Big Brunch on 8 at Media One Hotel

Media One Hotel brunch review. Get contact details, opening hours, drinks deals for Big Brunch on 8, and find nearby restaurants and bars in Media City.

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In a tweet: A casual brunch perfect for big groups looking for a fun day out.

The venue: The bright white decor of the dining room is oddly clinical, but not distasteful. The venue is clean, neat and simple, and tables are well-spaced, which is particularly welcome on the occasions when it becomes a bit rowdy. Some tables boast decent views of Media City as well. A welcome card with the booker’s name prefaced by the word ‘Lovely’ is a cheesy but charming touch.

The food: For a brunch that is not about the fare, the international buffet is varied and of a good enough standard that those who have been dragged out to a work function can have their fill and leave feeling satisfied. Roast dinners, pizzas and a good array of salads should suit most palates.

The drinks: The house beverages package includes bottled hops, white and red grape, some fizzy grape-based drinks and the usual mixed beverage suspects. Staff will knock up a version of your favourite mixed drink if it is not included in your deal. The bubbly package is probably priced too high for most, given the modest surroundings.

The crowd: A mix of dressed-up divas and casual carousers of all ages fill tables great and small. You should feel comfortable with a group of colleagues, family members, sports teammates and friends alike.

The dress code: Very casual. Shorts are allowed and though flip-flops are technically not, we saw several guests wearing them on our last visit. Most guests choose to dress up a bit.

The service: Drinks will be placed in front of you before you have finished your last, while the buffet never runs too low.

Extras & entertainment: A DJ plays non-intrusive party music in the background to get the brunch started. About an hour or two in, the karaoke starts up, and revellers who have no business near a microphone are encouraged to belt out their favourite tunes.

Highs & lows: The simple surroundings and diverse crowd make for a relaxed atmosphere. But, while the buffet and drinks packages represent decent enough value for money, there are cheaper brunches that tick the same boxes.

The after party: Dek on 8 and its garden has a relaxed post-brunch atmosphere, while Q43 is an elevator ride away for those with the stamina to make a night of it.

Verdict:3/5

Dhs375 (house beverages), Dhs595 (bubbly). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Media One Hotel, Media City (04 427 1000).

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