So popular has Lucky Voice’s brunch become, that we’ve been trying to book a table since May. The process has taken so long that by the time the day finally arrives, we’ve hyped the whole thing up to a point that surely it can never live up. We’re anticipating a party brunch to end all party brunches. And that, folks, is just what we get.
There’s a bottle of house beverage on the table already when we arrive, and the food comes out promptly, too, starting with a platter of appetisers, the highlight of which is the crisps with tzatziki dip.
Things start off tamely enough, as people make their way through the food, though there’s a definite buzz in the air. But rumours of forced on-stage karaoke have us on high alert, so when the brilliant host, Alan J, jumps on stage with a mic and announces that there will indeed be a lip-sync battle, we determinedly study our menus and avoid eye contact.
We needn’t have worried. Staff breeze round the tables asking if anyone would like to sign up, but you won’t be under any pressure whatsoever. We’re astounded when 12 brave souls actually put their names down. We’re barely an hour into the afternoon, but people are really getting into the spirit of things. Hats off to them, too.
Alan is one tough act to follow (he has already enthusiastically shimmied his way around the room lip-syncing to Uptown Funk) but the battle – which plays out in several rounds over the course of the brunch – is hilarious, and gets the rest of the crowd up on their feet dancing and cheering.
Meanwhile, a constant stream of food (plus mixed beverages, served in piñata-shaped vessels and sporting huge sparklers) flows out of the kitchen. We tuck into delicious pulled beef tacos, gooey, indulgent pizzas, huge portions of chips and bowls of edamame. It’s a serious spread that we don’t manage to even get close to finishing, and little disappoints other than some slightly dry sliders.
On the opposite end of the scale the brownie, which comes for dessert, is one of the best we’ve tried in the city. It’s so rich and fudgey that we find ourselves desperately trying to convince the waitress to bring us one more. (She manages to get us an extra portion. We will be eternally grateful.)
Service is fantastic, cheerful and fun. At one point we’re asked choose a flavour of short drinks to have. Our waitress brings out both, anyway.
As you’d expect from a party brunch, the music is unbelievably good. That might sound like an exaggeration, but it’s far from it. DJ Mitchell keeps things going with some of the most seamless mixing of hits (everything from TLC to Dua Lipa) that we’ve come across.
This is a brunch to get to in good time. Given there’s just one lift to ferry people into the venue, there can be quite a wait at the door, and you’ll want to make the most of the afternoon.
Post-brunch you can use the karaoke pods for free for one hour, though they fill up quickly, so put your name down early.
Trust us, when 4pm rolls around, you’ll be well up for a cheesy sing-song.
Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages), Dhs350 (sparkling grape). Fri 1pm-4pm. Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha Heights (800 58259).
The bottom line
It puts the party in party brunch… scratch that, it just is the party.