Ting Irie’s brunch evokes memories of our own past – Saturday afternoons in the garden, reggae music playing, jerk chicken sizzling on the barbecue, plastic cups being topped up with fruit punch, adults laughing and happily catching up.
The space is bright and the ceiling is decorated with bold green leaves. The DJ plays a reggae soundtrack featuring the likes of Burning Spear and Bob Marley, and listening to the Jamaican accents of waiters, you’ll easily feel transported to the Caribbean island. So far, so good (or “irie”, as it were).
There's a selection of tasty-sounding traditional dishes including oxtail sandwiches, salt fish and fried chicken.
To start we opt for the jerk chicken shawarma, patty crust nachos with beef and the chips o’mon sliders. For mains, we choose the jerk chicken and jerk beef, with sides of coleslaw and rice.
The jerk chicken is a hit – crispy, spicy and salty all in good measure. The jerk beef, however, is a miss, too tough to be even remotely enjoyable, but we overlook this since the coconut rice and pepper pot soup are so good.
Desserts are a treat, too, a dollop of ice-cream complementing the warmth of the festival cake.
We visit early on in and staff do still lack that level of confidence to deal with certain queries or muddled orders and they do need to be more forthcoming and clear about what’s on offer. But ultimately, this brunch will get into its stride, and when it does, every “ting” will indeed be just “irie”.
Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages). 1pm-4pm. Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 557 5601).
The Bottom Line
Feel like you’re in the Caribbean with classic flavours and great vibes.