From Egyptian to Emirati, eight regional delicacies to kickstart the day
Date omelette at Klayya Bakery and Sweets The perfect spot for late risers, Klayya is an all day breakfast café, where you can order traditional Emirati eggs, breads and tea even in the evening. The date omelette is a dish of baked eggs, with a gooey caramelised base of dates at the bottom of the dish. Each breakfast dish includes a karak chai and freshly baked Emirati breads, making this great value, as well as highly recommended. Dhs37. 8am-10pm. Barsha Mall, Barsha (04 325 5335).
Dosa at Balance Café Location can be the only reason why Balance Cafe isn’t given national heritage status. Midway down Sheikh Zayed Road in a mid-sized mall isn’t conducive to passing custom but there is nothing middling about the super breakfasts. Despite being only Dhs10, a masala dosa is a melt-in-your-mouth 18 inch-long floury pancake served with a potato curry, a spicy broth and assorted other dips. Dhs10. 7.30am-11am. Oasis Centre, Al Quoz, Sheikh Zayed Road. (04 384 7010).
Falaheen at Baker and Spice This Moroccan breakfast platter offers a fresh and abundant selection of feta cheese, dip and salads. It is served with pita bread, freshly made in-house, dips made from local dates, freshly made laban, and even comes with a choice of coffee and a choice of fresh juice. Quite a feast. Dhs85. Sun-Thu 8am-noon, Fri and Sat 8am-1pm. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 425 2240).
Fateer meshaltet with egg and cheese at Zaroob For mid-morning stodge, it’s hard to beat this Egyptian street food favourite. A comforting blend of hot, pillowy, layered bread (a bit like a doughier paratha) stuffed with egg and cheese, dip it into a blob of hot sauce or ketchup for a bit of tang to cut through the grease for a perfect mouthful. Dhs22. Served all day. Jumeirah Tower Building, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 440 9300, ext 317).
Khameer at Mama Tani The café serves local bread variety khameer, with sweet or savoury options, as well as the option of making your own. Start the day with ‘the dulce’ khameer stuffed with dulce de leche, strawberries, bananas and almonds. Dhs24. 8.30am-10pm. Town Centre, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 385 4437)
Lebanese breakfast at Shakespeare Café A plate groaning with grilled halloumi, labneh, halawa, black olives and a manakeesh (either zaatar, halloumi or kashkaval cheese on saj bread), this order is generous enough to serve two. The deal also includes a tart, fresh orange or grapefruit juice, and a cup of tea or coffee. Dhs53. served all day. Various locations including Emirates Living (04 360 8886).
Shakshuka at Palace Café This Arabian dish is made with a chutney of roasted bell peppers and tomatoes, combined with spices such as saffron and chilli. The eggs are then cracked and baked on top of this chutney. Dhs30. 9am-noon. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 428 7890).
Turkish breakfast at Kosebasi Try the suculo yumurta, a Time Out favourite for breakfast at this Turkish restaurant. It’s made with fried Turkish sausages and eggs, and is a little like Turkey’s answer to the English fry up. It's certainly thoroughly enjoyable but quite a guilty treat. It comes with salad, hash browns and Turkish bread. Dhs34. 9am-noon. The Walk, JBR, Dubai Marina (04 439 3788).
China Across China’s vast and varied culinary landscape, the most common breakfast dish is congee, a cross between porridge and a hot soup made with rice with a small amount of meat or vegetables. From Dhs18. Da Shi Dai, Murjan, JBR, Dubai Marina (04 426 4636).
South Africa A typical breakfast in South Africa is a hearty cooked plate of meat and eggs, similar to the traditional English breakfast. There is, however, a twist in this dish because it usually contains borewors, a variety of sausage unique to this nation. Dhs65 (borewors roll). Nezessausi Grill, Al Manzil Hotel, Downtown Dubai (04 428 5888).
Vietnam Now considered Vietnam’s national dish, pho is commonly eaten to start the day. It is a soup made with a clear, beefy broth, rice noodles (classically), slices of beef, green vegetables and fresh herbs. From Dhs29. Hanoi Café, JLT, Goldcrest Executive, Cluster TBC (04 431 3099).