An evening brunch with upbeat jazz and US-style food
Time Out Dubai staff
If you’re after upbeat music and a hefty helping of US-home cooking, Firebird Diner’s Thursday Night Blues Brunch is an ideal start to the weekend.
On a spring evening, the weather is perfect to sit outside on the terrace and relax after a week at work. A swing band is lively yet not overpowering, allowing you to kick back and chat with your friends over some bubbly, too.
It runs from 7pm-1am and you get a three-hour package at any time during the evening, meaning there’s no time schedules to keep to.
We love the food, but it’s certainly not waistline friendly – we feel like we’ve put on a stone just looking at it. But hey, it’s Thursday night, we can justify it.
The concept is a little strange – you choose three dishes from each course, regardless of your party size. You can have as much as you like of those three, however.
We opt to kick off with the chicken wings, barbecue lamb ribs and a seasonal market salad (because we need some greens to counteract all that hearty US diner-style food).
It’s a strong start. The wings are as good as we’ve tasted, coming with a rich buttered hot sauce and a blue cheese dip. The lamb ribs are equally tasty, while the salad is fresh, crisp and we love the addition of pomegranate.
We move on to some sliders, which are petite but filling, and accompanied by some crispy duck fat chips.
A skillet of New Orleans jambalaya is tasty, too, albeit a tad heavy alongside the mountain of other offerings.
The only disappointment is, surprisingly, the signature dish, The Firebird, which is fried chicken with chilli honey that’s sadly overly greasy.
Pile on the sides – a delicious helping of black truffle and Cheddar whipped potatoes and roasted root veg – and we’re fit to burst. After a short break we’re pleased not to have given up, as dessert is not to be missed. A S’mores tart is a fun ending, grilling your own marshmallow pieces over a small flame. However, the Snickerdoodle (a hefty serving of chocolate and peanut butter mousse) is a step too far, and we admit defeat a mouthful into the rich pud.
You’ll leave happy, full and ready for the weekend. Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs450 (house beverages). Thu 7pm-1am. Four Seasons Hotel, DIFC (04 506 0100).
The Bottom Line Come hungry for the US-style cooking and portion size.