Friday night brunch at Luna Sky Bar

Night brunch at a cool bar in DIFC

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Friday night brunch at Luna Sky Bar
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One of the prime rooftop spaces in DIFC, we love Luna Sky Bar for post-work drinks, its Wednesday ladies’ night, its aperitivo deal (hello, free snacks) and the top views that you can enjoy in winter.

This winter it had a revamp, and now has an outdoor bar, too.

The same excellent views and fun vibe remain, and so we were excited to hear it had launched a new night brunch. The brunch runs every Friday night, which makes a good alternative to afternoon offerings, especially for those looking for a date night with all-inclusive drinks (and where you know up-front how much your bill will be coming to).

The setting is ideal for couples as it’s romantic, and groups as it’s lively.

Drinks-wise it’s a good offering, with sparkling on the menu as well as a range of mixed drinks and hops. It’s not cheap, however.

And unfortunately the food is a bit of a let-down. It’s more high end than bar food, but it’s not particularly well executed.

The fact that the place is bathed in red light, making the food appear rather unappetising, doesn’t help.

A seafood platter comes out first – it’s visually impressive, flooding the table with clouds of dry ice – but the prawns, lobster and crab that are on it are unremarkable, lacking in flavour.

An orb of buffalo mozzarella is the pick of the starters, creamy and rich with tangy tomatoes and a punchy pesto sauce, while a massive bowl of green salad is tasty enough, though could feed a hungry family.

Mains are fine – the orecchiette pasta with hearty wagyu ragu is a highlight, but a creamy, truffley porchini ravioli is overly rich. The sliders are virtually inedible, being irony and greasy and are barely touched.

For a lively bar the food is all very heavy – and not what we were expecting from a cool late-night venue. Come 10.30pm we’re ready for a nap, rather than a night on the tiles.

There’s fresh fruit for dessert, which is welcome, as well as some petite cakes and chocolate truffles to nibble on.

Service is friendly and efficient, drinks are kept topped up throughout and the vibe is upbeat, as you’d expect.

While some dishes are tasty enough, the majority aren’t worth writing home about, which is a huge shame given the location.

With a few tweaks this could be a top spot for a night brunch, but at the moment there are better places to spend your hard-earned.

WHAT IS IT...
Night brunch at a cool bar in DIFC

WHY GO...
For the super views and cool vibe – though you’re probably better sticking to post-work drinks

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