Giardino Restaurant at Palazzo Versace is a new entrant to Dubai’s Friday brunch scene. It is located at the ground floor of the beautiful and classy Palazzo Versace Hotel. Giardino offers international buffet in it’s fashion inspired venue.
Couple of weeks ago I was invited to a Zomato Friday Brunch meet up at Giardino with other like minded foodies.
Giardino means garden in Italian, the ambience of the restaurant is like an urban garden. Green is the predominant color- you can see it on the walls, chairs and uniforms too. The decor is inspired by the Green Versace Dress worn by Jennifer Lopez at the 2000 Grammy Awards. The place looks vibrant and elegant.
Giardino restaurant is very spacious, it also has an expansive outdoor terrace. Throughout the brunch they have a DJ playing music. He was playing some fantastic house music and latest radio hits.
Diners at the brunch can also enjoy pool access- before or after the brunch. After the brunch you can still keep the party going and avail 50% off on drinks at La Vita bar next door.
Let’s discuss the main topic-Food. As they offer international cuisine they had the usual international favorites like Japanese, Italian, Indian, Middle Eastern, BBQ and Seafood. There were many live cooking stations and the usual bread,cheese, salad and dessert counter. My personal favorites were the Italian and dessert stations.
We were offered a glass of Prosecco as our welcome drink. We were also served a variety of cocktails at our table. I tried quite a few and especially liked the Bellini and Mojito.
I started off my brunch with a visit to the salad counter. The salad counter was okay, there was nothing exceptional.
The Middle Eastern station was nothing great compared to the other Friday brunches in the city.
The BBQ live station had grilled lobsters,roasted lamb, roasted chicken and beef. I heard from my blogger friends that the grilled lobster was outstanding. I loved the potato gratin, it was delicious.
Italian station was the best. Except the pizza which was thick and bland, I liked everything else. I had one of the best Gnocchi ever. I tried different pasta dishes like Tortellini, Fusilli pasta with red sauce, Pacheri pasta with white sauce and red pumpkin lasagna. It was excellent.
Finally, it was time for my favorite part of the brunch-Dessert. They have a mind boggling variety of desserts. I tried most of them and loved them all. The desserts not only look gorgeous, they taste gorgeous too. My favorites were the tiramisu,chocolate brownie, Creme brûlée, dark chocolate fudge,raspberry profiteroles and sea salt caramel tart.
The ice cream trolley was the main highlight of the brunch. They serve ice creams with various toppings and sauce. I had the pistachio ice cream in a cone. They come and serve the ice cream at your table and you get to choose everything. How cool is that!
Overall, it was a fun Friday afternoon with fellow foodies. The ambience is uber cool, the atmosphere is relaxed, the drinks are amazing and the food is good.(Indian and Middle Eastern food needs to be improved) If you fancy a luxurious Friday brunch in a stylish setting then Giardino at Palazzo Versace is the place for you.
Friday Brunch at Giardino
Table reservation recommended
Phone: 04 4371640
Timings: 1 PM to 4 PM
AED 350 per person (soft beverages)
AED 550 per person (house beverages)
AED 650 per person (including bubbly)
Children below 6 eat free