I’m a huge duck fan though I rarely get to eat it here. I had my first ever Peking Duck as an office Christmas lunch (we liked to do things a bit different then) and fell in love with the crispy skin, tangy plum sauce and crunchy veg combo – it was literally love at first bite ! Since then I always order duck when I’m in a Chinese restaurant and went completely overboard on duck when I was on a trip to China a while back. Sat just a few streets away from Tiananmen Square our group dined on duck, duck and more duck in a Duck only restaurant – from crispy succulent Peking duck prepared over two days through to duck tongues, heart and liver (not for the faint hearted) we ate duck to our hearts content and all for a small handful of Yen.
This Friday, I was invited to try out the new Friday Duck Brunch at Zheng He’s and I’m pleased to say it was an instant hit !
I’m a big fan of brunch which is brought to you, rather than buffet brunches, as it gives you a chance to sit, back, relax, catch up with friends and savour the view and this was a perfect brunch to do that.
With the weather being just perfect a table on the terrace with a stunning view of Burj Al Arab was a must and here’s what we dined on :
With the exception of the rice and noodles, which I didn’t have, each dish was good with a few standout dishes for me being the Shui Mai with duck liver which was exceptionally good and I could dine just on these if I was allowed. I also loved the smoked duck breast with black pepper sauce which was a new twist on a traditional dish. Desserts were also a revelation, I’m not usually a fan of asian desserts but loved a few of these and of course the dry ice magic with the fruit salad and ice-cream always goes down well.
We had some lovely drinks over the course of brunch including a few cocktails from the brunch menu which were good, we also tested the waiter to make a few mocktails which were tasty and not full of syrup.
The duck brunch is highly recommended and one to put on the ‘will go back again’ list. It’s bound to wow guests for it’s stunning location, but I say ‘don’t wait for guests’ go try it out yourself soon.
The lowdown :
Set menu, served in 4 courses plus drinks. Brunch is every Friday between 12 noon and 4pm
AED 395 per person, non-alcoholic or AED 495 per person including welcome drinks, Prosecco, house wine, spirits and a selection of experimental sharing cocktails (AED 150 per child aged 12 years and under)
Zheng He’s is at Mina A’Salam, part of the Jumeirah Group.