Time Out has a Meatopia Brunch at The Hide review. Find out about one of the most popular new brunch in Dubai, held on Friday at Al Qasr
Time Out Dubai staff
Indulging in this meat fest of epic proportions is one of the best possible ways to spend a Friday afternoon – carnivores are in for a real treat here.
Sit outside on the small patio, which has a garden party vibe, and all the food is brought to you to the cool and funky sounds of the ’70s and ’80s, played at just the right level to be enjoyable, while you talk to the company sitting with you.
Brunch here happens in three stages. A platter of starters is brought out for your table to share. On it, the variety is impressive and the quality of ingredients and cooking nothing short of outstanding. It features a manageable portion of small bites, including delicious rabbit and parmesan fritters – the meat so tender it flakes apart – oxtail doughnuts – an inventive sweet and savoury concoction filled with flecks of warm meat and apricot jam – an indulgently cheesy artichoke and spinach dip, duck and beef cold cuts and tartare, and a silky smooth and intensely rich chicken liver parfait, which is the stand-out dish. It’s especially great when spread onto the freshly baked bread that you’ll probably find yourself requesting more of to polish off every last morsel of the creamy pâté. But make sure you leave some of it for the rest of your party to try.
All of this serves to whet your appetite for the main, meaty event. Choose a meat dish to share – the prime rib, whole chicken and whole lamb shoulder can be ordered between a minimum of two guests – or opt for one of the single options – two types of steak, slow-roasted beef cheek, seared yellowfin tuna tataki or confit fried chicken leg. Choose wisely when it comes to this course. If you don’t order the shoulder of lamb, believe us when we say you’ll suffer from serious food envy as soon as you see it delivered to the table next to yours. We did, having gone for the prime rib, which looks the less superior option when presented side-by-side.
Taste-wise, though, we cannot fault our choice. It’s a good cut of beef cooked exactly to our request. Our other choice, the confit chicken leg with buttermilk waffle and foie gras maple glaze, is an indulgent dish, the sweetness of the waffles offsetting the deep-fried, fatty richness of the confit chicken and combining wonderfully together.
Also worthy of the space in your stomach (which will be rapidly depleting, but you really mustn’t stop eating) is dessert. An apple pie with ice-cream, blueberry cheesecake, campfire s’mores sundae and a soda float will all make their way to your table. Banish thoughts of being full and tuck into the burnt marshmallow, peanut butter cookies and dulce de leche of the s’mores sundae, which is impossibly moreish – we found ourselves in a spoon dual with the two others at our table trying to snag themselves a taste of this delicious goo. The apple pie also goes down a treat, but the blueberry cheesecake underwhelms. And the soda float? Not to our taste.
This is one of the most relaxed and enjoyable Friday afternoon feasts we’ve experienced in the city. It gets quite full and the area is small, but it never feels overly crowded or overwhelming. Not having to navigate a packed buffet also adds to the laid-back experience.
Staff are all friendly, cracking jokes with guests. They’re busy, though, so if you’re after something and they haven’t been over for a while, you’ll need to catch their attention. But, overall, the effort to ensure everyone is happy is ultimately achieved. Brunchers who like to enjoy every aspect of what’s on offer will love this offering from The Hide. Just remember, it’s rude not to share.