A classy brunch in Zabeel Saray’s crystal-chandeliered Imperium restaurant

  • Imperium
  • Ramadan offer (Sunday , Monday , Tuesday , Wednesday , Thursday , Friday , Saturday)

    The venue: Dine among gilded columns and crystal chandeliers or under the stars gazing over the Gulf of Arabia.
    Iftar: Buffet. Dhs190 (inclusive of Arabic juices), Dhs95 (children four-12).
    Suhoor: Not available.
    Bookings accepted: Yes.
    Timings: Sunset-8.30pm

  • Saturday brunch (Saturday)

    A New Orleans-inspired jazz brunch. Dhs275 (soft drinks). Dhs395 (sparkling grape). Dhs495 (bubbly).
    Timings: 1pm-4pm

  • Friday brunch (Friday)

    The impressive Imperium interior is complemented by French brasserie-style cuisine, such as seafood, terrines and offerings from the carvery. Dhs330 (Classic brunch) per person with fresh juice and soft beverages; Dhs450 (Emperor's brunch) per person with grape and house beverages; Dhs575 (Sovereign bubbly brunch) per person with free flowing bubbly; Dhs2,500 (Royale brunch) per person with bottle of premium bubbly.
    Timings: 1pm-4pm

The venue: Set in the grand Imperium restaurant, the hall is bedecked with chandeliers and marble walls, and despite the laid-back jazz in the background, it has the look and feel of a royal dining room. The band plays popular numbers at the front of the restaurant, giving guests a musical welcome as they arrive. The hall has views that look out over the hotel’s garden and towards the waters of The Palm, which is an ideal setting during the cooler winter months.

The food: The menu has a Creole New Orleans theme, so dishes on offer include jambalaya rice, Creole baked chicken and grilled red snapper. This is a great brunch for seafood lovers, with a fresh counter full of scallops, crab claws (that are delicately prepared and ready for easy eating), giant prawns and mussels cooked to order. The menu offers meals as rich
as the decor and diners can feast on delicacies such as freshly pan-fried foie gras served on brioche and delicately braised rabbit.

The drinks: Enjoy a classic celery and tomato-based welcome drink then sip on elegant New Orleans-themed mixed beverages, or indulge with some premium bubbly.

The crowd: Mainly couples, in-house guests and groups of friends. Not really one for the kids, though.

The dress code: Smart.

The service: Staff are friendly and available when needed, but tend to leave diners to their own devices until last orders, which is announced in plenty of time.

Highs & lows: The offering of seafood here is worthy of second helpings. The dessert table is full of wonderfully decorated cakes and pastries, including a sumptuous red velvet sponge cake. No real lows that we can think of.

Extras & entertainment:
Live jazz music from the house band keeps the afternoon flowing without being intrusive.

The after party: French colonial Vietnam-inspired bar Vôi is open for after-brunch drinks.

Best for: one for everyone


Dhs275 (with soft drinks), Dhs395 (with house beverages), Dhs495 (with bubbly). Sat 1pm-4pm.
Outdoor seating, live music / entertainment, pork served
5 1

By Time Out Dubai staff | 28 September 2014

Location: - Palm Jumeirah
Tel: 04 453 0444
Travel: The Crescent (West), Palm Jumeirah
Cuisine: French, International
Dresscode: Casual
Experiences: Alcohol available, Wi-fi, All you can eat deal, Outdoor seating, Brunch served, Table reservations, Brunch
Times: Sunday: 01:00 am-01:00 am
Monday: 01:00 am-01:00 am
Tuesday: 01:00 am-01:00 am
Wednesday: 01:00 am-01:00 am
Thursday: 01:00 am-01:00 am
Friday: 01:00 pm-04:00 pm
Saturday: 01:00 pm-04:00 pm
Price range: Dhs200-349
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  • Julie Apr 13, 2013 05:03 am
    Would you go back to this restaurant?
    Best for:
    One of the few brunches in town that serves REAL champagne! Very good quality of beverages and food.
  • sawsan Apr 13, 2012 09:21 am
    i planned my husband birthday dinner there. I have to say that it was a a great experience. The restaurant manager , Mr. Rochdi Mokatel, is an amazing gentleman. He helped alot and made everything go very smoothly. The food was amazing & the service was excellent. Its the best place for private events
  • Mg Santiago Oct 20, 2011 12:48 pm
    Would you go back to this restaurant?
    For our starter, we had the pumpkin soup which was velvety smooth and perfectly seasoned (but could have been better if hotter) and some carved smoked duck that is well cooked and tender. A plus point is the freshly baked bread served upon our arrival that complimented our starter well.

    We then chose our main course from the a la carte menu and decided to go for the restaurant manager’s recommendation of Beef Bourguignon for my significant other and Sea Bream cooked in lemon butter sauce for myself which were served the typical French way – in warmed pots. Though we find the Bourguignon a little salty, it was beautifully cooked, flavorsome and was served piping hot. This was accompanied by a heavily creamed mashed potato and though too rich for our taste, it eased a bit of the saltiness of the beef. The two small sliver of fried sea bream fillet lay on top of the potatoes, fennel, asparagus and lemon butter sauce was slightly cold and dry. The potatoes were under cooked although we were told that this is how it should be and the lemon butter sauce could do a bit more lemon juice into it. This, unfortunately, was a letdown.

    To conclude our meal, we made our way to the dessert buffet that has selection of fresh fruit salad, green tea and chocolate cake, bread and butter pudding with pistachio (that looked more like Arabic Om-ali) and Espresso mousse cake to name a few though the banana and strawberry crumble won us over. It was a good mix and both fruits stood out but it would have been better if it was served with custard or an ice cream as it was a bit dry.

    In general, the food is average and the selection of beverages is very good. To give credit where it is due our friendly server, Jehnas and chirpy restaurant manager, Roschdi who genuinely seems to care about the wellbeing of guests. However, we couldn’t quite shake the feeling of all the confusion that left us uncomfortable which was not conducive to a relaxed dining experience and the level of service expected from a Jumeirah Hotel was, on this occasion was lacking its usual high standards.
  • Jigga N May 30, 2011 08:05 am
    Very good quality and affordable buffet compared to other 5 star hotel buffets. Fixed price at 135/175 for both lunch and dinner...Very good selection of salads and desserts for those who prefer to eat those rather than main entrees at buffets. I would definitely go back
  • Alex May 28, 2011 07:43 pm
    very good french food especially the Bourgignon, to be tasted!

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