Where is the Desert Palm?
The Desert Palm is a boutique hotel and spa with 2 restaurants, a riding school for the disabled and a fully fledged polo facility with 400 or so horses. We had the Friday brunch at their restaurant Rare which overlooks the polo fields. It’s on the Hatta road, past Dragon mart and the plant souk area of Warsan. There is no traffic on a Friday. We have also had tea at their restaurant Epicure on an earlier occasion.
Food at the Desert Palm Brunch?
The brunch comprises of fresh oysters, a wide variety of sushi, salads, hot appetisers like prawn tempura as well as an array of live cooking stations. I opted for oysters, sushi, some prawn tempura and then I chose the truffle risotto with chilli for my main course. There was plenty of barbecued meat and fresh pasta all being made to order at live cooking stations.
Ambience at Desert Palm Brunch
The Desert Palm is a smart place but it has an elegant yet laid back feel about it, so do dress to impress but make sure you’re comfortable. Gents, wear your fanciest and most genuine polo shirts! The fact you’re eating on the polo terrace takes away some of the formality of the occasion but the food, drink and service is top class.
Best thing about the Desert Palm Brunch
I LOVED this brunch, from the Tattinger champagne and oysters to begin with to the fact that almost all your food was made fresh to order for you despite it being a buffet brunch. The mushroom truffle risotto was one of the best I have tasted. The oysters and sushi were all very fresh and of excellent quality.
The stable tour afterwards really added something special to the end of this brunch. Well worth the journey out towards Warsan. The only thing I thought could have been improved were the desserts, I thought the desserts at the Bushman Anantara were of a higher standard and would have complemented the fabulous food on offer at the Desert Palm.
Deal at the Desert Palm Brunch
Dhs 395 for lunch with an impressive selection of drinks, and Dhs 295 for brunch with non alcoholic cocktails. The price also includes coffees afterwards. The stable tour is included, but you may have to wait for the buggies to become available to take you round. This is the PERFECT brunch for a special occasion. I have no hesitation in recommending it. Do go soon while you can sit outside.
What’s your favourite brunch in Dubai and why? Do let me know in a comment below, I’m sure all our readers would love to know.
The Boutique Friday Brunch
Thank you Monica