Latest Iris Dubai brunch review, a new brunch in Dubai for 2016. Includes details, start time, hours and restaurant information
Time Out Dubai staff
Iris is regarded as one of the city’s most fashionable nightspots, but entering this trendy Beirut import can be disarming. Embrace the trek through the car park, however, as it is all part of the hipster charm. It gives the impression you’re in on the secret and would know the special knock if such a thing were required to enter.
It isn’t, of course. This being Dubai, you’re welcomed enthusiastically and escorted to the terrace restaurant on the 27th floor of Business Bay’s Oberoi hotel.
Iris clearly does have secrets to reveal, though. It breaks so many brunch conventions that it has an obvious disregard for being considered a routine option for your Friday feast. Food, in fact, seems to be the last thing the team here is worried about. By Dubai brunching standards, the selection is surprisingly small. A simple live cooking station, a sushi counter and a selection of salads and smoked fish is about the extent of it before moving on to the desserts. For a city accustomed to cheese rooms and enough pudding to feed an entire hotel, it is a minimalist approach.
Not that the crowd – and it really is a crowd – seems to be missing anything. The sliders, quesadillas and grilled prawns they pick up from the barbecue are more than enough and any more simply wouldn’t fit on the tiny tables anyway. Much more important is the mixed beverage menu offering various fruity concoctions, coupled with a pumping soundtrack and a high energy atmosphere well suited to mingling. Even the running time of 1pm to 5pm makes it clear that this is a brunch that serves as a party starter rather than a belly-filler. Dhs360 (soft drinks), Dhs460 (selected beverages), Dhs560 (sparkling), Dhs650 (bubbly). Fri 1pm-5pm. The Oberoi Dubai, Business Bay, www.irisdubai.com (056 951 1442056 951 1442).
Most impressive dish Grilled prawns and barbecued sliders.