FeedMe Brunch at The Huddle

A bargain sports bar brunch

FeedMe Brunch at The Huddle
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Among Dubai’s lavish restaurants with enormous buffet spreads, The Huddle’s offering might not immediately jump out as the go-to Friday brunch option. However, it’s worth a look.

Nestled just off the lobby of CityMax Hotel Al Barsha at the Mall, this is a small, casual sports bar with loads of huge TVs adorning the faux grass-lined walls.

Arriving at noon, only about half of the tables are full but there’s still a pleasant laid-back atmosphere. It’s mainly groups of men, but there are a few couples, too.

It’s à la carte, with starters and desserts served on a platter with the option of ordering unlimited main courses one-by-one (with the caveat from the waiter that each will take about 15 minutes to arrive).

After sitting down, we’re immediately given a huge box of breads and dips, as well as a selection of fried starters (think onion rings and jalapeño poppers) which are more snack-based than anything else.

There’s a mixed beverage of the day on offer, as well as good selection of other drinks included in the house package. At Dhs149, and Dhs199 for premium drinks, it’s a total bargain, too.

The main course menu is extensive and largely features sports bar-style food such as nachos and burgers, but the kitchen is more than happy to cater to any dietary requirements.

Simple penne pasta in tomato sauce is a hit, as are the turkey bangers and mash. We order seconds.

By the time we’ve made it through the starters and our first two main courses, we’re so stuffed that we can barely handle the clementine pancakes.

Nevertheless, we soldier on and tuck into the sharing dessert platter, which features miniature treats including a red velvet cupcake and a single churro. While still tasty, it’s not as strong as the rest of the food offering, and it would have been good if it was served à la carte like the rest of the menu. But we’re not here for the haute cuisine.

We stick around and listen to the live DJ spinning out some retro hits.

While The Huddle doesn’t get fully pumping during our visit, there’s still a lively atmosphere throughout the brunch – and it’s a welcome break from the noisy party atmosphere of some other places in the city.

If you’re looking for some more entertainment during brunch, there’s a pool table – and on weekends fans crowd in to watch football, rugby, cricket or whatever else is showing on one of the mass of screens around the bar.

The best thing about this bargain brunch is that at just Dhs149 it’s a cracker of a deal. And with the huge menu, you’ll most definitely feel totally full until dinner time.

It may not be the swishest of brunches, but it’s an excellent option if you’re looking to let your hair down on a Friday lunchtime away from the hustle and bustle of the city that won’t break the bank.
Dhs119 (soft drinks), Dhs239 (house beverages). Fri noon-4pm. Citymax Hotel Al Barsha at The Mall, Al Barsha (04 409 8000).

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