Latest Beatbox Boogie Brunch at Ten Street review. Discover this new brunch in Jumeirah Beach Residence at the popular Canadian bar/restaurant
Time Out Dubai Staff
Canada, in our minds, is famous for three things: ice hockey, freezing winters and Due South (an epic mid-’90s TV show about Mounties, in case you missed it).
So, for us, a Canadian bar offers up a fascinating proposition. Especially for brunch. It also threw our lazy stereotypes out of the window.
Ten Street looks like it could be from any country, really, with its industrial décor, graffiti-covered walls and pool tables. It’s in-keeping with the current trend of scaled-back bars in the city, which is clearly proving popular with the masses. And having another casual bar option in JBR is by no means a bad thing.
For its Beatbox Boogie Brunch, Ten Street seems to be gunning for the nostalgic party crowd. The DJ plays an eclectic selection from the ’70s through to the ’00s, which on our visit included the likes of David Bowie, Pulp, Madness and The Rolling Stones. We like those artists, but we didn’t really like hearing the same songs over and over again. But we’ll put this bizarre repetition down to the fact that both the brunch and bar are in their early days.
Dipping back into our box of stereotypes, we know Canadians have a reputation for being friendly. And the staff seem to have taken this to heart. And then some. The enthusiasm levels are off the chart; slightly disconcerting during the first few, fellow bruncher-sparse minutes of the afternoon, then slightly more entertaining as the day wears on.
Thankfully, the wackiness doesn’t translate into tardiness. Impressively for such a new brunch, everyone is clued up on the offerings and quick to take orders. Nothing goes astray along the way, leaving everyone to focus on eating and drinking.
But what of the food? For brunch, you can go to town ordering unlimited starters. And, yes, that includes poutine, chips and gravy fans. The crispy chicken tenders and equally crispy calamari are also sure to earn the honour of re-order. Then you get to pick one main and one dessert per person. This is where you really get your money’s worth, with huge, juicy steaks more than able to see you through the rest of the day. Save some space for the rich desserts, too, though.
Don’t go expecting culinary wonders, but what you do get is a cut above your average bar snacks. Satisfying comfort food is probably the best way to describe what’s served.
Clearly inspired by actual Canada rather than the make-believe Canada in our heads, Ten Street is a cool, fun and laid-back addition to JBR.
And as the brunch gets busier, it’s sure to become a popular Friday hangout. The Bottom Line A slightly eccentric afternoon of cheesy music, pool and comfort food.