CMP Introduces Meet At CMP Brunch

Brunching seems to have become a favourite pastime for those that love to get out and about on the first day of the weekend and let loose. Dubai is not short of options and while the choices vary from the sublime to the ridiculous, we thought we would err on the side of caution and try a brunch that is not over the top, but presents food you can eat and has that ubiquitous free flow of beverages at an affordable price. mylifestylenews writes.

Al fresco dining is an absolute weekend ritual when Dubai’s winter gradually hits in the month of December and The Pointe waterfront has become a good to go to destination for food lovers and now for brunch lovers! CMP has digressed from their usual focus of high quality meats and wines for dinner and added a Friday brunch to their repertoire, which they have called Meet at CMP BrunchOnly on Fridays do you get such value for money with this brunch, starting at AED250 with soft drinks or AED350 with an open bar includes house beverages and then raising the bar at AED450 for those that love Grey Goose and Prosecco. These prices are free flow including a three course meal. Don’t come expecting a huge buffet, as CMP wants to focus on delivering great value, cooked a la minute quality meals that they always strive for.

How it works: choice of one appetizer, choice of any two from the grill plus one choice of a side and one choice of a sauce and then one choice of dessert….and this is the offer value per person. Should you want to go that extra mile, then you may add on freshly shucked Dibba Bay oysters served with a selection of mignonettes for either ½ dozen or a full dozen. As brunches go, quality food and free flowing beverages together with the DJ spinning groovy music adds luminous vibe, CMP ticks all the boxes. The Meet At CMP Brunch action mainly happens downstairs with floor to ceiling windows drawing natural light flooding in from the outside terrace and directly overlooking the waterfront.

Blessing – a unique name of our server and he was quite attentive and with his recommendations of the signature dishes worked a treat and had we not been told to order the beets and cauliflower, we would have passed on some great food that is a must try. A couple of signature dishes are not to be missed including some vegetarian dishes and the food was served in the usual sequence, freshly cooked and no issues about food temperature and how long the food has been sitting on a buffet, so a la carte brunches are the only way to ensure hot food is served at its optimum temperature and well controlled especially in quality.

The beverages offered were quite enjoyable and delightful, although the spirits were a little too weak and you may need to ask for doubles which they gladly obliged. The aforementioned cocktails were a huge hit and blends in well with the cozy ambience.

To set the ball rolling we were served 
Bloody Mary, Vodka with Cranberry Juice, Gin & Tonic and tequila infused with chili Fire-Cracker Margaritas. These drinks are the perfect way to kick start a brunch, with the unique concoction of the margarita certainly had stimulated our taste buds and we were loving it.

<Dibba Bay Oysters>
These oysters are #3 in size and identified by its white and gold-flecked shell and meaty texture. Not big but just right for an appetizer and to whet the taste buds – delicious.

<Short-Rib Benedict>
While you may be familiar with the usual Benedict on egg, this variation with braised short-rib, cheddar biscuit topped with a runny poached egg is a winner.

<Fillet Carpaccio>
Thinly sliced quality beef tenderloin carpaccio with a piquancy to die for and leaves you wanting more.

<Smoked Beets>
Never underestimate a good fresh humble salad that can be a triumph of flavours, well tossed with the homemade arugula pesto as a great base ingredient accompanied by roasted cherry tomato and chickpeas to delight you with the juicy palate. Simply refreshing!

One of the keys for brunching is the sharing of food, hence you get a choice of two mains per person, as they are presented on a wooden board in the middle of the table for sharing everything like a mini buffet platter and if you are a table of four, then you get eight items from the grill and everyone can have a fair chance to sample a little bit of this and a little bit of that!

<Angus NY Striploin>
Despite the texture of the grain-fed Angus striploin which may not be as tender as expected, but it was well char-grilled and the taste is quite flavoursome,
<Brisket Burger>
Moving on to another grilled selection by picking this Hikory smoked brisket burger well paired with the crunchy purple slaw. It is delicious and a classic take on the burger with every ingredient resonating on the tongue.
<Chicken Brochettes>
The tender and juicy chicken thighs are well marinated with Moroccan spice and served on a skewer. A smoky flavour defines the delightful palate and we only wished that the portion was larger.
<Grilled Prawns>
Two large size of U10 prawns thoroughly marinated with five spice, cayenne, garlic and oregano utterly resulted in a scrumptious smoky barbeque flavour that will truly delight your taste buds.

<Peri-Peri Cauliflower Steak>
This vegetable of all vegetables could be turned into an absolute zinger of a dish. It is rich and ‘meaty’ and full of smoky flavour. A must order!
<Mac &Cheese>
This may well be among the best side dishes of choice from the brunch menu that come with the melted crusty cheesy top slushing down the serving dish with the warm and nice moist savory macaroni underneath. Sinfully yours!

<Grilled Pineapple>
The humble lightly burnt pineapple is worthy of inclusion and while simply done, it is full of flavour and the perfect foil to all the rich meats we had eaten and topped with the citrusy passion fruit over a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.
<Crème Brulée>
A classic execution of this much-loved dessert, that was not too heavy with the egg and cream and we easily made short work of this sweet thing!

Overall, the brunch was quite an enjoyable experience and you can’t argue about the value. The question you have to ask yourself is do you want one of those enormous all you can eat buffets that results in you eating way beyond your limits or do you want to enjoy what you have ordered and revel in enjoying food cooked to order. We opted for the latter and while some of the portions were on the small side, the quality is there and the variety is enough. You may easily spend double the price in some other salubrious places and still not be satisfied by the value and quality given, as the food may look good but not taste good, but here the taste buds are well catered for you and CMP does not miss a beat in the kitchen.

Tried & Tested:
Location: 4/5
Design & Decor: 4.5/5
Food & Beverage: 4/5
Service: 4/5
Value For Money: 4/5
Experience: 4.5/5

B04 East Marina,

The Ponite Palm - Jumeriah

Dubai, Unite Arab Emirates

Tel: +971 4 580 7983


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