CINE-manic Brunch at Pacific Groove

A (not-really) movie-themed brunch at the new Paramount Hotel

CINE-manic Brunch at Pacific Groove
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There’s no lack of themed-brunches in Dubai these days. And why wouldn’t there be? More often than not, they’re oceans of fun, so coming to Pacific Groove’s newly-launched CINE-manic brunch – which boasts a movie theme catered to all cinema buffs – we’re geared up experience food and drinks, Hollywood-style.

But apart from a Brad Pitt and Marilyn Monroe face mask on the table, there’s no Breakfast At Tiffany’s kind of dish, no blockbuster entertainment – zilch.

We would be disappointed, but despite not having a theme at this Californian restaurant’s brunch, it actually shapes up to be very foodie-centric, and worth venturing to the newly-opened Paramount Hotel for.

While not overly-busy, there’s still a crowd with bubbly glasses in hand as we walk in. Especially at its impressive lengthy bar, where some brilliant looking concoctions are being whipped with haste. It’s a bubbly brunch, but the selection of mixed drinks to sip on is impressive.

Well, more sipping than talking, as for the first half of the three-hour brunch, the speakers are turned up to the max. It creates a buzzing vibe, but not one we can hear ourselves in.

That said, when classier mixes start to be played, it fits perfectly to the scene.

Dishes are the highlight here, offering a Californian-style feast filled with meats, seafood and veggie options.

Bringing a mixture of Mexican, American and Asian flavours all at once, we start off with a selection of sushi, sea bass, creamy salted goat’s cheese on crisp bread and plenty more, which already has us fairly full. That’s okay though, as since this is an à la carte brunch, dishes comes when we’re ready, making for a leisurely afternoon.

Main courses arrive, giving us a choice of – whether that be steak, chicken, fish or a veggie option.

Steak is our dish of choice, and it comes piping hot and cooked perfectly. We easily cut through it and gobble it up, with a side of indulgent truffle-sprinkled fries to fill our already stuffed selves. Dessert can wait, for now.

In the meantime, brunchgoers are up and about doing the salsa, which we’re told is a common event at Pacific Groove.

Is it very Hollywood themed? Again, we’re not convinced, but the dancing does fit the mood and the, well, groove. We tuck into neatly-presented creamy desserts, with its stand-out being a rich hazelnut cake.

There may be no obvious theme at this movie hotel’s new brunch, but it’s not really missed as the tasty food and drinks offerings take centre stage anyway – as they should.
Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages, bubbly). Fri 1pm-4pm. Paramount Hotel Dubai, Business Bay (04 426 6641).

A (not-really) movie-themed brunch at the new Paramount Hotel

Delicious à la carte dishes, mixed drinks with flair and cheery vibes

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