Great Asian fare and seafood at a competitive price
Time Out Dubai staff
What’s on offer? Dusit Thani’s brunch is competitively priced for the high standard of food. Held in a five-star hotel, you can expect a wide selection with British, Chinese, Japanese, Italian and Arabic cuisine all awaiting gastronomic appraisal. However, the main draw is the restaurant’s excellent Asian offerings. With dishes such as gaeng phed ped yang (a red roasted duck curry with pineapple, tomato and grapes) and a huge selection of tasty sashimi and sushi laid out over a carved ice structure, Asian food steals the show. Service is strong, with the staff refilling drinks promptly and providing fresh plates and cutlery without being overbearing or irritating. And the Asian theme continues with entertainment from Thai dancers along with a pianist.
The venue? Located on the 24th floor of the hotel, the space is massive and it works particularly well for large groups looking for some privacy, as there is the option to have separate tables, set up away from the main hall. Held in the central foyer of the hotel’s restaurants, the views over Sheikh Zayed Road as well as the Thai-inspired décor create a sense of airy calm.
What sort of crowd turn out? The relaxed environment at Dusit Thani attracts an eclectic mix of people from a range of different backgrounds as well as age groups. Although there’s a sense of revelry, it’s not a venue for more boisterous groups, being more suited to families or groups that prefer to sit back and enjoy the food. In terms of attire, although you wouldn’t look out of place in your finest clobber, it’s not imperative to come dressed to impress, as the order of the day definitely leans more towards casual than smart.
Room for improvement? The seafood, dim sum and duck rolls were strong, but some of the European buffet dishes were less successful.
Standout dish? The duck rolls are excellent and should not be missed.
In one sentence… Great for kicking back and enjoying an Asian-inspired lazy Friday brunch. Dhs155 food only, Dhs185 including soft drinks, Dhs215 including house beverages, Dhs265 including premium drinks, Dhs465 including bubbly. Sheikh Zayed Road (04 343 3333).