Easter, the only day it’s acceptable to eat chocolate for breakfast.” Unknown

Who else has already eaten their way through all the mini eggs in the supermarket and gouged on hot cross buns? Just me? If you still have room for more themed food why not make Easter eggs-tra special this year with a celebration with friends and family (All socially distanced and limited to tables of four of course). Here’s six egg-cellent ideas for Easter dining in the capital this year. 

The Abu Dhabi EDITION – The Oak Room Easter Brunch will take place on Friday 2nd April and feature an array of indulgent British inspired dishes. The egg-stravagant menu will be paired with fine wines and delicious drinks such as espresso martinis and port. Served sharing style, the table brunch will start with the restaurant’s signature sourdough with marmite butter (worth the visit alone) and a selection of starters. Diners will choose individual main courses with two sides followed by Easter themed sharing desserts and a traditional cheese selection. Look out for the Sanchoku Wagyu Striploin grade 7+, split grilled lobster main courses and the chocolate-laden dessert trolley, I’m already booked in and cannot wait!

Time: 3 hours between 12pm – 5pm Cost: AED 195 soft package, AED 365 house beverages and AED 465 for bubbles. To book telephone 02 208 0000, email restaurantreservations.auh@editionhotels.com or for more information visit www.editionhotels.com/abu-dhabi/ 

Saadiyat Beach Club – Celebrate Easter in style at this fabulous beach club with its stunning pool and beach vista. There’s three chances to enjoy the egg-stra special Easter themed brunch from 2nd – 4th April. An egg hunt as well as fun games such as Catch the Egg, Bunny hop relay and face painting will keep the younger family members entertained while the adults relax and feast on the scrumptious buffet. Upgrade the experience with the brunch and day pass to enjoy all the facilities.

Time: Friday, Saturday, Sunday (2nd – 4th April) from 1pm – 4pm Cost: AED 299 Soft, AED 399 House and AED 499 premium. AED 99 for children aged  7 – 12 years. Brunch + Day Pass AED 499 soft, AED 599 house and AED 649 premium. AED 199 for children aged  7 – 12 years. To book telephone 02 656 3536/056 219 2699 or visit saadiyatbeachclub.ae for more information. Advance booking is mandatory

Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers – The popular weekly Friday Brunch at Nahaam restaurant will offer diners an Easter themed affair on Friday 2nd April. As well as the usual impressive selection of dishes, with everything from fresh oysters to artisanal cheeses, there will be a traditional roast leg of lamb and salmon wellington.

Sushi lovers can enjoy the Japanese chefs showcasing their impeccable techniques tableside as they pass around the restaurant with a trolley serving Japanese street food. There will also be a selection of gourmet woodfired pizzas and an abundance of yummy treats and desserts. Children will have the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny and participate in an Easter Egg Hunt. 

Time: 12.30pm – 4:00pm Cost: AED 370 with soft drinks, AED 495 with house beverages and  AED 695 for the bubbly package. To book telephone 02 811 5666 email etihadtowers.FBreservations@conradhotels.com or for more information visit www.hilton.com/en/hotels/auhetci-conrad-abu-dhabi-etihad-towers 

Emirates Palace – Elevate your Easter celebrations with an indulgent brunch of international and Middle eastern flavours and fancy desserts at Le Vendome restaurant on Friday, 2nd April. Fancy something a little different? Why not celebrate Easter with the family and a gourmet picnic in the West Wing Garden on Saturday, 3rd April from 2pm.

Time: Friday Brunch 12 noon – 4:00pm, Saturday picnic 2:00pm – 5:00pm. Cost: Brunch soft drinks at AED 370 with soft drinks, AED 470 with hops, grapes and cocktails and AED 570  with free flowing bubbles. Saturday picnic inclusive of soft drinks at AED 395 (50% discount for children aged 6-11 years and under 6’s dine for free). Advanced reservation and payment is required. To book telephone 02 690 7999, email EPAUH-Restaurants@mohg.com or visit  www.mandarinoriental.com/abu-dhabi/emirates-palace/luxury-hotel for more information

Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan – Enjoy an affordable lunch buffet with lots of family favourites as well as fun games and activities for the children this Easter at Pepper, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant on Friday 2nd April. The international selection will include Arabian, Italian and Asian cuisine.

Time: 12:30pm to 4:00pm Cost: AED 139 with soft drinks and AED 229 including house beverages. To book telephone 02 501 6444, email H6533@accor.com or visit www.novotel-abudhabi-albustan.com for more information

Abu Dhabi Golf Club – Families are invited to ‘bunny hop’ to Abu Dhabi Golf Club this Easter for an egg-citing Saturday Brunch on 3rd April. Diners can choose from a selection of international cuisine as well as a special buffet for younger members of the family.  The interactive brunch will have customized individual Easter activity boxes for the children which includes egg painting and decoration, wooden Easter bunny photo frame and there will be fun and games with a traditional egg hunt with the Easter bunny.

Time: 12 noon to 3:30 PM. Cost Guest: AED 299 and AED 140 for children aged 4-12 years. Kids 3 and below free. To book telephone 056 536 2230, email events.adgc@aldargolf.com or visit abudhabigolfdining.com/adgc-event/easter-brunch/ (Pre-booking is required as limited spaces available)

Perhaps with the current restrictions you would prefer to celebrate at home this year. Kibsons has you covered with an abundance of spring treats on their website ready for delivery to your door. Create that perfect family Easter celebration with all the ingredients for an Easter roast as well as themed crafts, decorations and cookie kits, large Easter cakes and cupcakes and of course delicious chocolate Easter eggs – click HERE to find out more and place an order.

All the views are my own. Unless otherwise stated, all photos on this page © Jo Brett 2021. All rights reserved. Additional photos used with courtesy of respective venues. Featured photo by Giftpundits.com on Pexels.co