One of Dubai’s most renowned Friday brunches

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Three restaurants, live entertainment and an entire library of cheese – Dubai’s renowned Bubbalicious packs plenty in.

Set across The Westin’s revamped Mina’s Kitchen, Baba steakhouse and Asian restaurant Sui Mui, plus an enormous outdoor terrace, this brunch is an absolute beast.

And a pretty brilliant one.

Baba plays host to a spread of Middle Eastern mezze and grills, while at the opposite end you’ll find Thai curries, Asian stir-fries and salads set out in Sui Mui.

An ample seafood spread through the middle is easily the most popular station, alongside a live oyster-shucking station and array of sushi and sashimi.

But we’ve barely scratched the surface. Hot counters are lined with roasts, salmon en croûte and eggs Benedict, while outside the air is perfumed with the glorious aromas of a live barbecue.

Acrobats roam between tables, while a live band pull off that rarest of feats – a fittingly upbeat assortment of covers.

Branded drinks stations are dotted throughout, and themed too, with staff in one section manning a bar from within a Thai-inspired long-tail boat.

But back to that library of cheese, which is no small factor in Bubbalicious’ novelty appeal, particularly if you’ve got visitors in tow. Once they’ve picked their jaws up off the floor for a fifth time, they’ll be blown away by the volume and variety winking at them from wall-to-wall shelves.

Prepare to lose some time in this room. (And don’t bother trying to act nonchalant.)

And that’s really what Bubbalicious is for – impressing guests and Dubai’s newbs with an astonishingly vast buffet in a (thanks to last year’s re-do) broadly classy space.

Dishes are, on the whole, really well executed, even if some of the hot options wind up going a little tepid while they wait to be looted from the counter.

Service is superb, particularly  in the face of hundreds of diners to keep topped up and in fresh cutlery, while the musical and acrobatic entertainment strikes the right tone.

One of the city’s most established buffet brunches, Bubbalicious is still among its very best.

And the cheese? Almost too Gouda to be true.
Dhs450 (soft drinks), Dhs550 (house beverages), Dhs695 (bubbly), Dhs95 (kids aged six-12). Fri 1pm-4pm. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh (04 511 7373).

One of Dubai’s most renowned Friday brunches

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