Southern Sun Hotel.
I have heard only good things about this place, but didn't get a change to try it until this Christmas. Down what a treat! For those who have not been before, The Foundry has a cozy but chic atmosphere, with high ceilings, modern decor and amazing staff. The buffet and live cooking stations did not disapoint, it was a real treat to kids of all ages: charcuterie, poke, oyster, gravlax, foie gras and steak.
Everything not only tasted amazing but it was also cooked to perfection down to the little details: the presentation of the foie gras, for example, had a grilled apple, apple crisp, savoury foam and a rich sauce.
The desserts were also excellent, with the usual suspects (panettone, yule log, stolen, Christmas pudding, etc), but it was the little poached pears in read wine with a gold leaf on top and the pistachio creme Brume: just delectable and simply elegant.
But food and decor are only 2 of the elements that made this the best Christmas Brunch I've had in Abu Dhabi was the service. Attentive staff who call you by your name and kept the table clean, glasses full and a cheerful smile at all times.
When we arrived we saw people shaking hands with the staff, hugging and wishing them a merry Christmas. By the end of the meal I understood why: once you've been there, you'll definitely be coming back!
My only criticism is the booking system that requires a form to be completed, sign, copies of credit cards and ID. Maybe something that could've been done online? Something they could improve or make it more friendlier and easier to use.