A la carte brunches often come with an unwritten small print. Smaller portion sizes than the regular menu, less choice, your usual drink excluded from a package that had seemed such a steal…
Not so at the new Friday brunch at The Irish Village (Time Out Dubai’s Pub of the Year 2017) which is on for a limited, summer-only period.
Aside from its brilliant pub garden, authentically rustic interiors and laid-back vibe, if there’s one thing The IV is known for, it’s great value, and the new Friday deal is no exception, with an almost full menu of dishes and pints of the black stuff included.
Though designed to be enjoyed in the specially constructed summer tent, the space is a little subdued on our visit (jaunty live music from The Maplejacks’ Drew aside), and after enquiring we’re allowed to find a table in the main pub instead.
From the off, pacing is smart. It may be a three-course meal, but orders are only taken for starters at first, leaving us the freedom to change our ever-fickle minds, and let the opening round settle before we plough on through the rest of the meal.
Good thing, too.
If the portions are any smaller than those from the regular menu, we’d never be able to tell. Huge bowls of juicy barbecue chicken wings, what looks like a full packet of chopped sausages and a plate of chicken liver pâté with toasted rounds of baguette take over the table.
For better or worse, depending on your outlook, it’s all exactly as it would be if you’d ordered it off the normal menu. Fuss-free, frills-free comfort cooking.
But has anyone ever before attempted to eat a three-course meal, all to themselves, in one sitting, at The Irish Village? After stuffing ourselves silly with starters, ordering the roast of the day seems like madness.
But we’ve been declared a gravy boat short of a Sunday lunch more than once, and resist those Yorkshire puddings we cannot. And so, a swift 30-minute break later, piles of roast potatoes and lashings of lamb are being placed before us, alongside a chunky, brothy Irish stew so vast we could almost bathe in it.
After valiant efforts across the table, our dining party is all but immobilised, save for the eyes greedily sizing up the dessert menu.
If you’ve never had pudding at The IV, we absolutely insist you do so immediately. Whether door-stop slab of tart apple pie, vanilla seed-strewn crème brûlée or gloriously gooey banoffee pie (worth the 20-minute cab ride from Dubai Marina alone), even the most abstemious dessert-dodger will struggle to regret tucking in.
If you love The Irish Village, there’s nothing you won’t like about this deal.
Fill your face while you can.
Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs299 (house beverages), Dhs60 kids. Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm. Until September 29. The Irish Village, Garhoud (04 282 4750).
The bottom line
A great-value afternoon out.