Team Ahlan! loves a good brunch, which why we get a little bit giddy when we find a new one to obsess over.
McGettigan’s Brunch & Tonic is a new concept for the much-loved Irish venue and one which we highly recommend. Hosted in the Souk Madinat venue, the idea is to enjoy brunch McGett’s style with the addition of an extensive juniper beverage menu.
We take our seat outdoors, by the pretty canal in the Madinat. The view is stunning. Directly opposite, Burj Al Arab sits proudly glistening in the sunshine. Our table is in the shade, as are most on the terrace, which is a life saver, because, despite the drop in temperature, it’s still sweaty in the sun.
The service here is top- notch. Smiling waiters tend to our every need before we even realise we have said need. We decide to start with a couple of courses from the à la carte menu before checking out the bu et. The food arrives speedily but not so fast as to be suspicious. Our eggs Benedict come with a meaty layer that adds richness to the whole plate. The eggs are perfectly poached, yolks oozing out of their middles, and the sauce thick and creamy. Fish and chips is next up, a proper treat. Light, flu y cod wrapped in moreish batter with doorstep chips and a pot of mushy peas. We gobble it up hungrily. After a brief break we wander over to the bu et to see what’s on o er. On one half sits a salad bar with bowls of crisp leaves, coleslaw and roasted Mediterranean veggies. On the other, a roast carvery station.
Oh, the dilemma. We decide to try a light salad first, which is a good shout. We mix roasted artichokes, courgettes, onions, peppers with fresh leaves and one of the countless salad dressings on o er (we go French, FYI). Afterwards, we head back to the carvery and grab a few slices of the juiciest roast beef we’ve had in a long time. Huge vats of crispy potatoes and buttered veg with giant Yorkshire puds make for the ideal accompaniments. The gravy is meaty and tasty, just like the stuff our mum whips up.
Throughout the brunch music is played, either via a playlist or live. The vocalist takes requests and cleverly provides spot-on renditions of even the sassiest pop songs. The vibe here is chilled, homely and fun, with great food and excellent service to accompany those fabulous views. It’s safe to say we’re fans of McGett’s’ new offering.
INFO: 12.30pm-4.30pm, Dhs225 (soft beverages), Dhs350 (house beverages), Dhs375 (premium beverages), Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 447 0219