A beach club that has long hosted hordes of people in Ibiza, El Chiringuito Dubai has been on our radar for some time and we finally made the trip to try their notorious La Familia Saturday brunch last week. Providing the perfect escape from the city, the beach club has recently introduced their four-hour brunch, serving up Mediterranean vibes, an excellent selection of European dishes and some epic sunsets, all complete with pool and beach access – so when the heat gets too much to handle, the cool pool is never too far away.
Set on the blue waters of the Palm Jumeirah at the Rixos, El Chiringuito, which replaced Eden back in 2017, is a haven away from the hustle and bustle of the city – a bougainvillea-draped sanctuary covered in green with hues of white and cream filled with wooden tables, huge plush sofas and interspersed dream catchers, all contributing to the zen-like atmosphere that El Chiringuito exudes.
With valet parking at the entrance (30AED per car), we walked straight into the tropical beach club where we were quickly engulfed by huge fronds, white walls and blue skies, guiding us through to the restaurant where brunch had already began. The flower-laden lounge, fully enclosed with a glass structure, A/C system and fans provided the perfect spot, meaning we could hide from the heat when we wanted to and enjoy the sun when we popped to the pool. The brunch menu, designed for sharing, offered a lavish selection of Mediterranean favourites transporting you from hot and humid Dubai to the coast of sunny Spain. Adding to the ease and comfort of El Chiringuito’s Saturday brunch was the dress code – allowing a “come as you are” approach, it’s casual, with most guests opting for floaty dresses, linen shirts and shorts.
Our first course, which arrived with a round of the tastiest white sangria we’ve tried to date, came in the form of hand cut tuna tartare, marinated in soy sauce and ginger with an avocado and coriander puree and was followed by thinly sliced roast beef served with rocket, horseradish and hazelnut oil. The tartare, presented beautifully, packed a proper punch (it’s safe to say we were fighting over the portion) whilst the beef, which arrived sliced super thin, was delicate and delicious. We also had a shaved zucchini and fennel salad and a massive antipasti board, full of household favourites like buratta, grilled zucchini and bresola.
Don’t fret if the starters appear on the small side – this is due to the fact that the mains are massive. Four scrumptious dishes arrived in front of us – a mushroom and truffle risotto, half a roasted chicken, a whole sea bass and rib eye steak, sliced into manageable portions and served with roasted veggies, pepper sauce and chips (of course!). The risotto, a favourite, was decadent, creamy and full of truffle – there is no skimping on this front. The steak was another highlight – rich and cooked impeccably, accompanied by perfectly crunchy yet soft chips. The sea bass, filleted in front of our eyes, flaked with the touch of the fork and the chicken, arriving in a large stone pot, was juicy with faultlessly crispy skin (which we all know is essential).
Thankfully, after the mountain of food that we had eaten, the desserts were simple and petite. The ‘wownoffe’ pie and homemade cheesecake definitely stole the show and provided the perfect end to a delicious feast.
One of the best ways to spend a Saturday in Dubai, El Chiringuito’s La Familia brunch ticked all our weekend boxes – just make sure you bring along a swimsuit so that you can enjoy a much appreciated pre and post brunch dip.
For reservations, please call +971 54 449 6464