Friday brunch at Mr Miyagi’s

Cheesy pop tunes and party vibes are the order of this late-afternoon feast

Brunch

Brunch at Mr Miyagi’s runs in pretty much the same vein as its bright neon signs and kitsch décor. It’s big, brash and in your face. It’s also very, very loud.

The soft beverages deal isn’t actually advertised on the menu, and you can add an extra Dhs100 onto your beverages deal for drinks to continue flowing for an extra hour after the brunch officially ends. So it’s great value if you also want to make an evening of it, and also extremely clear right from the outset that this is a go big or go home kind of Friday offering.

If you’re interested, the soft drinks package is just Dhs185, and the food is of good quality and tastes pretty decent, making this option well worth it, too.

A member of staff paces through the venue singing cheesy pop numbers, karaoke-style (at you if you make eye contact) over a backing track played at full volume. And many of the brunchers join in enthusiastically.

Go with a big group and get stuck in, because when things reach fever pitch, it becomes a knees-up of epic proportions.

Food is served à la carte, so guests can concentrate on singing and dancing while the four courses are brought to the tables. And unlike at dinner, when everything is brought out once it’s ready, for brunch, you’ll be asked between each course if you’re ready for the next – handy if you plan to be on your feet dancing all afternoon and busy belting out ’90s chart hits.

The food is of good quality, despite being largely secondary to the shindig. There’s salted edamame and some seriously flavoursome prawn crackers to nibble for course one, which is followed by a mix of delightfully springy dim sum, crispy veggie spring rolls and char siew bao buns that come with a zingy yuzu and sesame dip.

Course three comprises a mix of vegetarian and fish sushi, as well as a choice of Thai green curry or chicken katsu curry with Japanese sticky rice. The former has the perfect spice level that delivers just the right amount of kick, while the tender chicken in the katsu curry has a coating so delicately crunchy it’s almost a shame to drench it in the curry sauce. But do. You won’t be disappointed.

Portion sizes are just right, so you’ll more than likely have room for dessert, which is a choice of ice cream or a traditional mango sticky rice. Go for the latter and you’ll be rewarded with perfectly glutinous, mildly sweet rice, complete with fresh slices of mango to enjoy it with.

The food here is tasty, though not stand-out. This isn’t a brunch for gourmands, but if you’re after a raucous afternoon with a bit of a sing-song, Mr Miyagi’s will deliver.
Dhs185 (soft drinks), Dhs275 (house beverages), Dhs550 (sparkling grape), additional Dhs100 for an extra hour of free-flowing drinks. Fri 4pm-7pm. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 420 7489).

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Book for loud tunes and a buzzing vibe.

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