Friday Garden Brunch

A family-favourite al fresco feast

Friday Garden Brunch
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With the Dubai winter in full-swing, there’s little more enjoyable than being able to get the kids outdoors – especially when you can tuck into tasty food and sip on refreshing beverages at the same time as they are burning off some energy in the fresh air.

And that’s why the Raffles Friday Garden Brunch is a huge hit with the whole crew.

The interior of Azur has a typical hotel all-day dining feel about it, but you’ll want to head straight outside anyway, where tables (that include the low lounge variety as well as the usual dining options) and chairs nestle on the expansive lawn under large canopies surrounded by stalls showcasing an impressive selection of international dishes.

The kids run off to the playground, complete with bouncy castle, while we investigate the world cuisine on offer.

The French station captures our attention with fresh seafood and shellfish (including oysters, mussels and crab claws) sitting alongside a variety of delicious quiches – a good place to start.

Then it’s on to the Middle East where cold mezze and shawarmas are the stand-outs, before loading our plate with fluffy bao buns stuffed with pulled beef, crispy prawn tempura and expertly cooked chicken dim sum at the Asian stand.

At each of the stations, from the Italian to the Indian and British (where a choice of traditional roasts are accompanied by all the trimmings) the chefs are only too happy to cook our choices fresh and deliver them to our table.

The kids’ buffet contains all the usual favourites from pizza to burgers and hot dogs.

A dedicated dessert market stall houses some bite-sized sweet treats, but it’s the freshly-made churros and Nutella pancakes that prove the biggest hit and we can’t help but go back for seconds... Of both.

Perfect for a long, lazy Friday afternoon’s feasting, this is one the whole family can enjoy.
Free (kids up to 12), Dhs125 (kids between 12 and 16), Dhs249 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages). Fri 1pm-4.30pm. Hotel Raffles Dubai, Wafi (04 324 8888).

A super chilled out Friday feast on the lawn

The kids get fresh air while parents relax with good food

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