Fork and Cork brunch at Anantara The Palm

A Friday feast that offers something for everyone

Fork and Cork brunch at Anantara The Palm
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The Fork and Cork brunch may not be new to the Dubai dining scene, but that doesn’t seem to matter judging by the queue of people waiting to get their wristbands at the entrance when we arrive bang on 12.55pm.

We quickly see that its popularity stems from being a brunch that is all things to all people – we notice families, groups of friends and couples enjoying the relaxed, yet lively vibe as we glide down the imposing staircase into Anantara The Palm’s all-day dining restaurant, Crescendo.

The bright and airy space with high-ceilings is more functional than aesthetically pleasing, and opens up onto a terrace with views of the Burj Al Arab.

A number of live cooking stations wrap around the al fresco dining space, but we have decided to sit inside the restaurant, which is buzzing with laughter and chatter, while still managing to maintain an easy, laid-back vibe.

The buffet area may be compact, but the stations are jam-packed with an impressive selection of cuisines and we can’t wait to get stuck in.

Fresh bread, cold mezze and iced platters housing a selection of shellfish – if oysters are your thing, these are among the best we’ve sampled – as well as smoked salmon are all elegantly displayed.

There’s also a Mexican stall where you can make your own nachos using the guacamole, melted cheese, chilli con carne, sour cream and salsa that are laid out in earthenware bowls.

For the main event, go local with a shawarma or two (they really are that good), opt for a traditional British roast with all the trimings, load your plate with creamy curry or tuck into the meaty tagines on offer. We can’t decide as it all looks so appetising, but there’s no harm in trying a little bit of everything – isn’t that what brunches are all about?

Dessert options are equally as impressive. Glass shelves are laden with mini puddings. Our favourites are the petite glass of chocolate mousse and the bite-sized cheesecake. Both warrant a second helping – they aren’t large portions, so don’t judge.
Don’t overlook the cheeseboard (which is away from the main buffet section) where some unusual, exotic cheeses are on offer alongside grapes, crackers and a variety of fresh artisanal breads.

A number of mixed drinks stands are scattered around the restaurant  serving up some fruity concoctions to wash all the food down with.

Bang on 4pm the waiters come around to take last orders and to enquire as to whether we are using a discount voucher, which means that there is no hanging around for the bill at the end.

It’s easy to see why this brunch has lasted the distance when so many others go as quickly as they’ve come, it’s a good ‘un.
Dhs365 (soft drinks), Dhs525 (house beverages), Dhs630 (sparkling), Dhs735 (bubbly). Fri 1pm-4pm. Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, Palm Jumeirah (04 567 8888).

A Friday feast that offers something for everyone

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