This is brunch in its purest (Dubai) form, so you probably know the drill by now. A buffet with salads, cold cuts, sushi, hot dishes and desserts awaits at this lobby level restaurant. But despite its brunch-by-numbers set-up, Mundo seems a bit confused.
As an all-day dining venue, it promises “global gourmet”. It seems obvious that brunch would follow that line, and when we ask about the day’s theme on our visit, we are told it's “international”.
But Latin America seems to be winning the battle for table space. We later find that this is actually the theme, which is not conveyed to us at the time.
All manner of traditional dishes from this region are available, all executed fairly well. If you aren’t in the mood for the likes of empanadas, tacos and guacamole, however, you may struggle.
Brunch at Mundo starts to become a case of what’s missing. There are no Indian curries, no Chinese dishes, very limited seafood options and no sign of any Middle Eastern cuisine.
There are some good points, though. As mentioned, fans of Latin food are sure to be happy. A couple of live cooking stations, including one for carvery and one serving up freshly-made gnocchi, livens up the afternoon a bit. And the array of desserts is particularly impressive. Ice cream is made in front of your eyes by a chef using syrup and a very cold plate. Then there’s the token chocolate fountain, plus a mind-boggling array of chocolates, cakes and fruit to round off the afternoon.
The atmosphere at Mundo isn’t what you’d call lively. Land a seat by the window and you can look out onto the pool, but there isn’t much else to attract your attention. It seems this is more of a destination for hotel guests as there’s not enough on offer to bring in the brunch crowd, especially when you consider the price and competition nearby.
Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs450 (house beverages). Buffet. Fri 1pm-5pm. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 319 8754).
The Bottom Line
Decent food, but let down by a lack of variation and a somewhat subdued atmosphere.