If you’ve come for brunch out with the family, then you’ve definitely landed at the right place when you arrive at Bread Street Kitchen. Winner of the Time Out Kids award for Best Family Brunch, 2017, offers up entertainment, a laid-back setting and, importantly, some excellent British fare.
We take our seats on the terrace, which is a perfect location for an afternoon of al fresco brunching. In the garden there are plenty of toys for the kids to play with, and a bouncy castle to keep them entertained, too (though possibly save that for before the ice cream parlour, just to be on the safe side).
If you’re after a parents-only date brunch, however, we’d suggest you look elsewhere for your Friday afternoon dining, as family-free tables are few and far between. And as much as we love a family-friendly offering, we’re aware it isn’t always restful.
With perfect weather, now’s the ideal time to visit. This restaurant from British chef Gordon Ramsay serves up all the favourites you’d expect, and the hot starters are a treat. Mini Yorkshire puddings house fresh, tasty slices of roast beef, while sliders are great for little hands.
Everything is hot, fresh and delicious (if on the dangerous side for the waistline). The cold starters fare less well, and the salad buffet table is visited far less frequently. But we’re all for sausage rolls over quinoa on a Friday afternoon anyway, especially from Gordon.
After a short break, where the kids are free to run around the large garden, it’s onto mains. We opt for a vegetarian cannelloni and beef tenderloin. Although the former is extremely bland, the beef is a delight – deliciously tender and the serving of mash is smooth, rich and buttery.
Desserts we can take or leave – a platter of very beige items arrives – but we’re not too bothered. The best bit? Entry for families comes with a free trip to the Lost Chambers Aquarium, so after brunch we make a bee-line for the sharks.
Although not all the food hits the mark, for an outing with the kids, this is a top option.
Dhs240 (soft drinks), Dhs355 (house beverages), Dhs105 per child (includes free entry to The Lost Chambers Aquarium). 12.30pm-4pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2000).
The bottom line
Laid-back brunch for all the family in a world-famous location.