Wonderful Weekend Eats to Try in Abu Dhabi

Looking forward to the weekend?

When you’ve had an especially challenging week at work or at home, a change of scenery can do wonders. That’s especially true when the place you visit also offers great-tasting food.

Comfort Food

Various studies have linked food to emotions. For example, eating comfort food (like your grandmother’s shawarma or that chocolate truffle you crave during moments of stress) tends to promote positive feelings or drives one to a pleasant emotional state.

When you have been through a tough week, eating out during the weekend can provide some comfort. Contrary to popular notions, comfort food does not necessarily translate to a bag of chips or junk food. It can be a healthy bite of your favorite fruit, a thirst-quenching drink, or a sumptuous meal in your favorite restaurant.

Negative emotions such as anxiety, boredom, or frustration, may not be the only reasons why you need comfort food. Research suggests that positive moods also impact food choices. This means that pleasant emotions also trigger people to reach out for their favorite fare, albeit leaning towards healthier choices. That is why people also tend to go out and celebrate when they have good news, like a career promotion or a job well done.

Regardless of whether you’ve been down in the dumps or you are in a celebratory mood, indulging in good food can be a great way to spend your more relaxed days. When you find yourself wondering what to feast on this weekend, you can consider these three fantastic choices:

1. Koi-Fu Friday Brunch

Treat yourself to a weekend of authentic Japanese food with a Californian twist at KOI Restaurant. You can also come with family or friends and enjoy a brunch banquet in your very own private dining room. Special celebrations, parties, and other momentous events may be booked at this restaurant so you can enjoy a more exclusive ambience.

Offering a sumptuous feast of lip-smacking brunch fare, Koi opens its doors from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for its famous Friday Brunch packages. Choose from four fantastic brunch packages that come with a choice of soft drinks, selected house beverages, sparkling grape, or French bubbly for beverages.

With a carefully curated menu of Japanese dishes, you can enjoy an endless à la carte menu including sensational starters, scrumptious sashimi, maki rolls, and tempura, and mouthwatering main course meals. Some favorites are the California Roll, Creamy Rock Shrimp Tempura, Miso Marinated Wagyu Striploin, and Yuzu Tart Bruleé.

2. BOA Steakhouse Friday Brunch

For a laid back Friday brunch at Abu Dhabi, BOA Steakhouse offers a superb selection of brunch packages to suit every palate. Swing by at the Eastern Mangroves branch and enjoy a delectable seafood platter or hot or cold appetizers that are all good for sharing.

Choose from different choice cuts of meat – like Grain-fed Tenderloin, Black Angus Striploin, or Black Angus Rib-eye – or indulge in their selection of divine desserts such as Chocolate Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream, Mini Apple Crumble, or New York Cheesecake.

Complement the flavorful fare with a choice of mocktails, cocktails, and other beverages. Each package comes with a choice of soft drinks, house beverages, sparkling wine, or champagne.

3. Gochiso Brunch

Elevate your Saturday evening with epicurean delights, free-flowing house drinks, and lots of verve with the Gochiso Brunch Packages also offered at KOI Restaurant. Ranging from AED 340 to AED 595, you can choose from soft drinks to French bubbly as the perfect accompaniment to the menu of gastronomic selections.

Start your meal with Vietnamese Prawn Spring Roll, Salmon Carpaccio with Truffle and Ponzu Sauce, or Wagyu Beef Tataki. Tantalize your taste buds with assorted sashimi, tempura, or maki rolls. For the main course, every meal is a treat and you can never go wrong with choices such as the Sautéed Prawns, Spicy Stir Fried Tenderloin, or the Thai Chicken Curry.

Polish everything off with delectable desserts such as Sticky Toffee Pudding, White Chocolate Matcha Mousse, or Coconut Tapioca.

Weekend Jams

When you want to spice up your weekends, treat yourself to a nice, satisfying brunch or dinner that will surely raise your spirits.

Whether it’s a Friday evening brunch or a Saturday night dinner with your best buds, enjoying good food is always a good reason to come together. Add to that a sophisticated yet comfortable venue and excellent service, and you will surely have a truly wonderful weekend.


Jenene Bronwin Batts is the Senior Marketing Coordinator at Saadiyat Beach Club. 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.