But there’s far more to this handsome hangout than the pints it pours, as exemplified by its Friday brunch. What brunchers will be offered is a scaled-down version of the gastropub’s menu.
The marine setting might well influence your food choices here (it does for us), and if so, make sure you start with the crispy calamari. The portion seems almost bottomless and works best when drenched in the rather tasty pimento dip.
Our favourite of the starters, though, is undoubtedly the compressed watermelon and beetroot salad. Fantastically fresh and laid out like carpaccio, each element is perfectly in tune with the next.
As we take a little break, there’s an influx of guests, clearly having risen from their Friday slumber. But in spite of the extra numbers, the jovial staff still manage to keep up with the raft of additional orders coming in.
Continuing with the seafood theme, we order the fish and chips, which is a delight, and comes in one of those mini frying baskets that are very much de rigueur nowadays.
However, it’s the Southern-fried chicken and waffle that sparks a bout of food envy. The waffle comes in two sizeable shard-like servings, both perfectly fluffy in the middle and the ideal base for the crunchy chicken and dollop of truffle maple syrup.
Hunger sated, we decide to share our dessert (rather than give in), for which there’s a choice of sticky toffee pudding, chocolate fondant or burnt lemon tart. The latter is nicely executed – a sweet ending to what has been an enjoyable brunch by the sea.
We’ll we back… Especially if we can grab the same table… Dhs175 (soft drinks), Dhs345 (house beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah (04 514 3778).
The Bottom Line Hearty food, friendly staff and a highly enviable location.