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REVIEW: The reserve brunch at Masti



Settled in Dubai’s new favourite dining spot La Mer, is Masti – a unique Indian restaurant serving small plates of pure, delicious joy. Masti’s new brunch concept called ‘The Reserve’ is joining the Friday feasting scene and its already an absolute must.

We arrive excited, and hungry, and are shown to our seats on the outside terrace where green plants mix with colourful furniture for a super-chilled rooftop garden vibe.

There are three package options to be had across the set menu of food. ‘Game Changer’ (soft drinks), ‘Raging Bull’ (house beverages) and the ‘Peacock’ (bubbles). Starters and mains are ordered from the menu and served to the table, one per person, while a dessert selection awaits invitingly inside the restaurant. Before ordering from the menu, a selection of small plates are set down on our table to share. Cassava Chat, Tuna Tartare and Edamame Bhel. The Cassava Chat is crunchy as the arugula is fried then smothered in a sweet and sour chutney with lashings of yoghurt cutting through it all. Delicious.

With the appetisers quickly devoured we order Beetroot Croquettes and Truffle Pizza for starters, which we decide to share so we can try a bit of everything. Bite sized golden balls of soft beetroot are dipped into a roasted red pepper sauce and served with salty kale. While the gooey pizza is piled high with black truffle and goes down a treat.

Main courses here are a heartier affair. The massive portion of Chicken Biriyani makes our eyes water, but we power on with that and this and the Eggplant Bharata.

The chicken is juicy and lightly spiced from the flavours in the rice. There’s another helping of yoghurt to add a cool texture to the dish. And the eggplant is grilled, crushed and flavoured then placed into two bowls. We scoop this onto sourdough and are delighted with our toasty and smoky creation.

Almost full, we just have enough left for one round of the dessert trolley, knocking down sugary pastries and a cheeky coffee to top things off.

Overall it’s a very relaxed brunch and this tranquil rooftop venue is definitely worth a visit.

Where: La Mer, Dubai
When: 12.30pm-4pm, Friday
Price: AED250 (soft drinks), AED350 (house beverages and mixed drinks), AED500 (bubbles)
Contact: 800 62784, website

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