Outside is the place to be at this brunch. Set against the stunning backdrop of the polo field, the venue is classy – all white tablecloths and chairs covered in white fabric. Guests dress up for this one, and mostly include families with young children – perhaps owing to its location opposite Arabian Ranches – or an older crowd of friends celebrating something special. A singer provides the soundtrack to the afternoon, and that soundtrack is loud – you’ll need to shout if conversation is to be had.
Inside, the buffet features a vast mix of fresh salads and a dessert selection that looks so tempting you might find yourself with the urge to sneak a spoon of crème brûlée onto your plate first. Resist, though, and head over to the chef mixing up a chicken caesar salad inside a parmesan wheel and get a decent portion of this onto your plate. Outside, the many grills sizzle with lamb – the best of the meats – beef, chicken tikka and more, and there’s also a seafood section where prawns, salmon and Nile perch are all barbecued before your eyes.
Be warned, a swam of flies will seek to enjoy your food with you, but staff place a bowl of smoking coals topped with coffee beans on your table to keep the multitude at bay. When the main event is over, head back inside to fill up on those desserts. The carrot cake and that crème brûlée will satisfy any sugar cravings.
Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (selected beverages), Dhs565 (bubbly). Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm. Al Qudra Road, opposite Arabian Ranches (04 888 344404 888 3444).
Most impressive dish
The barbecued lamb is the best of the meats.