The recently reopened Address Downtown is as fancy as you’d expect – white interiors with classy minimalist decor, serene atmosphere and the kind of scent that screams ‘classy’. Not surprisingly, its restaurant, aptly named The Restaurant, is an extension of these qualities.
The venue is styled to recreate the comforts of home with private dining areas such as the living room and a separate library, which is simply perfect for settled conversations over fine food and beverages.
It’s Friday afternoon and we’ve dropped by to try out the newly launched Britannia Brunch. As the name suggests, the food and drinks are all “bold, beautiful and brilliantly” British. Great for British guests who want a taste of home, but for the rest of us who aren’t from the UK, what does this exactly mean? The Brits are famous for many things, but cuisine? We’re intrigued.
We first venture into the live cooking stations and buffet area which are rather modest and decorated in Union Jack flags. We say modest, because while there is plenty on offer, it’s nowhere near the scale of a mega brunch. And that’s not a bad thing, because bigger isn’t always better, as the tiny island itself has proved throughout history.
The buffet features an assortment of salads, breads, mixed grills, seafood, a selection of cheese and cold cuts. The highlight however is the hot dogs with ketchup and mustard, which you can never go wrong with (but we’re pretty sure they are American, but let’s not go there).
Mains are served to the table. We’re talking succulent roasts with Yorkshire puddings and traditional trimmings, and coastal favourites like Scottish smoked salmon and Cornish crab. We opt for the roast beef option, which is pleasant. The Brits in attendance can’t get enough of the Yorkshire puddings, but we can’t understand what the fuss is about. Bland puffy pastry with nothing inside? Okurrrr.
The dessert selection, once again kitted out in Union Jack flags, forms part of the buffet. However we retreat to the wrap around patio, which offers uninterrupted views of The Dubai Fountain shows and Burj Khalifa. It’s a certified Instagram hotspot.
Before we look again, the venue is almost empty, way before the official brunch cut-off time. You don’t see this at many brunches, but this isn’t your average brunch. It’s certainly not a party brunch – more a relaxing lunch that you take your parents to. In fact, it’s perfect for family gatherings.
As for British cuisine, we guess you have to be British to really appreciate it. If you’re not, you might just find it a tad bland and boring. But don’t mind us… yay for Yorkshire puddings!
INFO: Britannia Brunch at The Restaurant, Address Downtown, Dhs295 (soft beverages), Dhs395 (house beverages), Fri 12.30pm-4pm, 04 888 3444, firstname.lastname@example.org