March 14, 2016 / Leave a Comment
Dubai brunches are many things – indulgent, crazy, absolutely wonderful, and usually…expensive. I recently tried one that had a price tag that won’t make you wince, and also provided plenty of fun bang for your buck. At 259dhs this may be one of the best value brunches in town.
Le Meridien’s Warehouse has just launched their new Hive brunch, and at this price point with what it offers I think it’s going to fill a niche in the market. An expansive offering, plenty of stations await the hungry bruncher both inside the venue and dotted throughout the garden. Inside a multitude of salads, breads, meats, terrines, quiches and mini sandwiches awaited. Don’t miss the tiny sausage rolls, they were scrummy! In one corner a giant baked brie sat rather drool inducingly under a heat lamp that illuminated it like an angel descending from heaven. Which was pretty accurate. The cheese doesn’t stop there either. Follow your nose and it will lead you to a large table nearby full of fromage favourites. Cheese lovers aren’t the only ones who’ll be happy at this brunch however, sushi lovers are very well looked after too with an extensive and very beautiful display, but I would have loved to see some vegetarian sushi available also.
Now for the treats that await you outside. With so many stations scattered around the venue, the biggest question is, ‘Where to start?’. One thing’s for sure – it seems evident that this little piggy, and all of his piggy friends, have ended up at the Hive brunch. This is one pork lovers will be very happy to attend. Roast pork, pork chops, charcuterie a plenty, and last but unequivocally not least, ribs. I think I allocated most of my stomach space solely to the ribs when I saw they were on offer.
A burger station, shawarma, and grilled meats and Indian/Arabic dishes tick some of the usual brunch boxes. One that stood out from the crowd though was the risotto station where the truffle risotto was finished in a wheel of parmigiano. Lovely and creamy! This will fill you up quickly so indulge wisely! A pasta station is on offer too but I’d love to see more customisability or flavours beyond greatest hits style choices such as bolognese and carbonara.
A dessert room holds a myriad of sweet treats for those brave brunchers that still have room after sampling all those savoury options! Crepes, cakes, cheesecake and more (even the odd dessert that didn’t begin with ‘c’). These were better than the usual brunch dessert offerings that often look good and taste less so. Taste was the focus in the sweet section at Hive. In fact this was the first time I’ve selected a dessert at a brunch and actually eaten the whole thing and not just a spoonful – this dessert was the red velvet cake. Don’t miss it – the creamy filling was so smooth and well, velvety! This one was on point.
Probably where this spread needs a little more love is the beverages. The cute Pina Colada hut served up coconuts that added some novelty Instagram photo factor but the contents lacked enough sweetness to keep me going past sip two. The bellini served on arrival similarly lacked sweetness and was left not consumed. The wines followed along the same path which was a little tough for a oenophile like me! I’d love to see the wine list reconfigured – but to it’s credit, it’s more extensive choice wise than the standard red/white brunch offering. The margaritas bucked the trend however and were stunning. Intense in flavour and a great mix. I’d save the money on the performers on stilts and put it into the wine selection.
In conclusion, it’s ideal for groups, as evidenced by the hen and stag do parties in attendance. A perfect choice if you want a price point that will look after everyone’s wallets and if you reside towards downtown/the creek area. Good value, cheerful, and the selection of 90s tunes makes me feel it is aimed towards a younger crowd. If you want a more chilled experience for a smaller party, ask for a table outside and further from the action so you can eat, imbibe and relax in the lovely outdoor areas.