DETAILS: Dhs175 (soft drinks), Dhs250 (house beverages), Dhs495 (bubbly). Wed 7pm-11pm. Gate Village 7, DIFC (04 355 9524).
It’s located in an area full of business folk and as such, Intersect by Lexus is a stylish address. Right from the grand leather couches to the art books hugging its walls, this eatery is chic in both its impressive design and epicurean endeavours.
Arrive in your three-piece suit and you might stand out (in a good way), as quirk and a sense of individual style is prime here. In its almost year-long run, this space has become more than just another restaurant in the smart DIFC district. Intersect by Lexus is a destination for business and creative types, who either drop by for a cup of freshly ground java or artisanal food, and as a result, the venue has attuned the food offer to its crowd by offering guests a midweek evening brunch.
Packed with organic, fresh and wholesome ingredients, the brunch menu is dynamic and full of energy.
Served to the sounds of live acoustic covers of Norah Jones’ and Lorde’s biggest tunes, this brunch (or dinner) is the ultimate feel-good midweek meal. The buffet salad bar is expansive and full of colourful varieties, with all ingredients either sourced locally from the organic farm in Sharjah or imported from the autumnal climes of the Mediterranean.
The heirloom beetroot salad with ricotta cheese and butternut squash with pepitas and pumpkin seed pesto are worthy of going back for seconds (and thirds), as the salad bar comes with a footnote of unlimited servings. With a strong emphasis on all things organic, the starters are then brought to the table (also unlimited) with a wide selection of meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes. The baby squid served on a bed of sweet corn jus and puffed black rice hits all the right notes.
Staff are courteous and alert in topping up drinks and clearing plates. We order the chicken breast with roasted pumpkin and kale, as well as the salmon and sea bass pie with pommery mustard sauce for mains – both exquisitely seasoned with no unnecessary garnishes or gimmicks. It almost makes us feel like mum’s in the kitchen, making a hearty meal for us.
However, while the kitchen team’s savoury tastes are spot on, the dessert offerings fail to impress. The lemon mousse with lime candy is a little too zesty for our liking, and the carrot cake lacks a crucial moistness.
We take culinary refuge in the fresh fruit platter (the safest bet) and walk out with the happy memories (and flavours) of kale and purple carrots.
The Bottom Line
Incredibly flavoursome grub that doesn’t break the budget, or leave you needing to loosen your belt.