Friday brunch at McGettigan’s JLT

Dubai brunch institution offering all-round value at Dhs230 a head

Friday brunch at McGettigan’s JLT
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As something of a Dubai brunch institution, McGettigan’s doesn’t have to try all that hard to fill the tables at its JLT branch every Friday.

Offering up a solid spread of buffet options as well as an à la carte menu, a wide selection of mixed drinks and a huge outdoor terrace, it’s been drawing punters back week in, week out since inception. With winter making a triumphant return, and Dubai waving goodbye to the boiling summer temperatures, we optimistically book a table on the huge terrace at McGettigan’s JLT, hoping to see if the Friday brunch really is still the pot of gold at the end of the city’s brunch rainbow.

It all kicks off at 1pm, and within 30 seconds we’ve flashed our fluorescent green wristbands ordered poached eggs doused in Hollandaise sauce on an English (or is it Irish?) muffin with hash browns, as well as buttermilk waffles with whipped cream and fresh berries. It is brunch after all.

As we wait for our order to arrive, we head for the buffet. You won’t find any flashy spreads here, but there are a number of hot dishes including fish pie and colcannon – a creamy, buttery Irish spin on mashed potato.

There’s also a reasonable selection of seafood in addition to a live roast carving station and a well-stocked table of miniature desserts. We pile our plate high with roast potatoes and pasta (doubling up on carbs is a brunch must) and head back to the table.

We opt to sit in the terrace area which has had a much-needed revamp, and waste no time in ordering a frozen mixed strawberry drink from the huge outdoor bar, which also offers hops, grape and house beverages for the Dhs230 package. Bar service is swift and the drinks are expertly made.

After a few minutes, our à la carte orders arrive – but there’s a sliver of salmon invading our eggs, despite the menu advertising the dish as vegetarian. After sending the plate back to the kitchen and getting a new version, we tuck in. The Hollandaise sauce is flavourful and the eggs are perfectly poached, but the muffins crumble far too easily. The enormous waffles are a hit though – and we can’t get enough of the buffet chicken sausage pasta (it’s miles better than it sounds, trust us).

As the brunch goes on, the self-serve hot options wilt, congeal or solidify, but we don’t think many head to this brunch for high-end cuisine – and it’s great value at Dhs230 a head. There’s also a three-hour unlimited beverage “drunch” package that can be bolted on for Dhs199 offering the same selection of hops, grape and house drinks.

The vibe is lively and fun as the place is completely packed with a mix of couples, groups of weekend partygoers and everything in between, all taking full advantage of the good-value upbeat atmosphere.

There’s a DJ pumping out a top selection of nostalgic ’80s hits throughout the afternoon, which pleases the crowd (even if he fails to beckon anyone to the dancefloor).

If you’re looking for an all-rounder Friday brunch offering a solid selection of food and drinks at a price that won’t break the bank, head for McGettigan’s JLT.
Dhs230 (house beverages), Dhs300 (premium beverages). Fri 1pm-5pm. Cluster J, JLT (04 356 0470).

Dubai brunch institution offering all-round value at Dhs230 a head

It has a bit of everything – buffet, à la carte, mixed drinks and a solid house beverage menu

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