Brunch Review: The Selfish Bull


Located below the majestic Ain Dubai on Bluewaters, The Selfish Bull is a modern American bar and grill that has introduced a new Sunday brunch experience to the coast.

As soon as you enter, you are swept away by the refined decoration in emerald tones and touches of pink, burnt orange and anthracite black. Although most seats in the restaurant overlook the beautiful Bluewaters coastline and beyond, those right by the window have the best view. If you are lucky enough to book one, take a minute and soak up the magnificent views outside and in front of you.

The strong points:

We chose to start with a platter of meaty shellfish, which arrived with a reseda sauce; and every succulent Fine de claire oyster was polished in no time. Stopping to sip tomato infused concoctions and homemade drinks got us off to a great start.

Brunch, a four-course feast, lets you pick your favorite from the salad, appetizer, main course, and dessert section. With each section offering between two and four choices and between our table of four guests, we were able to happily sample each course on the menu.

A Wedge salad with lettuce, corn, radishes and cherry tomatoes, topped with a pistachio vinaigrette offered a crisp crunch; the Burrata and Heirloom Tomato Salad with Arugula, Balsamic and Pesto Leaves was a creamy, fresh classic you can rarely go wrong with; and the shrimp and avocado salad was bursting with mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, Cajun shrimp and the flavors of a lemon vinaigrette.

Portions are generous at this impressive brunch, so we recommend taking a break between courses. Upbeat tunes from a DJ will have you dancing to the beat, interspersed with soulful notes from a live singer.

Entrees offer plenty for all palates, where you can choose to indulge in French onion soup, served with Swiss cheese croutons or silky steak tartare with Dijon mustard, shallots, chives , capers and a slice of toasted bread to accompany. Alternatively, if you desire crispy seafood creations, enjoy servings of Firecracker Shrimp or Calamari Rings with Chipotle Mayonnaise.

Mains followed by a choice of four courses: Grilled Corn Fed Chicken on a Bed of Whipped Potatoes with Mushroom Gravy, Decadent Truffle Risotto, Black Angus Striploin with Asparagus and Potatoes and an 6 p.m. , fall on the bone Braised beef rib with absolutely sublime homemade barbecue sauce.

Try to save room for dessert if you have a sweet tooth. The Brownie a la mode was a sinful treat; and the light and fluffy cheesecake.

The verdict:

Looking for a fabulous brunch with spectacular views over the glistening Dubai skyline? The Selfish Bull has great food, vibes and views.

Book now:

Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. AED 299 per person (including soft drinks), AED 399 per person (including homemade grape, hop and tomato concoctions) and AED 499 per person (including bubbles). Oysters at AED60 for half a dozen and AED120 for a dozen. Call +9714 399 3638 or email [email protected] Visit the website Where instagram.

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