Yas Island’s busiest few days of the year arrive this weekend as the Formula One juggernaut careers into Abu Dhabi for its annual season-closing blow-out. If you want to start the party before the race itself on Sunday, there are plenty of brunch options to pick from around Yas Island. Here is our pick of the afternoon delights
Where: Amerigos at Park Inn by Radisson Blu
When: Friday, 12.30pm to 4pm
Why: Mexican mouthfuls abound at this laid-back brunch, with food served from colourful cabanas, a DJ soundtrack and pool access included in the mighty reasonable price. ¡Arriba Arriba!
Price: From Dh170
For reservations: Call 02 656 2000
Fire and Spice Brunch
Where: Choices and Rangoli at Yas Island Rotana
When: Friday to Sunday
Why: Grills and Indian dishes are the order of the day as East meets West at this dual-restaurant brunch, which is running every day of the race weekend.
Price: From Dh199
For reservations: Call 02 656 4157 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: Stills at Crowne Plaza Yas Island
When: Friday, 12.30pm to 5.30pm
Why: If you're in it for the long-haul on Friday, there isn't a better deal on Yas than the Funch, with its five-hour mix of unpretentious pub grub and entertainment. The fun includes top Abu Dhabi band The International Playboys, DJ action from Cliff Townley and Chris Smith, plus games including a Rodeo Bull, Massive Twister and Giant Connect 4. Large.
Price: From Dh450
For reservations: Call 02 656 3000
La Familia Brunch: The Race Edition
Where: El Chiringuito at Yas Beach
When: Saturday, 1pm to 5pm
Why: The Ibiza beach club, which has its UAE base in The Rixos on The Palm in Dubai, offers a lively Saturday alternative to the regular Friday afternoon slot with a party version of its La Familia Brunch
Price: From Dh500 per person
For reservations: Call 054 449 6464 or 04 277 9180 or email email@example.com
The Royal Terrace
Where: Origins at Yas Viceroy
When: Thursday to Saturday, noon to 3pm and 4pm to 8pm; Sunday, 3pm to 8pm
Why: With views across three corners of the Yas Marina Circuit, there aren't many better views of the high-octane action than this special race weekend re-jig of the weekly Pit Stop Brunch. Its brunch bites are best experienced via the extensive seafood selection, while you also get tickets to the after-race concerts.
Price: From Dh750
For reservations: 02 656 0600; firstname.lastname@example.org
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