Brasserie Quartier is bringing back the idea that brunch is an occasion, managing to maintain the opulence of The St. Regis Dubai and fun of Friday feasts without ever feeling stuffy.
Predominantly à la carte (but with a leaning towards sharing), all the best bits are also available from an extensive open square, stacked to the nines with cold cuts, seafood, antipasti and a foie gras station.
The highlight is the most extensive cheese selection you’ll likely ever see – four tiers worth from all over the world, lined up alongside an assortment of biscuits, fruits and jars of every flavour chutney you could care to imagine. It really is terrific.
Table service kicks off with canapés including snail beignet, pissaladière and a splendidly floaty light tarte flambé. Altogether heavier is the seafood platter that comes next. And it’s high grade stuff; thumping great big crab claws and fresh oysters among it. For mains, it’s a choice of five dishes, each as fine as the other; there’s nothing mass-produced here, everything is stamped with the delicate care of a top chef.
Drinks are plentiful, varied and of a very high standard, except when it comes to the limited choice of grape.
The dessert room would make Willy Wonka beam. More than ten handcrafted full-size cakes – the most spectacularly decorated of which uses cooked apple to look like a budding flower – sit with finger-sized sweet treats, a candyfloss machine and a traditional gelato trolley.
When it comes to the ambience, the music is contemporary and classy, provided by a duet who play lounge-style vibes. It sets the perfect atmosphere for this classy brunch.
Dhs450 (soft drinks), Dhs550 (house beverages), Dhs650 (bubbly). Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm. The St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.bqdubai.com (04 435 557704 435 5577).
Most impressive dish
The cheese table to end all cheese tables.