Sarah Garden19 May 2015 AT 05:59 PM

BreakSlow Brunch

Fairmont The Palm's mammoth breakfast
Sarah Garden19 May 2015 AT 05:59 PM
BreakSlow Brunch

Brunch, to the seasoned Dubai resident, means something quite different to the rest of the world. It’s about sharp dressing, huge groups of friends, free flowing bubbles and possibly ending up on the N’Dulge dancefloor. But one of The Palm’s fronds offers something more traditional. Fairmont have stripped back the party connotations and rolled out a relaxed Friday brunch. An actual brunch – salmon, muffins, breakfast tea and everything.

BreakSlow brunch is leisurely with just enough extravagance to keep the in-crowd happy – so much food that you actually need buffet orientation just to navigate the cold meats. As well as “breakfast-y” options like hash browns, cereal and fruit, there’s enough to keep you going until lunch time. The sushi counter is filled with California rolls and sashimi, and there are plenty of Arabic mezzes.

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It's set up nicely for the summer months, with a huge window framing palm trees, the Arabian gulf, and Dubai Marina. You can easily soak in the holiday vibe from the comfort of the heavily air-conditioned restaurant, before braving the heat for a dip in the pool.

We decided to have eggs benedict for breakfast, break for mocktails, and then delve into a full roast. The advantage of a more chilled out buffet is there’s plenty of time for chefs to replenish stations. White hats mill around bidding diners good-morning, and everywhere is very well manned. This comes across in all the dishes, which taste fresh and, given the number of options on offer, each one is prepared with the five-star quality you'd expect from the Fairmont brand. It may be overindulgent, but breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right?!

The crowd:
All ages. This is a great whether you’re catching up with friends or have family in town.

The vibe:
Quiet.

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We combined it with a Fairmont pool day to maximise on R&R.

AED225 including teas and juices, AED350 with selected house bevages and cocktails, AED950 for sparkling.

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Where: Palm Jumeirah - Dubai - AE

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