BEST FOR: FAMILY BONDING FUN The Address, Dubai Marina
What could be better for a child than eating a delicious cupcake at a funfor-all-the-family brunch? Icing one, that’s what!
So that’s how I found myself elbow-deep in chocolate ganache and vanilla icing with a five-yearold demanding that I make tiny marzipan-carrot decorations. “Let me try, Mamma, you’re making a mess,” she declared as I struggled to squeeze a swirl of icing on top of a cupcake.
The pastry chef had made it look easy, piping little clouds of icing on top of her perfect creation, and topping it with dainty carrots with pistachio ‘roots.’ My cupcake looked like a piping bag had exploded on top of it and my marzipan resembled chubby orange fingers rather than miniature vegetables.
But my little girl didn’t care. “Look I can cover that all up with chocolate,” she said, expertly icing over my mistakes and shaking on decorative glitter. “Now we have a chance of winning.”
Sadly we didn’t get placed and I was sure I saw a glimmer of a smirk on the chef’s face when she spotted our entry, but it was a great start to the Saturday ‘Generation Creation’ brunch at Dubai Marina’s swish The Address hotel. We were one of eight parent-and-child teams who’d entered the cupcake-icing competition – each week there’s a different activity, ranging from flower arranging to towel art.
The hard work over, it was time to eat. After all, we’d worked up quite an appetite. Luckily there was plenty on offer. The salad bar was extensive and had little delights such as tiny caprese, or beetroot with cream cheese, and there was an oyster bar and live sushi station, which is a firm favourite. The main dishes were from across the world with Indian biryani, British roast beef, an entire fresh salmon, Spanish paella and exotic dishes from Asia along with Chinese spring rolls and Thai crab cakes cooked to order. I went for the Indian vegetable biryani option, but my husband took a giant plate and asked for a little bit of everything.
“You’ll never be able to eat all that,” I chastised him. But I was wrong. He devoured the lot and went back for more. Then the children raced off to the vast dessert station while I raided the cheese section. My son came back clutching marshmallows that he’d put in the chocolate fountain whilemy daughter asked the pastry chef if she could eat the cupcakes she’d decorated. “Mmm, delicious,” she grinned, demolishing them.
The afternoon was still young, and my children went off to play in the large supervised children’s club which has a bouncy castle, with slide, Playstation and face painting. There is also a giant TV with kids’ movies, an entire selection of children’s food and – to go with the movie – sweets.
It meant I could eat my cheese and crackers in peace while they made friends at the movies, and I had another go at icing a cupcake in secret. With great food, familybonding fun and even an element of competition, this is one brunch where you can really have your cake and eat it. Details: Saturday from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. Dh220 – Dh360 for adults, Dh110 for six to 12-year-olds and free for those under six. Call 04 4367777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.