Set high on the 27th floor of The Oberoi, the restaurant-lounge hails from Beirut, is a top Lebanese nightlife spot and, along with its Abu Dhabi relative, is well known for its glamorous party atmosphere. High stools, wooden decking and loud music don’t make the terrace the most restauranty of brunch locations, but this Friday outing is more about the occasion than the eating.
If you’re looking for acres of live cooking stations, enormous chocolate fountains and more cheese than even a starving mouse could handle, you’ll be disappointed. However, if decision-making isn’t your forte, this one is for you.
The selection available isn’t huge (you won’t get food envy as you can probably try a bit of everything), but what’s laid out is of top quality.
The starters are the highlight. We love the salad station, jam-packed with fresh and colourful ingredients from beetroot to broccoli, peppers and mini mozzarella balls, which leave us happy and feeling relatively healthy, a rarity at brunch.
There’s also a petite sushi bar, offering up a range of prettily presented morsels, and a ceviche table. The latter is served in small glass jars, packed with fresh seafood in a punchy, citrusy dressing.
So far, so virtuous. Mains are concentrated around a barbecue, which has a nice outdoorsy feel to it. Mini sliders with coleslaw, griddled quesadillas and grilled prawns are all worthy options, albeit not particularly adventurous. There’s a pasta station, too, should you be missing your carb quota for the day.
You’ll probably have room for dessert, though this is limited to crêpes (or, slightly randomly, mini packets of Oreo cookies). But when those pancakes come topped with Nutella and strawberries, we’re not complaining.
The mixed drinks feature unusual ingredients – think herbs with fruit garnishes – and there are a few options. There’s an upbeat party mood, with pumping music and a DJ, but it’s more a mature vibe with smaller tables rather than large, boisterous groups. As the afternoon passes the volume levels rise and the vibe picks up even more.
Sit back and take in the Dubai skyline while catching up with some friends and you’ll have a great Friday afternoon. The Bottom Line Excellent views and vibe and limited but quality food options.