One of Dubai's newest Friday feasts offers high-end dining
As soon as we heard about Dubai’s latest Friday brunch, it made sense: Emirates Towers is the perfect venue for the most iconic of our city’s culinary institutions.
Yet the Vu’s Friday feast is not like your average booze-fuelled buffet. In fact, a buffet doesn’t even come into the equation; the Vu’s deal is à la carte. Further separating it from more raucous affairs, the atmosphere is best described as sophisticated – there’s a welcome serenity to the venue.
This may have been to do with the relatively low number of customers present when my date and I visited (we were there on the inaugural weekend), though even if the venue were full, the elevated vantage point would still evoke a feeling of escape from the culinary chaos ensuing elsewhere in town. The views at Vu’s are, obviously, the main aesthetic attraction and so the interior is kept simple, with whites and pastels dominating the colour scheme – Mad Men chic, if you will.
Food-wise, the action kicked off with a choice of two platters for starters. The first boasted a distinct seafood theme, with Gillardeau oysters, poached Maine lobster salad, scallop ceviche, marinated sweet prawns and langoustine ‘pot au feu’, while the second consisted of pan-fried foie gras terrine, blood orange jelly, hazelnut crumble and Canadian beef tartare. My date and I opted for the former. And happily so, for the oysters were some of the most generously sized I’ve had the pleasure of sampling in Dubai – almost too big to swallow whole. However, I was quite content to chew them, savouring their startingly fresh flavour.
A chilled watermelon and tomato gazpacho provided a light precursor to our mains, for which we had three choices: slow-roasted lamb loin, pan-fried fera fish, or aubergine mille-feuille. My date opted for the fish, while I chose the lamb: a rich, hearty and slightly heavy combination that left me reclining in my chair oncompletion, able only to emit a small, very satisfied sigh.
A choice of white chocolate and lime velouté, almond chocolate sacher or cheese platter awaited for dessert, though at this stage in the afternoon we were happy to just loosen our belts, sit back and drink in the view (along with the premium bubbly, of course). The new Vu’s deal offers a most enjoyable, and civilised brunch experience.