Our biggest dilemma on Fridays is trying to decide between brunching and beaching. Fortunately, more and more brunches in the UAE are combining the two. Enter The Tap House. Located on the newly launched Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah, the popular beachfront restaurant and bar recently launched its Friday Brunch by the Beach.
The gastro-pub style menu features a variety of The Tap House favourites for its main course, including its signature grilled salmon with sweet potato mash, traditional roast, surt and turf and Thai red curry. But we warned – this is no ordinary Dubai brunch. First, a shared starter platter (consisting of crispy calamari, beef chilli fries, chicken empanadas and goat cheese croquettes) is served, followed by shared beef skewers. Each guest then chooses a main meal, which is followed by a shared dessert platter (banoffee shots, lemon meringue tarts and chocolate choux). In other words, it’s not unlimited food. Fortunately the portions are large, and we were fully satisfied by the end of it.
The best part of the brunch is that it allows free beach access. With temperatures on the rise, we highly suggest taking along your swimwear along to cool down and swim off the dessert platter. Even if you’re not up for getting your hair wet, the venue still offers perfect views of the ocean. Just be sure to ask for a table in the shade if you opt to soak in the location.
It’s also worth noting that there are a variety of brunch packages on offer at The Tap House, so be specific when booking. There is a food-only option, one with five beverages and also a free-flow package. And if you’re keen on extending your brunch after its 5pm cut-off, the venue also offers 2-for-1 deals on selected house beverages between 5pm and 7pm.
If you’re going to make the most of the beach all afternoon, you might as well catch the sunset over The Palm.
INFO: Dhs155 (food only), Dhs275 (5 house beverages), Dhs345 (free flow house beverages), Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, Fri noon-5pm, 800 TAPS, thetaphouse.ae