We’ve been big fans of Stereo Arcade ever since it opened last year.
The pub, club and amusement arcade is, put simply, a huge bundle of fun that marries these three venue concepts in such a way that you wonder why no-one in the city had thought of it before.
Having been here for many a club night and gig, we felt slightly guilty to have never rocked up for the “Late, Late Brunch”.
How foolish we have been. This is a Friday afternoon shindig that puts other, more staid offerings to shame.
It takes a whole heap of self-control to walk past the rows of arcade machines that line the walls as you enter this geek-chic hangout. We’re here for the food after all (we’ll be back soon enough, though).
We arrive hungry, the 2pm kick-off having left us unsure over whether to grab a bowl of cereal before heading out. The food part of this brunch is pretty simple and the offer straightforward. The deal? Well, you just pick two items each from the menu of tasty-sounding pub grub and they’re cooked to order and brought out to you in double-quick time.
We’re glad we decide to share the first pair of dishes, as both the railway nachos and loaded sliders with fries come in very generous portions, instantly forcing those stomach rumbles to stop.
Judging by how quickly the party atmosphere stirs, it appears most of our fellow guests aren’t here just for the food (the fact there is a leaving do booked in guarantees that). And those good vibes are soon in full flow, thanks in no small part to the winning set being played by the DJ, Andy Buchan, the man behind the Loaded nights that are such a firm favourite among Dubai’s crowd of indie kids.
It feels as if we’ve stepped back into one of the feted Popscene club nights in ’90’s London, with tune after tune (and some Oasis) propelling us out of our seats and onto the dancefloor.
We soon need to refuel, though, and back at our table, the quirky pizza spring rolls and shrimps on a stick hit the mark.
Letting our tummies settle with a few levels of Sonic The Hedgehog and several Mortal Kombat dust-ups proves a great idea, as grinning ear to ear, we return to the bar to sing along to some more of the top tunes playing.
You can tell a brunch is a cracker when the afternoon just slips away and is gone (thanks, Mr Albarn). And better still, you don’t have to be a Creep (or a Weirdo) to belong here…
The Bottom Line
It’s not just the indie kids who’ll adore this entertaining feast.