A brilliant five-course journey. Be sure to wear your stretchy pants
Time Out Dubai staff
Somewhere in that densely populated cluster of stratosphere-tickling skyscrapers that is the Dubai Marina, you’ll see Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, and in it you’ll find British-themed restaurant and bar, The Croft.
Its Friday brunch is a culinary tour of the former colonies of the British empire, an admittedly retrogressive topic in 2018.
Brunch Nation starts in Australia and makes its way westwards through Asia and India before arriving in Blighty.
We kick off with Aussie fare. After a glass of classic British summertime drink, four salads arrive and we begin to fathom the length of the edible road ahead. Salads including seafood, chicken and feta, orange and pomegranate and cucumber yoghurt turn up. Conscious of the coming four courses, we stop ourselves licking our bowls clean.
Course two: Asia. Sweet and sour chicken, hoisin duck pancakes, a bucket of dim sum and Indonesian gado gado arrive. The veggie dim sum is a delight, though the duck pancake is a bit of a rare miss – it’s a bit dry and lacks the taste explosion you want.
Our bellies start to get full, but taking some deep breaths we boldly go on. Course three: India, which is a real body blow to our chances of getting through this journey, thanks to the lamb rogan josh, chicken tikka masala, skewered prawns and veggie curry. Oh, and the samosas. And the pilau rice. And the laundry basket-sized bucket of roti, breads, popadoms and dips. The veggie curry is best, not too spicy and full of flavour.
Now we mentally heave our way towards course four, knowing we’re almost out for the count. We’re greeted with beef Wellington, fish and chips and cheddar croquettes. It’s all excellent, but we’re full to bursting.
We finally wheeze our way to the dessert station, belts straining, for some real treats, such as red velvet cake, rice pudding and apple crumble.
The afternoon flies by, all with the backdrop of the Marina for company. Go, immediately. Dhs399 (house beverages). Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm. Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, Dubai Marina (04 319 4794).
The bottom line A (largely) cliché free, brilliant brunch.