By Thomas Shambler
With prime position in Dubai Marina and a celebrity chef backer, Marina Social goes above and beyond for its brunch
Marina Social isn't new. And unlike many other restaurants in the region that boast a celebrity chef's moniker in the title, multi-Michelin Star winner Jason Atherton is often in Dubai. He gives regular interviews with the region's top food and entertainment titles, and Marina Social's resident chef Tristin Farmer is also making a name for himself in food circles. Dishes are both whimsical and picturesque, a perfect combination for tempting would-be foodies into publishing snaps on Instagram (there's almost 3000 to date under the restaurant's hashtag). And the food is delicious – well worth recommending to friends.
The point is – in the short two years since it's opened, Marina Social has become a firm favourite among the region's foodies. For dinner, that is. Now it's turned its sights to conquering the brunch trade with an entirely new set of dishes.
The menu is small but perfectly formed. You get a choice of five starters, six mains and three desserts (each person at the table chooses one from each course, and they're brought out to share). It's more classic than the dining menu, with the likes of beef tartare, shepherd's pie and fish and chips (they sound simple, but the chefs take these ordinary meals to new levels). Does the brunch it live up to Marina Social's self-made standards? You bet.