Nikki Beach’s “Saint Tropez brunch” is certainly not mislabeled – the South of France vibe is strong at this seafront Friday offering.
With plenty of white cushions, French grape and wooden poolside decking, there’s definitely an air of Riviera sophistication.
Don’t be put off by preconceptions of a beach club, this brunch is in the hotel part of the Nikki Beach Resort and there are no pumping beats or dancing here. The beach club hosts a brunch on a Sunday, if that’s more your cup of tea, whereas this is a quieter meal, with mainly family groups and couples.
When it comes to the food, it’s split between a petite buffet and a selection of dishes brought to the table (though these are pleasant surprises as there’s no menu that we can find).
We start off at the buffet, where there’s an appetising seafood section with giant prawns, oysters and mussels adorning the mountains of ice.
We sit back and relax for a short while before a flatbread topped with scrambled eggs and truffle makes its way to our table. It’s delicious, the perfect breakfast aspect of the brunch concept.
Course after course appears on a culinary mystery tour of the café’s cuisine.
The highlight for us is a traditional French seafood soup. The tomato-based liquid is poured over a generous portion of fish and seafood from a cafetière. It’s light, fragrant and doesn’t overpower the fish.
If you love seafood, then so far so good. However, meat fans will be satisfied, too, by a main course of beef served in a cooking pot with a rich gravy. And if you can limit yourself to just one helping of the creamy dauphinoise potatoes, then we applaud you.
Lastly, the cheese board and desserts are worth breaking any diet for, too.
Finish with a stroll along the water’s edge and there's no doubt you'll feel like you’ve had an afternoon’s holiday.
Dhs310 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages), Dhs140 (kids six-12), free (under fives). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Pearl Jumeira (04 376 6000).
The Bottom Line
Chilled out and chic, with top-quality French dishes.