Latest Thiptara brunch review, a new brunch in Dubai for 2016. Includes details, start time, hours and restaurant information
Time Out Dubai staff
This restaurant occupies an absolutely fantastic space, sitting over Burj Lake out the back of The Palace Downtown Dubai. Stepping inside for the Hypnothai Brunch, the soothing sounds of a DJ playing chill-out music greets you and makes you feel relaxed. If that sounds unusual for a brunch, that's because it is. There are no rowdy partygoers here, the Thiptara brunch is about the setting and food more than anything else.
The welcome can do with some work, as it can take a while before anyone explains how the brunch works and what each package includes. What you will find out is that the starters are served buffet-style, there is a small choice of mains, which are served à la carte, and for dessert you're back to the buffet stations. Drinks packages are limited compared to other brunches. The soft drinks package has a great selection of mocktails, which sadly aren't available on the house or premium options, and there are no house shorts available at all.
The food, though, is where it's at. The selection of dainty starters isn't huge, but the whole brunch seems to be about quality over quantity. They're all good, but we can heartily recommend the pomelo salad, which is worth repeat visits. From the main courses, it is hard to look past the lobster; it's generous and well-presented and has got to be up there with the best brunch dishes in the city. The small dessert room has good sorbets, ice creams and fresh fruit, as well as a stunning chocolate fondant.
Dhs260 (soft drinks), Dhs320 (house beverages), Dhs390 (bubbly). Fri 1pm-4pm. The Palace Downtown Dubai, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (800 278 624).
Most impressive dish The wok-fried lobster is an excellent brunch option.