DETAILS: Dhs156 (soft drinks), Dhs249 (house beverages). Thu 5pm-10pm. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta (02 654 3333).
Some things in life just don’t make much sense. Like why do shoe-repair shops always offer key-cutting services and how come a round pizza comes in a square box?
Another mystery we just can’t unravel here at Time Out is why the Thursday evening brunch isn’t more popular.
We know full well that the Friday feast is a culinary institution, but we just don’t get why its Saturday sibling is higher up the food chain than the Thursday alternative?
After all, the mealtime marathon takes place at the furthest point from the next working week so is a perfect time to let your hair down.
We were happy to put our foodie theory to the test at Café Sushi’s Thursday evening brunch, Buranchi.
We feel like we are on the right track as soon as we set foot in the cosy Japanese eatery, which features a pretty outdoor terrace and an intimate dining space boasting the classic Japanese-style conveyor belt brimming with bowls of food.
Diners are able to select an array of Far-Eastern flavours from the moving feast, including a bowl load of delicious sushi, before perusing food stations with tempura vegetables and prawns, soups, noodles and meats. There’s a salad station outside, too.
Before you go on the tasting tour, the team of warm and friendly staff bring a variety of tempting bites straight to your table, including a lovely selection of sashimi, nigiri and moreish edamame beans.
It is a fine start to the dining experience and whets the appetite for what is to come.
The five-hour window of the brunch means you never feel rushed, so this is a great spot for an evening unwind at the end of a hard week at work.
If you need any more help chilling out, soulful beats are provided by DJ Ram throughout the evening.
The venue fills up nicely as the hours tick by, with the DJ helping to create a lively start-of-the-weekend party vibe.
We resist the temptation to slump in our chairs while the tunes are cranked out in order to make another food run, tucking
into tasty chicken teriyaki, delightful strips of spicy beef and decent udon. We’d recommend skipping the too-cold tempura, though, but a sashimi salad hits the spot.
With the package starting at around Dhs150, this is a great-value feed that doesn’t scrimp on flavour or variety of food.
The cool setting, excellent musical entertainment and top-quality food leave us hoping that Thursday feeling becomes a more regular thing on the capital’s dining scene.
The bottom line
A fun and superb-value evening feast.