By Courtney Trenwith
Taking brunch back to its original concept, you will eat your way through eggs, main course and plenty of dessert.
Traditionally, ‘brunch’ is a combination of breakfast and lunch – or a long eating session spanning both. While most Dubai restaurants have taken the concept along an alternative route, there is one eatery doing it the original way.
Late on a Saturday morning we headed to The Daily, in Rove Downtown Dubai, where eggs can be eaten alongside jar combinations and apple tart.
The new contemporary hotel has brought The Bench brunch from its popular home in the Pavillion on Mohammed Bin Rashid
Boulevard to the more central location opposite Dubai Mall. The family-friendly brunch was originally developed by Chef Spencer Black, who is behind the entire Rove food and beverage concept.
The Daily oozes cool, with its benches and plethora of sunlight. We are welcomed with an impressive fresh juice concoction that immediately sets the standard – impressive but not overly done.
The spread – laid out on a circular table in the middle of the room - spans breakfast favourites such as warm croissants, unique yoghurt mixes and gourmet bread, to all-day pickings like cheese boards, mini sandwiches, cold cuts and, of course, plenty of sweet deserts. I’m happy with the array of healthy, and vegetarian options, too.
The fresh and keenly refilled buffet is accompanied by one main meal, chosen from a menu selection including all your usual egg styles, pasta, or a variety of salads. I opt for the white egg omelette and, surprisingly, it arrives not long after I have filled a plate with all the other goodies. It is just how I like it, fluffy and not too overloaded with fillings.
I loved the endless supply of fresh fruit and vegetable juices, while my black coffee was as good as any.
The special thing about The Bench brunch is that the purpose is about savouring the food – and the conversation – without it being masked by bubbles and grapes (which are an additional extra, but don’t really suit the scene). This is the place to relax, wear comfortable clothes, settle into your seat and eat the day away while actually catching up with friends or family.
Three hours passed us by rapidly. You could arrive at 11am and kick-off with breakfast then chat your way through to lunch and keep nibbling all the way into the afternoon. It is a nice way to spend either Friday or Saturday – or a solution to that post-Friday brunch feeling!
Cost: AED99 per person including buffet, main course and coffee/tea (children 6-12 years cost AED49).
Time: Friday and Saturday, 11am-3.30pm.