Christmas Brunch on the 50th Floor of Jumeirah Emirates Towers

I was invited to Alta Badia to try out their brunch. Alta Badia, the Italian restaurant at the top of the hotel has started offering a new brunch with the most amazing view of the city. From fritturas and arancinis to pastas and slow cooked lamb, every bite is one to savour, especially with an excellent grape accompaniment. Jazzy mixes and rhythmic chill-out will set your mood throughout the brunch followed by a live Nu-Jazz and Deep House set at the After-Brunch Upbeat at the Alta Badia Bar. The brunch is every Friday from 12:30 to 15:30.

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Sadly, the day I went, the actual buffet was closed as they had a set menu brunch that Friday. However, the Head Chef, Chef Mansoor was kind enough to stir up some of his special dishes which weren’t on the Christmas brunch menu.

As soon as we were seated, we were offered the complimentary bread basket along with Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil.

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For the drinks, we ordered berries mocktail and freshly squeezed orange juice.

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We started off with the cold platter that had a selection of cold cut, zucchini and taleggio cheese bruschetta and breaded Mozzarella. I particularly enjoyed the mozzarella and the bruschetta.

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For the mains, the Chef made me my favorite Risotto wild mushroom and asparagus. It was well cooked.

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We also ordered their Chestnut Tagliatelle with wild mushroom and Truffle Sauce. This was good as well.

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For Desserts, the Chef made us try the special Christmas Italian desserts – Pandoro Al mascarpone and Semifreddo Al Croccantino which was caramelized nuts parfait with Chocolate sauce.

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On the whole, the restaurant which is located on the 50th floor, has a good ambiance with good food. The service was a bit slow, but I can’t totally blame the restaurant for it. Maybe they weren’t well informed about my booking. I just wish that I could try out the real brunch menu.

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