Classic dishes and an unusually quiet setting at this typically packed spot
Time Out Dubai staff
We’ve long got past the fact that brunch isn’t really brunch in the traditional sense of the word in this city.
The midday meal has duped many a newcomer and tourist, when they discover the pancakes and eggs they’re expecting turns out to be unlimited sushi and chocolate fountains. And while we love the latter, there’s always a place in our hearts (and stomachs) for the former. A proper breakfast-lunch combo, at a proper time.
Which is why we are thrilled to hear that JLT’s newest hotspot, Le Petit Belge, is heading down this less-trodden route.
Every time we’ve visited this Belgian bar and restaurant in the past (and we’ve been a few times, we have to admit), the place has been packed.
Whether it’s ladies’ night (or day, as it runs from noon to midnight) or just a casual drink midweek, the place has always had a pleasant buzz about it.
Which is why we’re surprised to find ours is only the second table occupied at this new offering when we head over on a Saturday.
Maybe the word’s not out yet, or maybe people really do prefer the Dubai version of brunch. Either way it’s a shame as it means the vibe we were expecting just isn’t there, and the place feels all a bit staid.
The friendly waiter shows us to the buffet housing a range of quiches, pastries, fruit and yoghurts. There are also some cheeses and cold cuts, and a range of smoothies in cute jars, all of which are largely untouched.
The deal is you can go back to the table as many times as you can handle, while ordering an à la carte main breakfast dish.
The food, as always, is good, although several of the items on the buffet spread are on the dry side, having been languishing under the A/C for a while due to the lack of diners.
A quiche Lorraine is a highlight, with a tasty, cheesy and beef bacon mix housed in a buttery pastry case. We can’t resist a second (small) slice.
From the menu we opt for eggs Florentine, which are perfectly poached, and a delightfully sweet French toast, which comes with a salted caramel sauce and caramelised banana. Both far exceed the buffet offerings.
The drinks deal is also slightly confusing to us. An extra Dhs100 gets you three glasses of hops or a bottle of grape. We can’t help but think a deal of three drinks, might work better than the bottle, given the timings.
That’s not to say we don’t enjoy our leisurely morning, but more diners would solve both the lack of atmosphere and issue of dry buffet food. We hope this becomes the case as a breakfast brunch at this JLT spot could be a lovely way to spend a lazy weekend morning. Dhs99 (food only), extra Dhs100 (three drinks or bottle of house grape), extra Dhs350 (bottle of bubbly). Fri-Sat 10am-2pm (drinks packages until 4pm). Pullman Jumeirah Lakes Towers Hotel & Residence, Cluster T (04 242 7794).
The bottom line Tasty breakfast dishes but the vibe is on the quiet side.