If the view is a veritable feast for your eyes, the spread of foods will leave your taste buds salivating. Nestled on Level 5 of Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City, the Picnic Pantry brunch is easily one of the most relaxing ways to spend a Friday what with the weather just right now.

Overlooking the Dubai creek and the Jaddaf boat building yard, with the spectacular city skyline in the far ground, the Picnic Pantry is ideal for a relaxing weekend complete with bean bags and picnic tables and seating areas set low on the grass. In case you don’t enjoy stretching out on the grass, you can chill on the picnic benches and tables that line the perimeter of the area and listen to a solo singer strumming a guitar to relaxing classics like Summer of 69 and Stand by Me.

The bbq station serves a selection of marinated grilled tiger prawns, salmon fillets, bbq-flavoured chicken legs and hot fluffy baby potatoes

Once we made ourselves comfortable under an umbrella, I went off picnic basket – yes, each table has one – in hand to the pantry and salad station areas for some juices, breads, sandwiches, sushi platters and, of course, cute-looking delicious salads.

While the wife was content to start with the salads, I later strolled over to the bbq station to grab some marinated grilled tiger prawns, salmon fillets (my favourite), bbq-flavoured chicken legs and hot fluffy baby potatoes. If you are a meat-lover like me, you are sure to enjoy the grills serving juicy ribs and kebabs too.

There was a variety of foods for kids – from the staple french fries, chicken nuggets and strips to mutton kebabs. And, of course, there are tables groaning under the weight of a plethora of desserts from cheesecakes, tarts and cookies to ice creams, fudges and more. And if you would like to slip off your tees and shorts and take a plunge in the pool, you are welcome to.

Or you can remain content sipping on pretty-looking beverages with li’l umbrellas or pouring out glasses of chilled juices from large pitchers while the face painting and craft area will keep the kids out of your hair.

Dh245 with soft drinks. Dh345 with house beverages (pool access included for both). Kids 12 and under eat for free. 
Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Call +971 4 701 1127/28 or email restaurantreservation.dfc@ihg.com