Brunch Review: Oriental Brunch at Long Yin, Le Méridien Dubai
If dim sums make your day, then the idea of a "bottomless array of mouthwatering" offerings of the dumpling kind is the sort of thing you want to check out. And so it was that we headed to sample the Oriental brunch at Long Yin, Le Méridien Dubai. First impressions first – the restaurant is packed with Chinese guests, all of whom are absorbed enough by their meal to have the barest minimum of conversation going – auspicious sign.
There are 10 varieties each of steamed and fried dim sums on the menu, running the gamut from usual suspects to quirky treats. Standing out among the steamed ones for us were the crystal pakchoy prawns dumpling (part-crispy, part-smooth and bursting with freshness); the autumn leaf seafood dumpling (light and airy); and the barbecue chicken buns (perfectly flavoured).
From the fried lot, we enjoyed the craziness of the shrimp banana waffle roll (it is, as the name suggests, a combination of shrimp and bananas); and the crispy onion pancake (sharp and bold in using the distinctive taste of the bulb). Accompanied by the chef's excellent XO sauce, everything gets an extra kick transporting it straight to a happy foodie place.
Follow up your dim sum trip with picks from the a la carte menu as part of your Oriental brunch experience. There's congee, soups, stir-fried noodles and dessert ahead. The hearty taste of the mixed was a winner for us, as was the sliced duck and bell pepper wonton noodles. We couldn't resist the chilled mango pudding with cream and mango sauce for dessert, sweet and satisfying from start to finish.
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INFO: Dhs111 (including non-alcoholic drinks) and Dhs199 (including alcoholic drinks); 12.30pm to 3.30pm every Friday; Long Yin, Le Méridien Dubai, 04 217 0000 http://www.longyin-dubai.com/, www.diningdubai.com.