Latest Wakame brunch at DIFC review. Discover Asian menu and brunches in Dubai, located at Soﬁtel Dubai Downtown
Time Out Dubai staff
After a busy week here at Time Out Towers, we like nothing more than a well-earned lie-in on a Friday to recharge the batteries for the weekend. As most brunches start at noon or thereabouts, we were delighted to discover that this new option has a later kick-off time of 3pm.
We head Downtown to test out the Shanghai Grand Brunch at the French hotel’s Japanese eatery Wakame. The concept is pretty simple, but the food is far from it. You have an unlimited choice of the house dim sum and maki, with two options for dessert.
Of the six dim sum dishes on offer, it really is a tricky task to pick a favourite. However, if we were to put our lunch money on it, the prawn, scallop and mushroom siu mai, along with the butternut, spinach, feta and pine nut, would rule the roost thanks to the controlled explosions of ﬂavour they produce.
It would be easy at this point to order another round, but having heard about chef Lloyd Roberts’ maki mastery, it would be rude not to take the feast to the next level. Within minutes, we’re served a superb selection of rolls.
Never having been a big fan of eel, especially not of the jellied variety, it’s with slight reluctance that we sample the dragon roll. Such misgivings prove unfounded as the combination of freshwater eel, avocado, roasted almonds, tobico, cucumber and teriyaki sauce is very well executed.
The ﬁrecracker roses are undoubtedly the headliner. The ingredients of chopped spicy salmon, tempura crumb and salmon roe are so ﬁnely in tune that we can’t help but want to return for an encore.
And as much as the food entertains, so too does VJ Gaby, with his funky mix of classic tracks. It’s impossible to leave the place without a huge grin streaking across your face. Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages). A la carte. Fri 3pm-6pm. Soﬁtel Dubai Downtown,(04 224 6663).
The Bottom Line The perfect choice for late starters with a sublime selection of dim sum, maki and mochi that will leave you coming back for more.