The brunch at Emirates Palace is a surprisingly laid-back affair. Tables are scattered about the luxury hotel’s outdoor Las Brisas restaurant and take shelter under tall palms and umbrellas. Meanwhile, the poolside seating area invites guests to come dressed in casual (but not scruffy) outfits for the Friday feast.
A brunch for one and all, there’s a supervised children’s area equipped with activities like face painting. For the adults, entertainment comes in the form of a live trio who perform hits from across the decades. As far as the food goes, the hotel puts on a respectable show. The obligatory international line-up includes a mix of live counters and buffet cloches.
Firstly, the bread counter includes a healthy balance of sweet breakfast options and savoury rolls. And as tempting as the freshly-baked doughnuts may be, avoid loading up on carbs early on. Instead, stop by the salad station that’s got a mix of global and Middle Eastern classics. The seafood and chickpea dish in particular is pleasing to the palate. Served in jars, it comprises plump prawns and chickpeas that have been cooked perfectly and tossed together in a zesty vinaigrette.
As for the mains, the Indian dishes stand out as the most memorable. A creamy, mildly flavoured butter chicken is a particular highlight and the tikkas and kebabs are just as moreish and flavoursome. Finally, the tempting dessert corner includes a candy bar, a chocolate fountain and an ice cream wagon. But it’s the decadent take on tiramisu that will linger in your memory.
If you’re looking to make the most of the brilliant winter sun, as you enjoy good food with friends, you must book a table here.
Dhs290 (soft drinks), Dhs350 (house beverages), Dhs480 (bubbly), Dhs145 (kids aged ten-12), free (kids under ten). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Las Brisas, Emirates Palace, West Corniche Road (02 690 9000).
The bottom line
Decent food, good entertainment and great atmosphere in a relaxed setting.