Brunch review: Hillhouse Brasserie

A family-friendly roast dinner brunch at a laid-back golf club

Brunch review: Hillhouse Brasserie
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In the Mood for a Yorkshire pudding the size of your head? You’ll want to book brunch at Hillhouse Brasserie, pronto.

This laid-back spot at Dubai Hills Golf Club has a new Friday brunch, that will feel like lazy family Sunday lunch round your grans (with the added bonus of unlimited mixed drinks and oysters, of course).

Set amid the lush greenery of the golf course, this is a restaurant that’s best visited during the day so you can take in the sights around you. There’s a terrace outside that is ideal for winter, but indoors in summer is just as pleasant, with a lively vibe and a bright, airy dining room.

Service is efficient and friendly, and there are loads of families and couples dining on our visit. It’s a fuss-free, anything goes kind of atmosphere, so while you can dress up, it’s not essential.

There are plenty of kids during our visit, as the laid-back, casual setting is ideal for a meal out with the whole family.

Starters kick off with a petite buffet of seafood, with a spread of oysters, octopus salad, tuna tartare and small bowls of retro prawn cocktail. Surprisingly, the latter is the highlight, with the robust mini prawns swimming in a tangy Marie Rose dressing.

More starters arrive to the table, including a tasty beetroot and goat’s cheese salad and a smoked duck salad, which stars delicious slices of pink duck plus chunks of sweet, almost Peking duck-style meat, which pairs well with the citrus fruit studded in there too.

Next up are sharing mains – the highlight of which is a smoked haddock fishcake. Buttery, flavoursome and rich, it’ll remind Brits of gastropub grub back home. It sits on a bed of creamy sauce and wilted greens and it’s a hit, with all ages loving the soft texture and delicate fish.

The fresh, creamy mushroom risotto topped with a Parmesan crisp is also gobbled up eagerly. Although there’s not a massive selection of food, what’s on offer is top quality, and the team will happily cater for smaller diners, too.

“But what about that Yorkshire pudding you lured us in with?” we hear you exclaim. Exactly. The roast dinner is what this brunch is all about. A carving station sits in the corner offering up beef and lamb, both of which are tender and tasty.

If you’re a vegetarian or don’t eat red meat however, we’re surprised that there’s no veggie alternative to the main, so be prepared to load up on carbs.

The whole gang will be thrilled with the heaps of rich and creamy cauliflower cheese, crisp roasties, al dente carrots, rich, meaty gravy and of course that massive, utterly delicious Yorkie and get ready for a mid-afternoon snooze.

There’s also a dessert and cheese platter but you’ll probably be too stuffed to need either, so settle back with a drink and enjoy the live music, too.

With a warm, family-friendly vibe, a decent selection of drinks and hearty grub, this is a relaxed and fun way to spend a Friday with friends. For a down-to-earth, homely brunch that’s not going to break the bank, this is one to try at the weekend.
Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages), Dhs495 (sparkling). Fri 1pm-4pm. Dubai Hills Golf Club, Al Khail Road, Dubai (800 666 353).

A family-friendly brunch at Dubai Hills Golf Club

The absolutely massive Yorkshire puds

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