If you get to the Geales brunch before it starts, you might think you’re in for a quiet Saturday. However, as soon as it strikes noon, the place quickly fills up with families and kids – which is fitting as it's billed as a lazy family brunch. However, if you're not dining en masse, this possibly isn't the Friday feast for you.
Located in Le Royal Méridien’s beach resort, Geales’ all-white outdoor seating exudes weekend fun and holiday vibes.
It’s set right next to the kids’ area and, after multiple attempts to drown the former’s music out with some mellow beats, Geales staff give in to the fact that it may not be possible.
After changing our booking from the checkered, rather calm indoor seating, we proceeded to the bright and sunny outdoor area.
Full of happy, positive vibes, the venue is a good fit for a weekend brunch. The service is friendly and swift. We start off with sharing appetisers from the à la carte set menu served to the table.
It promises Great British fare, but starters fall short of expectations. The shrimp cocktail is drowned in dressing, a caprese salad lacks that fresh taste, and a brioche with mushrooms is exceptionally bland.
Some of the main courses are an improvement, such as the roast dinner, which boasts decent roast potatoes and juicy chicken, but the traditional shepherd’s pie is overly salty, while the fish and chips swim in grease. Vegetables are on the soggy side, too.
The famous Geales sweet shop is a delightful sight, with colourful desserts and sweets including sticky toffee pudding – the winner of this round. However, the bread and butter pudding is stodgy, while the doughnuts, chocolate cake and tarts are on the dry side.
The family-friendly atmosphere at Geales will keep the whole gang happy, but if you're looking for a excellent culinary choices, you're unlikely to find them at this brunch.
Dhs225 (soft drinks), Dhs385(house beverages), Dhs125 (kids aged 13-18), free (kids under 12). Noon-4pm. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 316 5550).
The bottom line
Family-friendly, but sub-par dishes.