There are brunches, and then there are ‘drunches’. If you are looking for a seriously good ‘drunch’, you really have to make your way to Indie at DIFC.
With its industrial-style interiors, retro vibes and smooth Indie music adding the right kind of vibes to your Saturday afternoon, Indie is a hidden gem I’ve only recently discovered.
While your regular brunches run from noon till 4, at Indie they encourage you to find a cushy sofa corner and sip on their fantabulous cocktails till a hazy, chilled out 7 pm. Open to 21+ every Saturday, at Indie you can really expect to get Brunch*d.
No long queues at the buffet counters here. At Indie everything gets served at the table! We were hosted by the very friendly, absolutely adorable Andre from Ukraine. Judging by the other staff members at Indie, being exceptionally good looking must be a requirement for working here!
How it works: The Indie Brunch*d menu has a set list of items. You can have an unlimited serving of the starters, and get to choose 1 main-course and dessert per person.
The Indie Brunch*d deal costs AED 290 with soft drinks and juices, AED 390 with pouring spirits and house wines, and AED 490 for the champagne package.
Here is a look at our appetizers round:
For my drinks, I let Andre take a call. He seems to have a knack of knowing what to order per person, because both Hubby and I loved our drinks!
I started off with Indie’s Forbidden Island, a very fruity cocktail featuring lime and passionfruit.
However, it was my second drink that I had to ask a refill for… this is the Indie Sangria. A delightfully refreshing, fruity take on the original, with a bold addictive undertone of red wine. I can easily drink this by the casket.
Another great cocktail at Indie is the Canon. Yet another fruity cocktail that has a very unique flavor base of Japanese yuzu. You really have to sip this one to know what I mean… it is like a canon-ball of flavor on the palate (and yes, it is served in a can… can and can-on, get it? 🙂 ).
At Indie, they also do an exceptionally good Moscow Mule, and use a home-made ginger syrup to elevate the strength of the flavor combinations.
For the main-course, Hubby went for Indie’s Steak and Eggs, such a typical ‘bloke’ order! At Indie, the 220 gram sirloin is cooked to perfection, and was absolutely juicy and flavorful till the very last forkful. The runny egg yolk made it all the more delightful.
I went for the signature Indie Burger, a hearty serving of prime beef patty in toasted bun, stuffed with crispy fried onion, crunchy greens and a special Indie sauce.
Nearing the end of our mains, we get served these very innocent looking pots of jelly. These are jelly shots, loaded with an alcoholic hit! Spoon in with caution.
Before our jelly disappeared, a tray of ice-cold lollies appeared at our table. Thank goodness this is a 21+ joint! My little one would have jumped at this platter… it is once again a major hit of alcohol!
I think these guys at Indie really don’t want us to leave! I can happily stay on in my cushy corner. The food here is absolutely spot on, and the drinks are even better! Add to it the live singing. The couple performing here both have that deep, throaty voice that even boy-band trash sound amazingly posh and reformed. Loved their rendition of ‘Bout the Base’.
While the major flow of food and drinks got a huge thumbs up from my side, the desserts were nothing to write home about. They have French Toast, Pancakes and Chocolate Waffle Bites. All three are smothered in the identical warm chocolate sauce which makes it difficult to tell them apart when eaten.
But the desserts can be forgiven. After all that food, we really weren’t wanting for more. And by the end of the evening, we made good friends with the dashing Andre! We were high-fiving after every course, and by the time we left, we gave Anre affectionate hugs and promised to be back for more. Yes, we really were absolutely Brunch*d!
Indie is located in DIFC. Call 055 455 6106 for bookings, and look up their website for more details: www.indiedifc.com