Dear Diary, Tucked away in the middle of Barsha Heights is the TRYP by Wyndham hotel, the urban hotel brand of the Wyndham chain that focuses on the independent traveler who eschews full service. And this just so happens to be brand’s biggest TRYP hotel in the world (natch!)
The name alone (TRYP) gets me every time. As a closet logophile, I love this pseudoword, which is orthographically related to “Wyndham” and, at the same time, tells me that this place is lit. You feel it from the moment you walk into the lobby – from the high ceilings to the heavy geometric design with egg chairs, triangular lights, slanted bookshelves, and trapezoidal wall features.
Their global website says that TRYP is “designed to suit those with a penchant for travel and new experiences” offering “a one-of-a-kind experience that encourages you to get out and enjoy the city, socialise and live life to the fullest.” So if you’re out living life to the fullest, of course you will need their lazy Friday breakfast served from 6:30am to 2pm at their all-day dining restaurant, Local.
Ambiance-wise, Local does look and feel like your standard all-day-dining restaurant. The space is quite expansive and fairly bright with a big indoor dining area, a lot of natural light, and a decent-sized terrace.
Food-wise, what you’ll get is a comfortable place to while away several hours (whether straight from a night out or after a few hours of shut-eye), decent food (though not a huge variety), a handful of items prepared on demand, and pleasant service with a smile. If you’re a hotel guest, you’ll pay only AED 75 for the pleasure. If you want to add unlimited specialty coffees and juices, you’ll pay just AED 10 extra. If you’re not a guest, you’ll pay around AED 95.
While the selection isn’t large, there’s enough to keep you satisfied – which basically means I zeroed in on the three items that caught my attention and enjoyed them so much that I ate the exact same thing on repeat:
Stir-fried vegetables – a combination of spinach, mushrooms and cabbage. I admit I don’t eat as many veggies as I should but I’d have them for breakfast everyday if i could eat them like this.
Foul with paratha – simple yet fulfilling.
The Eggs Benedict was perfectly cooked with a chef’s special Hollandaise sauce that was unconventional but oh-so-delicious, though I could not identify (and neglected to ask) what the herby addition was…
So good I had to ask for seconds.
Verdict: Good choice for a leisurely brekkie, especially if you’re in the Barsha Heights area.
Note to self: A place to recommend to dog owners once their dog walking park is open!
TRYP by Wyndham
Tel: 04 247 6666