Brunch in Dubai, lest we forgot, has a totally different meaning than anywhere else.
Chocolate fountains, roasts being carved, acres of cheese and exotic mixed drinks are not the traditional staples of this long-standing “breakfast-lunch” tradition.
However, at Bistro Des Arts, the quaint French eatery in Dubai Marina, we return to the roots of the concept, as brunch here very much is, well, brunch. And, happily, this means eggs, pancakes, pastries and all those other morning-time favourites.
Set overlooking Dubai Marina, the spacious Parisian-style terrace makes a top spot for a relaxed start to the day.
The atmosphere is buzzy and the crowd diverse – from families to gym-goers refuelling post-workout. Again, unlike at many other brunches in the city, here you won’t need your posh frock; it’s a come-as-you-are kind of affair.
The brunch is a simple. There are two packages – Dhs99 for food or add an extra Dhs100 for two small jugs of mixed drink. There’s a buffet table to dive into before you order your main course (predominately egg-based) and dessert (sweet crêpes with a choice of fillings).
On the “social table” (aka buffet) you’ll find juices, cereals, quiches, pastries and yummy French cheeses.
Take care not to fill up too much on all of the buttery, fresh, moreish pastries though, or you won’t be able to do justice to what’s to come.
Our perfectly poached eggs Florentine arrive, finished with a dollop of not-too-rich hollandaise. We can’t resist a Nutella crêpe for pudding, too.
After some contemplation we make our way back to the social table, this time for fruit, disappointed in ourselves that we can’t find room to try some of the freshly baked quiche. Next time, perhaps.
Dhs99 (including one hot drink, juices and water), Dhs199 (two jugs of house beverages). Fri and Sat 10am-2pm. Next to Dubai Marina Mall Promenade (04 551 1576).
The Bottom Line
Excellent breakfast classics and a relaxed, Parisian vibe.