W Stands For…

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There are many words I can think of that begin with ‘W’ to describe the brunch on Level 7, but I’ll let you use your imagination. This new hotel is situated in Al Habtoor City (next to the St Regis and upcoming Westin Hotels). Now, the hotels do connect so beware when trying to navigate that you haven’t stepped onto the wrong side –  I managed to do that when I accidentally got off on the fourth floor (as if the name of the restaurant,  Level 7, was no indication of where to go).

Once I did find the place however, I was pretty impressed from entry. Welcome cocktails and mocktails await you and the bar is embellished with Verve Cliquot bottles which is always promising in my opinion. The bar serves some interesting mixed beverages inspired by the Seven Seas – I did explore a few but generally wasn’t keen. I was warned by staff they had very distinct flavours though.

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I always like to scan the selection before I start eating at a brunch so I can devise a strategy and taste as many interesting dishes as possible. The food selection is so big I couldn’t taste everything but I did pretty well. That’s partly in thanks to the fact that they have a fridge of canape-sized treats that make great starters. Think espresso fois gras and burrata…

Next up is the raw seafood counter, where you can get shrimp, lobster etc plus a ceviche station is included. I’m a huge fish fan, so this was my favourite part, alongside the cooking station where they do delicious scallops, soups, arancini… the options go on and on. Here they also make the food for the roast station located on the other side of the room. It’s the place to go if you want fresh Yorkshire puddings, winter vegetables, gravy… you know the deal. A typical British Sunday lunch.

Nothing is served to the table except drinks so be prepared to do a lot of um-ing and ah-ing as you browse the buffet. Food shopping is accompanied by the sounds of a live two person band, a woman on the keyboard (singing cover tunes or everything from Rihanna’s Work to Frank Sinatra’s Fly Me To the Moon) and a man on guitar.

Make sure you save room for dessert. Whether you prefer a nice transfatty doughnut (their words, not mine) or you’re more of an ice cream fan, there’s plenty to enjoy here. In fact, there’s a whole room dedicated to cakes, tiramisu, and all kinds of sugary delights.

Now if that doesn’t make you say “wow” I don’t know what will.

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