Morimoto Dubai only launched their new brunch concept a couple of weeks ago but it’s already the talk of the town and was packed when we visited last Friday.
The brunch began with drinks in the bar which I think is a lovely way to start the experience. With views spanning Business Bay, the Creek and the Burj Khalifa, Morimoto definitely has the wow factor and is one sure to impress any visitors. Staff greeted and weaved with trays of wine, cocktails, mocktails, prosecco and canapes to give you a little taste of what was to come which was a fab touch. We were some of the first to arrive (I am always early to brunch – it kills my husband and friends) but within 20 minutes the place was packed and buzzing.
After settling in over drinks and nibbles we were shown downstairs to the expansively decadent and modern restaurant where our table awaited. In the time old buffet tradition of sitting only to immediately get back up, we headed for the sushi bar and open kitchen.
Sushi wise, they had a huge selection of rolls, sashimi, nigiri and oysters all super fresh and beautifully presented. Being preggers and sadly off anything raw I was also happy to see plenty of vegetarian and cooked options available.
Over at the live cooking stations there were miso soups, salads, gyoza, salmon tacos and tuna pizza. Sadly I didn’t get to partake in these but the husband confirmed they were fantastic!
The mains come out sharing style and were absolutely divine. The steak was juicy and tender and cooked exactly as we asked. The seasoning was spot on and the sweet onion jus was a great accompaniment. The “Angry Chicken” did what it said on the tin with a tangy, spicy marinade. And the braised black cod, oh the braised black cod. The ginger-soy reduction was delicious and the cod was cooked to perfection. Most definitely my favourite dish of the day!
Finally it was on to the extravagant dessert platter which pleased bump no end. A combination of fresh fruits, ice cream, a black forest gateau, souffle, and mango mousse. We were not left hungry!
Morimoto certainly weren’t scrimping on drinks with some fantastic cocktails on the menu, including some Japanese inspired signature drinks as well as your espresso martini’s and mojitos. In fact, as the designated driver I was even impressed with the mocktails on offer. I normally steer clear as they’re often packed full of sugar but I did indulge in a couple and loved the lychee, grapefruit juice and rose water mocktail.
Morimoto is on the pricier end of the scale but not ridiculous for the quality of the food and drinks. 350 AED for soft drinks, 499 for house and 650 for champagne and premium sake.
All the elements worked incredibly well, but my one gripe was the music which about halfway through switched to some very cheesy 90’s playlist. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against the Spice Girls and Take That but there is a time and a place and I just felt like at such a stunning venue they really needed something a little cooler and more sophisticated. Other than that I wholeheartedly recommend this brunch. It’s perfect for a date day, a family catch up or for larger groups which the after party on the terrace will lend itself nicely to.