Does the popular bar do brunch as well as it does cocktails?

Siddharta Lounge has long cemented itself as a classy cocktail bar and brilliant alfresco venue. But for many years, it seems its owners were reluctant to open itself to Dubai’s brunch crowd. Until recently, that is.

Its October-launched three-hour brunch is the perfect opportunity for guests to experience Siddharta Lounge at a capped price (as paying a la carte can get a little costly). And, with the soft drinks package priced at Dhs350, wine and beer at Dhs450 and Dhs550 for premium drinks, it’s an average-priced brunch.

Tables are spread out next to the pool and outdoor bar, and the overall setting feels chic, but the music is so loud that we struggle with much table conversation.

Thankfully, our mouths are kept occupied by an excellent antipasti platter, which is piled high with cold cuts and bread, a delightfully creamy burrata, cherry tomatoes, an endive salad and tuna tataki. Oysters with dry ice are served with aplomb, but in addition to the platter, they aren’t wholly necessary.

Siddharta Lounge

Mains are also a big tick, with something to suit every palette, from the tender Wagyu short rib to moreish pappardelle pasta, punchy chili chicken and branzino fillet. A generous helping of ice cream, cheesecake, golden churros, espresso panna cotta and seasonal fruits leave us fit-to-bursting, but oh-so satisfied.

Entertainment is hit and miss, with the addition of sequin-and-feather-clad dancers unfortunately erring on the side of cheesy. The percussionist and violinist, however, put on an amazing show and, before long, brunch-goers are on their feet, dancing the afternoon away.

Siddharta Lounge, Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, Fridays, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs350 soft, Dhs450 wine and beer, Dhs550 premium. Tel: (0)4 317 6000. @siddhartaloungedubai