Weslodge Saloon’s brunch is a refined Saturday shindig, and one that makes a fabulous first impression.
Once we’re greeted on the 68th floor and led towards our table, it’s hard not to be instantly impressed by the décor. The walls are lined with photos from colonial-era Canada (the original Weslodge is a trendy Toronto haunt), as well as various hunting trophies adding to the “modern saloon” feel. What also stands out is the funky and punchy setlist being played by DJ Frak Fu, which gives the afternoon a welcome edginess.
We’re shown to a cosy camelback sofa by a window, and after the three packages – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – are explained to us, we’re told to make ourselves at home while we await the quintet of tasting plates.
First up is the ahi tuna ceviche, a fine fusion of perfectly marinated fish with avocado, celery and yuzu hot sauce. This superb opener is swiftly followed by toast topped with roasted peaches and burrata, an impressive effort that is as delightful in its flavour as it is in its simplicity.
The mini lobster rolls are brought out next and again hit the spot, the tender meat lovingly spooned into fresh bread and topped with a refreshing truffle mornay sauce and finely sliced celery.
Impressive, but the best is yet to come. Fried chicken and waffle may seem like a rather unsophisticated dish to find at such a classy joint, but the chicken has a crisp coating that puts other efforts wildly to shame, while the beautiful buttermilk waffles and maple syrup proves to be its ideal accompaniments.
As for the mains, if a venue puts its name to something, you hope it does it justice, and the Weslodge breakfast and burger both do so with aplomb. Brekkie at 4pm? Don’t mind if we do. Especially if the ingredients are as well prepared as the poached eggs, beef brisket and jalapeño biscuit. The burger, meanwhile, is as juicy as they come, and the chunky chips and curried tomato ketchup bring a real warmth to our tummies.
The word is, Weslodge plans to spread its Toast & Jam brunch to a Friday. After this opener, we’d be tempted by another slice.
Dhs395 (The Good – soft drinks), Dhs445 (The Bad – house beverages), Dhs545 (The Ugly – bubbly). A la carte. Sat noon-6pm. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay (04 560 1700).
The Bottom Line
Superb service, fabulous food and a smashing soundtrack.