With such a variety of brunches on offer in Dubai, restaurants are continually striving to do something outside of the norm. Al Dawaar is immediately in a prime position for this, its USP being that it’s the only revolving restaurant in the city. A brunch with views that change constantly while you eat? Surely we’re on to a winner here? We’re excited to see.
The restaurant is set on the 25th floor of the Hyatt Regency Dubai. Not so high in terms of some of the sky-scraping dining rooms in the city, but a bird’s-eye view nonetheless, especially for this area of town.
Al Dawaar opened in 1980, and is therefore something of a landmark on the culinary scene. However, thanks to a complete refurbishment last year, it’s not at all dated in terms of look. In fact, it’s chic, modern and boasts a fresh, bright feel, with white-washed window panes and shutters and vibrant green furnishings. That’s not to say it’s not retro, in a fun way, thanks to the revolving aspect.
The total rotation takes around an hour and a half and you have a top view out across Old Dubai, the Creek and to the Burj Khalifa and skyscrapers in the distance (just try to ignore the huge amount of construction directly around).
Every seat has good views, but we’d advise booking early to get one of the prime spots next to the window.
Time passes quickly as we brunch. The room is airy and sunny thanks to the massive windows so it’s an excellent place for a daytime meal. It’s a casual occasion, with a mix of families and holidaymakers, and the price point is also surprisingly wallet friendly given the setting and spread and standard of dishes on offer.
Having admired the view for a bit, we venture to the buffet, remembering where our table is as the buffet stays central while the seating area rotates, which could prove confusing.
We start off with a range of salads and mezze. The Waldorf salad is a hit, as is the Greek – packed full of chunks of feta and fresh olives.
Mains come in the form of a carving station and a range of hot dishes such as tandoori chicken, grilled lobster and moussaka, which is delicious.
There are also three live cooking stations – Indian, Italian and Asian. We opt for a vegetable curry and five minutes later it arrives at our table with some freshly made naan bread. It’s delicious – rich and packed full of flavour.
Desserts include mini cakes and fruit platters.
Full and happy we sit and relax, enjoying the views and the slow-paced rotation (which soon becomes the norm, despite early concerns of motion sickness).
Al Dawaar doesn’t just rely on its wide-ranging views to sell its brunch -– the food and service match up.
Dhs229 (soft drinks), Dhs349 (house beverages), Dhs549 (bubbly). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Hyatt Regency Dubai, Deira (04 209 6887).
The bottom line
Excellent to take visitors to.