The best of Bri­tish grub served with a view

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A brand new Dubai brunch re­viewed.

The re­cently re­opened Ad­dress Down­town is as fancy as you’d ex­pect – white in­te­ri­ors with classy min­i­mal­ist decor, serene at­mos­phere and the kind of scent that screams ‘classy’. Not sur­pris­ingly, its restau­rant, aptly named The Restau­rant, is an ex­ten­sion of these qual­i­ties.

The venue is styled to recre­ate the com­forts of home with pri­vate din­ing ar­eas such as the liv­ing room and a sep­a­rate li­brary, which is sim­ply per­fect for set­tled con­ver­sa­tions over fine food and bev­er­ages.

It’s Fri­day af­ter­noon and we’ve dropped by to try out the newly launched Bri­tan­nia Brunch. As the name sug­gests, the food and drinks are all “bold, beau­ti­ful and bril­liantly” Bri­tish. Great for Bri­tish guests who want a taste of home, but for the rest of us who aren’t from the UK, what does this ex­actly mean? The Brits are fa­mous for many things, but cui­sine? We’re in­trigued.

We first ven­ture into the live cook­ing sta­tions and buf­fet area which are rather mod­est and dec­o­rated in Union Jack flags. We say mod­est, be­cause while there is plenty on of­fer, it’s nowhere near the scale of a mega brunch. And that’s not a bad thing, be­cause big­ger isn’t al­ways bet­ter, as the tiny is­land it­self has proved through­out his­tory.

The buf­fet fea­tures an as­sort­ment of sal­ads, breads, mixed grills, seafood, a se­lec­tion of cheese and cold cuts. The high­light how­ever is the hot dogs with ketchup and mus­tard, which

“The Brits in at­ten­dance can’t get enough of the York­shire pud­dings, but the in­ter­na­tional crowd don’t un­der­stand what the fuss is about”

you can never go wrong with

(but we’re pretty sure they are Amer­i­can, but let’s not go there).

Mains are served to the ta­ble. We’re talk­ing suc­cu­lent roasts with York­shire pud­dings and tra­di­tional trim­mings, and coastal favourites like Scot­tish smoked salmon and Cor­nish crab. We opt for the roast beef op­tion, which is pleas­ant.

The Brits in at­ten­dance can’t get enough of the York­shire pud­dings, but we can’t un­der­stand what the fuss is about. Bland puffy pas­try with noth­ing in­side? Okur­rrr.

The dessert se­lec­tion, once again kit­ted out in Union Jack flags, forms part of the buf­fet. How­ever we re­treat to the wrap around pa­tio, which of­fers un­in­ter­rupted views of The Dubai Foun­tain shows and Burj Khal­ifa. It’s a cer­ti­fied In­sta­gram hotspot.

Be­fore we look again, the venue is al­most empty, way be­fore the of­fi­cial brunch cut-off time. You don’t see this at many brunches, but this isn’t your av­er­age brunch. It’s cer­tainly not a party brunch – more a re­lax­ing lunch that you take your par­ents to. In fact, it’s per­fect for fam­ily gath­er­ings.

As for Bri­tish cui­sine, we guess you have to be Bri­tish to re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate it. If you’re not, you might just find it a tad bland and bor­ing. But don’t mind us… yay for York­shire pud­dings!

INFO: Bri­tan­nia Brunch at The Restau­rant, Ad­dress Down­town, Dhs295 (soft bev­er­ages), Dhs395 (house bev­er­ages), Fri 12.30pm-4pm, 04 888 3444, [email protected]



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