The warm, friendly welcome we’re given as we’re ushered into the steakhouse – all gleaming in reds, browns and golds – sets us up for a relaxed afternoon.
The restaurant boasts views of Dubai Marina (albeit the tail end), and huge glass doors that open out to a terrace give it a bright and airy feel.
But we’re not at all prepared for the offer that is about to be presented to us. We’re shown a menu of five starters, seven main courses, four sides, three salads and one soup, and the deal is, wait for it, you can order anything you want, as many times as you want, for three hours. You can truly feast like a king here.
The starters feature a mix of deep-fried (calamari and prawns in batter) and super-fresh (oysters, beef bresaola and a crab salad). It’s that crab stack that steals the starters show. The blue crab meat comes stacked with a layer of avocado and mango and is drizzled with a citrusy vinaigrette, providing a wicked zing to the refreshing dish.
The steaks on offer are a fillet and New York Strip. Then there’s braised short rib, stuffed chicken, lamb chops, pan-roasted salmon and barbecued shrimp. Weirdly, the two steak sauces are the only things that don’t come as part of the brunch package – you have to pay an extra Dhs10 for each for these.
Being the meat-lovers we are, we go for it. Our fillet steak is perfectly cooked to our request, our knife gliding through the tender meat like butter. The short rib, too, is succulent, sweet and falling off the bone. The lamb chops, however, sadly disappoint, being slightly tough and a little flavourless, while conversely, the chicken stuffed with herb cheese and lemon butter is far too rich. Our only regret? Not having enough space after our meat-heavy main course for the seafood options on the menu.
When we see the salmon glistening in its honey Thai sweet chilli dressing and the sizzling barbecued shrimps being brought out to the table next to us, severe food envy sets in. But by the time we’ve devoured our steak – with buttery mushrooms and creamy spinach sides – we barely have room for anything else, even after a short break in the vain attempt at recovering some room – as you do. So we cut our losses and move onto desserts.
Feeling ambitious, we order one of each – crème brûlée, cheesecake and chocolate cake. The chocolate and espresso ganache is sweet, heavy and rich – you need to have a really sweet tooth to get through this one. The cheesecake is a delight with a thick, crumbly biscuit base, but the tiny crème brûlée is simply stunning, with its beautifully crisp top, it’s not too sweet and is all-round delicious.
A petit fillet alone at Ruth’s Chris costs Dhs240, but at brunch, you get a decent selection of the restaurant’s menu for just Dhs300 (with soft drinks) and under Dhs500 (with bubbly). For that, you’re laughing.
The Bottom Line
A brunch that’s fit for a king (but try not to be a glutton about it).