Last month, we invited four lucky good readers and some of the UAE’s top influencers  to join us for an exclusive fun-filled afternoon at the Social Garden Brunch at Chival,  La Ville Hotel & Suites

Our afternoon at the Social Garden Brunch

What an afternoon we had at the fab Social Garden Brunch last month. The chic European-esque courtyard at Chival gets a weekly transformation into a cute alfresco maze of live cooking stations – each one seeming more appetising and appealing than the last.

We loved the Ceviche and Raw Bar, the authentic, slow-cooked paella heaped with fresh seafood and, of course, the Sweet Surprise dessert station. And, just in case anyone was worrying about getting dehydrated, the brunch garden was dotted with an equally impressive variety of drinks stations. Feeling hot? Freshen up with an Aperol spritz. Suffering from a post-lunch lull? How about a perky espresso martini to get you feeling lively again. There were also an array of wine and beer stations to cater to everyone’s needs and preferences.

In between eating and drinking, our guests  got the royal treatment with sparkly face and body art from Glitterbox as well as on-the-spot pampering from The Doll House, while the in-house singer serenaded us with bluesy, jazzy songs to see us straight through till evening.

Friday 1pm to 4.30pm.

Dhs290 for The Botanical Quench, including soft drinks, enhanced juices and botanical crystal waters, Dhs390 for The Taste of Terroir, including house drinks and signature cocktails, Dhs490 for The Floral Refinement, including champagne and all of the above. Plus an after party at LookUp rooftop bar from 4.30pm to 7pm with selected drinks at Dhs25. Tel: (054) 3095948. Taxi: La Ville Hotel and Suites. chivallaville.com

Lazy Grazing Feast

It really is impossible not to lazily graze at this fabulous Saturday brunch down at Graze Gastro Grill at La Ville Hotel & Suites, City Walk. Rather than wandering around a buffet or food stations, scrumptious sharing platters are regularly delivered to your table for any block of three hours between 1pm and 6pm. Butter poached shrimp with  steamed rice bun and spicy mango arrives and is devoured to make way for the next round, which could be striploin with balsamic red cabbage and butternut purée, or fresh seabass marinated in lemon and yuzu juice, or any other mouth-watering creation. Every few weeks the menu gets a re-fresh courtesy of the creative chef de cuisine, Juan Pablo Dominges, meaning each time is like the first time at this classy yet chilled-out brunch.

The attentive staff are on hand to re-stock your food platters and to help you pair the right drinks for each course, yet manage to keep the right amount of distance so you can kick back with your group and enjoy the cool vibe, while the afternoon slips past in a heady, relaxing mix of great food, yummy drinks and a welcoming atmosphere. 

Saturday 1pm to 6pm.

Dhs199 with soft drinks, Dhs299 with wine and beers, Dhs399 with premium drinks.

Tel: (04) 4033111. Taxi: La Ville Hotel and Suites. grazelaville.com

La Ville Hotel and Suites, City Walk, Dubai. Tel: (054) 3095948. Taxi: La Ville Hotel and Suites. livelaville.com