The Friday brunch at McGettigan’s Souk Madinat isn’t exactly your average Friday pub feast. Which is perhaps appropriate. Perched as it is next to turquoise waters and kitted out with state of the art plasma tellies for assorted sport, it ain’t exactly the Dog and Duck on Poland Street.
Its primary selling point might sound like its generous run-time, but don’t discount the joys of its menu either.
There’s also live music. And on our visit an exuberant group with vague ambitions to dance. Though we trust they aren’t a regular fixture.
Starters include hand-picked crab Benedict, which is excellent, as is the foie gras terrine, which comes with a sharp apple and pear chutney.
There are also scrambled eggs and salmon (good-sized portion), asparagus and turkey ham, an antipasti platter (for two), a cheddar and leek tart and a salad. All of which we’ll be back to try. Apart from, if we’re being honest, the salad.
Mains see the arrival of a choice of two roasts, lamb shoulder or beef short rib, as well as pasta, fish and chips, risotto, duck and salmon. We swerve the lot and dive head-first into a pot of Irish mussels in a shallot, chive and cream broth that’s excellently seasoned and rich in flavour.
By the time the puddings arrive, those aforementioned dancers are well and truly commiting rhythmic murder on the dancefloor, but the desserts do just about enough to divert the gaze.
It is, frankly, the weakest part of our meal, but nevertheless, the peach and caramel sundae that comes loaded with marshmallows?
Lip-smacking. And, again, quite unlike your average Friday pub feast. Dhs279 (three courses and five drinks), Dhs349 (unlimited house drinks). Fri 12pm-5pm. Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 447 0219).
The Bottom Line Great value and tons of fun. Good food too.