If you get to the Geales brunch before it starts, you’d think you’re in for a quiet Saturday. However, as soon as it’s noon, the place rapidly fills up with families and kids – plenty of kids.
Geales’ all-white outdoor seating exudes weekend fun. It’s right next to the kids’ area which, named Chelsea Garden, is heaps of fun for little ones featuring a bouncy castle, games, face-painting, arts and crafts, and a non-stop bubble dispenser -- with staff dressed in British costumes.
We start off with sharing appetisers from the à la carte set menu served to the table. It promises Great British fare, but starters fall short of expectations.
A much-anticipated prawn cocktail is drowned in dressing, while a caprese salad lacks that fresh taste. Brioche topped with mushrooms doesn’t fare much better and is exceptionally bland.
Some of the main courses are an improvement, such as the roast dinner, which boasts crispy yet fluffy roast potatoes and juicy chicken. But the traditional shepherd’s pie is overly salty, while the fish and chips swim in grease.
Happily, the famous Geales sweet shop is a delightful sight, with colourful puddings and sweets displayed all around, like a small-scale Willy Wonka’s factory.
Heaving under the weight of sugary treats, this course is sure to delight the hoards of mini brunchers (and us older ones, too).
The sticky toffee pudding, which is tasty and indulgent, is the winner of this round.
The family-friendly atmosphere at Geales will keep the whole gang happy, but if you’re looking for a excellent culinary choices for a Saturday afternoon, you’re unlikely to find them at this brunch.
Dhs225 (soft drinks), Dhs385 (house beverages), Dhs125 (children aged 13 to 18), free (children under 12). Sat noon-4pm. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Al Sufouh (04 316 5550).
The bottom line
Very kid-friendly brunching, yet disappointing food.