Friday Brunch at Hitchki

An intriguing, lively, Indian party brunch

Friday Brunch at Hitchki
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Five-hour brunch. Three words that are music to the ears of brunchgoers across Dubai in this age where shorter, more compact brunches are becoming increasingly common. It’s been a long while since we’ve been to a brunch spanning this much of our Friday afternoon, so it’s with a vague hint of apprehension that we head to this quirky Indian restaurant, which has one of the most inventive, curious menus around.

With fellow Indian restaurant Masti the current masters of culinary invention, we’re keen to see how this young enthusiastic upstart goes about tackling
Friday brunch.

And the answer appears to be with a banging party vibe and increasingly heaving tunes throughout the afternoon – much to our surprise. This isn’t the sort of spot where you’d imagine to hear pounding basslines, or where you’d expect to see metalic trees carrying colourful short beverages, and groups of people dancing around tables throughout the afternoon, stopping sporadically to get their hands on a bit more grub.

And the food, it must be said, is brilliant. The menu is stuffed full of exciting, novel fusion dishes – paneer dim sum, anyone?

The menu is designed to be picky, for the best part. You’ll have a great time tucking into the enormous spread of street food that systematically makes its way out across the afternoon.

Inventive twists on traditional pavs, chaats and eggs will leave you wanting to try everything on the menu, while also asking your waiter what they’ve brought out.

There are also plenty of more traditional dishes you’d expect to see in an Indian restaurant, including fried king prawns in a dynamite sauce that is an absolute fire cracker, and a highlight of the menu.

But again when you come to the main courses you’ll find dishes from all over the world, with an Indian twist, like Indian chow mein, or curry pasta.

It’s definitely worth trying these dishes, and the quality of the food on offer is hard to question, and at Dhs199 for soft drinks it’s a top-value afternoon.

We’re also blown away by the Mere Pass Maa Hai – a makhana dal, cooked for 12 hours, steeped in butter and then served with garlic kulcha bread. It’s proper comfort food, and we love it.

The service can be a bit rusty at times, with drinks served on the tepid side, but it’s friendly and staff are only too eager to please.

When it comes to the party, while there are quite a lot of children around, it continues to ramp up as families, parents and the groups dance the afternoon away. But there’s a sharp 5pm cut off – and before we know it, the lights are up.

For a lively afternoon with unusual grub, this is a top deal.
Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs299 (house beverages), Dhs399 (sparkling). Fri noon-5pm. Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha Heights (052 251 9983).

An intriguing, lively, Indian party brunch

Unusual food and a pumping vibe

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