A table brunch concept was something new to our family. Choose a dish you fancy from the menu which consists of 14 dishes – starters, pasta, mains and desserts. Marco Gigli, BiCE restaurant manager and Sudeera our server for the day suggested that we try everything from the menu. So we did.
Among the starters our favorite was definitely the Burrata with Cherry Tomato and Pesto Sauce – all the elements worked really well and probably the best burrata we’ve ever had, both Prosciutto with cherry mozzarella, artichokes with rocket salad and Octopus carpaccio with lemon oil and crispy vegetable come in second place. All of the vegetables had that lovely fresh crunch and the sauce used for the salads which made use of different kinds of olive oils was delicious.
When Sudeera noticed that we were almost done with our starters, he asked if we would like second helpings of starters and that he will notify the kitchen to prepare our pasta dishes. We were informed that it will take 15 minutes for the pasta dishes to arrive. A pause we needed for the next round of dishes to come.
Unlike other brunches we have been too this one did not have any activities for the kids but this did not bother them. They enjoyed the pool view and LittleMiss danced to music provided by the live piano player.
Pasta for Everyone menu consists of Seafood Pacchero , Calamarata with fresh ricotta, Creamy truffle Tortelli and Garganelli with Bolognese sauce.
All pasta dishes arrived together that offered something for everyone to enjoy. The homemade ricotta & spinach Tortelli with creamy truffle sauce and black truffle oil stood out among the four pasta dishes. You have the option to have the pasta served in small portions if you find the servings too much for one. My husband and I were stuffed after trying all four pasta dish so I would suggest that you request for small portions.
For the mains you have a choice between a Mix grill platter (prawns, chicken, salmon, lamb chops and sea bream or a Spiced and herbed rock salt sea bass.
The kids were looking forward to the grilled selection of meat and vegetables. Mood changed however when they saw the sea bass covered with rock salt, they were so eager to try the fish which was filleted in front of us. We easily devoured the rock salt covered Sea Bass, it was fresh moist. I am planning to recreate it at home.
It was a 30 minutes wait before the mains arrived, so make sure you notify your server to prepare meat as the kitchen only cook them when you place the order.
Yes, after all that food we still (had to) made room for sweets and coffee. Although one might think that the spread is not lavish, it was just enough to satisfy your dessert craving. Tiramisu was so good, I wanted to get another cup but was already too full.
Overall dining experience:
No complain with the food, everything was delicious. The serving size though can be overwhelming just for one, we suggest that you request small portions of salad and pasta per person so you can taste everything in the menu.
It’s a good brunch for family even though they do not have the usual entertainment for kids. Family simply get to enjoy everyone’s company sharing stories with good food. For once I did not have to worry if the kids get lost finding their way back to our table or if they would accidentally break something.
The sit down 4 course menu brunch made the experience relaxing and ideal for family/friends gathering.
BiCE Ristorante’s Friday Brunch| Every Friday from 12.30PM to 4PM
AED 395 (soft drinks & juices); AED 295 (soft drinks & juices)