I loved this hotel from the moment I set foot in it last year when I came for afternoon tea at the Al Bayt Lounge. The fact that it's so close to the fabulous Dubai Mall and you have sprawling views of Burj Khalifa, make it a place worth visiting. It was when I came for high tea that I was told about the Friday brunch at Ewaan Restaurant, The Palace Downtown's main restaurant. The hotel is operated by The Address hospitality group. I thoroughly enjoyed this brunch, touted as the '1,100 Flavours Brunch'. What I liked about it was it's understated sophistication. Though the spread was varied, it wasn't overwhelming- a common, not to mention often annoying feature of many brunches in Dubai. There seemed to be just the right amount of everything that constitutes a bonafide brunch. Soups, salads, sushi, mini appetizers, seafood on ice, carving stations, dim sum section, breads, cheeses, mains, desserts and an adorable ice cream cart. You can tell that this is an 'upper class' brunch, with fancy selections such as foie gras, caviar, fresh oysters, duck pate, mussels, lobster tails (both grilled & chilled on ice), premium steak cuts, turkey roasts, lamb racks, and so on; you get the general idea. It was an extremely impressive display of so many wonderful foods, and everything tasted amazing.
I was seated by a jolly lady named JOSHNA. She came to check on me repeatedly, just to make sure everything was fine. My waiter was MANIRAM. Maniram was extremely efficient and very, very pleasant! He couldn't do enough for me; whether it was clearing my table of dirty plates on the double, urging me to order more mocktails, tea, coffee, asking for my U by Emaar card to get dining points, offering more water, ice, or anything additional that tickled my fancy. He's a lovely man, and a really diligent worker, and The Palace should be very proud of the fact that they have this valuable asset working at their institution. I want to say a big thank you and kudos to Maniram for his exemplary service, and for making my experience at Ewaan a very pleasant one! 🙏🏽
I had no issue with the Friday Brunch at Ewaan Restaurant. It was a near perfect experience, however, there are two slight issues that I will point out, (for constructive criticism purposes). First of all, the package that I had- (which is the soft drinks/mocktails package), had only 2 mocktails on offer. These were the Virgin Mojito, and the Virgin Pina Colada. This I think is rather stingy. When there is a mocktail option at brunches, there's usually at least 4 or 5 types of variations available; perhaps something along the lines of a tropical fruit punch, blue curacao, a kiwi-esk mix-up or some other 'islandy' concoction etc. Thought there should be more choices for the mocktails. It also wasn't stated on the drinks menu that one could order fresh juices, and I wasn't informed. It was only when I saw a waiter carrying a tray of orange juice, what looked like mango juice and lemonade that I knew these were available as part of my package. I suggest that these juices should be added to the list of mocktails, so that customers know they can also order juices. I would also recommend that they serve the drinks and water with coasters underneath. All my cold mocktails, juices and water kept leaking perspiration all over the table. They should also put paper napkins/serviettes next to the salt & pepper shakers. Apart from these minor 'glitches', I will conclude that this is a fantastic brunch, which is well worth a visit. Everything about it was refined, classy, elegant and impeccably presented, all with really delicious food in between, not to mention world class service! I would highly, highly recommend the 1,001 Flavours Brunch @ Ewaan Restaurant, The Palace Downtown Hotel to everyone, so please do endeavor to pay them a visit on Friday afternoon. More