Unlike in many countries in the world, in the United Arab Emirates, the working week commences on Sunday and weekends happen Friday through Saturday. People are not supposed to work on Friday, as it is a holy day in Islam.

For this reason, in Abu Dhabi, brunches are offered on Fridays, and many establishments participate.

For some people, a Friday brunch in Abu Dhabi is a chance to consume some incredible dishes while enjoying time with friends in a comfortable environment. For others, it is a time to indulge in a new menu with a loved one.

Remember: Brunch is what you want it to be.

However you prefer to spend your brunching time, you can find the perfect place in Abu Dhabi.

Over the past few years, the brunch scene in Abu Dhabi has massively evolved, with many exciting restaurants opening their doors to eager diners.

Japanese restaurants have always been a mainstay in the area, but recently, Japanese brunches have been generating a lot of press for being the coolest new dining experience around.

Here are three reasons why a Japanese brunch in Abu Dhabi simply cannot be missed.

  1. The Food

Utterly different from other types of brunch, a traditional Japanese brunch will have food offerings that you may typically choose to enjoy during lunch or dinner.

What does that mean?

Well, you will likely find:

  • A bowl of steamed rice (gohan)
  • Miso soup (miso shiru)
  • Fermented soy beans (natto)
  • Grilled fish (yakizakana)
  • Pickled vegetables (tsukemono)
  • Dried seaweed (nori)
  • Vegetable side dishes (kobachi)

That being said, the purpose of the brunch isn’t to consume incredibly heavy or filling foods. Instead, you will find perfectly portioned sizes that are tailored to meet your appetite. And they will be light — you won’t encounter an abundance of greasy, deep fried or creamy plates.

Japanese cuisine prioritizes dishes that are freshly made, ensuring they all taste scrumptious. There are many contenders for the best Japanese food in Abu Dhabi.

Whatever you decide to order, you can be assured that the portions are significant (you definitely won’t be leaving hungry) but that everything will taste delicious enough that you will want to keep eating!

  1. The Staff

One of the factors as to why Japanese restaurants are so prevalent and popular in cities all around the world is the presence of lovely and accommodating staff.

Without fail, in Japanese restaurants, the servers always smile and practice patience with you while you are deciding what to order.

If you opt to attend a Japanese brunch in Dubai, you will find staff who are not only friendly and patient but also informative and attentive. In fact, whether they are lounge, kitchen or waiting staff, they barely miss a beat.

In these restaurants, the staff pride themselves in providing a warm and friendly service to their guests and they genuinely want you to enjoy your Japanese brunch in Abu Dhabi thoroughly.

  1. The Design

Japanese restaurants are world-renowned for their unique emphasis on design that is uncluttered, calm and soft. Wooden floors are often laid down to provide a natural Japanese look, particularly with decorative pebbles and slate.

It isn’t rare to see high ceilings decorated with chandeliers, bamboo accessories, dimly lit tables, and Japanese artworks, paintings, or murals on the wall. All of these combine to create an epic experience.

If the restaurant occupies an ample space, there may also be a garden with Japanese plants to give the place an authentic feel.

Just as important as the design of a restaurant and the friendliness of the staff is the restaurant’s music and the ambience it creates.

Knowing full well that the music sets the vibe for a restaurant, during a Japanese brunch, a restaurant would play sounds that will get you and your companions relaxed and ready for whatever else the night (or afternoon, in the case of brunch) is going to bring.

Last Taste

In other words, having a Japanese brunch in Abu Dhabi is akin to witnessing an art form and should undoubtedly be included in your travel itinerary.

After you have indulged in a Japanese brunch, take the time to enjoy a leisurely stroll with your dining companions along the St. Regis property, the beach, or the shops nearby. It is a lovely area and the icing on top of the mochi cake. Plus, you will need to stretch your legs to ensure you are hungry enough later — so that dinner can be another impressive experience, such as digging into the best steak in Abu Dhabi.

Jenene Bronwin Batts

Jenene Bronwin Batts is the Senior Marketing Coordinator at Tourism Development & Investment Company or TDIC. She oversees website maintenance, PR requests, marketing initiatives and all general guests' enquiries for the company's destinations, including KOI Restaurant & Lounge and Boa Steakhouse in Abu Dhabi.