This Saturday afternoon brunch is a true family affair. Kids get to cook pizzas in the huge central stone oven with the chefs, while parents can sit and enjoy the fine offerings brought out to the table – six starters, three pastas, three main courses and four desserts, all to share.
Of those starters, the baby spinach salad with smoked ricotta cheese, walnut and pomegranate dressing offers a refreshing start to proceedings, and the cured beef bresaola with rocket and parmesan salad is the best of the bunch. The calamari, however, is too chewy and altogether unpalatable and the burrata salad sadly lacks that fresh, creamy flavour.
So it’s not the most solid start to a feast bearing the name of a Michelin-starred chef on the door.
The service, however, lives up the venue’s prestige, with staff checking regularly (but not intrusively) that guests are satisfied.
We have higher hopes for our pasta course, which fairs better, but still doesn’t quite hit the mark. The spinach and ricotta-filled ravioli in butter sauce is just that little bit too buttery, while the beef ragout lacks flavour. The pot-roasted fillet of sea bream is the highlight of this lunch – wonderfully tangy owing to the sauce made with tomatoes, black olives and capers and the fish is so fresh it could have been caught that morning.
Desserts also lift the experience to a whole new level, with a perfect panna cotta and tiramisu featuring. Enjoy them with a double espresso in the calm, garden-like setting outside.
Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages), free (children under 11). Sat 12.30pm-3.30pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 262604 426 2626).
Most impressive dish
The fresh and tangy sea bream main course.