Week 14 – Soho Garden brunch

I’ve not been brunching for quite some time now because I have generally been trying to use Friday’s as study days since I can get in a good 5 or so hours and then still head out in the evenings and have some social life 🙂

And then my friends invited me to a birthday brunch that started at 4pm – now this was exciting! I could still get in my nerd-study time, and head out for a birthday celebration with friends, all in one day!

I had never heard of Soho Garden and it ended up being rather confusing on arrival – not even the security guard knew where I was supposed to go. He kept telling me that Soho Garden only opened at 8pm… and I kept showing him the photo of the flyer that I had which clearly showed it opened at 4pm. Eventually after a bit of back and forth he pointed me in the right direction and I found my way over and found my friends!

The place is done up really funky and I think it has a lot of potential, but it was very quiet – and that probably has something to do with it being very unknown, and people thinking that it only opens at 8pm.

But, we were a big enough crowd to make our own fun and atmosphere, so that’s exactly what we did 🙂

The food was absolutely delicious – I highly recommend the mashed potato side order; they say it’s for 2 people but one person could very easily smash that in their faces! It is to die for!

The rest of the afternoon was enjoyable enough – good music, great service from our waiter and fun had by all of us… they probably just need to get a bit more advertising out there as it remained very empty the entire time we were there.


Week 37 – Wanderlust brunch

One of the newest brunches to hit the scenes in Dubai is Wanderlust at JW Marriott Marquis hotel.

People have been talking about it for a little while now, going on about how amazing it is. I had previously experienced the post-brunch madness, which was not really my ‘cup of tea’, but when I was invited to a birthday brunch I had to give it a proper chance.

And boy am I glad I did!

The brunch is split over 3 restaurants, with the food and drinks stations laid out across all of them… in fact, it’s so huge that they have a map printed for you to try figure your way around!


We sat in the ‘garden’ area of the brunch which is definitely my favourite of the 3. It’s airy, bright, and seems to be the most popular – it is also in the middle of the food and fun.

The food is fantastic! It’s all help-yourself style (grab a tray, load it with food) which means getting up from your table regularly to grab your food, so sometimes the food areas can be a bit busy and crowded, but you find a rhythm and make it work. The food is all freshly prepared – you even get to walk through the kitchen for some of it! – and there is no shortage of different types of food to enjoy… pulled beef, curries, Italian, sushi, seafood, bread & cheeses, quiches, sandwiches, and of course dessert!

Ellie chose to have a 90’s theme for the brunch which was pretty cool. It’s a fairly easy era to dress up in as so many of the clothes are things that people still wear today… my outfit was thrown together in about 10 minutes on Friday morning, using Gwen Stefani as my inspiration 🙂

This is definitely one of the brunches to check out! Great party atmosphere, great food, and lots of post-brunch dancing if you wish when they close off one of the areas, shut the curtains and pump the DJ’s jams!

Why so serious?

Week 18 – So much in one day!

Wow, this week has so many new things, all rolled up into one day!

  1. Brunch at Okku, H Hotel
  2. Quick drink at The Vault, JW Marriott Marquis
  3. Hard Rock Café, Festival City

JPEG won a brunch for 4 people at Okku so a bunch of us joined forces and off we went to try out this brunch that we’d heard so many good things about.

It was fantastic – from good service and fun atmosphere to great music and excellent food… especially the chocolate fondant dessert!!! Quite possibly the best I have ever tasted 🙂

While the brunch is normally a little on the expensive side (AED499 for the bubbles package), it is in the Entertainer and at AED250 pp, this is one not to miss!

From there we headed over to the JW Marriott Marquis to see what the fuss is all about over The Vault…. specifically the view. Well! Do yourself a favour and head over there, even if only for one drink as we did. The view is simply superb!

And from there we decided to get a bit more lively and went down to Hard Rock Café in Festival City for some nachos and live music (I’ve never been to this Hard Rock before, hence it being ‘something new’ for me).

All in all a great fun day / night was had by all of us – tons of laughter and giggles, great food, fun times, good music, and the best of all – no hangovers the next day 🙂