Breakfast at Vanitas, Palazzo Versace

by Jannat & Pawan Manghnani on July 17th, 2016

About

​The charming and elegant interiors of Palazzo Versace's signature Italian restaurant, set against the luminous waters of the Dubai Creek, act as the perfect backdrop for an intimate and cosy experience or a romantic dinner. With an emphasis on classic Italian food, Vanitas is a luxury restaurant with finesse, where the chefs deliver expertly crafted Italian flavours using herbs picked fresh from the hotels’ gardens and specially imported produce.

Review

​So we were staying at the Palazzo Versace for the weekend and were gutted to find out that most of their restaurants were under some kind of renovation and the only choice has was Vanitas which specialises in Italian Seafood!

Vanitas was our dinner place AND our breakfast place, and it was amazing to see how they could transform this swanky place to a buffet place by the morning! Good job Team Versace!

With a seating capacity of over 100 ​(Indoor – 70 pax + Outdoor – 36 pax) The place was still packed, yet not at all chaotic thanks to the number of professional staff at hand. Special mention to those classy shirts our servers wore! #instantlove #versace

Ambiance

The ambiance like I mentioned transformed like 180 degrees between dinner and breakfast! No I don't mean the walls and the furniture which btw, are so magnificently made with that gorgeous chandelier beaming through, what I do mean is like they managed to change the vibe of the place.

Once we were seated down and were over just staring and admiring the cutlery,  we thought it was a good time to check out the buffet. We ordered some juices to get us started while we quickly took a walk around the food area to grab something to get us started..

Drinks

Milk:
Varieties and varieties of milk.. They even had almond and soy varieties.
Green Apple Juice:
Was surprised to see green apple juice on the menu as its something that is not very common & ordered it instantly.
Grapefruit Juice:
The wife had some freshly squeezed grapefruit juice , her favourite! 
Americano:
Another favourite of the wifey! So she had multiple of those. #coffeecoma
Cup 2 or maybe 3? I literally lost count.. But how gorgeous are these cups? 

Breads

Of course like any other buffet there was a huge selection of breads, like the one sourdough and the french baguette pictured below.
Some seedy loaves, fresh out of the oven! The bread was actually warm to touch.
Cheesy croissants! I'm pretty sure we had like multiples and they were some of the good ones we've had in a really long time! 
I wonder if people are really spoilt for choice with so many loaves and different kinds of breads.
Dubai Favourite and my favourite- Zaatar croissants! Filled and topped with Zaatar, and eaten best with some cream cheese or labneh or both! 

Food

Eggs Benedict:
Who doesn't like eggs benny? Poached eggs (perfect) on top of bread with a generous serving of Hollandaise sauce. It was the best start to my day and the fact that it was made so perfectly, it reminded me of eggs benny like I used to have in Manila, Philippines which I genuinely didn't think could be topped off in the UAE.
Cheese Omelette:
Wifey ordered a cheesy omlette with a side of sausages! And I saw her go at it and not stop till it was over! haha But she did say the eggs were fluffy enough for her liking and the sausages were her favourite part of the whole brekky! So thats like saying something.
German Waffles:
To end our lovely meal and our stay at the Versace we ordered some freshly prepared waffles, doused them in maple syrup and ate our way to that sickeningly sweet feeling that we love to hate! If this wasn't a perfect ending I wouldn't know what else would be? 

Buffet

Foul:
So basically fava beans cooked in a gravy for breakfast! They are actually quite healthy and one of the best starch/carb combos to digest!
Turkey Bacon:
A cheat. But living in Dubai, that is literally all you can get! I stay away from these personally but my wife had some and she said it was one of the good ones and not super chewy as we have tried elsewhere.. 
Baked Beans:
Again, one of my favourite items for breakfast. I literally feel an american brekky combo is the way to man's heart! Their version was SO good as it wasn't super sweet and actually had some flavour that wasn't ketchup! 
Sautéed Mushrooms:
Tossed in way too much oil, this one was easily skippable! 
Sautéed Cherry Tomatoes:
Like who even eats these? Not us for sure! 
Hash Browns:
Seriously, these were hands down the best hash brown we have ever had. The potato filling inside was smooth as butter. Why can't all the hash browns in the world be like these?

Healthy Eating

Bircher Muesli:
My wife actually really enjoys her brekky cereals and loved the two varieties they served. So basically Bircher Muesli is yogurt based and has some honey and chopped pear/apples in it for crunch! Their versions were topped with berries and some were topped with pecans!
Pecan, Pine and Raisin Muesli! 
Cereal Counter:
​As expected, the variety was endless and we were all spoilt for choice.
Fruit Varieties:
Organic Berries:
We decided to stay away the cut fruits and instead ordered a bowl of fresh organic berries that was a part of the brekky menu! Can't say we didn't love it..

Rating

​​Interiors –
Excellent

Location –
Good

Ambiance –
Excellent

Value for Money –
Good

Service & Hospitality –
Excellent

Quality & Taste of Food –
Excellent

Cost –
About AED150-200 Per PAX

Cuisine –
Italian, Seafood. This review is based on the breakfast menu at Vanitas.

Phone –
04 5568820

Address –
​Ground Floor, East Wing, Palazzo Versace, Culture Village, Al Jadaf, Umm Hurair, Dubai

Verdict

Vanitas isn't their regular place for a breakfast buffet but it was still amazing for us! The food and the service were exceptional like the hotel itself. Its hard not to love something here and we tried, but it is everything and more! You have to experience it to believe it.
​Power Couple & Lifestyle Bloggers Jannat Manghnani (@PriyankaVidhani) & Pawan Manghnani (@AyaashPaw) love food. It's the only thing they eat. They embark on a unique adventure every evening trying to break free from the routine while soaking in a new experience, well detailed into blogs so friends & family can benefit from them. Read about the entire experience by checking out their various blogs. Remember, A drop of ink may make a million think.


Posted in Food ~ The Tasterpreneur    Tagged with Palazzo Versace, versace, breakfast, brekky, healthy, lavish


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Michelle - July 19th, 2016 at 3:39 AM
Sounds like a dream breakfast

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