I was a bit concerned when I found out that the Lazy Brunch at Dusty’s Dubai was in the outdoor terrace, considering that it was still hot, after the intense summer heat. My concerns were laid aside when I found myself in a cool clime of the restaurant’s terrace situated in Al Fattan Currency Exchange House, where the tables were set up under umbrellas and the sun only did a peak about half way through the meal. Moreover, the cool breeze swept away any fears of my feeling too hot and sweaty as I settled onto the high seat, next to the water body that cast interesting reflections of neighbouring architecture.
I had taken the metro to Dubai Financial Centre, walked to the Al Fattan Currency Exchange House (10 minutes walk given my short legs) and landed at Dusty’s Dubai. By then I was ready for a cool drink and I was served a super sweet but refreshing beverage which had a prominent taste of lime and helped quench the parched throat.
Having settled into my seat, I knew that I needed a virgin pina colada which I enjoyed the soft live African drums beat on to the lounge music.
The appetizer below is a spinach hummous with a thinly slice deep fried bread. It served to remove the edge of the peckishness which had already started to build on my tongue. What I liked about it is that it was fairly light and I felt brave enough to take on another appetizer, the beef carpaccio.
The beef carpaccio appetizer is quite a sizeable portion mounted with heavy dressing. For the next time, I might just ask them to serve the appetizer minus the dressing (which was more like a mayonnaise type sauce) and order a light pasta as the main dish. However, I did like the combination of spinach leaves with the parmesan and the beef carpaccio. Beef carpaccio will always stay on my list of favourite dishes.
While eating, we had a live music by Juke Box Dubai. The singer, Henrique, sang songs such as “What a wonderful world” and “Sunny,” thus adding to the laid back ambience in line with the concept of Dusty’s Dubai Lazy Brunch. As a singer and musician myself, I find music and good food a great form of zoning out in a relaxing open-air environment.
Coming back to my meal, I had already placed the order for my main course before I had my beef carpaccio (and was already feeling quite full). My main course, ribs eye with vine tomatoes, potatoes and onion rings along with the side of truffles. Yes, it was quite huge portion (see photo below!).
Dessert time. You might think that after the heavy meal, I would forgo the dessert or at least go light with Dusty’s choice of sorbet. However, I had let the previous courses settle in my stomach before I opted for the candy station. Mind you, it’s a treat for two. Laurasia, seen below, lit up the fondant so that I could dip a variety of sweets into the ‘chocolate’ fountain. As you will see, the plate is substantial and my favourite, macaroons and marshmallows, were winners.
All in all, this was a lazy, laid-back way to spend some down-time. As an introvert, I’m always on the look out for such places and spaces where I can reflect on the week gone by or just slow down and enjoy the weather.
Check out the various Dusty’s Dubai offerings on their website, including the karaoke night that I should try out soon.
Disclaimer: While the meal was complimentary, the menu selection was my own. The photography as well as my opinions are my own.