While Hubs and I had been a few times with friends for drinks and dinner, I think the best way to experience Koi is for brunch. And there’s a very good reason…read on!
Reservations? Made, but completely unnecessary. We were one of two tables (perhaps this has changed and the restaurant has increased it’s clientele, but I would be surprised if this was the case).
Ambiance? Modern, cool, chic – definite wow factor. The bar is separated and there are numerous and cleverly designed private spaces. On the day we visited, after brunch, we retired to one of the open air tables which I really enjoyed.
Food? If it wasn’t for the cost, I think we would dine here more regularly (Koi is located in the Saadiyat Collection which is less than 10 minutes from my residence). However, for brunch, you basically have a chance to taste the entire menu. Unlike other brunches, this menu is served on an a la carte basis, which allows you to go through the high points of the menu and at the end order more of whatever you like best! While a traditional dinner seating would have everyone order their own starters and mains, the Koi brunch is a great opportunity to see what you enjoy best and then eat as much as you want (I’m looking at you, sushi). Add in unlimited champagne and you really can’t go wrong.
Service? As we were one of such a limited number of tables, I honestly felt spoiled to have an entire kitchen + wait staff look after us, but I’m not going to complain. We were very well taken care of. For each visit, it has been the same. Koi is great in hiring staff with personality and not the ‘ma’am/sir’ attitude.
Cost? We opted for the AED495 package (unlimited food and bubbles), however there are other packages available with just alcohol or soft drinks. I find this to be very reasonable. Furthermore, if you are a UAE resident, there have been a lot of Entertainer vouchers recently – Buy 1, Get 1 brunch (no alcohol) free – a great deal!
Parting thoughts from Hubs… But how did we get home?