Is a brunch still a brunch when it takes place in the evening? We say yes. As here we are, at a steakhouse in the sticks-out-like-a-sore-thumb Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf, a hotel that almost everyone in Dubai will have seen, but chances are haven’t ventured into.
For those who are curious about it, Scots American Grill’s Friday evening deal is as good a place to start as any. Book a table at the restaurant (which fuses cuisines from the US and Scotland as per the “Cuts & Kilts” title of the brunch) anytime from 6pm for a three-course meal and three-hour drinks package. And the most you’ll pay per person is Dhs375. Pretty good value when the choices include a fillet steak.
One of us has an excellent Worcestershire sauce-spiced beef tartare, followed by a perfectly cooked 200g USDA prime tenderloin and a massive slab of Key lime pie.
On the other side of the table we enjoy six Scottish Rock oysters (plump and fresh), haggis, neeps and tatties (authentic and filling) and flourless chocolate cake.
It’s all excellently cooked, though none of it is terribly exciting. It doesn’t matter to us, though, and we doubt it will to you, either. This is a straight-up steakhouse, quite old-fashioned in its approach and décor, and we’re here for an old-school steak meal.
What does perk up proceedings, however, is the service. Staff keep popping up with “surprises from the chef”. We presume it’s a way to try and add value to the meal, but we feel bad that we can’t really do it justice. In fact we’re fit to burst by the time our three hours are up.
When is a brunch not a brunch? When it’s here. An experience that has charmed the sporran off us.
Dhs225 (food), Dhs75 (soft drinks), Dhs100 (three glasses of grape), Dhs150 (house beverages or a flight of Scottish short beverages). Fri 6pm onwards (three-hour package). Dubai Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf, Oud Metha (04 317 7777).
The Bottom Line
This brunch offers a great-value old-school night out.