We arrive in the lobby of Grand Millennium Al Wahda Hotel Abu Dhabi and take the lift to the 31st floor. This leads us to Sky Lounge Thirty-One, the rooftop restaurant has recently undergone a refurbishment and is todays destination for the Sky Lounge Friday Brunch.
As we enter the restaurant we are warmly welcomed by the team and shown to our table. Sky Lounge, 390ft high, encompasses stunning panoramic views of the Abu Dhabi skyline. The décor of the restaurant is minimalistic with large TV screens showing all the sport. A live band is performing Arabic songs in the background, which creates a relaxing atmosphere.
Onto the food, the brunch stations include, sushi, grills, pizza, salad, seafood and dessert. To start we enjoy an impressive selection of seafood, our favorite being the oysters and plump prawns alongside a small helping of vegetable minestrone soup. Next, we move onto the live tabbouleh station, made to order, we like the interaction it adds to the brunch.
If you know us well, you know we have a slight obsession with pizza, so imagine our excitement when we discovered the brunch has its own made-to-order pizza station, which cooks all the pizzas in a dedicated pizza oven. We try a selection of pizzas, which surprisingly, exceed our expectations.
For sushi lovers, the live sushi station is a must, options include California, tuna, salmon and eel rolls alongside shrimp, tuna and salmon nigiri, again made fresh to order. The carving station offers roasted lamb rack and prime beef ribs. Baked hammour in salt crust is also available. Other selections include baked king fish, chicken roulade, chicken wings, garlic and rosemary potatoes, chicken alfredo, lamb chops and pan-fried veal steak to name a few. We do enjoy the pan-fried veal steak with mushroom sauce with a side of grilled vegetables with pesto.
Our favorite station has to be the dessert station. The desserts include a chocolate fountain with optional sweets, marshmallows or fresh strawberries for dipping, assorted fruit tartlets, ice cream, crème brûlée, blueberry cheesecake, raspberry pavlova, brownies, croquembouche, kunafa and many more. The kunafa is divine and one of the best we’ve tasted in the city, we also really enjoy dipping the fresh strawberries in the warm chocolate fountain.
Sky Lounge Friday Brunch may not be the most lavish setting to enjoy a Friday brunch and the food options are more limited than larger buffet concepts in the city, but the team have opted for quality over quantity and the cuisine they do serve is done exceptionally well. The service is efficient yet friendly and staff are always happy to help. We’d recommend this brunch to couples and groups of friends who are looking for a more relaxed Friday brunch, if you don’t fancy getting dressed up, yet would like to enjoy good food in a nice setting for a reasonable price then this is the brunch for you.
Sky Lounge Friday Brunch, every Friday from 12.30pm to 4.00pm. Packages start at AED 225 for buffet and soft beverages.
Grand Millennium Al Wahda Hotel Abu Dhabi, 02 443 9999