Brunch Review: Beachcombers, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Location: Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai
Tel: 04 406 8999
Dress code: Casual
Cuisine: Thai and Malaysian
Times: 1pm to 4pm, Friday and Saturday
Price Range: $$
Beachcombers is a refreshing, authentic Thai and Malaysian restaurant, and their weekend brunch is a great opportunity to sample the best on the menu. To start, we recommend the delicious Thai beef soup, which is made with your choice of veggies, noodles and additional spicy sauce. The beef is so soft it falls apart in your mouth! Then there’s a selection of cold Malaysian appetisers such as cucumber salad, and Thai appetisers including sweet corn salad in which the corn has been coated and fried. There’s also a make-your-own salad station for those less adventurous.
Speciality mains are Malaysian chicken and potato curry – the chef makes fresh rostis and prawn crackers to accompany it and Thai prawn red curry, with marinated chicken and beef skewers, charcoal grilled and served with a generous dollop of peanut sauce. Desserts are typically sweet and sugary – we recommend the soft milk chocolate and banana cake! Coconut fans will be greatly satisfied by the spread too.
Music is provided by a fantastic four-man band made up of two guitarists, a double bass player and a drummer. They walk around the restaurant serenading the different tables with a mix of popular music and Thai songs. They even take requests! We dare you to challenge them to any song – it’s almost guaranteed they will know it.
Catch a serenade session at Beachcombers
As a family brunch, there’s stuff for kids to do, including a bouncy castle on the beach, a whole Smurfs-themed dessert area with a food options for fussy children and an ice cream machine in which you can indulge, if you ask nicely. There’s also a clown who wanders around making balloons. Note – this is not one for those with a fear of clowns!
The restaurant itself is decorated in a Thai theme with Buddha statues, lanterns and palms. Ask to be seated on the terrace for Dubai’s best view of the Burj Al Arab.
Food for Thought: Kris Fade, Priti Malik and Rossi, The Virgin Radio Breakfast Show
"Beachcombers is a great relaxed environment with amazing food! You can’t beat the beaches of Dubai! It’s an afternoon well spent we say!"
On the Menu
Thai beef noodle soup;
Marinated beef or chicken skewers with peanut sauce
Thai prawn red curry;
Malaysian chicken and potato curry
Milk chocolate banana cake;
Dhs250 with soft drinks
Dhs360 with grape and grain