If you read my previous blog about our dinner at the stunning Villamoré, then you’ll know how much I was looking forward to going back to spend the afternoon on their beautiful terrace overlooking the beach for brunch. Well, we finally visited last Friday and it was everything I was hoping for.
Marketed as the “Barefoot Lunch” instead of brunch, (I’m guessing to avoid some of the typical connotations that go with the word brunch here in Dubai) it runs from 1.30pm-4.30pm every Friday and Saturday allowing you a much-needed lie in at the end of a long working week. It also includes all day pool and beach access which is perfect if you want to make a full day of it soaking up the rays at their gorgeous pool. We didn’t take advantage of this as it was a bit of a windy day but will do next time as the brunch/lunch is so chill there really is no need to feel like you need a full blowie and 3-inch face full of makeup.
We had a table out on the terrace and whilst it was fairly quiet when we first arrived the entire area was full within the hour and most of the tables inside occupied. The vibe is beachside chic, with a DJ playing some great Ibiza chill type music, it’s not OTT and fits the venue perfectly. The lunch began with a visit to their antipasti room, with a huge array of salads, cold cuts, cheeses and other Mediterranean delights. I’d be quite happy just spending my day grazing from the offerings in here but knowing there was still quite a lot of food to come we managed to reign ourselves in somewhat.
The starters were all delivered to the table by our fantastic server, Brian, who couldn’t do enough for us. I didn’t get to try the Fine De Claire Oysters or the Tuna Tartare but both got a thumbs up from the husband. The Mediterranean salad and salt cod croquettes were lovely and light and full of flavour.
Selecting a dish each from the option of 4 mains was a real challenge and my husband actually had to change his order twice to the point that I think the kitchen had probably had enough of us and sent out all 4 dishes anyway. Oh the shame! They were all great however our favourites had to be the roasted sea bream and corn fed chicken. The sea bream was simply cooked and seasoned with thyme, lemon and olive oil but super fresh and full of flavour. The chicken cooked with preserved lemon and chives did so much more than it said on the tin and was so juicy I wouldn’t hesitate to have it again.
Finally onto desserts and yet again we were not disappointed. This came out as a sharing plate with a vanilla panna cotta, orange and almond cake, ricotta cannoli and the decadent chocolate cake stealing the show. It wasn’t over the top and just the perfect amount.
The drinks certainly don’t disappoint at Villamoré either. The soft drinks package (375 AED) includes a couple of really lovely mocktails, the lemonade being my favourite. The alcohol package (475 AED) includes premium spirits, some great wine choices and several cocktails including one of my faves, the French 76! And the champagne option priced at 575 AED includes Tattinger, so is certainly not to be sniffed at. Yes it’s on the pricier end of the scale however IMHO totally worth it for the beautiful setting, divine food, great drinks and pool and beach access.
It’s certainly one for a lazy Friday, perhaps with guests to show off the best the Palm has to offer and perfect while the weather is so lovely. I would return in a heartbeat and love that it has such a chill vibe compared to so many other “brunches” Dubai has to offer.
Oh and the Villamoré rooftop has just opened and is soooo beautiful! A great location for sundowners after work and their new Aperitivo is just fab!
Bravo Villamoré, Chef Gokhan and the whole team, you’ve done it again!
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