Todd English’s Olives Lazy Friday Brunch

Venetian Village, The Ritz. Al Maqta.

Food 🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅 Service 🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅 Family Friendliness 🎅🎅🎅🎅

An impromptu brunch decision by the Easters today after realising we had nothing to do 😅 The Lazy Brunch table brunch concept does what it says on the tin - you only have to get off your chair to (a) chase after small people or (b) visit the bathroom 😉 I am not sure 'brunch' is exactly the word I would choose, as I associate brunch with more freedom of choice and quantity, but since we currently lack a better one, brunch it is. The brunch starts with shared appetisers. A silky chicken noodle soup drizzled with chilli oil is served with home made bread, still warm. Melt in the mouth carpaccio of beef served on a polenta cake and a shrimp salad, alongside a rather naughty home baked cheese and onion flatbread. For mains you choose an individual dish, which we opted to share family-style. We asked for a soft-as-butter striploin cooked perfectly to order with tiny crispy roasties, and a juicy chicken breast served on a bed of home-made pasta. Finally we finished with an individual plate of mini dessert. I normally avoid chocolate mousse cake at brunches as it always looks better than it tastes, but this was an exception. With a crispy base (I'm sure it had cornflakes in it 😅) as a perfect contrast for the smoothness of the mousse, it was delectable! We had the house beverage package which was good but not outstanding. This includes Italian prosecco (a little sweet for me), a fruity French Bordeaux, which was a nice glass of grape but needed more depth to perfectly match the steak, and a dry Italian Pinot Grigio with hints of pear.

Just a note on the service. It was completely on point. Friendly, treated the children as valued customers, happy to refill drinks, knowledgeable about the food they were serving, and utterly accommodating when we wanted to move inside because the flies were bugging us.

Speaking of the children, the food was superb. Pictured is my daughter's fish and chips, which was cooked with the same love as the rest of the food. There was (good) face painting, and also make your own kids pizzas......which we weren't told about until after my other daughter had finished the pizza she had ordered. This was the only disappointment in an otherwise very lovely relaxed meal. We would definitely go again. Cost was reasonable at 290+++ for house bevs and 190+++ for soft drinks. There is no kids brunch package so they ordered from the kids a la Carte menu. Well worth a visit 😊

We finished with a visit to Barfly to sit on the comfy sofas and have a little glass of something - the spicy mangorita was fabulous! 😊

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