When Molecule first arrived on the scene earlier this year, it promised an art-culinary-fusion experience, the likes of which Dubai had never seen, and it delivers.
It’s an eatery very much akin to the philosophy of d3 (Dubai Design District), which specifically avoided generic franchises, coffee shops and global restaurant chains.
Molecule is the epitome of that mantra, and it’s a thoroughly beautiful establishment – in both design and food.
We arrive shortly after noon on a Friday, excited by the prospect of a three-course, à la carte brunch, curated by Michelin star-emblazoned chef Udo Moreau.
d3 is now home to 10,000 of the emirate’s employees, who work in a space that sprawls across more than 200,000 sq ft. Sadly, it looks like they’ve all flocked south for the weekend – Dubai’s trendy new neighbourhood is eerily quiet.
After a couple of minutes searching for the suspiciously inconspicuous entrance, we make it inside, and we’re the only guests in the restaurant. Top points to staff, though, who are suitably attentive, without being needy.
The interior of this stylish eatery is stunning. It’s artistic and creative, and, for an hour or so, it’s all ours.
There’s some funky deep house being played by the DJ, who does a good job of creating an ambience, without needlessly getting up in our faces with inappropriately heavy beats. This is a chilled brunch, and the menu is as perfectly curated as the décor.
There’s a choice of egg dishes to start, although our gaze is diverted to the dedicated hash brown menu.
A hash brown-for-one comes with your choice of eggs, ham and Gruyère cheese, or avocado cream with chilli and sun-dried tomatoes – the latter of which we opt for, and it’s mind-bendingly delicious. We’re already wishing this was a buffet brunch.
There’s also the choice of burrata, aubergine with pomegranate and more dishes in keeping with the restaurant’s “French bistronomy” vibe. For mains there’s a choice of Mr or Mrs Croque – veal ham, Gruyère cheese and béchamel sauce, with the latter including a not-at-all unnecessary fried egg on top. Other options include tuna and salmon, which, like everything else at this restaurant, is prepared to perfection.
For dessert we indulge in the “Mysterious Arabica” – a chocolate ganache with confit pear, vanilla ice cream and molten chocolate. We’re glad we just about saved enough room for pud, because this one is exquisite.
The food at this brunch is unbelievable, and we implore you to try it. There just needs to be more people enjoying it to make it fantastic.
Dhs300 (grape and hops), Dhs350 (house beverages), Dhs450 (bubbly). Additional 20 percent taxes and fees apply. Fri noon-5pm. d3 (04 245 4700).
The bottom line
An impeccable, but quiet brunch.