24 to try: Dubai brunches5 Comments 25 April 2012
The deal: Double D’s draw lies not so much in the mainly British fare on offer, including roast beef, pork sausages and mash, giant Yorkshire puddings and a decent enough dessert selection, but in the relatively affordable price, the down-to-earth, unpretentious vibe and guests – oh, and the drinks, of course. The modest selection of food will definitely fill you up and help stave off any unwanted effects from the free-flowing beverages – but then again, the mostly youthful brunchers here really don’t seem too bothered about making a scene, as the raucous weekend atmosphere gets into full swing.
Atmosphere and setting: The queue outside is a good indication of what’s to come. Tables with white table cloths are squeezed into the small outdoor area, while inside, the dark wood interior lined with old London double-decker bus numbers reverberates with the sound of cheering groups, bar banter and pumping dance music. In addition, TV screens let guests catch the latest football and rugby games, and altogether there’s a bit of a student union feel – which is why you’ll either love it or wish you’d gone elsewhere.
Make sure you try: The pork sausages are pretty tasty, but there’s nothing standout.
What needs fine-tuning? Our only gripe has to do with our forgetting to book ahead, which resulted in us having to pull up bar stools and eat at the bar – a rather unpleasant experience, especially with fellow brunchers crowding round to order drinks.
What should you wear? The sign at the entrance forbids shorts and flip-flops, but we saw plenty of these during our visit, and the easygoing atmosphere certainly doesn’t warrant anything too fancy.
Why you’ll return? If you’re with a group of mates and after a fun-filled, drinks-fuelled afternoon, this is the place to let your hair down.
Dhs179 with selected house drinks (just the one package offered). Fridays 12.30pm-4pm. Al Murooj Rotana, Al Doha Street, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 321 1111).
Click here for Time Out’s review of Double Decker.
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