what it takes to be one of our top brunches in the Capital?
We arrive slightly later than expected however the team accommodates us and shows us to our table. We are welcomed to our table with Guacamole, although previously it had been made fresh in front of us this time it seems to already be placed on the table, we are not sure if this is because we are late or if this is now a standard, as the brunch has become more popular it maybe a time saving exercise, regardless it still tastes good. However, if given the choice I’d have preferred it come to the table upon my arrival.
To begin we are invited to enjoy a range of unlimited starters which is served on an open buffet, we take a selection of Tuna Tiradito, Yellowtail Tiradito, Tuna Tartare, Kale Salad, Corn Salad, Avocado Maki and Burrata. All are exceptional, and I do not use that word lightly. Even a basic Corn Salad is exciting with a dynamic range of flavours and textures. The Burrata, a new addition since our last visit, is light and creamy and fits well amongst the offerings.
For the Ceviche we take a small sample of the Salmon, Sea Bass, Red Snapper, and Tuna Ceviche. The freshness of the seafood is evident and even though it is served as bite sized options buffet style the bed of ice ensures the freshness remains. The Red Snapper is our favourite, light and full of flavour we are almost tempted to go up for a second and third helping but decide to hold off for the courses to come.
Served tableside are the Sea Bass and Potato Croquettes and the Crispy Calamari. Piping hot the Sea Bass and Potato Croquettes feel like a warm hug in the mouth, beautifully done. The Crispy Calamari is lightly flavoured, and the portion is more than generous.
For the mains there are variety of Peruvian dishes guests may choose from based on the fundamentals; Steak, Chicken, Vegetarian, Grilled Salmon and Sea Bass Risotto. All are served with a side of Grilled Asparagus and Corn Puree. We select the Sea Bass Risotto and the Chicken. The Sea Bass Risotto is rich and nutty with notes of miso as the historical Asian influence on Peruvian food is pleasantly apparent. The Chicken is lightly grilled offering a smooth charcoal taste.
Dessert is served as multiple different small plates from Caramel Popcorn served on a platter of popcorn, in homage to one of Peru’s favourite grains, Tres Leches, Berry Cheesecake to a twist on the classic Crème Brulée.
COYA manages to offer guests a range of authentic traditional ingredients, plated and prepared in an innovative manner blending its ancient roots with its modern setting. With the right balance of each and all to keep their guests both satisfied and yet intrigued. The waitstaff are excellent, affluent in Peruvian fare and dietary requirements.
COYA Abu Dhabi remains one of our favourite brunches in Abu Dhabi from its knowledgeable waiting staff, lively atmosphere to its fine cuisine we have no issues in recommending COYA Abu Dhabi’s Brunch as a must!
Brunch packages are priced at AED 238, AED 378 to AED 498.
COYA, Abu Dhabi, +971 2 306 7000