DETAILS: Dhs125 (soft drinks), Dhs199 (house beverages), Dhs75 (kids aged 12 to 18). Fri noon-4pm. Manzil Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 428 5888).
Nezesaussi has long been a beloved sports bar of Time Out Dubai. So much so that we awarded it Best Sports Bar at our recent Music & Nightlife Awards. So when it announced a brunch, with packages all priced below Dhs200, we were certain that it would be fairly raucous. Who doesn’t love a Friday bargain?
But when we visit, we’re one of only three occupied tables. Still, there are multiple sports being screened around the room, and we’re fans of the playlist, which spans noughties rock to present-day chart hits and everything in between. So we settle in with a pint and peruse the buffet as well as the menu.
The buffet offers a small selection of salads, cold cuts, cheeses and breakfast pastries. All of which are very good, while the cheeses come with plenty of condiments and three different kinds of mustard.
It may not sound like the most exciting brunch buffet, but everything is fresh and tasty and, to be honest, we would have been happy to fill up on the cold cuts alone.
You can also order unlimited starters from the à la carte menu, which includes calamari, veggie spring rolls and chicken wings. Again, the choice is small, but we have no complaints about the quality. The wings in particular are delicious. Meaty and slathered with a sweet-spicy-sticky sauce.
You can also order one main per person. The portions are gargantuan (you definitely get more than your money’s worth) and there’s a pretty decent list to choose from.
There’s a chicken pie with herb sauce, mushrooms and salad, which comes with flaky, buttery, golden pastry. Other dishes include European roasted meat varieties with plenty of sides, and a catch of the day. Then there’s beef rib-eye steak served with roast potatoes, grilled veggies and Yorkshire puddings. Admittedly, the Yorkshire puds aren’t the best we’ve tried (they aren’t quite as moist and fluffy as we’d like them to be) but the gravy is rich and full of flavour.
On the whole, all the mains are pretty heavy, and despite the menu saying that a vegetarian list is available on request, when we inquire, there turns out to be only one veggie option. This is unequivocally a meat-eater’s Friday brunch.
For dessert, the spread is also small, but there’s still enough by way of cupcakes, mini red velvet slices and crème caramel to satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth.
There’s a selection of classic milkshakes, too, which are so creamy we can’t stop ourselves from having two.
The food might be a little limited and the atmosphere lacking, but at Dhs199 all-inclusive, who’s really complaining.
This must be one of the best value brunches in the city when it comes to price and quality of food. We reckon that once it catches on, you’ll struggle to get a table.
The bottom line
A quiet brunch with tasty food for an unbeatable price.