The entrance to Fümé, with its paradoxical mishmash of the arty and the industrial, has always been an aesthetic hit. But now, on a Friday between noon and 4pm, it calls out to your wallet, too – a siren song to those lost souls on the lookout for a quality brunch at a tasty price.
It comes with a very appealing sign indeed, one that reads simply: Brunch – Dhs199. Yes, there are cheaper brunches in the city, but you tend to find them off the Sheikh Zayed Road somewhere, in a pub boasting live sports and sticky carpets, not nibbling on an immaculate lamb cutlet while gazing out at the fine views from the Marina’s Pier 7.
That edifice to eating and drinking might not perhaps be the first place you’d think of for a family brunch, but while the price will most likely be what will get you down here in the first place, the vibe, the food and the chilled-out family stroll around the Marina afterwards will certainly see you return.
The kids get their own play area, packed with toys, spaghetti, fish and chips, chicken bites and a whole host of other children to make friends with. The restaurant itself is a huge open space and the staff are impressively (astonishingly) relaxed and unflappable.
Meanwhile, the adults are treated too. Starters are an odd mix of dishes, but the mains are hearty and spot on. Mini Angus burgers are magnificently juicy, the sides of meatballs with pappardelle (the king of pasta, if you ask us) are moreish, and the baked mac ’n’ cheese is superbly rich and unctuous. Throw in those lamb cutlets, seared perfectly pink, and the effect is a palpitation-rich selection of flavours that sing.
Factor in that all of this is reorderable as many times as you fancy, and a seriously good selection of mixed drinks, and Fümé’s Friday affair should go the distance.
Dhs199 (house beverages), Dhs30 (kids).Fri noon-4pm. Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 421 5669).
The bottom line
Some good and some great food, at an undeniably excellent price.