Notoriously known for being home of the brunch, there are actually very few places in Dubai at all that serve a proper brunch (in the true sense of the word – being breakfast/lunch we mean.) However, if you haven’t tried it yet, then Le Grand Petit Dejeuner at Al Muntaha, Burj Al Arab is everything you would expect from brunch at the world’s most luxurious hotel. This is a modern, French, semi à la carte brunch that’s one of the most perfect brunches you’re ever likely to experience here.
Suspended 200 meters up in the sky at the top of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel, this takes some serious beating! Al Muntaha offers a stylish, yet surprisingly family-friendly brunch that presents an innovative way of serving the freshest seasonal ingredients from around the globe into culinary masterpieces that look (and taste) jaw-droppingly good.
On arrival, and as we were taking in the breath-taking views, a delicious pastry basket arrived on the table which included a brioche so tasty that a second one soon appeared. Brunch wouldn’t be brunch of course, without a selection of breakfast egg dishes. We ordered our breakie dish off the menu settling on the Quail Egg Florentine with Winter Black Truffle and Blue Lobster Eggs Benedict (which were amazing) and sat back with our posh non-alcoholic bubbles, watching the gold flakes dance around the glass.
The semi a la carte brunch meant that after we had devoured our eggs we could explore the extensive buffet with a range of appetisers, seafood, salads and smoothies. All ingredients are sustainably sourced and this isn’t a pile-your-plate-high type of brunch, it’s about enjoying the quality of the food rather than the quantity.
We then got to select a main course off the menu with a choice of a fish, meat or poultry dish, and given they’re all sustainably sourced, are unsurprisingly full of flavour. The fresh Turbot is the best you’re ever likely to taste that’s been paired with Caviar
Beurre Blanc sauce and Cauliflower Purée. There’s Truffled Corn Fed
Chicken Supreme and our top pick – the Prime John Stone Beef Tenderloin with Escalope Foie Gras and Green Asparagus with Gratin Dauphinois
and Truffle Jus is out of this world!
Then onto the dessert buffet which almost put Willy Wonka to shame and so magical that we almost wish we’d taken the kids (almost)! This is without doubt a high-end brunch that’s perfect for wowing visitors or a special occasion. Kids are welcome but for us, if there’s one brunch you’re going to do child-free, then this is it!
What’s further impressive about this brunch is that because it’s so close to the traditional definition of a brunch back home, (rather than a typical Dubai brunch where you spend half the time away from the guests you’re with), you can enjoy the comfort of your company right from your table as this brunch is semi á la carte.
Le Grand Petit Déjeuner brunch starts at 10am for an Early Bird brunch without alcohol. This costs AED 595 per person with children aged 4-11 years costing AED 300. The regular brunch start at 11am which is inclusive of a glass of nice French Champagne! This brunch costs AED 695 per person with children aged 4-11 years costing AED 350 each. (However, note that alcohol is only served 12 pm onwards) and children under 4 years dine for free. This brunch is also on all through Ramadan.
This, British mums, is what real brunch is made of…
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