In keeping with the airline theme, staff dressed as cabin crew welcome you to this brunch and offer boarding wristbands depending on the package you’ve chosen – economy class for soft drinks, business class for house beverages and first class for bubbly. So far, so on-theme.
In good weather, proceedings take place on the terrace, which is bright and feels liberating compared to inside, which is overbearingly dark for a daytime feast, but is urban and cool nonetheless.
When we walk in at 1.30pm, the party atmosphere is in full swing, but this isn’t the kind of shindig where boisterous groups sing to the tunes being played by the DJ at the tops of their voices or throw shapes in any free space between tables. It’s a more adult do with an older crowd. But still a party, fear not.
The DJ plays chilled-out soulful beats from Michael Jackson (from his Off The Wall days), Diana Ross, Tina Turner and Maze. It eases you into the afternoon perfectly.
This brunch is à la carte. You can order as many bar bites as you like, as frequently as you like, and you get a choice of main course, which is then served later on. And it’s all absolutely delicious.
The diced salmon ceviche with coconut leche de tigre, fennel, cucumber and chilli is a light, refreshing start to the afternoon. The sweet, meaty lobster tacos with mango and avocado also go down a treat.
Staff pace around keeping an eagle eye on glasses and ensuring everyone is topped up. As the afternoon draws on, a live electronic violinist stuns us all with her exceptional talent as she plays to a groovy dance backing track from the DJ.
After a small breather, and as some brunchers – those celebrating anniversaries in small groups – begin to leave their chairs for a bit of a boogie to the DJ’s funky beats, we ask for our main course to be served.
Just as with the starters, these are tasty and well executed, the fillet steak of grass-fed tenderloin, served with grilled asparagus, potato gratin, roasted cherry tomato and carrot-bell pepper purée being the standout. The meat is succulent and tender, with all the accompaniments complementing the taste beautifully.
If you’re celebrating an occasion but you’re not after anything too rowdy, this is a party brunch that focuses on good music, good vibes and great food.
If you’re after something soulful and a bit more adult, Dusty’s Departures Brunch will impress.
Get down to DIFC and try it for yourselves.
Dhs299 (soft drinks), Dhs399 (house beverages), Dhs499 (premium Beverages). Fri 1pm-4pm. Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC (04 354 5435).
For a party that doesn’t go overboard, book this one now.