Brunch Review: Masti, La Mer
Dubai’s eclectic new beachfront venue, La Mer, is undoubtedly one of the UAE’s most talked-about venues. And what better way to take advantage of pleasant weather and beach vibes than a fabulous al fresco brunch? Exactly our point.
Today, we’ve opted for exactly that at Masti. Masti, which translates to ‘fun and mischief’, promises a Friday brunch like no other – a gastronomic celebration, with playful and eccentric surprises for a totally fierce weekend social. With its lush and vibrant interiors, along with panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf, it’s certainly the perfect spot to unwind on a sunny Friday afternoon. Needless to say, be sure to take advantage of the comfortable outside seating while the weather still allows.
And the food is just as exciting as the picturesque venue. From the mind of award winning chef Hari Nayak, the Masti menu offers a reinterpretation of Indian cuisine, designed to share. While the cold starters are unlimited, you get to choose one hot appetiser and one main meal. And for a truly decadent and ferociously delicious finale, you can feast on sweet treats to your heart’s content from Masti’s truly delicious dessert station.
To kick off, we order the cassava chaat, a spicy and crunchy mix consisting of arugula, sweet and sour chutney and tomato lace, and tuna bhel tartare – a tasty combination of tuna, chickpeas and avocado crema. Oh, and edamame beans, because you can never have enough of those.
For hot appetisers,we try the truffle burrata, which as the name suggests, oozes rich truffle goodness, and the pulled tandoori chicken bao – a grilled bao bun combined with melt in the mouth chicken and an irresistible tamarind glaze.
Mains don’t disappoint either. By this point we’re already feeling full, so we decide to share a traditional chicken biryani and chicken bharta and crostini with our guest. The biryani is as authentic and flavourful as they come, and the bharta and crostini is a close second, consisting of charcoal roasted pulled chicken and eggs.
Throughout the afternoon the atmosphere becomes more lively, thanks to the DJ’s eclectic mix and Masti’s talented mixologists keeping the brunch going long after the 4pm cut-off.
Overall, the newbie brunch is certainly one to try. Thanks to its perfect mix of food, vibe and venue, it’s hard not to have a wonderful time.
INFO: Dhs225 (soft drinks), Dhs350 (house beverages), Dhs500 (bubbles), Fri 12.30pm-4pm, La Mer South, Dubai, 04 344 4384, mastidubai.com