Early risers and sleepyheads alike can breakfast like kings at our top five favourite spots for the first – and arguably the best – meal of the day.
We’ve always been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While science has proven the old maxim wrong on that score, that doesn’t mean we don’t still nurture a fondness for a syrupy stack of pancakes, yellow oozing egg yolks or a decent avo toast.
Here are our top five breakfast spots in Abu Dhabi.
Best for: Breakfast with a view
Hailing from South Africa, tashas dishes up a mean brekkie at its Al Bateen outpost, and the views over the water aren’t half bad either. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, then you have to try the brioche French toast served with Italian cherry preserves. Topped with caramelised sugar, the texture is bang on, and the tart cherries add something extra special that keeps you digging in. Savoury fans will love the huge selection of eggs and carnivorous options on offer, and the Pimp My Toast is a real winner, with mushrooms, goats cheese, oven-roasted tomatoes and rocket. Daily 8am–midnight. Marsa Al Bateen. Contact: 02 445 0890, tashascafe.com
Best for: Dough devotees
The strength in this little French spot’s menu lies in its wide pastry and bread selection, which includes muffins, croissants and sourdough. For breakfast, the menu is full of classic flavours with a unique twist. The sweet potato waffle benedict, served with veal bacon and spinach, is a riff on an old favourite, while the shakshuka, served in a bread bowl, is a carb-lover’s dream. For an added treat, you can buy some freshly baked goodies to take home for later. Ministry of Energy building, Al Falah Street. Daily 7am-8pm. Contact: 02 677 7004, facebook.com/crustique
Best for: Healthy and hearty
This spot manages to be healthy in a non-oppressive way, meaning that while you feel like you might be overindulging, the carefully crafted menu includes wholesome ingredients you can feel good about eating. You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to egg-themed dishes, and there’s even an eggless cauliflower rice dish with avocado and chickpeas for vegans. To keep things sweet – but healthy – opt for the Greek yoghurt and quinoa parfait or the berry chia bowl, served with homemade granola and raspberry jam. For something more savoury, try the vitality bowl, which features quinoa, egg, beetroot and edamame hummus, or one of the egg skillet dishes. The gut health platter, with almonds, berries, eggs and feta, is also worth a taste. Various locations, including The Galleria,
Al Maryah Island. Daily 9am–11pm. Contact: 02 644 1516, nolusrestaurants.com
Best for: Photo feasts
If you like to share your meals with your Instagram followers, then Parkers, located in Umm Al Emarat Park, is for you. The bulk of the menu revolves around eggs, and the food looks as indulgent as it tastes. The breakfast slider, with scrambled egg, cheese, beef bacon, onion and spicy mayo, is a deliciously gooey treat, while the benedict croissant packs a double-butter punch from the pastry treat and a hollandaise sauce. If you prefer something sweet, we recommend the banoffee French toast, which features digestive biscuit crumbs for extra crunch, accompanied by a delicious banana custard. Al Mushrif. Daily 8am-11pm. Contact: 050 136 9166, instagram.com/byparkers
Best for: Local flavour
Shay Madhboot has built up quite a cult following for its delicious karak tea, but this cosy café dishes up more than just a good beverage, with a variety of breakfast options ranging from classics like avocado toast to the slightly more inventive like a Chips Oman sandwich.
One thing this cafe is an expert in is Arabian flavours, so try the shakshuka, with its rich tomato sauce, gooey eggs and salty feta. There’s also a tasty range of porathas, with more-ish fillings like labneh and honey or Nutella. Dihan Street. Daily 8am-10pm. Contact:02 621 7323, shaymadhboot.com
WORDS Camille Hogg