REVIEW: Brunch at The Burj Club
Relaxed and sophisticated, the Burj Club offers a proper brunch – the kind that takes place at the end of a busy week, and serves as a catch up with friends rather than a day of pure overindulgence. The music sets a relaxing atmosphere with plenty of old classics remixed for modern ears at a volume friendly enough for families as well as groups of friends.
The real pull with this place is the setting. Right underneath the Burj Khalifa, and with a spectacular view of the fountains and Burj Park. Photo opportunity – check. The only downside (for our Instagrams) is that the terrace is surrounded by glass, but this means that you’re well shielded from any breeze, making it the perfect suntrap.
Brunch is buffet-style with live cooking stations to ensure all the main attractions are made fresh. Our highlights from the appetizer station were the smoked salmon bagel, sweet potato hummus (which is just as tasty as it sounds) and the avocado labneh. There’s a live carving station with juicy chicken and a selection of potatoes to go along with it, as well as a hot mezze station full of all the classics including lamb kebab and spinach fatayer. We made a beeline for the hot buffet station, which had some succulent Wagyu beef sliders, as well as tender beef medallions with a thick gravy.
Desserts are served to your table. Our waiter (who was very attentive and remembered our names), brought out a fresh platter of fruit, a selection of macaroons, fruit smoothies and some mini desserts – pecan brownie, carrot cake, Granny smith apple tart (mentioned above) and New York style cheesecake, which was deliciously rich and creamy.
During brunch parents let their kids play in the pool, which meant that while we were eating the dining area was pretty quiet – and afterwards when everyone had gone, we even enjoyed the peace to have a dip ourselves. It’s pretty special to see the sun set from a pool, with the Burj Khalifa towering above you. Afterwards we chilled out on one of the (incredibly comfortable) sunbeds before we were ready to move. You can enjoy happy hour after brunch from 4pm until 6pm, with 50 percent off drinks, so you can stay to watch the sun go down and the first set of fountains going off.
Next time we have guests visiting, this will be on the itinerary.
Three dishes to try…
Mini Smoked Salmon bagel
A guacamole spread is a hidden ingredient in this appetizer.
Braised beef medallions with root vegetables
Juicy tender pieces of beef cooked in a rich gravy that’s filled with veggies.
Granny smith Apple Tart
Made with a cinnamon crumble which compliments the sharpness of the apples.
When: Fridays, 12pm-4pm
Price: AED295 for brunch with pool access and soft beverages, AED395 for brunch with pool access and house beverages
Where: The Burj Club, Burj Khalifa, www.theburjclub.ae