What’s on offer?
Mazina’s Saturday brunch is squarely aimed at families with kids. If the food wasn’t of such a high standard, it would take second place to the kids’ entertainment, which includes a huge bouncy castle in the middle of the venue, face painting, games and all manner of toys. For grown-ups, there’s an eclectic spread of international cuisines and live cooking stations, including sushi, Thai soups, noodles, succulent roasts and plenty of curries and stews to sate the appetite. Kids' food is brought direct to the table, and rather than the usual deep fried, processed favourites, there’s a healthier selection of sweet potato chips and freshly made fish and chicken bites. On one Saturday of every month, the brunch becomes a themed ‘Generation Creation’ affair, where parents and kids can take the stage to test their skills in everything from cake decorating to napkin folding, and there are some great prizes to be won.
The large restaurant is split into two areas, which are divided by the bouncy castle and kids’ play zone. The livelier (and noisier) section near the buffet is where the ‘Generation Creation’ competition takes place. Well-staffed, there are always people on the door to make sure some of the younger guests don’t go AWOL.
What sort of crowd turn out?
Families for the main part, as it can get a bit noisy if you don’t have youngsters in tow.
Room for improvement?
Not if you’re a family – the food quality is good, and it’s a great place to take the little ones.
The roasts are particularly good – the meat is always tender and the gravy is thick and tasty.
In one sentence…
It's the perfect family brunch, although probably not so much fun if you don't have children to take with you.
Dhs220 (food only), half price (children aged seven-12), free (kids under six). Saturdays 12.30pm-3.30pm. The Address Dubai Marina (04 888 3444).