The pursuit of luxury in Dubai is anything but a challenge – it’s what the glamorous emirate is all about, after all. The Lofty Caviar Brunch at Dubai Opera’s summer edition promises guests an opportunity to “indulge in life’s little luxuries”, but the dining experience evokes a sense of grandeur that makes us think that this may just be what the biggest of luxuries are all about.
Located in Downtown Dubai, The Loft has been designed as a circular open space “aloft” The Opera and offers unrivalled views of The Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa from its dining room and garden terrace. The setting boasts golden hues and lots of soft greys; you’ll feel as though you’d been transported to a mansion some place far away – if that mansion was a restaurant where you could have some of the best truffle-infused dishes you would ever have.
We start off by heading to the cold cuts, cheese and bread station, which features an impressive selection of cured meats. Right next to it, the chefs cook up mushroom risotto and pasta, the latter being undeniably one of the best al dente ziti creations we’ve tried. As we marvel at the greatness of the carb-loaded dish, the sharing set menu arrives at the table, and it includes freshly baked flat bread with a creamy ricotta, truffle pizza and more.
Next up, we grab the tongs and fill our plates with plump oysters, shrimps and ceviche shells. And, of course, what better than the caviar to go with all the seafood? The Loft’s station doesn’t disappoint with one of the richest, smooth-as-butter varieties we’ve ever tasted. Then, the mains are served: juicy braised lamb shoulder, salmon with perfectly balanced Puy lentils and more – it’s pure elegance on a plate.
The dessert station, where the chef’s doing some of his best ice cream mixing tricks, keeps it short and – well – pretty sweet. The tiramisu takes the cake: you can taste Italy in every forkful. The cream-based selection is also fantastic, with plenty of favourites to end the meal.
The Lofty Caviar Brunch is a must for luxury lovers – we’ll leave the indulgence part up to you.