April 6, 2016 / Leave a Comment
In Dubai, when is a breakfast a breakfast and not a brunch? When is a brunch simply a brunch and not a Brunch? Well, put simply, in my mind a brunch that is not on a Friday (or Saturday) is not a Brunch, and a breakfast by convention doesn’t usually involve alcohol. Unless it’s a super awesome holiday champagne breakfast. But I digress. Back to my original mission, which is talking (writing?) about the Caravan buffet breakfast (brunch?) at The Ritz-Carlton JBR. Yes, it’s mainly full of holiday makers staying at the hotel, but it’s also a left of field option for those who might want to catch up with friends in a family friendly environment or before a lovely lazy beach day.
At 160dhs per head, this is not bad value on the Dubai scene for a few hours of lazy grazing and bottomless coffee. I probably drank my money’s worth in coffee alone, which is just as well as I don’t have the stomach to take full advantage of buffets and stick to just a taste of all of the offerings. Speaking of coffee, there’s a coffee machine inside or you can flag down pots for the table as staff go by – but be warned you have to specify if you want milk and often chase quite a few times before they arrive to the table. So order well in advance of when the coffee is needed!
There’s plenty of typical and not so typical stations on offer here, enough so that all members of the family should be kept well sated. Those who enjoy the lighter end of things will dive into the abundance of fruit and yoghurts and surely will be tempted by the array of yummy pastries and muffins. Continuing on the sweet note, a fab crepe and waffle station complete with grilled pineapple and banana is imploring you to pop over to the pork station to load up on some bacon and maple to top proceedings off. Watch out for the white and milk chocolate balls at the waffle station – small humans will find these irresistible.
If breakfast screams savoury to you, you’re going to be a happy camper. Traditional english breakfast faves – the eggs, sausages, tomatoes etc are all here, as well as some more local takes including Shakshouka (poached eggs in spicy tomato sauce). This dish was the hit of the spread for me, and give the Lebanese bread triangles alongside a go too…delish! Salmon and all the suitable condiments is also laid out as well as porridge for those that just can’t go without their daily dose of oats.
A pretty darn good brunch, sorry, breakfast(?) spread that goes above and beyond most while offering both pork options and local flair. Catch up with friends, family, take the kiddies…and chill in Ritz style.