Village on Tour at The Irish Village Garhoud

A fun, casual brunch with food from around the world

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Village on Tour at The Irish Village Garhoud
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Vietnamese Pho Soup. Not three words we ever expected to see on the menu at The  Irish Village Garhoud. But here we are and the words have been spoken.

It’s one of many surprising dishes on the Village on Tour menu, which is available at the veteran pub’s new Friday and Saturday brunch.

The idea is you’re on a culinary trip around the world, taking in Ireland (of course), Europe (Italy also gets its own spot), Asia, Mexico, the Middle East and India, with anywhere between two and ten dishes in each of those sections. All washed down with plenty of the drinks and good-natured hospitality the pub is known for.

The main draw here is the price, at Dhs199 for the drinks package (including draft and the Black Stuff at that – not many places can make that claim) and Dhs99 for the soft option. It’s Dhs59 for kids, so the place is filled with families, in fact there aren’t any seats left anywhere. This is one to book in advance.

You’ll pay at the door when you get there, making the rest of the afternoon a breeze. Simply order your drinks from the staff alongside which dishes you want to try next. They’re all small plates so you can try a load of them. We recommend ordering a couple at a time as each plate is only a few mouthfuls. Be warned, though, they may end up on the same plate, which leads to a hummus and mushy peas concoction on one occasion for us.

The real winners lie in the Irish and European sections. The traditional Irish breakfast is ordered time and again, as is the fish and chips. In fact, pretty much all of the options with potatoes (colcannon, fish pie, cottage pie) go down well.

We don’t veer towards the Mexican and Italian sections, but the Indian options are a hit. There’s dhal, beef vindaloo and butter chicken, served with rice.

Thai green curry and Japanese teriyaki salmon also hit the spot.

Irish is what this pub is all about, though, and we would imagine most of the tables stick fairly close to the pub grub classics, though the chance to try lots of different dishes is novel.

Service is excellent throughout, with lots of staff on hand to take orders, clear plates and refresh glasses, though there are a few occasions when the table gets a bit crowded with crockery and empties. That could be down to over-ordering, too.

There’s live music coming from the Summer Retreat extension, which also seems pretty smoky as we pass, and the singer-guitarist provides singalong covers throughout the afternoon, adding to the jovial atmosphere that pervades the who brunch. It’s a neat idea and good value, which is why it’s proving popular.
Dhs235 (house beverages), Dhs99 (soft drinks), Dhs59 (kids under 12). Fri & Sat, noon-5pm (three-hour package). The Irish Village, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Garhoud (04 282 4750).

WHAT IS IT...
A fun, casual brunch with food from around the world

WHY GO...
For the atmosphere and value

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