The Garden of Eden Brunch
Challenging Blue Marlin’s seeming stranglehold on the Saturday beach-side brunch scene, Eden Dubai has launched its Garden of Eden concept, transforming the Rixos hotel on the east leg of Dubai’s Palm into one of the city’s most sought after weekend spots.
Now, while the Saturday brunch can be a dangerous proposition to those of us embroiled in the usual Sunday to Thursday work grind, Eden’s 1-5pm concept is very much what you want to make of it. And though the DJ booth, hefty speakers and futuristic light structure arching over the pool bar justifiably suggest a venue tailored for the region’s beautiful (and sometimes brash) socialites, Eden is far more than the sum of these undoubtedly expensive parts.
Saturday’s afternoon affair can be enjoyed from anywhere in the venue’s attractive quarters, from the poolside restaurant right across to the cabanas or deckchairs on the adjoining beach, with food served a-la-carte and, somewhat differently, over three courses. This relative restriction in cuisine quantity however, is resolutely countered by its quality. The starters (of which you can select three between two people) are served up with a finesse not routinely seen in beach clubs of this ilk, with moreish Japanese scallops, Angus beef and soft shell crab salad proving to be highlights of a strong opening act.
The seven mains options fare just as well, covering the bases for most pallets by with stellar offerings of sushi, tagliatelle, freshwater fish or Angus beef. Our tip however, would be opting for the mini wagyu burgers. The accompanying drink selection is strong (in more ways than one), and the staff do an admirable job of keeping you routinely watered and attended to throughout the afternoon.
With the live music and atmosphere steadily cranking up a few notches as dusk approaches, you’re left with the allure of joining those hedonistic types in the swim-up bar, or simply wiling the remainders of afternoon away on the beach in docile, (probably sensible) fashion.
Either way, both options are a darn sight better than sitting at home, and letting the fear of the upcoming work week wash over you right?