When I was a child, my dad repeated the archaic maxim ‘breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper’, as though attributing an aristocracy system to meal times would drive the magnitude of breakfast home to an eight-year-old.
In recent years, such is the importance of breakfast that the first meal of the day has undergone a renaissance. Long gone are the days when our only option was a greasy paper-wrapped egg muffin from the infamous double golden arches restaurant.
From frosted flakes to French toast, burritos and eggs Benedict, the breakfast industry is booming.
The proof is in our wallets: Brits spend £13m a year (AED 63m) on their brekkie, and here in the capital, Instagram is flooded with gooey, syrupy pictures as new restaurants cash in on the trend.
It’s something that Parker’s, located in Umm Al Emarat Park, does particularly well.
Housed in a trendy industrial-feel space, the Dubai-based import is known for its modern, fun take on food – and that extends to breakfast.
From grilled mac and cheese sandwiches topped with an egg to cornflake crumbed potato, sliders and Rice Krispies French toast, the restaurant certainly knows how to appeal to a crowd, young and old.
The croissant Benedict is an indulgent, buttery dish. With eggs, truffle mushrooms and hollandaise, it’s tasty, but the sauce needs more acidity to balance the creamy flavours.
The breakfast sliders, with beef bacon, scrambled eggs, cheese and Sriracha, don’t last long at our table – they’re petite in size but big on flavour – but a little more generosity on the meat wouldn’t go amiss.
Our eyes nearly pop out of our heads when our banoffee French toast arrives. Two pillowy, doorstop-thick slices of brioche sandwich banana slices, toffee sauce and digestive biscuits.
Digging in, it’s not as cloying as it looks and it’s the perfect sweet note to end our meal on – offset, of course, by a great Americano, as what is breakfast without coffee?
With smiling service, a varied menu and French toast bigger than your head, if you, like us, believe breakfast is as important as the saying says, then Parker’s has it all in spades.
Need to know
Location: Parker’s, Umm Al Emarat Park, Al Mushrif
We say: Park up and dig in – and order the French toast!
Cost: AED 180 for two, plus AED 5 to enter the park
Opening times: Sat–Wed 11am–midnight, Thu–Fri 11am–2am
Contact: 050 136 9166, instagram.com/byparkers