Ever since Jumeirah Al Naseem opened its doors to the public in December, I’ve always wanted to go check it out ….. and as I do, I waited to see if there would be any deals. They never joined the Entertainer (will they?), and I couldn’t wait anymore (wanted to take mum there) – so I thought the 20% the Isme Elite membership gave would be good enough, gave them a call to see which restaurants serve breakfast.
You’ve got two :
a) The Palmery which offers a buffet-style breakfast spread (similar to Arboretum in Al Qasr and Hanaaya in Mina a Salam), and ;
b) Al Mandhar Lounge, which serves breakfast ala-carte – similar to that of Al Samar Lounge and Al Fayrooz Lounge in its sister properties (and yes, they do do afternoon tea as well….yay! which I will come back in the near future to try!)
We drove up on a schoolday, and valeted. What a beautiful property, with a full view of the Burj al Arab through floor to ceiling windows as you walk in. We walked straight to Al Mandhar, through to the outdoor terrace to find a comfortable couch and found some old shabby looking ones on one side. Odd. Were these leftovers from the other property? Maybe they were still waiting for the new ones to come in? I then went over to the other side and found new, nicer ones. All this while, there was no one to serve us. Odd.
I got the attention of one of the staff, a nice dark-haired lady and told her we wanted to have breakfast. Ala-carte. She wasn’t the most friendly person, and as we sat ourselves down on the couch, I didn’t feel very welcomed at all. Give her a break, I thought, she must have had a bad evening, or a bad morning 🙂
A flip through the menu gave the usual sandwiches and finger food. I couldn’t find anything for breakfast and when asked, she explained that they could make us eggs upon request. So we did. Eggs Benedict, which she later confirmed to be just 50 AED. That’s a pretty good price. Cheaper than the Hamptons Cafe or Gourmet by Kcal. Hmm.
Then I saw the price of a cup of latte. 40 AED. Omg. Fourty frikin’ dirhams. It better be worth it.
When mum’s latte arrived, and she took a sip – and said it was good. Still so hot as though they literally made it at the door and walked out. My cappuccino arrived and wa-lah, I took so many photos of it as it was sure a piece of art.
Hello to the barista who prepped it, you have some serious coffee-art skills.
I just might forgive the resort for charging us 40AED for this 😉 Gotta mention that both coffees came with a glass of water as well.
Mum’s club sandwich arrived, a very unimpressive plate of 65 AED worth of chicken breast, fried egg and turkey bacon sandwiches served with green salad and fries. Zero points for presentation – sorry – even I can do better, and yes – it was average tasting at best. Maybe the coffee person should’ve presented these sandwiches.
I was very pleased with my eggs benedict though. Possibly the best I’ve had so far. Really. Presentation, tick, eggs medium-well, tick, portobello mushrooms and tomatoes… mm mmmmmm, even the asparagus my daughter loved. Until she threw it on the couch as she does with everything else (don’t worry I had a muslin cloth on it so I didn’t stain your couches!)
Breakfast for two, after a 20% Isme Elite discount came up to AED156.
Not too bad, to be honest, considering the setting, the view. And free valet. To compare this with the almost AED200 we paid at the Hamptons Cafe, I’ll come back here anytime. Even for the extortionately priced coffee 🙂
And yes, we managed to get a few smiles from the staff serving us. I think she was just waiting for nice people like us to arrive 🙂
Thanks for taking care of us – the property is so beautiful, we’ll be back to try out the other eateries very soon. Cheers to Isme Elite for making it slightly less painful on the wallet to eat here as well. C’mon, introduce a 241 for your afternoon tea already! And oh yeah, someone do something about that couch. It shouldn’t be in a newly opened property like yours!
PS – They have an a-ma-zing toilet. Go check it out!
- Al Mandhar Lounge
- Jumeirah Al Naseem
- Deal : 20% with Isme Elite Membership (which you’ll have to pay for)
Disclaimer : We paid for our meals, as well as for the Isme Elite Membership. All thoughts are our own 🙂