Believe it or not I think I am probably one of the only people in Dubai who hasn’t been to Yalumba at Le Meridien Dubai before, the Daily Mail regularly informs us of their somewhat notorious Friday Brunches. It is for that reason alone that I have never had any inclination to dine there whatsoever. However this week I was invited to attend a Chef’s Table event at Yalumba and kindly accepted Team Meridien’s offer to meet up with some fellow twitterati and sample some of the food Yalumba has to offer.
After the initial introductions were over and we all ordered our drinks we were on our feet and investigating the delights of Yalumba. There is an extensive range of food to choose from, something for everyone it has to be said. As ever I opted for seafood and piled high a lovely plate of prawns, mussels, smoked salmon and a healthy side salad. I am not totally perfect as I was tempted to the bread basket too, which had a fabulous selection of fresh bread sticks and rolls.
For main course I chose the chicken thighs, which were moist and well flavoured, teamed up with some roasted Meditteranean vegetables, quite apt as Monday evenings are Meditteranean evenings at Le Meridien Dubai. I see Wednesday evenings are Chocolate evenings, that might appeal to some of you, you can find more information here.
I am not a great lover of desserts apart from the odd creme brulee here and there as you all know but I did try a rather nice fruit and cream compote on the evening and am very happy to report that it was made with fresh cream not that horrible synthetic rubbish you find around the City.
I have said it before and will say it again, with a Hotel like Le Meridien Dubai it has it’s maturity and guest loyalty which means it very rarely gets it wrong. Yalumba is no exception however I do feel a bit guilty about judging a book by its cover and not finding out for myself what it is really like. The whole Friday brunch scene is not something that we as a family have ever investigated or desired if I am totally honest, and I very rarely recommend a Friday brunch for that reason, however based on the food I enjoyed at Yalumba I am guessing their Friday brunch is popular for that very reason, that and the free flowing sparkly stuff.
You can find out more information about Yalumba’s dining options here, the buffet dinner themes start at 149 dhs a head. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter or if you want to use that old fashioned way of communication you can call them on 04 702 2455. I have uploaded more pictures onto my Facebook page too.