A few weeks ago I was invited to visit Caravan situated at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai to sample their newly launched Rotisserie Friday Brunch which showcases organic farm-to-table dining. Brunch is based on speciality dishes from Arabia, India, the Mediterranean and the West brunch is a mixture of interactive live cooking stations, carving stations and a rotisserie oven plus a sumptuous dessert station and a nice selection of cheese. With live music, indoor or terrace seating overlooking the lawns and the sea this is very much a casual and relaxed brunch.
For those fancying a bit of an adventure, the menu also features a little ‘treasure hunt’ of ‘must try dishes’ which are some of the highlights and signature dishes of the brunch – including a delightful shawarma named Big Rami’s Shawarma after chef Rami and a live fois gras cooking station.
Starters and Salads -There’s plenty of choice of salads, smoked and cured salmon, oysters, sushi and sashimi and a cured pork for those who indulge. There was also a small ‘creative station’ with a few playful things for you to try such as shooters, wheatgrass shots etc. I loved the fact that there was plenty of choice without there being too much, small dishes were regularly replenished so the section always look fresh and well presented.
Main Courses : The star of the show for me was undoubtedly the rotisserie with spit roast lamb, rotisserie chicken being cooked and carved in front of you, there was a good selection of hot seafood with a whole baked fish, a cooked gammon join, plenty of roasts, indian dishes and vegetarian dishes giving lots of choice. I also loved the live fois gras cooking station and managed to introduce my dining companion to a new experience which she loved.
Drinks : Diners are welcomed with a signature cocktail or mocktail before being shown their table. For grape lovers, there a selection of bio-dymanic wines from two bio-organic french chateaus are served, plus sparking Chardonnay or Champagne (depending on your package) plus a vodka bar and bloody mary shot tray.
Desserts : A walk around the dessert section gave me a little flashback to Sunday afternoons at home, with pies and crumbles fresh out of the oven plus I spotted a bread and butter pudding and custard. For those with less of a western palate, there is a live cooking station with fresh waffles, plenty of cakes, mousses and cheesecakes etc as well as some crisp macarons and soft chewy marshmallow. My newly found love of cheese and honey was spoilt as I indulged at the cheese counter.
The Lowdown :
Pros : I loved this brunch because of the laid back, casual ambiance and lovely setting overlooking manicured lawns and the beach. It’s a relaxed affair suitable for familes (little ones are whisked away to a kids playing area) or friends and good for couples too. There’s enough choice to cater for all palates (and I loved the pork station) but not so much that you spend half of brunch wandering around gathering food. The hotel is also the ‘right end’ of JBR from a traffic point of view. Love that they use organic produce too.
Cons : I think it’s a little on the pricy side.
Brunch is 1pm to 4pm and there are 3 packages available :
Oasis at AED 450 with non-alcoholic beverages and Caravan’s signature “Ginger Route” mocktail and home-infused iced teas
Desert Springs at AED 560 with sparkling vintages and signature cocktails “Pear Dew” and “The Explorer”
Mirage at AED 690 with unlimited French bubbly and signature cocktails.