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Saffron, Atlantis The Palm
Nominated for Best Brunch
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Located in Atlantis, this brunch is like going to a packed club in the middle of the day. The venue’s sheer size and high ceilings, as well as the DJ pumping commercial classics, all heighten this ambiance, and although it’s not particularly classy, it’s undoubtedly somewhere to go to let your hair down and just celebrate. There’s a huge variety of food, with everything from South East Asian noodles and South Asian curries, to Chinese dumplings and massive roast dinners, while fresh seafood is the restaurant’s specialty. The drinks selection is just as varied, with numerous counters dotted around the venue serving everything from cans of hops and mini bottles of bubbly to mixed beverages and slices of pineapple stabbed with liquid-filled eye-droppers. You’re unlikely to find many better venues if you’re after somewhere to go in a large group to party. The downside is that some of the food isn’t quite as high quality as other brunches in a similar price bracket.
Dhs485 (with soft drinks and house beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).

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