In a tweet: Dine on the 63rd floor, taking in stunning views of the Burj Khalifa. Best for a romantic brunch
The venue: Set on the 63rd floor of The Address Downtown Dubai, Neos markets this brunch as ‘the highest in the city’, and it exudes glamour. The venue literally sparkles, owing to the vast shiny metallic pillars reflecting the light from the wall of windows. If you’re not impressed by the views of the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain from this spot, then you’re in the wrong city. If you really want to impress someone or show off the world’s tallest building at its best, this is the place to visit.
The food: The Asian-themed brunch is part buffet, part à la carte, so guests get the best of both worlds. Stock up on as much sushi, salad, dim sum and oysters as you like, but save room for the hot plates, which are brought to your table in cute little cast iron dishes and pans. They include a chicken curry, sliced duck with lentils and crispy chicken bites. But it’s the sticky beef that’s the best of the brunch.
The drinks: There’s only one package available, which includes soft drinks, mocktails and inventive-sounding fruity creations that go by the names of Downtown Spritz and Los Fresco.
The crowd: It was fairly quiet on our visit – just a few couples and small groups, but people appeared to be celebrating occasions. It’s the kind of brunch to book to enjoy an afternoon of good company, good food and creative, free-flowing drinks.
The dress code: It’s ‘urban chic’, which for men means no sports clothes, shorts, ripped jeans or sandals, and for women no flip flops or ripped jeans.
The service: There are enough members of staff walking around and as soon as eye contact was made they be at your table ready to take your request or help. All are friendly and considerate, asking each guest if they’re ready for the next course before serving it.
Extras & entertainment: The stunning views provide plenty to keep brunchers occupied.
Highs & lows: We like the mix of buffet and à la carte, which means you can brunch at your own pace. Most of the hot courses were cold by the time they came to our table, though; something the kitchen could certainly improve.
The after party: Calabar is in the same hotel, and you’ll fit right in with how you’re dressed from this brunch. It also offers a relaxed vibe, and has a happy hour from 6pm to 8pm.
The verdict: 4/5
Dhs375 (all inclusive). Fri 1pm-5pm. The Address Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 888 3444).