In a city where brunches are almost an institution, purveyors of fine food and beverages have to constantly come up with something exciting to draw in the crowds. And, if that means opening up their rooftop pool, beneath the hazy shadow of one of the world’s most iconic buildings then, surely they are onto a winner. Right?
Plunch at The Address Dubai Mall is more like a place for a burger or shawarma by the pool. We, however, are expecting a bit more food choice as promised in the advert we saw, but must admit the burger is great – it’s huge, freshly made and comes with crunchy salad leaves and crispy French fries.
Our two little ones, with their eye on the prize, dive into the cool pool, which is just as well since the assorted kids’ food (again promised in the advert) has to be ordered off the menu. We try the only option available – pasta – which is offered almost as a favour, although, admittedly, it is tasty.
Meanwhile, there is no sign of the delicious array of desserts that are advertised, but the singular option of sorbet is very refreshing and is served in a scooped-out orange-half.
As the kids play in the pool, we seek out the face-painting, which is promised in the kids’ cabana, but it’s nowhere to be found. We traipse inside the hotel, to the kids’ club, and are offered colouring activities, which are brought to the pool’s kids’ cabana. By that point, though, the lure of the pool is too strong and we all enjoy an afternoon of swimming surrounded by Dubai’s skyscrapers.
Although we feel slightly hard done by, as Splunch is not doing exactly what it says on the tin, we must admit it’s not a bad way to spend a scorching Saturday, and a lot less costly than paying for a standard hotel pool day. The kids declare it’s a “super splashy Saturday”. Perhaps they should write the advert next time?
Dhs200 (per adult, including spa treatment, pool access, food, dessert and drink), Dhs100 (per child, including food, dessert, drink and activities). Sat noon-7pm. The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 438 8888).
The bottom line
A fun day at the pool for all of the family, but not good for a feast.