“Unforgettable sea views at this sustainable, contemporary restaurant with entertaining live cooking stations.” Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort
Looking for a Saturday brunch with a stunning location? White restaurant at the stunning Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort offers a gourmet feast with views of the resort’s pools and Saadiyat coastline.
The weekly brunch features a huge array of international flavours with an abundance of fresh seafood and the best dessert selection I’ve sampled in a while. The vast selection of colourful food offsets the minimal white decor that reflects the restaurant’s name. The majority of cuisine is displayed at the indoor buffet while outdoors, live cooking stations offer fresh paella, risotto, shawarma and bbq options.
Vegetarians are well catered for at this elegant beachside affair with plenty of Asian flavours and tasty grilled vegetables alongside all the numerous meat and fish dishes. The central crustacean station is visually appealing, awash with king crab, lobster, oysters, salmon sashimi and seafood ceviche. My dining companion enjoyed multiple bowls of soups and the beef brisket from the carvery station that offered a variety of roasted meats with all the trimmings.
Salads, charcuterie and cheese aplenty are displayed with breads of all shapes, colours and flavours. My favourite area, the dessert station, had so many sweet treats that I was a literal kid in a candy shop. Try a freshly cooked crepe, the perfect flaky millefeuille, mini lemon meringue pies and crème brûlée. Everything I sampled, which was more than I should have, was delicious. If you prefer something a little simpler try the ice-cream and fresh fruit.
The drinks are free-flowing with a choice of bubbly, beers, wine, spirits as well as cocktails, mocktails, soft drinks and juices. Themed cocktails include the Saadiyat Mule, Island Cosmo and the Blue Ocean Coast.
Brunchers are encouraged to keep the party going at the Pool Bar for an After-Brunch Sundowner with the resident DJ from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. There’s a menu of creative mixology and ocean views to finish the brunching experience in style. I’m not sure what you are supposed to do between 4pm when the brunch finishes and 5:30pm start for the after-party? The gap is too long and for that reason we didn’t stay to find out!
Location: White, Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi
Telephone: 02 811 4342
When: Every Saturday 1pm – 4pm
Cost: AED 350 inclusive of soft beverages, AED 475 inclusive of house beverages and AED 600 inclusive of premium bubbly (50% off for children aged 6 – 11 and complimentary for 0 – 6 years old.
All views are my own based on my experience. Unless otherwise stated all photos © Jo Brett 2022. All rights reserved.