The Prohibition Friday Brunch at Bazxar in DIFC is every thing a party brunch should be – great upbeat music with a DJ that knows to work the crowd, food that goes from cheesy comfort to fresh, flavorful and a little bit indulgent. But most importantly the vibe, where everyone else is having a great time just as you are!
As soon as you walk through the doors at Bazxar you know are taken straight to this really hip upscale bar in NYC. There’s a familiar slightly more formal dinner seating, a lounge area close to the bar where the party continues and a more large-group friendly (and brightly lit) bench-style casual area. What you can’t miss is the graffiti wall against the bar, it instantly catches the eye. The brunch has three package options depending on what your drink choices will be – we opted for Moonshine that had house-made cocktails. It’s an easy sell when there’s a Cosmopolitan on a bar menu in a NYC-themed resto-bar.
There’s minimal effort involved in the brunch – the staff bring all the starters and entrees to your table and then you only pick your mains. We kicked things off in true brunch style with the deep-fried goodness of their Crispy Mac N Cheese balls with pickle relish and Shrimp Popcorn with a chipotle ranch dipping sauce. Classic American comfort food that you’re most likely to love.
Hard to resist the Burrata Pizza with fresh tomatoes and basil – fresh hot straight from the oven so the cheese just melts as you take every bite. Dishes like these are the cornerstone to a great party/fun brunch. Give the people something they can grab with their hands thats hot, cheesy and an instant hit. No scope for disappointment.
You’ll either love or hate the Last Tango – a balsamic vinegar – strawberry concoction that I transitioned to from the Cosmopolitan. My feelings hovered around the love side of things. There’s something quite unique when the balsamic vinegar is muddled through strawberries and while it is probably an acquired unexpected taste, it is one I implore you to try.
Then there was the steamed Chicken bao that wowed with its soy garlic glaze, shaved carrots and scallions – they even have the aubergine bao with a hint of kaffir lime, peanut and red chilli that will make the ones that are seeking something vegetarian very very happy.
Easily the sneaky little star for us was this Black pepper chicken stir fried with noodles, bean sprouts, peanuts, cucumber, broccolini and finished off with crispy fried shallots – just like you would have had on the bustling streets of Bangkok. Packed with oodles of flavor, crunch in every bite, it was the perfect transition dish to the mains. We literally polished this off in minutes.
From the mains that you get to pick, we opted for the Sea bass with a side of chunky puttanesca – a simply seared piece of fish with the perfect crisp skin paired nicely with the mushy tomatoes and the briny notes from the capers and olives.
Probably my least favorite dish of the day was the linguine in a mushroom cream sauce with pine nuts and bitter greens which is strange considering the pasta was perfectly al-dente and coated nicely in a lush sauce. Its just that it lacked the oomph we were after. Trouble is, after all the party food we’d been having this felt a tad bit too formal. We should have stuck to the burgers or something that would fit the vibe of the rest of the meal we’d had.
The brunch ends in fine fashion with miniature versions of popular desserts – there’s the Chocolate Freakshake with Kitkat, nutella ice cream and salted pretzels (finally a freak shake thats the right size), a goats milk cheesecake topped with fruit jelly and mint ice cream sandwiched between chocolate cookies and topped off with popping candy thats easily my favorite of the lot. You really don’t need any more dessert than this in my books to close out a great meal.
While the final rounds of drinks are poured ( for us that is, some people continued the party at the bar/happy hour) and the DJ’s going from Michael Jackson to some other chart topping hit of the 90’s, even the staff get into the mood and are dancing away. Its really hard to resist a roaring good time at Bazxar’s Prohibition brunch isn’t it. So I recommend you gather a bunch of friends, eat drink dance and be merry!
Location: Bazxar, Gate Precinct, Building 4, DIFC, Dubai