Brunch is something of an expat tradition. In our 4+ years in Singapore we ‘brunched’ a lot but we’ve yet to really get into the swing of brunch in Dubai. This may or may not have something to do with the fact that we now have 1-year-old twins.
This weekend however, we took the plunge. Some really good friends asked if we’d like to join them at ‘Bubbalicious’, one of the newest brunches in town. It’s the Easter weekend, school has finished for two weeks and hey, we felt like a day out.
You see that’s the thing with brunch – it really does consume the whole day. It usually starts around 1230pm and carries on until at least 4pm and by that time, you’re either too drunk, too full, or a combination of both, to care about anything else happening that day.
As we have 3 children, the hours before 1230 were spent packing bags to see us through the rest of the day. By the time I’d worked out how many changes of clothes, drinks, nappies, toys and emergency first aid kits may be required, it was time to call a taxi.
I have to say I was a little nervous at the prospect of taking all 3 children to brunch. I was less worried about my son as our friends have a daughter of a similar age so I knew he’d have a like-minded accomplice to help him trawl the dessert counter way before I’d have chance to make sure he’d had a suitable intake of vegetables.
The twins however are a little more unpredictable. By giving them a late breakfast and a lengthy session in the Exer-Saucer they were shattered and back in bed by 930am. The fact that they were still asleep at nearly 12 was a bonus. We scooped them up and popped them and the equivalent of 3 overnight bags in the cab.
I needn’t have worried. ‘Bubbalicious’ has all the elements to make sure every age group is catered for. They have an entire room of children’s food and entertainment so the girls feasted on macaroni cheese, carrot sticks and cucumber before moving on to the cakes and pastries which were definitely more popular. They even enjoyed fortune cookies though the ‘choose not a bad accomplice tomorrow’ motto was perhaps lost on them.
But it was not the food that was the star attraction. This particular brunch included a petting zoo and Chinese acrobats. Yes, really. We barely saw our son for 4 hours as he occasionally popped back to our table to tell us he was heading to the bouncy castle.
The girls were intrigued by the parrots, puppies, tortoises and snakes. And as ever with twins, there was a steady stream of willing cuddlers desperate to wander around the restaurant with them.
And Mummy? The free-flow champagne definitely ensured a great start to the Easter weekend and I’d have to say, we’ll be doing brunch again.