Big brunch review: Friday brunch at The London Project
Make way, make way for a theatrical and immersive brunch you’re going to want a seat at…
The London Project recently opened at Bluewaters Island, and has steadily been growing a reputation for its beautiful setting with sea views and a leafy botanical garden theme.
Back in April, they introduced their new London themed brunches, with Shoreditch on Fridays and Chelsea on Saturdays, taking guests on a culinary trip through London. Fairly abruptly, however, Fridays’ Shoreditch brunch was rebranded and, having enjoyed the previous one so much, we were a little skeptical as to why.
Enter ‘The Queen’s Immersive Brunch’, a theatrical extravaganza that promises to deliver an ‘unforgettable show, with pomp, pageantry and a touch of debauchery’. But what’s it really like?
Upon arrival, we were promptly shown to a table upstairs that guaranteed us a front-row view of the upcoming entertainment. The starter, a little unusually, was a cheeseboard – but it was beautifully presented in a rustic style with a selection of antipasti, delicious cheeses and chutneys.
The drinks selection is excellent. The usual house wines and beer are on offer, but the gin-blended cocktails are a real highlight.
Aesthetically the food is impressive, with beautiful colours and delicate flower decorations continuing the garden theme from the interiors to plates.
The ‘immersive’ show came in the form of a glammed-up ‘Queenie’ and her entourage, who put on an lively dance performance before staff brought another round of starters to the table -this time soft-shell halloumi tacos starters on candelabra-style platters. Soon after came a ceviche, and champagne battered fish and chips served with a moreish aioli – which were an all round favourite.
As well as the impressive dancers, brunch-goers were treated to performances by an aerialist and lively music that built the party up.
Other dishes on the menu included the jalapeno glazed half chicken which was juicy and tender and a flavourful wild mushroom truffle gnocchi, although the pasta dumplings were a little harder than we’d like.
Dessert was ‘Queenie’s Chocolate Torte’ – a chocoholics dream with layers of soft sponge and whipped mousse encased in a glistening dark chocolate coating, accompanied by a delicate coffee ice cream and finished off with touches of fresh raspberries, fruit and tiny flowers, continuing the restaurant’s botanical theme.
The table service aspect of this brunch is a real highlight- there was no getting up, plate-in-hand to find your food. Extras of everything were plentiful, if almost a little too much. Dishes to order would help reduce food waste.
The party ramps up later on in the afternoon, where you can dance and debauch with the queens after making way for Queenie’s huge cake that is paraded through the restaurant as brunch finishes.
The Queen’s Immersive Brunch, The London Project, Bluewaters Island, Dubai, Fridays, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs395 soft, Dhs495 house , Dhs795 champagne. Tel: (054) 306 1822. thelondonproject.com