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Brandon Stoltenkamp
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Friday brunch on Nurai Island - much more than just food and drinks - Nurai Island, Off Abu Dhbai
The Nurai Island Brunch experience starts as I arrive at the Welcome Centre on Saadiyat Island. A Veuve Clicquot cash bar ensures that the bubbly times start even before I leave on a speedboat for Nurai Island, the idyllic setting for Friday brunch. It is a...
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Burgers & Châteaux at the only wine bar in the city - La Cava, Rosewood Hotel, Abu Dhbai
The only wine bar in the city, La Cava at Rosewood Hotel, remains an enigma because four years on, no one has tried to copy its concept. I am surprised that we have only one wine bar in the city but I am also pleased that the one we do have is La Cava ( Not...
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Steakhouse Review of Abu Dhabi, 2017
It has been monumental undertaking and even then there are still steakhouses that have not been covered. Having said that, I believe there are only two not covered by this round up that would warrant interest. We really are quite lucky that in a small marke...
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Brandon goes Shopping for Bordeaux wines - Gray Mackenzie & Partners. Hilton Capital Grand, Abu Dhabi
It's the weekend. You've decided to have a BBQ, or braai as we South Africans call it. You decide to get some wine to go along with some beautiful beef you've picked up at la carne premium butchery in Abu Dhabi (  https://lacarne.ae/ ). You  go for some Bor...
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Saturlaze, a seafood 'brunch' on Saturdays - Finz Restaurant, Bar & Lounge Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi
With the Friday brunch market  pretty much saturated right now and being held hostage to 2 for 1 offers, Finz' Saturlaze 'brunch' on Saturdays offers guests something unique. And yes, I mean unique. It is the only genuine seafood brunch in the city. Don't e...
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The iconic brunch in Abu Dhabi - Giornotte, The Ritz Carlton, Abu Dhabi
When you talk iconic brunches in Abu Dhabi , the Brunch at the Ritz carlton is surely the first one that people mention. While there are 3 or 4 brunches that have emerged in the last couple years as outstanding, they cannot be described as iconic. It is abo...
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Brandon's Sparkling Shopping Cart - Gray Mackenzie & Partners, Abu Dhabi
Brandon's Shopping Cart recently was all about sparkling wines on a visit to Gray Mackenzie & Partners' flagship store at the Hilton Capital Grand, Abu Dhabi. I would like to see people enjoying sparkling wines more and more, because life should always be b...
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Eli Teplin at Q's Bar & Lounge by Quincy Jones - Palazzo Versace, Dubai
Having been entertained by incredible jazz by three of former acts at Q's Bar & Lounge, I could be forgiven for arriving to listen to the the latest performer to take up residency at this fantastic venue, Eli Teplin, with ambivalent feelings. Knowing that t...
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The inaugural Sipping Abu Dhabi with Brandon - Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi
Sipping Abu Dhabi. The concept is simple. 12 people move to high end bars and have an evening of canapes and drinks. Movement is important. The inaugural event, at Beach Rotana, took in three restaurants/bars - Finz, Indigo and Rodeo Grill. We start at one ...
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Taking steak and wine to your home in Abu Dhabi - with Al Mah Arjaan by Rotana, Gray Mackenzie & Partners, La Carne and Fulfilme.com
Steak is expensive in Abu Dhabi restaurants. Over the last few months, while compiling my second Abu Dhabi Steakhouse round up, this dawned on me once again. Did you know that at one of the restaurants that will feature in the round up, you can get a steak ...
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