I have had my beady little eye on Peyote since it opened and have been dying to visit since hearing such amazing things about their food and cocktails. So when I was invited to try their newly launched Jungle Brunch last weekend how could I say no?!
Before even entering the venue we could hear the jungle drums beating and were already feeling excited. Upon arrival we were met by the super-friendly hostesses and given our wristbands. There are only 2 options for this brunch, non-alcoholic at 375 AED and alcoholic at 475 AED, which I think is pretty reasonable, especially when you hear what is included below. We were swiftly shown into the bar area where we were greeted with a tray of the most beautiful looking margaritas. One of which was their infamous passionfruit and chilli version. Do not miss this, it was divine. There were also waiters walking around with wine if this is your preference, along with margarita shots on a table next to the bar. The place was already buzzing and the two jungle drum players sat next to the bar, clearly enjoying the limelight, just added to the whole atmosphere. In terms of the venue itself it’s gorgeous. It’s bright and modern, with a large bar occupying the back wall, lovely clean furnishings and plenty of funky artwork, definitely my kind of place.
After a couple of margaritas people slowly started to move down the steps into the dining area and taking their tables so we followed suit. Our lovely waitress then asked what we would like to drink and showed us the menu so we could see what was on offer. This has to be one of the best brunches in terms of drinks for me and at such a good price. There were the delicious margaritas we’d already been enjoying, espresso martinis, Aperol spritz, wine, beer and last but by no means least Laurent Perrier champagne. Yes that’s right, a brunch in Dubai offering incredible champagne at less than 500 AED! We obviously ordered some LP and then went to eye up what was on offer food wise. I was very excited about getting tucked in, especially after a particularly gruelling gym sesh that morning and skipping breakfast. (You never have breakfast on brunch days, it’s the rule.)
Laid out in the middle of the room was a huge salad and ceviche bar, with everything you can think of. Every dish was super pretty, fresh and tasty. While we were enjoying these we were brought a bowl of crisp tortillas and 4 different sauces to try (watch out for the hot one), along with some divine spicy fried baby squid with jalapeno mayonnaise.
Next up we made our way towards the kitchen where there was a live cooking station with two chefs working the hot plates. Here you could order from a whole range of freshly made quesadillas and tacos. You absolutely must try the mushroom and truffle quesadillas and the slow cooked beef and lamb tacos. They were insane! So good in fact we went back 3 times. Along with these there was a seafood risotto, a mushroom risotto and some delicious mini corns.
After stuffing ourselves silly on tacos, it was onto mains, yes mains! My husband ordered the chargrilled ribeye steak with cilantro butter and smoked salt. This was probably my only disappointment of the day. It was pretty small and came out already diced which I just found a bit odd. It was tasty (not mind-blowing) but just didn’t really hit the mark in contrast with all the other dishes. I on the other hand ordered the Chilean seabass after hearing about it from a friend and was over the moon. It wasn’t huge but boy was it tasty! In fact I’m putting it right up there as one of the best I’ve had. It came with a pineapple habanero butter, which I could have actually just spooned into my mouth it was that good. It complimented the fish perfectly. My only other teeny-tiny criticism is that I would have loved some hot sides to go with the mains but to be fair it wasn’t like we really needed them, there was a lot of food going.
We decided to take a little break from eating and try a few more of the cocktails (for research purposes only!) and ordered espresso martinis. These came out quickly and were absolutely perfect. Feeling as though we really did need to try all the drinks on the menu we swiftly moved onto Aperol Spritz which again totally hit the mark. I’ll just say they weren’t shy with the alcohol and even while we were drinking our cocktails they kept our champagne glasses fully topped up – that’s my kinda brunch!
Finally it was dessert time, and they had a lovely table set up at the back of the restaurant with everything from macaroons, chocolate cake, fruit salads and lastly their famous churros complete with dulche de leche and chocolate sauce. Similar to “taco-gate” above – I went back 3 times for more churros. Yes, I think I may have issues! The dessert selection isn’t huge but what they have on offer is all divine and so well executed.
Throughout brunch a DJ was playing to keep the party vibe going and later on the jungle drummers were back and people started heading up into the bar for more drinks and dancing.
All in all, I have to say I was super impressed with Peyote’s brunch. The venue is stunning, the food was incredible, the drinks on offer were unbelievable for the price and I just loved the whole vibe. For a brand new brunch they’ve totally nailed it. I am so excited to go back and already have some friends who have booked their next brunch there after my raving.
Fore more info go to https://peyoterestaurant.com/dubai or call +971-4-521-6300