High tea buffet in Jumeirah at Etihad Towers

The Lobby @ Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi

We recently peeked in Jumeirah at Etihad Towers  (near the Emirates Palace) to specifically try the high tea buffet at the Lobby Lounge. As we entered the main entrance of Tower 1, we were greeted by the elegance of the lobby. Further to our reservation, we were seated within that circle as shown in the photo.

View from Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi

Apparently, everyone would be comfortable wherever they sit. The set-up was designed to give everyone a nice view. (Apart from the fact that the beauty and intricacy of the lobby itself is a view.) However, us getting a better view may not be purely coincidental since I requested it when I called the reservation desk. While reservation is not mandatory to other guests, you may have to do it if you were visiting like us in line with the online deals (e.g. Groupon restaurant deals). I really appreciate that although I did not comply with the requirement to book at least 48 hours in advance, our request was accommodated. Although the person on the other line was understandably hesitant, she confirmed it the moment she cleared that our intended time of visit was feasible.

The Lobby @ Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi

Soon enough, our food was served.

High tea buffet at Jumeirah, Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi

(The berries reminded me of The Hunger Games the movie.)

The high tea buffet will include a coffee or tea of your choice and literally a generous selection and serving of sandwiches, cookies and desserts.

High Tea Buffet @ The Lobby, Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi

They serve teas from the TWG collection from Singapore. We initially wanted to try the chocolate or creme brûlée tea, but opted for the white night Jasmine tea because (1) it would level off the sweets indulgence (2) to kill the curiosity — look, it is the most expensive amongst the tea choices (i.e. priced at 150% higher than or 2.5 times of the other choices); verdict: it (of course) tasted better than the other (now I personally dubbed as normal) Jasmine teas. On the other hand, the Happy Birthday tea although intriguing is not timely. While iced coffee/ chocolate was not part of the menu, they accommodated our request. And save the best for last — raspberry cucumber juice.

High Tea Buffet @ The Lobby, Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi

The sweets were all nice but we found the macaroon cookies just oh-kay.

The Lobby in Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi

This one’s a must-try.

The Lobby in Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi

View from Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi

The view augments the experience.

View from The Lobby in Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi

(Here is West Corniche of Abu Dhabi.)

Or the food augments the visual feast?  We got both. A worth it deal from Groupon.

The Lobby in Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi

The timed dipping effect of water by the windows complemented the view and lounge-y background music.  I expect that there will be a grand piano anywhere in the lounge soon.

Lobby Lounge
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Ras Al Akhdar (West Corniche) Abu Dhabi
Telephone: 00971 2 811 5555 to 56, Open daily from 7am to 1am
High tea is from 2pm to 5pm

  12 comments for “High tea buffet in Jumeirah at Etihad Towers

  1. September 21, 2012 at 10:54 am

    wow. your food photos are more than magazine-worthy. parang gusto ko sila kunin sa screen. yum.

  2. rob
    September 21, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    .. good food, great view – just perfect! :)

  3. September 22, 2012 at 5:02 am

    The view and ambiance are really great plus those mouth-watering food – that’s how weekends should be spent. : )

  4. September 22, 2012 at 7:45 am

    nice place and the food looks good. mukang sosy dyan hehehe

  5. September 22, 2012 at 9:07 am

    SArap! :)

    Your great photos amplified how yummy the desserts are :)

  6. September 22, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    I didn’t know there’s groupon now in the UAE :) Been addicted to their deals lately.
    I wouldn’t mind indulging on a high tea experience myself if groupon does have a deal in my neck of the woods.

  7. September 22, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    beautiful ambience, delicious looking food, everything looks heavenly!

  8. September 25, 2012 at 12:26 am

    the food, place and expeience is a magazine worthy:)

  9. September 25, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Food and view is breathtaking! Jumeirah indeed has nailed hospitality experience. I love everything about the food except for the smoke salmon hihi. I’ll eat caviar and foie gras but not smoked salmon.

    Thank you for showing us how high tea is served. I hope to try soon =)

    Hubby once had a conference here so it’s out of his list for staycation. I am still thinking ways how to trick him to stay for the night =D

  10. September 27, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    wow. awesome view. succulent food. sleek, impressive decor. it’s like looking at the pages of Architectural Digest :)

  11. September 29, 2012 at 4:23 am

    I would love to someday go to a high tea. Hope I’d be wearing some Victorian costumes when I do that.

    I’m a big fan of Group On (and Living Social & Bloomspot, etc) because they allow me to sample places and restaurants I wouldn’t otherwise.

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