Having finally settled into our swanky new office in Jumeirah Lakes Towers, it was the perfect excuse for Team TMN to explore the area for some hidden culinary gems. But where to start? Having caught wind of a certain restaurant right on our doorstep offering the latest Friday brunch, the temptation was too hard to resist.
What – Nosh brunch
Where – Mövenpick Hotel, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai
When – Friday afternoons, 12.30pm – 3.30pm
The promise – “Essential, delicious and welcoming, culinary expertise doesn’t get any better than nosh”
Did it deliver? Nestled in the centre of JLT, we found Nosh on the lobby level of the stylish and minimalistic Mövenpick Hotel. Dressed down and in search of a leisurely lunch after a busy week, we were warmly welcomed on arrival and led to our table.
The light and airy restaurant was alive with families relaxing on the terrace and friends catching up after the festive season getaways. Tables were spaciously spaced with a selection of high and low seating options to suit all tastes, plus the artfully decorated private dining room offered an extra level of privacy for guests seeking something more intimate.
Set up in traditional buffet brunch style, the sprawling food selection assured us even the fussiest of eaters would not go home hungry. Although it was tempting to dive straight in for the highly appealing roast beef dinner – complete with all the trimmings – we refrained, and started on a more simple note, by sampling the salad bar and bread assortment.
Next up, we opted for a truly international plate of Italian pastas, Indian curries, a healthy portion of poppadoms and a little sushi on the side. Adventurous eaters or just plain bonkers? The jury was out, but we were thoroughly satisfied. If only we had left room for the roast dinner.
A brunch wouldn’t be complete without a dessert station, and although the selection was limited, the chocolate fountain with its multiple streams of flowing white and milk chocolate more than made up for that.
Those looking for something a little more lively can head downstairs to UKB once eaten and enjoy inclusive beverages at the bar until 3.30pm.
The verdict: A pleasant change from Dubai’s rowdy Friday affairs, Nosh offers a mid-priced brunch in a sophisticated setting that can be enjoyed with friends and family. While service was a little slow at times, we’re sure this new brunch on the block will pick up pace – and popularity – in no time.
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