Al Dawaar rotating restaurant offers great views, but no party atmosphere
Time Out Dubai staff
The venue: Al Dawaar is billed as ‘Dubai’s only revolving restaurant’, and that’s the USP right there. A spinning circular room on the 25th floor peak of the old school Hyatt Regency, you get great views across Deira and beyond. The whole room takes 90 minutes to rotate on its axis, so wherever you’re sat you should get the best view at least twice during a typical brunch. The food: A decent buffet restaurant by trade, the Friday package boasts live fish and roast beef stations, while there’s a decent selection of more than a dozen mains from European, Indian and Arabic schools. A strong salad selection, some great seafood and the standard dessert spread complete the package.
The drinks: There’s a basic soft drinks package, an upgrade that includes grape and hops, and a top package including premium sparkling grape. The crowd: A mixed bag drawn from the pool of families living nearby, expat groups and tourists mean there’s not a lot of atmosphere here, and things remain pretty subdued. The dress code: Smart casual.
The service: Friendly but not exactly warp speed; thirsty brunchers might find themselves having to ask for top-ups.
Highs & lows: The high here is clearly the novelty of being spun around while you brunch – slightly disorientating if you’ve been out the night before, we’d venture. Leave your belongings on the ledge beside your table and you can expect them to disappear a moment later. The lack of any other discernible atmosphere is, however, a shame.
Extras & entertainment: Nothing of note.
The after party: If you stick around until 6pm, there’s a happy hour downstairs at Carpenter’s pub until 7.30pm, when a similar promotion begins at Hibiki Karaoke Lounge for two hours. By then you should be in fine voice to take the mic.