Location: Murooj Rotana
Pricing: AED 220 all-inclusive
“How do you look when I’m sober?”
This notoriously rowdy brunch began in 2005 (price was AED 195) and is still going strong. Three seating areas are available: outdoors, indoors ground floor, and indoors first floor. The tables are tiny and crammed next to each other to seat the maximum amount of brunch goers in this dark and dingy bar. Expect a crowd of mostly western expats looking to guzzle down alcohol for as cheap as possible.
The brunch is usually super busy so the bar maintains drinks options to the bare minimum: 1 brand of bottled beer, red & white wine, and house spirits with mixers. There are two strict rules at the bar: a person can order a maximum of two drinks at a time, and you cannot order spirits neat. My go-to drink in this scenario is usually a gin with ginger ale (GinGin).
The international buffet spread out on the ground floor is pathetic, both in terms of variety and quality. Eating here is more of a chore than for pleasure. I usually fill my stomach with roast beef, potatoes, butter chicken, and pasta.
The resident DJ blasts commercial tunes all day and a live band starts playing at 3pm. The crowd is usually intoxicated by 2pm. At 3 o’clock they are sloshed, plastered, and tanked. By the time the clock points to 4 the crowd is totally F@%*i^G wasted.
The obvious question that arises is why on earth would I bother going to this brunch? For the best answer I shall quote my ever-present brunching companion J.S:
“Just because you can go there with zero expectations, and always end up leaving happy. It’s just a place where you can get drunk without caring about anything”.
Value for Money: 10/20.