Brunch Review: Fiesta Latina Brunch at Anish Restaurant
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Fiesta Latina Brunch at Anise Restaurant
InterContinental Dubai Festival City
Walking in to the grand lobby of the InterContinental Festival City, you will find Anise at the back which, in this case is not a bad thing as it means your brunch location has a terrace with a more than pleasurable view over the Festival City area with Dubai ever present in the background. When we joined the Anise team for brunch, the weather was a little too hot to sit outside but if it was an option on the day then this would really have been the cherry on the top!
Anise, named so aptly after the famous spice, really does live up to its name for those looking for a culinary journey that spans the continents. When you first enter the restaurant reception area, you are greeted not only by very friendly staff but the Taco station with no less that a Cheese Fountain! Why isn’t everyone doing this! Hovering around the mouth-watering Taco station and the Cheese Fountain (did we already mention that we like this?), it is hard to imagine the sheer vastness of the offering that awaits you around the corner!
Fiesta Latina Brunch at Anise Restaurant – How Much?
Friday Brunch packages
- AED 185 per person inclusive of unlimited food and soft beverages
- AED 260 per person inclusive of unlimited food and soft beverages
- AED 395 per person inclusive of unlimited food and house beverages
The Food, Drinks & Atmosphere
We were seated at our table and the friendly waiter, Vijay, talked us through the concept of the brunch to ensure that we were fully prepared to attack the beautifully laid-out spread. The restaurant itself is spacious and airy with a mixture of wood statues and funky lighting, all making for an enjoyable environment to savour your feast. Due to the time of year, we were mesmerised by the central area which was home to a huge gingerbread house for the Festive Season. Not only was this a treat for the eye, it was also a treat for the belly. An uncountable amount of yummy desserts, truffles and cakes were laid out perfectly awaiting their fate.
The buffet itself is very easy to navigate and is well-presented. Talk about culinary diversity! Recently mixing up the offering, Anise has been given a Mexican twist. Everything from the classic seafood, including some very good oysters to tacos to cold cuts to empanadas to beef strip loin. You get the idea! We grabbed our first plate, a seafood mountain, and visited a few of the live stations on the way back to the table. Anise have it down to a T as you just need to mention your table number and your order then the Chef will deliver the food to your table. Worth checking out is their fantastic bread selection to accompany your first course.
By the time we had got up to go in for round two, the Mexican live band had started. They provided some great background music for the beginning of the brunch. This second trip to the buffet was more meaty. We came back to the table with a delicious and extremely tasty piece of beef strip loin, seared tuna steak with a herb crust and, here’s one you don’t see every day, goat! It truly is hard to fault any of the dishes as all were tasty, fresh and we loved the Mexican flavours that weaved their way throughout the buffet!
Before we moved on to tackle the epic dessert station, we felt it important to give the drink selection a go! On your table you get a drinks menu, which gives you choices of everything from a Passion Fruit Martini to shots. The Passion Fruit Martini was by the way our drink of the day! Just delicious!) The Rose Wine, appropriately from South America, was a good pour and the Prosecco was just perfect! Throughout the buffet area there are also drink stations including Sangria and of course, When in Rome. We grabbed a pitcher of Sangria and scurried back to the table. We were not disappointed.
Time for desserts! Thought it best to just try them all rather than make the other desserts feel left out and just pick one! Our winning dessert and must try was the Dulce de Leche slice, so naughty but oh so good! Anise even caters well for the kidswith an ice cream station with jar after jar of candy.
Fiesta Latina Brunch at Anise Restaurant – Verdict Summary
All in all, the brunch may be a little quieter to some places however we really liked the Mexican element. Although Anise is by no means a Mexican restaurant, we think they have got the balance just right with the flavours and entertainment! By the latter part of the brunch, the band turned up the volume. People were dancing and we were even graced by some traditional Latin American dancers. For post brunch activity, your brunch wrist band allows you to receive two for one drinks in Vista located just across from Anise. We would recommend Anise for those looking for a reasonably priced brunch with some great food and a quieter atmosphere. Families are also welcomed and well-catered for!
Thank you, Anise. We will be back!