DETAILS: Dhs279 (soft drinks), Dhs369 (house beverages), Dhs519 (French bubbly). Fri noon-4pm. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta (02 654 3238).
If variety is the spice of life then a visit to the Friday Fairmont Brunch will have your metaphorical taste buds tingling. Your actual taste buds will as well, of course.
We’re a big fan of the restaurants at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr hotel. The food is pretty much always spot on, the service well-drilled and the variety keeps things interesting. You could be enjoying a steak at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill, pasta at Frankie’s Italian Restaurant & Bar or watching the game with mates at the Sports Café with a bowl of excellent chicken wings, there’s something for everyone.
The high standards are on show during the hotel’s Friday brunch, which pools together its different restaurants. If you haven’t been, the outlets are all lined up along one corridor, making this brunch an easy one to navigate.
CuiScene, the all-day dining spot, is filled with bite-sized salads, probably the largest bread selection we’ve seen, hot mezze and soups. We’re also pleased to see breakfast options of eggs Benedict, pancakes, waffles and more all present and correct.
We recommend paying the Asian counter a visit. We try neatly-wrapped sushi and high-quality nigiri. There’s a lot to choose from (we count around 15 platters) but we give it our best shot before turning out attention to the seafood dim sum, which are filled generously and very tasty indeed.
We stick with small bites and make a move for some chicken tikka, which is succulent and delicately spiced with ginger.
The corridor is lined with live cooking stations, the favourite of which is the Italian corner. Ricotta and spinach ravioli are shaped right in front of you before being tossed through a sauce that is just tart enough.
If the brunch ended there we’d be satisfied, but there’s so much more to taste.
The carvery station, courtesy of White’s steakhouse draws a crowd. The chicken is succulent, but it’s the roast beef that is best. The meat is tender and almost melts away. The sides are excellent, too.
The Sports Café is on hand to offer classy pub grub, such as tasty-looking chicken and waffle sandwiches, but we’re filling up and already have dessert on our minds.
There are tables packed with pastries, custard, cakes, shakes, date pudding, rolled ice cream and more (if you have little ones, they’ll have a field day in here).
We’ve been impressed with the quality and quantity on offer here, and it’s a good one for families. For an international buffet brunch, it hits the spot.
The bottom line
A lot of food and all rather good.