The last time we went to Warehouse for its brunch offering, The Hive, we were a little confused. It was mid-June and for some reason the staff greeted us in Santa hats and with some unseasonal festive cheer.
Thankfully, though, the brunch had left us with a good impression by virtue of a combination of decent food, wonderfully attentive staff and the “let’s let our hair down” atmosphere of the diners.
This time around, normal thematic service has resumed, and after being shown in by a waitress wearing bee wings (it is “The Hive” after all), we take a seat downstairs near enough to the carvery section to be instantly enticed into having a full roast dinner with all the trimmings.
This can wait, though, as there is plenty more on offer. After a welcome beverage, we wander over to see why the majority of the guests have congregated around the seafood and sushi section.
Returning to our table with a plateful of the above, it is soon clear why everyone seemed to be fighting over the oysters. Best of all, though, was the seared tuna with creamy kale.
Clearly, the rest of the crowd had been here before because the perfectly cooked fish and its dairy-infused accompaniment is swiftly snaffled, and rightly so.
We are delighted when the dish is replenished, but not before a live cooking station serving wonderfully light but crunchy tempura prawns catches our eye. Another notable mention, meanwhile, should go to the seafood terrine – a satisfying taste combination with a nice drizzle of hollandaise.
After such a solid start, it would have been a travesty if the roast hadn’t lived up to our expectations, which had been raised by the familiar Sunday lunch smells wafting over to our table. Thankfully the chefs’ efforts are not in vain, with both the lamb and beef being tender and exactly the right colour all the way through.
One abiding memory we’re sure all visitors to The Hive are left with is the jovial nature of the staff, who manage to keep the plates cleared and the beverages flowing with an almost telepathic skill.
As we make our way up the stairs for a brief stint on the dancefloor, we are reminded once more why this brunch keeps the punters coming back, so great is the feel-good factor around us.
Dhs259 (house beverages). Fri 1pm-4pm. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud (04 217 0000).
The Bottom Line
Good food, good times and great service.