The best spots to enjoy the most important meal of the day
Kösebasi Among the bustling eateries along The Walk at JBR, this Turkish restaurant is a perennial favourite. Adventurous breakfasters can try a traditional Turkish breakfast: dishes to sample here include semizotu (fresh purslane salad mixed with home-made yogurt, olive oil and garlic), tırnak pide (Turkish bread with strawberry and apricot jam, honey and butter) or menemen (scrambled eggs with tomato and bell peppers). Our favourite is the sucuklu yumurta, a dish of fried eggs and sliced Turkish sausage, although it's not one for calorie counters. Dhs34 for sucuklu yumurta. Breakfast served daily 9am-noon. The Walk, JBR (04 439 3788).
25°55° Café Bistro Boating enthusiasts are often no stranger to foreign shores, so it’s fitting that the café at Dubai Marina Yacht Club serves a selection of breakfasts featuring international dishes. Try the New York-style smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel or Portuguese-style scrambled eggs with stuffed mushrooms, hash browns and pork or turkey bacon. Most popular is the ‘Marina breakfast’, an English feast with the works (including black pudding) and served on an iron skillet. Whichever corner of the globe you look to for breakfast inspiration, stay grounded in Dubai with wonderful views of the marina’s waterways. Dhs85 including juice. Breakfast served daily 7am-noon. Marina breakfast is available daily 7am-10.30pm. Dubai Marina Yacht Club (04 362 7900).
Baker & Spice This Dubai favourite proves popular at breakfast for its vast selection of bread, croissants, muffins and pastries. The croissants (choose from plain, almond or chocolate) are all baked fresh each morning at 7am and ready for the first breakfast guests. The jams are also made on the premises, using seasonal, local and organic fruit. If that isn’t enough to tempt you, don’t miss the French toast with caramelised sour apples and local date syrup toffee. Dhs38 for French toast. Breakfast served Sun-Thu 8am-noon, Fri-Sat 8am-2pm. Souk Al Bahar (04 425 2240).
Fibber Magee’s This relaxed, rustic Dublin-style pub pulls in the punters with its Irish charm, friendly atmosphere and live music. Equally legendary is the Fibber’s breakfast: an English breakfast by a more-concept friendly name (Irishmen should note that sadly there’s no potato fry involved here). Even so, it’s one of our favourite full English offerings in Dubai and includes pork sausages and bacon. Dhs48 for full English. Breakfast served daily 8am-11pm. Off Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 2400).
More Café This popular café serves breakfast all day, making it the perfect location for late risers, or a lazy Saturday outing. There’s a varied selection and although the baked pastries tend to let the side down, we’d suggest bee-lining for the egg dishes: More’s scrambled eggs and eggs Benedict constantly receive rave reviews. For something out of the ordinary, try the pancakes. The orange versions are particularly good, but the locally inspired flavours of the khameer pancakes (saffron, sesame seeds and date honey infused with aniseed and cardamom) make for an adventurous breakfast experience. Sadly, the khameer pancakes are only available at the Mirdif branch. Dhs39 for eggs Benedict. Breakfast served daily Sun-Thu 8am-11pm; Fri-Sat 9am midnight. Mirdif City Centre (04 284 3805).
The Lime Tree Café & Kitchen This Time Out award-winning Kiwi-run café does a knockout breakfast, with a great selection to choose from. The local chain started with an outlet on Jumeirah Beach Road, and has since expanded to include four cafés across the city. The home-grown brand places huge emphasis on natural ingredients and prides itself on working local, Middle Eastern flavours into its dishes. Try the home-made baked beans, served on toast with feta. We also love the muesli with yoghurt and berry compote. Dhs26 for muesli. Breakfast served Sun-Thu 7.30pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 7.30pm-1pm. Jumeirah Beach Road (04 349 8498).
THE One Deli For those fussing over the fils, eating out for breakfast may seem like an unnecessary luxury, especially when heading to a hip interiors store to do so. However, breakfast at THE One Deli (attached to THE One’s Jumeirah furniture store) has introduced a new breakfast bargain, offering two for the price of one until Sunday July 1. We suggest one of you orders the smoked salmon blinis with scrambled egg and avocado salad, and the other can enjoy complimentary syriniki pancakes: griddled cottage cheese and raisin pancakes with berries, maple syrup, sour cream and home-made compotes. Dhs32 for syriniki pancakes. Breakfast served Sun-Thu 9am-11am; Fri-Sat 9am-noon. Jumeirah Theatre, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1 (04 345 6687).
The Palace Café Only recently opened, The Palace Café makes for a wonderful spot to while away a few hours, especially because breakfast is served until 2pm at weekends, and guests can choose between the laid-back outdoor area or the bijou but sleek interior. Usually the food tends towards a contemporary take on Middle Eastern dishes, but at breakfast the division is more clear-cut. You can opt for European breakfast dishes such as eggs Benedict, but we suggest Arabic breakfast classics including shakshuka (eggs baked with tomatoes, bell peppers and spices) or foul medames (mashed fava beans with oil, parsley, onion, garlic and lemon juice). Dhs30 for shakshuka. Breakfast served Sun-Thu 9am-noon, Fri-Sat 9am-2pm. Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 428 7890).
Circle A chic retro air pervades at Circle, while floor-to-ceiling windows afford great views of Jumeirah Park. We like the perfectly poached eggs Benedict with smoked salmon , washed down with a fresh mango juice . Great for eading the papers on a lazy Saturday morning, or simply watching the park life pass by. Dhs50-150. Breakfast served daily 9am-noon. Beach Park Plaza Centre, Jumeirah (04 342 8177). Other location: Dubai Media City (04 391 5170)
Ikea It’s a café located inside a big warehouse of flat-packed furniture, so don’t expect too much in the way of atmosphere. But what it lacks in character and homeliness, it makes up for in price: pay less than Dhs10 for beef sausage, eggs hash browns and baked beans. Needless to say, it’s not worthy of a Michelin star, but at this price we’re really not complaining. Breakfast served daily 9am-11am. Dubai Festival City (04 203 7555)
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Wafa Al almheiri Feb 03, 2015 06:54 am
1- Mugg & Bean in jumeirah , English breakfast
2- Zaroob in SKZ road , Arabic breakfast
3- I HOP in JBR , English breakfast
4- Wafi Gourmet , Arabic Breakfast
Nna Mar 24, 2013 12:05 pm
Has anyone been to the The Lime Tree Café & Kitchen for breakfast served Sun-Thu 7.30pm-11pm,
Priya Mar 07, 2013 08:30 am
After living in Canada for a couple of years, I miss the taste of home. Give me a zaater and labneh manakish anyday! And a spinach fatayer! Finished off with a creamy delicious atayef with Turkish coffee. Al Reef Bakery near Karama post office is the place to go to for a truly yum Lebanese bakery experience!
leah Feb 12, 2013 07:24 am
Ohhhh Mick! you sound a little bitter lol
Farzana Jul 13, 2012 06:02 am
I feel your pain! I keep looking to recreate my lazy Sunday brunches from Toronto, as well. Dean & Deluca makes great waffles and their eggs benedict, are pretty decent!