The Dubai tradition of the ‘Friday Brunch’ is unfailing – every hotel restaurant offers one, some are renown for their atmosphere, for their food, for their ‘grape and hops’ or simply for their price ( both ends of the spectrum ).
It’s a Friday treat in the UAE that is our favourite weekend family outing, sure, there are plenty of healthier activities, but when the kids are happy, the parents are happy and when the kids are happy enough to let the parents enjoy their meals in a little bit of peace ( well, more than 30 seconds at a time is a bonus, right?) all the better…
A brand new offering from the most elegant of hotels started just last month, The Can Can Brasserie at the Ritz-Carlton, DIFC in Dubai s a ‘chi-chi’ little spot on the ground floor to the right of the main lobby. The hotel’s all day dining option , Can-Can serves fabulous pastries and coffees fuelling those busy executives frequenting the Emirates ‘square mile’ equivalent through the week. Friday, however is family time and Jane Sullivan Wilson took her brood to test the newest addition to the family brunch scene…
Less is Definitely More at Can Can Brasserie, Ritz-Carlton, DIFC.
Close your eyes for a moment and imagine the intense pleasure that really good bread slathered in exceptionally good butter brings and you’ll start to understand how good the food really is at the new Friday Family Brunch at the Can Can French Brasserie at the Ritz-Carlton DIFC. The usual big, bigger, biggest rule doesn’t apply here and that makes a refreshing change in a town where quality is often sacrificed in favour of quantity and over abundance of choice.
The live cooking stations are not unique, nor are the array of salads and seafood on offer. We have come to expect a loaded sushi bar to sit alongside a carvery section and would be disappointed if we had to choose from less than 20 dessert items. What sets this brunch apart is the absolute supreme quality of every single thing on offer. I will gladly forego the ubiquitous cabaret for asparagus soup the quality of which I tasted today. I’ll happily do without Yorkshire puddings that aren’t quite as good as mine to have a slice of perfectly pink beef melt in my mouth as it did this afternoon. I will cheerfully sacrifice an inadequately crunchy crumble to have the opportunity to savour a rich chocolate mousse that only the hand of a French chef could have perfected so beautifully. And so it was.
Those of us with children know that it actually doesn’t matter how good the food is when you have so little opportunity to relax and enjoy it. Indigestion is often the only reward for indulging in a seldom enjoyed feast. Not so here at Can Can Brasserie. When they say it’s a Family Brunch, they mean it. The staff are trained to make the experience pleasurable for everyone and engage sensibly with the children. Small touches like non spill drinking cups for toddlers and chef hats the right size for little heads make it a positive experience from the moment you take a seat at your table. The children have the option of choosing items such as chicken nuggets and mini burgers from their own buffet but my children were more happy to eat ‘proper’ food from the ‘proper’ buffet which I’m sure is very much in line with how any self respecting French family would expect their children to dine.
A great sun-free terrace is the setting for cookie and cupcake decorating supervised and assisted by chefs in full whites. Copious amounts of jelly beans, sugar sweeties and a rainbow selection of icing bags guarantee creations that any sane parent would hope are destined for the rubbish bin and not for little tummies. A selection of chunky toys are available for children who just want to hang out and play with a train set. For those who need to burn off some energy, a bouncy castle/slide looms well within sight of the outdoor tables should your children be young enough to need constant supervision. The children’s entertainment is not extensive but it is adequate and like everything else, the quality is excellent.
In a competitive arena, sometimes it pays to put your faith in David instead of Goliath. Less is most definitely more here and it can only be a matter of time before word gets out about this unassuming yet seriously impressive Friday Family Brunch.
Friday Family Brunch is available every Friday from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm. Prices are AED 290 for brunch including soft drinks and AED 490 for brunch including beer, wine and Ruinart Champagne. For children aged 6-12, the price is AED 145 and children under 5 years of age dine for free.
Further information or reservations for Friday Family Brunch in Can Can Brasserie at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre can be obtained by calling +9714 372 2323 or emailing email@example.com.
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