As we step out of our Uber outside Dubai Opera, we’re greeted on the road by a friendly hostess who checks our names off a guest list. Now we know that Dubai Opera is a fancy place, but we’re immediately impressed.
The venue, which used be known as Sean Connolly, is still as impressive as ever. It’s big and airy, with lots of natural light, a high ceiling and a mix of indoor and outdoor seating. It’s the kind of place that’s perfect for large gatherings or intimate get-togethers, come scorching summer or rainy winter.
The venue is also perfect for brunch, because there is loads of space to move around and be social in-between live food stations. And that’s exactly what we do.
Mains and sharing starters are served to the table, but a variety of live stations are scattered across the venue to keep you nibbling all afternoon long. There’s a fresh oyster selected (fancy), a wide variety of cold seafood, barbecue prawns, cheese station and even a pizza kitchen.
But it’s the pasta and risotto station that immediately catches our attention. Right before our eyes, the chefs concoct one of the most extravagant mushroom truffle risottos we’ve ever seen or tasted. As we return to our table, the fragrant dish lures our fellow diners, who all dig in for a bite (apparently sharing is caring, eh?). Minutes later, everyone at the table has their own mushroom truffle risotto, and conversation comes to a halt.
Fortunately for the truffle fans, there’s also truffle fries, which is served to the table alongside salads, freshly-made gnocchi, a selection of cold cuts and guacamole dip served with homemade chips. Honestly, it’s all of our favourite dishes and ingredients at one brunch.
The mains selection is small but on point – seabass with courgette and mint for the seafood lovers, grilled winter veggies with cauliflower puree and puffed quinoa for the vegetarians and a juicy black angus sirloin with mushroom ragout and gorgonzola sauce for the meat eaters. We opt for the steak, which tastes like it came straight from a world-class steakhouse.
At this point we’ve outdone ourselves, but of course, there’s still a sharing dessert selection. We’re talking crème brulee, coffee parfait, lemon cheesecake, sorbet and ice creams. It’s like they found out all of our favourites and put it on one menu.You’d think that the brunch couldn’t get any better thanks to the fantastic menu, live stations, classy but cool ambience and stunning venue, but it does. The cherry on the cake is the immaculate service – from the hostesses to the waiters and the live station chefs – everyone was impeccable.
If you’re looking for a brunch that ticks all the boxes, we think we’ve found it.
INFO: Dhs395++ (soft beverages), Dhs495++ (house beverages), Dhs595++ (premium bubbles), The Loft Terrace, Rooftop, Dubai Opera, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, 04 362 7312, email@example.com