One of the many benefits of living the Expat life is enjoying brunch on a Friday afternoon. Invited by the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi to celebrate the Visit America Month in association with Motiongate this seemed like a perfect opportunity to make a day trip to Abu Dhabi and I haven’t had a chance to go to any restaurant at Etihad Towers since it’s opening.
Nahaam is located poolside with views overlooking the pool and the beach. The restaurant was full but because it is so bright and airy it did not feel crowded. It is a lovely atmosphere for any special occasion.
Sea Food: If you love seafood, you will be in heaven. There is a wide selection of fresh fish, lobster, oysters, sushi, prawns, and mussels. I don’t eat any sort of seafood myself, but everyone told me how delicious it was. Believe me, I didn’t feel like I missed out -the salad bar was INCREDIBLE! It had a wide selection of vegetables, salads, grilled peppers, artichokes, eggplant, cheeses –I could go on and on. This is, by far, the best salad bar I have seen in a long time. Everything was so fresh, green, and flavorful.
Stations: In addition to the usual stations, I was impressed by the Pork stations (not posting pics of cute piggy out of respect for my readers) – both barbecued pork and cold cuts were available. A definite stand out in the city! Seafood, secondly, was top class. The Canadian lobster was immaculately cooked, as was the Alaskan crab. Also, the oysters were fresh, rich with the strong taste of the sea.
Mains: With live stations for pasta, and a choice between New York & Chicago pizza, the station had me on first look. It had the usual buffet staple of delicious sides dishes , mixed vegetables, roast potatoes. The only challenge I found was deciding how many times to go up to the main buffet.
Kids’ buffet: Should you decide to come down as a family, there is a whole buffet dedicated to children. This buffet includes all sorts of kid favorites such as chicken tenders, pasta, french fries, and other picks. Your child will not leave hungry. A very interesting area with a nice balance between fun and wholesomeness. I was impressed by their selection of salads, something usually overlooked by hotels who usually have a chicken nuggets and fries mentality when it comes to children. Of course, there was also a Willy Wonka-like choice of candy. Childhood. Happy. I did manage to steal some french fries out of the kid’s menu – oh well !!
Desserts: It doesn’t matter if you are already stuffed from the previous courses because the desserts on offer are so appealing. It is impossible to pick one favorite. My favorites were the creme brûlée, the tiramisu, and the chocolate fountain. This was the first time that I had seen a chocolate fountain with orange flavored and colored chocolate.
Cheese and Port: So apparently one should have either dessert or cheese. Not me sir. I love both. The cheese selection could not be ignored. I had to try with fresh baked pretzels. Fresh baked pretzels! I haven’t seen that in a bread selection before.
After Brunch: There is no ordering after 4.30 pm, however, should you decide to stay longer, your group can have drinks at the pool bar before heading up for some sunset cocktails at Ray’s Bar on the 62 floor which opens at 5pm.
Service: In a word, excellent. Big brunches are always a challenge for staff but the staff to guest ratio here was such that a waiter or waitress was always in earshot. While brunches are usually about just filling those glasses, I appreciate it when staff cares about the way they pour wine and, especially, Champagne. Routine replacement of cutlery after plates are cleared is a pet hate of mine.
Nahaam Chill & Grill Brunch
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers