Sofra bldThe deal:
The Sofra bld brunch is vast, varied and extremely popular with expat and local families alike. There are the three chocolate fountains, the Indian section, the sushi, the Arabic dishes, the enormous selection of puddings and the classy décor. The in-crowd head here.Atmosphere and setting:
It’s a lively brunch. There’s a band playing, the venue is huge with a ton of tables and the buffet area is always a buzz with loads of people cramming their plates full of the different dishes on display.Make sure you try:
The chocolate fountains. You can pour it over strawberries and marshmallows and if you’re really classy, you can stick your head under it. Actually, don’t try this. It’ll ruin your clothes and you’ll get thrown out. Also head for the sushi and the crêpes, which they will make for you while you watch and stuff full of ice cream.What needs fine-tuning?
It can be quite expensive because there’s no soft drinks option, which means you’re forced to pay more for beverages you may never touch. There are so many options when it comes to the food, we were left wishing they’d spent more time making less options more memorable. The food’s good, but for this price we wanted to have our minds and tastebuds blown away. But they weren’t.What should you wear?
It’s a bit more of a posh affair, so fellas should throw on a nice shirt and shoes with their jeans. The girls will want to glam up as much as possible.Why you’ll return:
It’s one of the city’s trendiest brunches and you’ll want to lounge around by the pool, which overlooks Maqtaa Creek, afterwards.Dhs290 for grape and hop beverages, Dhs313 for bubbly brunch. Shangri-La Hotel, Bain Al Jessrain (02 509 8555).