Cocoa Room - Where dishes are also pretty on the inside

Turkish eggs

Turkish eggs

In a nutshell

Recently opened as the breakfast place for Slider Station, Cocoa Room operates from 8am to 12pm only before it turns into Slider Station. Be there before 10am or forget about having breakfast there. Is waking up early for this worth it, you ask? It most definitely is. 

the mood

Similarly to Slider Station, first timers will get confused as the place looks more like a hip bar, this is especially more confusing when you're there at 10am for breakfast.

the food

Almost everything on the menu is worth ordering but highlights include: 
- Turkish eggs: poached eggs with garlic labneh and chilli oil
- Eggs Menemen: scrambled eggs with red chilli flakes, feta, red bell peppers, onions and tomato sauce
- Scrambled eggs money bag: with shaved black truffles, parmesan and macademia nuts
And finish it off with their Banoffee pancakes! 

Eggs Money bag

Eggs Money bag

Eggs Menemen

Eggs Menemen

Banoffee pancakes

Banoffee pancakes

Hot coco with burnt marshmallows and salted caramel

Hot coco with burnt marshmallows and salted caramel

the damage

AED 150 - 300

Cocoa Room
Galleria Mal, Al Wasl Road
Tel : 600544005

Zuma Brunch is the best Brunch

In a nutshell

If you love Zuma and want to get a taste of their full menu for the best price, head to Zuma brunch, any friday during the winter months. I'm usually not a fan of buffets, especially for brunch, but the brunch buffet at Zuma is different. It's themed under one cuisine and offers everything you wish to order from the Zuma menu all for 420 AED (alcohol excluded). Make sure to book at least a week in advance.

the mood

The friday brunch is set at the lower level of Zuma. Unlike other boozy brunches in Dubai, the brunch at Zuma is a bit "calmer", with people holding a more focused attitude towards the food rather than the liquor.

the food

The buffet style food is an elaborate spread of your personal favorite sushi, sashimi, oysters as well as live cooking stations serving Japanese street food (takoyaki, wagyu beef, shabu-shabu). Dishes such as miso black cod and spicy beef tenderloin with sesame are served at the table. If you still have space for dessert, you get a special platter with exotic fruits and a selection of classics like the green tea and banana cake.

the damage

AED 420 (non-alcoholic)

The Surf Cafe - Go for the surfers... or the banana pancakes!

surf cafe

In a nutshell

Located right next to the Surf House, you can't expect but to find a bunch of hip people at the Surf Cafe, it's probably one of the places in Dubai with the highest concentration of good looking people. Besides these good looking people, the Surf Cafe offers a very laid back atmosphere and some really nice brunch food. 

*This review is purely about their brunch menu as I haven't tried their lunch menu yet. Stay tuned. 

the mood

There's definitely a surf theme consistently maintained from the outside of the building all the way inside. You have huge surfboards hanging on the walls, floor to ceiling glass and a great mix of low tables, high tables and bar seats. Very laid back vibe overall.  

the food

Again, this review is purely about the brunch menu. Although the portions are a bit small, everything is very well done, there's no edge or twist to anything they serve, but the goodness is in the simplicity. Highlights include: 
- Acai berry bowl
- Salmon cream cheese bagel
- Any type of eggs
- Banana pancakes (highlight!) 

the damage

AED 150 - 300

 

Jumeirah Beach Road
prior to Umm Suqeim Park Emarat Petrol Station
Tel: 04 346 6292