Pots, Pans and Buckets at BFF

A bar brunch that tries to do a bit of everything

Pots, Pans and Buckets at BFF

When bff first came into our lives, our opinion was divided in two. On the one hand, we saw a Lock, Stock & Barrel-Lite sort of bar that offers up decent drinks, live music, loads of TV screens and pool tables for rattling through those weekend hours.

On the other hand, the irritatingly millennial-pandering acronymic name is jarring at best.

Doing our best to avoid fixating on the name – which, apparently stands for Brew [singular], Friends and Food – we take a look at the Friday brunch offer and begin looking forward to, what looks on paper, to a bargainous day out. Affordably priced, and with buffet and à la carte food options, unlimited drinks, live music and more all in one handy afternoon serving. We could hardly be more pleased to become friends with this bar.

But if only it were that easy. Most of Dubai’s busy brunches (STK JBR, Hidden brunch et al) are well versed in the whole large-queue-quick-to-table routine.

The good news is that BFF’s Friday brunch is busy – the bad news is that it’s so busy we have a a 30-minute wait to be seated. That’s half an hour of mournful glances towards the buffet. However, it’s early days on our visit and we’re sure this is a glitch that can be ironed out.

You’re in. You’re sat down. It’s time for food. A spread of salads, cold cuts, the odd miscellaneous hot dish like arrancini or some sort of unidentifiable deep-fried fish balls, a roast dinner station and a massive bread area that turns into the dessert station.

There’s plenty to choose from, and the variety of intolerance-friendly salads and dishes lends itself to those with allergies and dietary requirements perfectly – which is refreshing and also surprising for a bar brunch.

The food is decent, too, and there’s sure to be something for everyone on your table.

If you’re after something more substantial for your brunching needs you can also get sliders, wings, spaghetti bolognese and more sent to your table throughout the afternoon, to keep your energy levels up.

And you’ll need to, because this is a very kid-friendly (and filled) brunch – ideal for parents, perhaps less so for bar brunchers expecting a more adults-only pub-going vibe.

So far, so incredibly mixed. The service is best-described as jolty. Sometimes you’ll have their full attention, sometimes you’ll need an air traffic control marshall to flag down the waiting staff.

Confusion reigns when discussion turns to the post-brunch deal. After multiple discussions with various staff, we work out it’s ten drinks for Dhs190, or Dhs250 for two hours of drinks, but you can share that between some people, or it might cost a bit more, but maybe not. You get the point.

After brunch it continues swimmingly, with a band playing some upbeat tunes. It’s a decent, if not slightly baffling, afternoon.
Dhs150 (soft), Dhs260 (house), Dhs350 (premium). Fri 1pm-4pm. Near to Ibn Battuta Shopping Mall - Garden Cross Road (052 177 7541).

A bar brunch that tries to do a bit of everything

An affordable drinks package, family-friendly atmosphere and not-all-that-bad grub

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