In a tweet: An evening of bar food, hops and football at this stylish bar. Best for football fans.
The venue: A lovely bar in the Sheraton Mall of the Emirates. There are LCD screens dotted around the venue, with one big screen dropping down to show sports. There’s a great terrace as well, with views towards Umm Suqeim and Jumeirah.
The food: Pretty good, if not brilliant. And the concept is a little confusing – for the staff as well as the bruncher. There’s a small menu from which you get to choose two starters, a main, a salad and a dessert. As a sports brunch, you might expect to be in the realm of pub food staples like burgers and fries, chicken wings, and ribs. And you’d be right, but that’s only half of it. You can also get edamame beans, quinoa salad and lemongrass ice cream. It doesn’t seem like you’re going to get a lot for your money, especially when it all comes crammed into a small crate together, but it’s enough for one person. It took a few goes before our little lunches were packed correctly, though. We think bringing out sharing platters would be easier.
The drinks: Again, a little confusing. The menu says you’ll get two bottles of craft hops with the brunch – a step that seems a little stingy. After some questioning, we were told that there’s also unlimited house hops as well as the craft bottles. That makes it better value, though it doesn’t say anywhere that’s what the deal is. It seems the manager realised the original deal wasn’t very good value and changed it on the spot.
The crowd: I don’t think anyone will be surprised to hear it’s mostly a male crowd, with groups of friends here for the football. It’s not a sports bar in essence, and it’s actually a pretty laidback place that would be perfect for couples when the big screens aren’t showing football.
The dress code: Casual is fine for the brunch, but you might be sitting side-by-side with some more well-heeled people on a regular night here.
The service: The staff were a bit confused about what food we could order, how it was to be served, and the drinks that were available. But they did try to rectify mistakes and clear up confusion.
Extras & entertainment: Football on the televisions but nothing else. There was also a struggle to get different games on different screens.
Highs & lows: The thinking behind this brunch is perfect: people will be going out on Saturday evenings to watch football, so why not make an all you can eat and drink deal for those fans? We went on the opening weekend, so there were understandable teething problems. But with good drinks, tasty food and live football on the TV, there are highs here.
The after party: You’ll be in Mall of the Emirates, so if you do want to carry on, you could always head to Après.
Dhs179 (soft drinks), Dhs229 (house beverages plus two craft hops). Sat 5pm-9pm. Sheraton Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 377 2000).