Decisions, decisions, decisions ! Brunches ! love them or hate them they are here to stay and are somewhat of a Dubai institution. Once you’ve made the decision to brunch, a decision not necessarily for the fainthearted in terms of your wallet and your waistline, you then need to decide where to dine and let’s be honest we are inundated with choices. From the decadent full brunch which leaves you groaning and holding your full tummies as you have to sample just a little bit of everything, through to the A la Carte events which are equally filling and provide plenty of temptations to the hungry diner.
I was intrigued to find out more about the brunch at Mizaan at the H Dubai on Sheik Zayed Road (formerly the Monarch Hotel) and so recently took a few friends along to taste our way through the delights on offer. Located just off the main lobby brunch is a relaxed and civilized affair with enough food choices to satisfy everyone but not so many that you are overwhelmed with choice.
After being shown to our table, in this bright and light restaurant we started off with choosing from the drinks menu, there’s wine and sparkling Prosecco, a small and succinct cocktail menu as well as a range of soft drinks and beers. Staff were happy to accommodate requests for subtle changes to suit the palate of one of my guests who found Prosecco too dry. The Cosmopolitan’s were beautiful and hit the spot straight away.
There are plenty of menu choices to suit everyone, and we started off with a wide range of fresh crisp salads and slices of Terrines which we attacked with gusto. Our next port of call, after a unanimous discussion was a trip to the seafood counter. The smoked salmon was particularly tasty, as was the beetroot cured salmon. The beautifully fresh oysters were shucked for us and brought to the table along with the usual variety of vinegars and shallots etc, whilst the lobster was quickly pan fried in butter to suit one of our diners who preferred hot lobster rather than the chilled ones.
For main course we dispersed individually to check out the various options available and all returned with plates filled with different treats. As a Brit I felt compelled to check out the roast and was served up some beautifully rare rib of beef which melted in my mouth. The guys opted for a selection of most things and returned with their plates groaning with an around the world mezze of most things including some succulent butter chicken, some Asian noodles, European style steak and chicken as well as some tagine from morocco. On offer but not sampled were some more traditional Arabic dishes, lots of Mediterranean dishes (the paella looked tasty) and a live shawarma stand – next time !
Next, for the guys, came a second main course of pasta, made to order and delivered from our table. I’m not a pasta lover, but have to say the dishes looked beautiful and I’m told they were tasty and fresh.
Whilst there is plenty of choice of food available, the restaurant isn’t too big, so although we all went wandering around to select different choices, we also dined together for the majority of the time. There is nothing worse than going for brunch and barely seeing your companions as they are off foraging for food around a huge venue, each friend returning at a different time so that it feels like you’ve done brunch in a relay fashion.
After sampling a few more cocktails (Cosmopolitan was still my favourite) and having our Prosecco glasses filled regularly by the friendly and attentive staff, we then opted to move to the dessert course. Feeling slightly lazy and not sure what to choose, one of the members of staff helpfully compiled a selection plate for us showcasing most of the puddings which was a nice touch and gave us the opportunity to wander up for seconds at a leisurely pace as well as to indulge in the chocolate fountain which it seem is a brunch necessity, but of course I’m not complaining. I have to give the chef full credit for the zingy orange jellies which were home made and particularly amazing, so good that I would have happily paid for a box to take away and bring home. The white chocolate and strawberry cake pop looking which actually turned out to be rich indulgent truffles was also particularly good.
Desserts are set up in the Arcadia Lobby lounge and it was here that we moved to at the end of brunch to relax on a sofa whilst listening to the beautiful classical guitar music in the background whilst indulging in one last cocktail. Sadly the cheese course was left untouched as despite our measured approach to lunch, we had feasted well and had no room left.
Reminiscing over brunch on the sofas we agreed that we were all comfortably full and contented and had enjoyed a very social and civilized brunch in relaxing settings with good food.
Brunch is available from 12.30 – 4pm at a price of 255/AED with soft drinks and 355/AED with bubbles and cocktails which I think is great value.
Disclaimer : I was an invited guest for Brunch, however all opinions are my own. All images are my own taken on the day.