REVIEW: Flair No.5, The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC, Dubai

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Flair No.5, The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC

Now well into its fourth month, the Secret Garden Brunch is well and truly blooming. Located on the mezzanine level at The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC, Flair No.5 is one of the hottest brunches in town. We arrived on time to find a small queue, but the florally decorated entrance was the perfect distraction for that all-important pre-brunch selfie and were soon ushered to our table. As you enter the garden, you are met by hanging foliage above flower-draped bikes and potted plants, feeling like an oasis, albeit synthetic.
We sat in front of the DJ booth and enjoyed the mix of soulful house and chilled beats, which was just the right level, so we still managed to chat easily. You can also book booths, elevated around the central bar, which are excellent for groups, and also give you great views over the garden.

There Is a choice of packages, and the waiter explained the concept; the set menu is a selection of hot and cold dishes with Mexican and Asian influences.

There Is a choice of packages, and the waiter explained the concept; the set menu is a selection of hot and cold dishes with Mexican and Asian influences.
When the dishes arrived, we were impressed by the excellent presentation; dark, rustic serving dishes made the food shine. Before snapping more pics, we started with octopus & potato salad, sugar snaps, feta and quinoa, tuna tartare and beef tataki – thin beef slices, seared over high heat. The portions were perfectly sized, not overwhelming. We were told that if there were any particular dish we wanted more of, we just had to ask for as much as we wanted.

Flair No.5, The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC

The beef tataki was delicious, the soy and citrus flavours were a perfect combination; this was a dish worth a second portion, or even a third. The table service was on point, not once did I have to ask for a refill, or for plates to be removed from our by now full table. As we soaked up the atmosphere, the party got going. After a short break, the main hot dishes arrived: grilled salmon, Korean grilled chicken, lamb kofta and mushroom taleggio, or risotto balls if you like. The absolute course winner was the Korean chicken – sweet, spicy with a kimchi sour cream dip, another couple of these were soon on their way. Finally, for anyone who could still manage it, there were three desserts to choose from, or you could order them all.

If you’re looking for a sophisticated brunch, with a laid-back-party atmosphere and great food, the not-so-secret garden is the perfect location.

Looking across at the next table, I spotted a meringue ball, which was a strange take on Eton mess, great to share – once cracked open, the meringue was filled with fresh cream and fruit,
Time flew, but for those of us who still wanted more, the after-party kicked off at 5pm, with drinks deals available. If you’re looking for a sophisticated brunch, with a laid-back-party atmosphere and great food, the not-so-secret garden is the perfect location.

Flair No.5, The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC

Packages start from Dh299-Dh499.
Located at The Ritz Carlton DIFC.
For reservations www.secret-parties.com

 

 

 

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