Brunch review: Alpine at Publique

21 Mar 2019

The one and only ski-themed bar in buzzing Souk Madinat Jumeirah has launched an evening brunch. So how does it compare to the real French Alps?

Roll up, roll up, there's a newly launched brunch in town - and it's at quirky and cool (although not literally) ski bar Publique.

Alpine brunch launched earlier this month and we're totally here for the concept - an 'instructor' guiding you through an authentic alpine journey of French dishes and signature drinks. Inside, the rustic charm of the wooden-walled restaurant space ticks all the boxes, while outside a cosy terrace offers picturesque views of the Madinat’s waterways as well as the iconic Burj Al Arab.

So, let's get down to the food. An array of alpine-inspired Publique signature dishes are served (think plates of meats and seasoned new potatoes) alongside a thick wedge of gooey, melting cheese - plus free-flowing grapes, hops and mocktails. 

Dessert is even more warmth, this time in the form of a luxurious chocolate fondue featuring fresh fruit and marshmallows. Divine. 

The Alpine brunch runs every day of the week from 8pm onwards (Saturday to Thursday), and all day every Friday from 12noon onwards for Dhs345 per person for a 3-hour brunch package. Since Publique believes that sharing is caring, there’s a minimum booking of four people per brunch group, FYI. 

The vibe was really ideal: busy, not crowded and with cool French house music playing in the background that you could appreciate without having to shout to your neigbour. Obviously the food isn't exactly slimming, so we advise loose-fitting outfits. That said, it's dark, so no one will notice if the top button of your jeans is undone... 

Post-brunch, there's an apres-brunch party with a resident DJ from 10pm and 20 per cent off your beverage bill. Let's just say it's all downhill from there. 

For reservations call (+971) 4 430 8550 or email