BRUNCH REVIEW: Polo Brunch, Palermo, Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club
Granted, polo probably isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when you’re mapping out your Friday brunch plans. However, if you’re after something a bit di erent – and oh so Dubai – then you’ll want to try out Palermo’s o ering.
Every Friday the restaurant at Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club hosts a Polo Brunch – which does what it says on
the proverbial tin – polo and brunch. And what a combo it is. Don’t be afraid to dress up – it’s glamorous and fun, plus the culinary offering is pretty good, too.
On arrival at the polo club we admire the lush green fields and prettily decked- out terrace, feeling a world away from the skyscrapers of the city. We take our seats at a table that wouldn’t look out of place at an elegant wedding, all crisp white tablecloths, large glass plates and a beautifully chic cream floral centrepiece. Winter sun sparkles through the cream fabric awnings above and a band plays.
Service is slick – we’re never left waiting with an empty glass and plates are cleared swiftly. Food comes from a buffet, which is large enough to cover all the usual suspects but avoids being overwhelming.
We kick off at the starters table. Hummus is creamy and smooth and a delight when paired with some fresh sourdough and roasted veg. We love the Waldorf salad, too, which comes with deliciously crisp apple wedges and a creamy yet light dressing. Plus there is a beetroot version, with sweet beetroot chunks pairing with some sharp feta. There’s also a substantial spread of oysters, crab legs and prawns, all of which are fresh and tasty, and is su icient to satisfy the most ardent of seafood lovers.
Polo is a fast-paced, high-energy sport, and if all you know about it has come from watching Pretty Woman, then fret not, it’s not hard to keep up. Basically the team with the most goals wins. We wander to watch the game between courses and get caught up with the battle on the field, cheering on the teams as the horses gallop past.
Appetite piqued by the excitement, it’s time for mains. Dishes range from pastas to dim sum, and there’s a massive paella dominating one side of the bu et. However, we can’t resist the carving station – at which there’s beef, lamb, chicken and salmon, all served up with some crispy Yorkshires, roast potatoes and creamy mashed carrot. It’s just right. Desserts are just as tasty. We eye up the chocolate fountain and Mövenpick ice cream station before settling on a dollop of rich and saucy chocolate banana pudding.
We head back to watch the conclusion of the match, feeling pleasantly full. If you haven’t been to a polo match before, then this brunch is the ideal introduction.
INFO: Fri 12.30pm- 3.30pm, Dhs275 (soft beverages), Dhs375 (house beverages), Dhs110 (kids aged six
to 12), Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches, Dubai, 04 888 3444