SE­CRET GAR­DEN BRUNCH, THE RITZ-CARL­TON DIFC

There’s a new party brunch in town

Ahlan! - - Gourmet -

Party brunches can be a bit hit or miss. Some­times the mu­sic is too loud, or the venues get so packed you can’t move. Not to men­tion the fact that the food of­ten be­comes an af­ter­thought.

If there is any­one who knows how to pull off a party brunch prop­erly, it’s the folks over at Se­cret Par­ties, who host var­i­ous Se­cret events across Dubai. They were pre­vi­ously re­spon­si­ble for the up­beat brunch at Taj Dubai’s Tree­house, and this sea­son they’ve set up shop at Flair No.5 at the swanky The Ritz­Carl­ton in DIFC.

The fab­u­lous court­yard venue is airy and spa­cious, with lounges and high ta­bles dot­ted across the venue. It’s very much a so­cial af­fair, with guests gath­er­ing at the bar area and milling about the var­i­ous popup drinks sta­tions. Of course, there’s a DJ on the decks from the get-go, so it doesn’t take long for the crowd to get on their feet.

Food is served to the ta­ble, and as ex­pected, it’s all about shar­ing. The starters con­sist of a colour­ful ar­ray of hum­mus, ce­viche, breads, olives and quinoa, in­stantly mak­ing the ta­ble In­sta-wor­thy.

Mains are just as pretty and di­verse, when they ar­rive at the ta­ble. From meat­balls and shrimp skew­ers, to pizza and veg­gies, there is some­thing to keep every­one graz­ing.

And it’s not just the tasty food that keeps us happy. As the af­ter­noon evolves, so does the at­mos­phere. For­tu­nately, even at full ca­pac­ity, the venue does not feel over­crowded. There is space to move and dance, and the lounge seat­ing is be­yond com­fort­able.

What more can we ask for on a vi­brant Fri­day af­ter­noon? Not much, TBH.

INFO: Se­cret Gar­den Brunch at Flair No.5, The Ritz-Carl­ton, DIFC. Dhs299 (soft drinks), Dhs399 (house bev­er­ages), Dhs499 (bub­bles). Fri­day 1pm-5pm, se­cret-par­ties.com

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