Brunch at Shores – Ramada, JBR
…a trip around the world on a Friday afternoon
There’s nothing like a lazy Friday brunch! The mute candor of a stress-free day, slow paced and technically traffic free roads, all add up to the… languid mood. On just such a Friday, we headed to the Shores Restaurant at Ramada Plaza JBR, for a much needed family fun Friday brunch, and quickly immersed ourselves in the undemanding and steady Friday afternoon.
As we stepped into the restaurant, the first thing that we observed was the spaciousness and the airiness of the place, with an open 150 degree view of the surrounding JBR and its distinctive beige brown buildings. The restaurant is located on the ground floor which also makes for easy access, for the residents as well as the guests. The Alfresco dining option on the terrace is also huge and it can accommodate up to 100 guests, but that option is good either during the days when the weather is mild or when you want to enjoy a warm evening meal. Inside the restaurant, the ambience is laden with the usual casual vibe, typical of casual diners. With clean and shiny flatware, napkins and geometric mats, the atmosphere is warm and inviting.
Since we were in for a Friday brunch the food options were in accordance with a brunch menu, umpteen breakfast essentials to light meals and nibbles, a live cooking station for pastas, one sea food station with a huge variety, and pizzas. As an international brunch the dishes featured on the menu had a little bit of everything from all around the globe…
We started our brunch with the delicious Clam Chowder soup; warm, creamy with the right amount of nautical fare! Moving on, from the extensive salad station what fascinated us, was the melon and mint chilled shot, which came as a refreshing mouth cleanser. Other noteworthy options from the salad station included (Indian) Chana Chat and delicious homemade style Coleslaw and the intriguing Wasabi Glazed Chicken. For the mains, we thoroughly enjoyed a white rice base with Caramelized Onions, Garlic Beef with Oyster Sauce, traditional Lamb Stew and Shish Tawook. From the live cooking station, we customized for ourselves (as the check prepped it), a spicy (made to taste) beef stir-fry as well as Penne Pasta in Tomato sauce. Our meal was supplied with a free flow of drinks which made it totally satisfying. Lastly, we turned our attention towards the beautifully arrayed dessert counter, which offered a variety of sweets including fresh fruits, bite-sized cakes, pastries and some Arabic sweets.
The whole concept of brunch over a weekend is to relax and enjoy food in a leisurely manner sans stress… For families with eager beavers, restlessly running around, the restaurant has the perfect arrangement. One of the highlights of the restaurant is the dedicated Kid’s Corner, with a separate menu to please them and loads of activities to keep them occupied, while you enjoy that lazy afternoon you’ve been looking for…
All in all, Shores at the Ramada Plaza JBR offers a sumptuous “trip around the world” buffet which includes Mediterranean, Asian, Italian, Seafood and European corners, along with sushi and sashimi extravaganza and a selection of delectable desserts.
The restaurant also offers special theme nights, discount deals and business lunch offers. The Friday Brunch is priced at Dhs225 (soft drinks), Dhs325 (house beverages), Dhs110 (kids aged six-12). Kids below 6 years dine for free. They are located at the Lower Plaza level of Ramada Plaza JBR Hotel. Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach Residence at JBR, Bahar 7, Dubai, UAE
Tel: +971 4 439 8888
Free parking available. Easy access form the Marina side (Jumeirah Beach Road).