Details: Dhs275 (food only), Dhs450 (house beverages), Dhs550 (sparkling grape), Dhs650 (bubbly). Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay (04 414 3000).
Anyone into Jazz, swing or the blues will enjoy this brunch themed around the Prohibition era in 1920s America and the Jazz Age. Coupled with quality cuts of succulent steak, it’s one of the finer Friday feasts in the city.
You might not hear classic Count Bassie, Louis Armstrong or Billie Holiday, but reworkings of such artists, between lively sets from the house band, keep the afternoon feeling funky and upbeat.
It may be themed around the secretive age made famous by the likes of gangster Al Capone and dingy drinking dens, but the décor at Prime68 exudes sophistication and glamour – this is modern-day Dubai after all.
The setting is plush – the restaurant is decked out in striking whites, accented by black and silver. And with its private booths, some set to look out of the floor-to-ceiling windows across the sweeping 68th-floor vistas of Downtown Dubai, the setting is nothing short of stunning. Patrons come dressed to impress, too, making this brunch feel like a stylish and classy event.
The Prohibition theme continues through to the menu, which features snippets of information explaining the Age, its speakeasies and the most popular styles of music at the time. The food is also broken down into courses that are given names such as “Rag-a-miffin” and “Putting on the Ritz”, and a selection of mixed drinks are paired to each course.
Everything is brought out to your table in dainty portions designed to share by wonderfully helpful and attentive staff who are there to top up drinks without you having to ask, and creating space on your table intuitively, without interrupting.
Salads are served to start and the Waldorf is refreshing, crisp, fruity and sweet, while the heirloom tomato and buffalo mozzarella, featuring slow-cooked tomatoes, cucumbers and roasted red onion dressing is a blast of fresh flavours on the palate. Also from the starters, the sweetcorn soup is deliciously homely and sets you up nicely for the comfort food that will follow.
Surf and turf fans are in for a real treat here. Alongside pan-seared fillet of sea bass with lemon butter sauce (delicious) and shrimps marinated in garlic ginger sauce (a bit too salty for our taste) are the stars of this meal – josper-grilled Australian beef tenderloin and whole Australian rib-eye, carved at your table and served in slices, as well as US Prime short rib that is so tender, sweet and delicious you could see yourself easily ordering seconds. And that’s the beauty of this brunch. You can order more of anything you particularly enjoy as you go along.
The quality on offer is outstanding and with sides of creamy spinach, chunky chips, buttery sour cream and chive mash and white asparagus mac and cheese, you’ll feast like a king here.
If you have room for dessert, they won’t disappoint, either – the likes of a homely apple crumble and tart key lime and mango tarts await. Then finish with a nice “Cup of Joe”. Enjoy.
The Bottom Line
Quality brunch with tasty dishes, great music and stunning views.