24 to try: Dubai brunches5 Comments 25 April 2012
Wow-Factor BrunchesAl Muntaha
The deal: A perfectly respectable variety of European and pan-Asian fare, cooked to a perfectly respectable standard. But for Dhs550 a head, you are entitled to expect more than just the (admittedly incredible) views. Food-wise, you get nothing you won't see at 20 other brunches across the city.
Atmosphere and setting: Set your face to stunned as you cross the Burj Al Arab's extravagant lobby, ascend the great tower's glass elevator up 27 floors and are led by huge windows displaying miles of blue sea below. If you are lucky to get a window seat overlooking the Palm and Dubai Marina, the views at night are equally spectacular. The views aside, however, and the dining room itself is more than a little underwhelming. Keep your fingers crossed your booking doesn't fall on a hazy day.
Make sure you try: A taster plate of caviar (you don't go to the Burj Al Arab for the mixed grill) and the foie gras live cooking station. Tempura and brioche baked salmon are excellent, as is the tiramisu.
What needs fine-tuning? Brunch food is displayed in quite a haphazard manner, dotted around wherever there is room for it. The buffet needs a centrepiece – something memorable that allows the food to live up to the setting. And Dhs50 for a litre of local water? Come on, guys, really?
What should you wear? Ladies should wear chic summer dresses, a short suit or smart trousers. A collared shirt for gentlemen. Jeans are fine, but no shorts.
Why you'll return? Al Muntaha and the Burj Al Arab should be experienced once, but at more than Dhs500, once is enough.
Dhs550 with juices, tea and coffee only. Fridays 10am-3pm. Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah (04 301 7600).
Click here for Time Out’s review of Al Muntaha.
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