Prime 68 – JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai

I didn’t know really what to expect from Prime68. I had heard it’s a steakhouse – well, great. I’ve tried a lot of fine steakhouses, and now I usually prefer to have my steak dinners at home (I cook a mean steak and sides). We booked in for the brunch to see exactly what everyone was raving about.

What I discovered at Prime 68’s brunch, it that it’s not a one trick pony. It’s not just about steak at all. It’s a multi course journey, and a table brunch – tick!

We were ushered to our table, and I believe our group uttered audible gasps upon seeing the view afforded by our window-side spot. The views were breathtaking. I suppose that’s what you get when you ascend to the 68th floor, but it hadn’t really crossed my mind prior to being seated. Stunning pale blue sea and sky vistas stretched out in front of us, and I think all of my international guests felt it was a very photo worthy position. The restaurant is resplendent in white, silver and mirrors – very heavenly and fitting of their sky high address – if not a tad retro in feel. We were greeted with a menu set out in a rather confusing style, and we really had no idea what to expect – courses weren’t delivered in the order listed and it wasn’t explained to us at all.

The amuse bouche that was soon delivered was one of the highlights of the brunch – a sort of duck confit pate with caramelised onions that went down a treat. Wish I could buy this to eat at home. We next enjoyed charcuterie, including smoked duck breast and wagyu chorizo, and breads (the buttermilk biscuits were so moreish), all top notch.

Crab cakes, wild mushroom soup with truffle oil and wagyu meatballs followed. The meatballs were so succulent and flavourful! Yum. A salad course also arrived, which I didn’t really understand. In my mind, at a steakhouse salads and sides should be served with the meat courses, not separately. Some, including the waldorf salad and devilled eggs, felt incredibly dated and like I’d travelled back in time to my mother’s Woman’s Weekly Cookbook – these could use erasing from the menu. Personally I’m not really into 70s fare!

A salmon trolley was a nice touch and well received by my fellow diners (I had to abstain due to allergies), and more seafood was yet to come with grilled salmon and prawns.

The meat course was juicy and wonderful, with sides such as mac and cheese – so good, but we were beyond full by this point and sadly had to ask if we could take it away as not to waste the beautiful produce! They kindly obliged, as long as we signed the waivers regarding food safety.

Desserts were nice, but again we were full to the point of busting and probably couldn’t enjoy them to their fullest in our satiated state.

So on to the drinks. The wine was good, but the cocktails were so bad they ventured into the undrinkable region. I’ve never met a cocktail I couldn’t drink, but on this occasion I met many. Our pot of ‘Lindy Hop’ tasted like the peach syrup had been omitted altogether – it was just bitter tea with alcohol. Yikes. I did my best to communicate this at the time, but it seemed to fall on deaf ears. It didn’t get much better with other concoctions. If cocktails are your thing, maybe look elsewhere. On the flip side, the service was fab and they even offered to transfer our drinks post-brunch up to the spectacular Vault Bar on level 71 for us to finish whilst gazing upon what might be an even better view. This is an amazing touch. Just maybe take a look at the mixology Prime68, ok?

We all left full and happy, perhaps too full – it would have been good to have had a little more say, or clarity, in our dining journey, and have had cocktails that delighted. But, the view is second to none, and the food was top notch also – just please ditch the 70’s salads! Definitely one I’d recommend if you are visiting Dubai or have guests in town – what a stunning vista. Those I’ve recommended it to have loved it also. Go! Just be prepared to dodge the cocktails, and save room for the quality beef.

Details: Fridays, 12.30pm to 3.45pm

AED 495 per person including house beverages, AED 595 per person including Prosecco, AED 695 per person including Champagne. Use your Emirates NBD card for 20% off the food portion, bringing the house beverage package to AED 440.

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