But there are brunches and then there is Jumeirah Zabeel Saray’s Avenue of Indulgence Super Brunch.
The Brunch Spectacular - Super Brunch is one such example – doing exactly as its name suggests.
On one hand you have the setting. This West Crescent hotel is one of the most elegant and opulent in the city, if not the country.
But that is only the start of this feasting adventure…
Posturing and parading through the lobby and in the brunch venue itself, the exaggerated period clothing sported by these characters underlines the richness of the concept – and delivery - not least the stunning Imperium.
The restaurants design, with tall pillars, lavish décor, huge mirrors and elaborate chandeliers, reminds of somewhere such as the Palace of Versailles - and is arguably the centre stage for a sprawling brunch that excels on many levels.
And the food certainly doesn’t play second fiddle to the theatre of this elegant foodie fixture.
While the scale of choice is significant, quality is clearly also in evidence. From taste and ingredient combinations to presentation, the settings and stations offering a myriad rewards for the senses and the palate.
It took willpower enough not to sample everything on the colourful and inspirational salad zone, but this writer could have gorged on the chicory and cabrales blue cheese salad and been satiated.
Range is key here, from the impressive selection of artisanal cheeses – willpower is defined by your ability to leave stomach space for a visit - to the nations represented across the brunch ‘theatre’.
Let’s face it, how many brunches have you been to that serve foie gras or escargot in the shell? And then there are the oysters.
This extravagant affair is orchestrated by teams from the resort’s individually exceptional restaurants, presenting their signature culinary selection and delivering a formidable range of international flavours via 18 cooking stations.
And should you still have room – or simply want to behold its colour – head to what is usually the Voda Bar, turned temporarily into a playground of inspirational dessert options, from luscious moist tarts and macaroons to rich mousse and a chocolate fountain. If Tim Burton did dessert stations…
You can choose to eat inside with the impressive ice sculptures or on the terrace where a DJ rinses ears down with laidback beats, but we’d recommend requesting Imperium for sheer opulence befitting the concept.
And, depending on when you are reading this, the next one is on April 7!
THE Brunch Spectacular - Super Brunch is held each month, 1pm until 4pm, and is priced at AED 525 per person.
FOR more information on dates and reservations, visit: www.jumeirah.com/jzsbrunches
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