Reviewed: Friday Garden Brunch at Bab Al Shams

A family-friendly brunch at a desert oasis that nobody will want to leave

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Reviewed: Friday Garden Brunch at Bab Al Shams
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Don’t be put off by the length of the drive, the kids will thank you when you get here, even if they moan a bit in the car on the way.

Built in the style of an Arabic fort there are loads of little nooks and crannies down the long corridor where buffet tables are heaving with mountains of food. Indoor seating is available, but the main selling point is the lush green garden so we grab a table outside there along with all the other families – and children running all over the place.

The main attraction is the sushi and salad room judging by the constant queue. There are various sushi rolls on offer alongside some unusual salads, the beetroot and goat’s cheese is worth a try, and we also nab a few mini mozzarella balls from a silver platter. We also discover the seafood selection here, with lobster, crab and huge juicy Tiger prawns all up for grabs.

On the outside terrace there’s a barbecue selection as well as colourful dishes from around the world. Asia, India and Thailand are all well represented at a variety of live cooking stations, and Arabic food fans won’t be disappointed with the offering of cold and hot mezze, plus delicious shawarmas – one won’t be enough, trust us.

The kids are catered for with their own mini buffet where, cottage pie, macaroni cheese, and delicious fat chips that the kids eat before they’ve made it back to the table can be found.

A dessert room is filled with comforting classics like Om Ali and apple crumble with custard, plus pretty bite-size sweets like the lemon meringue, which is a firm favourite.

But the highlight has to be the cheese room, which although a tad on the whiffy side, houses the largest selection of fromage we’ve ever seen at a brunch – and that’s quite a claim.

There’s loads for the children to do, too including a bouncy castle, camel and pony rides, a clown, a magician who makes his way around the tables, face painting and henna, which is Dhs100.

A top family brunch.
Dhs385 (soft drinks), Dhs575 (house beverages), Dhs193 (kids between six and 12), Free (kids five and under, nannies). Fri 1pm-4pm. Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, Al Qudra Road, www.babalshams.com (04 809 6194).

WHAT IS IT...
A brunch at a desert oasis that nobody will want to leave

WHY GO...
The kids will thank you for it, even if they don’t appreciate the long drive

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