Great places to order a hot brekkie in the emirate
Following the quiet season for daytime dining in Dubai, we suddenly find our morning hunger pangs raging out of control. And what follows? A ravenous debate over where to head to first when it comes to the most important meal of the day. In fact, the significance of breakfast has been underlined by a study released in July this year by the American Heart Association, which suggests skipping breakfast can increase your chance of coronary heart disease by 27 percent. But beyond the health benefits, going out for breakfast in Dubai is also a social and gourmet experience. From full, fried and typically English to Indian dosas made to ayurvedic recipes, here’s the best breakfast spots worth getting out of bed for.
All day breakfast buffet at Nofara This breakfast platter is quite a feast and very affordable as a result. It includes yoghurt made in-house, muesli parfait, cheese and cold cuts, a choice of eggs teamed with fresh baby spinach, plus baked beans made by the café and soujouk sausage. Breakfast guests can even enjoy a hot beverage, fresh juice and a selection of breads freshly baked by the café. Dhs55. 8am-midnight. Swiss Tower, Cluster Y (04 432 2023).
Baked beans at Lime Tree Café A go-to for breakfast – order the baked beans, they are made in-house. Made with large butter beans and real tomato, available as a side or part of a bigger breakfast, they’re tangy, sweet and a healthy start to the day. Dhs26, served until 11am Sun-Thu, 1pm Fri-Sat. Ibn Battuta Mall (04 366 9320).
Big breakfast at Barasti If you prefer your eggs with a sea view then you need to take on Barasti’s Big Breakfast. A perfect representation of the food challenge culture that seems to be sweeping the city, you’ll find a sirloin steak, potatoes, eggs tomatoes, beans and egg-dipped toast. Phew! Dhs82. Fri-Sat 9am-12pm. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, Umm Sequim (04 318 1313).
English breakfast at 25°55° Café Bistro If you fancy a traditional full English – the unsophisticated version you’d pick up in a greasy spoon the Dubai Marina Yacht Club’s version is pretty close. Yes, it’s served in a slightly pretentious skillet but the rest of it is as authentic as you’ll get here. Dhs85. 7am-midnight. Dubai Marina Yacht Club, Dubai Marina (04 362 7955).
Full English at Crowne and Lion The traditional fry up at this English-inspired pub includes fried eggs, hash browns, mushrooms, traditional English meats, baked beans and toast, plus hops. And if you’re a football fan, on Saturday mornings you can also watch the games live on the big screens whilst tucking in to breakfast. Dhs59. 11am-8pm. Byblos Hotel, TECOM (04 448 8000).
Garden omelette and buttermilk pancakes at IHOP The enormous, deliciously savoury breakfast omelette arrives stuffed with green peppers, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes and cheese (with an extra sprinkling melted on top) and matches up well (if you can find room) with a stack of three classic buttermilk pancakes. Skip the fake-tasting blueberry syrup and stick to butter pecan. Dhs42. Served all day. Mall of the Emirates (04 385 0891). Other location: JBR (number TBC).
Fry up at McGettigans This full Irish breakfast comes in two sizes – ‘girlie’ (small) and large. Expect a steaming plate full of meat, beans, mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, hash browns, fried eggs and toast – all washed down with a mug of tea or coffee. Dhs60 small, Dhs90 large. Breakfast available until 10pm. Bonnington, JLT (04 356 0560).
The continental at Whittard of Chelsea Eggs made to order, crispy hash browns and hot buttered toast, along with a fresh pot of tea or coffee all served on bone china for the princely sum of Dhs27 make this one of the best breakfasts in Dubai. The comfortable coffee shop setting in Ibn Battuta Mall makes it a great spot for people-watching too. Dhs27 per person. Breakfast served 10am-12pm. Whittard of Chelsea, Egypt Court, Ibn Battuta Mall (04 368 6896). Other locations: Dubai Mall, Festival City, Jebel Ali Free Zone.
Breakfast at Fibber Magees This Irish pub serves a classic combination including Irish meats, hash brown, eggs, tomato, baked beans, mushrooms and toast or fried bread. Dhs48. 8am-11am. Behind the Crowne Plaza, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 2400).
The lazy breakfast at The Archive Between the enjoyable food and eclectic easy jazz tunes on the stereo, perhaps The Archive’s biggest breakfast selling point is its indoor and outdoor space. Sit outside on a cool morning and enjoy the greenery of Safa Park around you, or head inside and peruse the shelves of coffee table books on the Middle East. The Archive reopens its doors in September. Dhs59. Reopens in September. Safa Park, Al Wasl Road (04 349 4033).