Rixos The Palm brunch review. Get contact details, hours, drinks deals for Garden of Eden Brunch, and find nearby restaurants and bars in Palm Jumeirah
Time Out Dubai staff
In a tweet: A flashy and stylish beach brunch for partygoers and sun worshippers. Best for a party brunch
The venue: Eden Beach club is perched at the very tip of Palm Jumeirah’s crescent, giving it a welcome out of the city feel. The brunch area is arranged in tiers around a large swimming pool, which lies between tables and the beach cabanas on the shorefront. It’s stylish but laidback, and the exclusively blue and white colour scheme and rustic wooden tables are reminiscent of a quiet Greek island, but with an atmosphere that’s more Spring Break in Malibu. If you’re looking for all-inclusive fun in the sun, this is the brunch for you.
The food: Most of the options on the menu are fresh and light – ideal for a day spent lounging poolside. Choose a selection of appetisers to share from a list including soft shell crab salad or Angus Beef aburi with teriyaki sauce. We would recommend the Japanese scallops, which are served with crispy parsnips, asparagus and chili vinegar dressing. The platter of nigiri and sashimi is fresh and delicious, while other heartier mains include a seafood spaghetti with scallops, clams, mussels and prawns, truffle tagliatelle and mini burgers. Opt for the chocolate tart for dessert with its silky layer of creamy peanut butter, or the sorbet selection if you fancy something refreshing; this option comes in lychee, coconut and mango flavours.
The drinks: Grape, shorts and fruity signature mixed beverages packed with slices of fresh fruit.
The crowd: A young and fashionable crowd in large and lively groups.
The dress code: Beach-chic, but dress to impress, and maybe buy a new swimsuit – it’s a trendy crowd at this brunch-turned-bikini-pageant.
The service: Accommodating and friendly – on our visit they managed to seat us despite a mix up with the booking and it being full to capacity. But keep an eye on the time, you may not be informed of last orders, which could prove costly.
Extras & entertainment: Eden’s resident DJs play a mixture of deep house, nu disco and indie, plus there’s pool and beach access, so don’t forget your swimming gear.
Highs & lows: Overall the menu is limited and not of the highest standard for a brunch – you’re paying the hefty price tag for the drinks and the setting. This said, there’s nothing glaringly wrong with the food, so when you weigh it up with the fantastic atmosphere and venue, it makes for a brunch that’s perfect for a fun day spent in the sun with friends.
The after party: There’s no need to leave Eden Beach Club, as come 5pm, the party shows no signs of slowing and keeps going until 9pm.