People often say you should never meet your heroes. It invariably leads to crushing disappointment when you realise that they’re either incredibly dull, and not so heroic after all, or they’re a massive egomaniac and they tarnish your opinion of them forever. When Solo announced it was launching a brunch, we felt the same way. Last year, the restaurant won our Best Newcomer award and this year it landed the trophy in our Best Italian category.
We didn’t want to see it try and fail at brunch, a notoriously hard thing to get right. However, we’re happy to report that Solo has just about pulled it off perfectly.
First, it’s keenly priced and drinks are of a really good standard, too. On the food side, it’s à la carte and when we first saw the menu we thought we’d have to choose a selection of the dishes listed, but no, they were all coming out. All 21 of them. Between two of us.
To be honest, an introduction to the format wouldn’t go amiss, but it all becomes apparent soon enough. Another problem is trying to squeeze all of the dishes onto a table for two.
Starters ease you in, the pick of them are the calamari, burrata and foie gras terrine, and special mention must go to the tomato salad, prettily plated and bursting with freshness.
Mains are a little more heavy going, and really could do with being staggered, as they end up going a bit cold. The pesto lasagne is superb, though the duck gnocchi is a little bland.
By dessert, you’ll be stuffed, but the light semifreddo is good enough to devour in its entirety, and the tiramisu is sublime.
Dhs225 (soft drinks), Dhs350 (house beverages and bubbly), Dhs120 (children aged six to 11). Fri 1pm-5pm. Raffles Dubai, Wafi, Oud Metha, www.solodubai.ae (04 370 899904 370 8999).
Most impressive dish
The superb pesto lasagne.