Candypants Ladies’ Day Pool Party

A pool party brunch

Candypants Ladies’ Day Pool Party
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At the mere mention of a Candypants pool party we’re blowing up our inflatables and practising our strut – and where better to hold such a soirée than The Penthouse?

The venue has everything you need for a pool party brunch. Stunning views across from the Palm to Dubai Marina, a glass panelled pool and more blow-up unicorns that you can shake a bicycle pump at make up all the key ingredients. But as they say, the proof is in the pudding, and this one sinks a bit flat.

It all starts on the wrong foot with service less than hospitable. We’re placated by the promise of a food platter and a barbecue, however (The Penthouse is the winner of our Best Bar Food 2019 after all) and settle onto a table on the terrace basking in the winter sunshine.

We’re surprised (but not unpleasantly so) to see that the crowd is more mixed than other Candypants brunches and there’s plenty of older diners making for a friendly and laid-back vibe that doesn’t feel in the slightest bit pretentious, as we wrongly feared it might be when booking.

We breathe out with a massive sigh and relax our pouts before ordering our food platters – which cause our faces to twist right back up again.

For the steep entry fee (for men at least) we’re left more than a little disappointed by the floppy calamari and a few teeny slivers of sushi. The chips are the best thing about the “platter” and the barbecue is so meagre that it actually isn’t worth mentioning.

The drinks are forthcoming though, and service has picked up and overall is friendly and efficient throughout.

By this point everyone’s hopped into the pool (that’s why they’re here), but soggily sitting at a table is less than ideal – a few sun loungers wouldn’t go amiss.

The venue is pretty much perfect, but with Saturday brunches starting to pick up across the city Candypants needs to up its game to compete – in terms of food, service and value.
Dhs149 (ladies, unlimited grape and frozen mixed drinks), Dhs249 (ladies, unlimited grape, frozen mixed drinks and a food platter), Dhs349 (ladies, unlimited grape and sparkling, frozen mixed drinks & food platter), Dhs399 (men, unlimited grape and sparkling, frozen mixed drinks & food platter). Sat noon-5pm. FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai (04 455 9989).

A pool party brunch

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