Something different: The Vida brunch is an urban picnic dream

Introducing the Vida brunch. It’s a picnic, but not as you know it – as it’s smack bang in the middle of the concrete jungle in Downtown Dubai…

Loveable Dubai boutique hotel, Vida (which is also home to one of the city’s best fine dining restaurants) created the concept of an urban picnic brunch at its casual eatery: 3in1. The process is simple, you turn up and the 3in1 brunch Dubai provides you with a basket with which to fill to your heart’s content from the make-shift pop-up market. It’s really quite a thrill to open the door of a huge wine fridge in a restaurant and take your pick. You can even go one step further and book a cabana at the pool to take your perfect picnic to (for an extra charge).

The cheese selection on offer here is one of the best we’ve seen, and you are invited to graze on the wholesome salads (which come packaged in adorable jam jars), yummy sandwiches, freshly made pastries, finger food and much more, before the main courses arrive. At the time of The Huntr’s visit, the main courses on offer were: whole roast rib eye, mint and apricot stuffed leg of lamb, whole garlic and rosemary chicken leg, fish and chips, cauliflower cheese, buttered carrots and peas, savoy cabbage with turkey bacon, thyme potatoes, garden herbs gravy and mint and bread sauce. These are served sharing-style to your table.

Sweet tooths will also be more than satisfied, and we fell in love with the sweet treats station – totally Instagram worthy.

We think this is one of the best places to take a special date for something different, or visitors who’ve already tried Dubai’s more obvious brunches. It’s fun, relaxed and interactive, however, most certainly best during the cooler months of winter (September–May).

The Vida brunch runs around different themes. At the time of this review (late November 2017), the theme is British – the ‘Best of Brits’ brunch complete with foodie underground ‘tube stations’ to explore. Keep a check on the official Instagram handle for updates.

Urban Picnic at 3in1 runs every Friday from 1pm until 5pm and is priced at AED 345 for selected beverages and AED 295 for the non-alcoholic package. An additional AED 100 is charged per guest for a poolside cabana and pool access.

Insider tip: Wear something that is comfortable to sit on the floor if you opt for the cabana booking and don’t forget your swimmers! 

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