BEST FOR: SOPHISTICATED TASTES Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Forget the bouncy castles. Hold fire with the high-octane activities. And as for the nuggets-and-chips kids’ menu – well puh-lease.
Believe it or not, sometimes what families with even very young children want is a sophisticated brunch where the menu is every bit as delicious as the decor. And when it comes to fine dining and fun for all the family there’s nowhere better than Latitude’s Friday Brunch at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
Tucked away on the ground floor, the restaurant has an enormous terrace, which is just perfect for dining alfresco in the cooler months, and inside is just as elegant. Airy and light, the eaterie is a chic mix of glass, wood and leather. There’s a small supervised kids’ club in the corner, and a great band, Aria Trio, to keep everyone entertained. But the star attraction is definitely the food.
Among the vast array of live cooking stations featuring dishes from far-flung corners of the globe are absolute gems that will have your babies, toddlers and even grannies asking for more.
My five-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son have totally different tastes. She will eat anything that stands still long enough and he is so fussy, his father and I have been known to cook five different meals before and still not been able to get him to eat more than a few spoonfuls.
So it can be a culinary challenge to keep them both happy – but here they had the choice of Japanese, Malaysian, Indian, British (Sunday roast anyone?), Italian and Thai.
“I’ll have seafood pasta,” my son decided, watching the chef create the dish to order to his exact taste (linguine with juicy prawns) while my little girl went for roast beef, well done, with fresh vegetables and roast potatoes that were crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. “I want that special sauce that you make,” she insisted and I frowned until I realised she meant gravy. My husband went for his usual surf-andturf combo – all selected by him and cooked while he waited.
I couldn’t decide what to have – there was so much on offer – so I had a bit of everything! I went for an Italian starter of pasta pomodoro – simple but delicious – and a vegetable curry with a few roast potatoes snuck on to the side (well who could resist when they’re just like my mother makes back in the UK?).
Unusually, not much was said for the next 10 minutes as we tucked