Easter brunches, afternoon teas and everything in between
Al Bayt Easter Afternoon Tea Buffet Just when you thought afternoon tea couldn’t get any better, they made it into a spread. Easter is all about getting stuck into the sweet stuff – and what better way to do so than by getting your money’s worth at a (sophisticated) all-you-can-eat buffet. The palatial surroundings don’t go amiss either, and the melodies from the live harpist and violinist will make you feel refined, even when you’re up to the eyes in fruit scone. Dhs170. Mar 28-Apr 1, 2pm-6pm. The Palace Downtown Dubai, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
Brunch Egg-Stravaganza at Lock, Stock & Barrel The Lock Stock & Barrel Big Fat Brunch has an superb selection of prizes up for grabs as the biggest ever Easter Egg Hunt commences. With golden eggs hidden around the venue, the Easter Bunny and LSB team has gathered ton of fantastic prizes should you find the right egg. But be warned there's also some booby prizes you may want to avoid. As well as four rounds of mouthwatering food, there'll also be games including sumo wrestling, battle ships, Jenga and Twister, as well as a live band, pop up bars and a magician. Dhs269 (soft drinks), Dhs369 (mixed drinks). Fri Mar 30, 1pm-4pm. Barsha Heights: Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights (04 514 9195). JBR: Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR (04 520 0049).
Courtyard by Marriott Dubai Green Community Hop down to the Courtyard by Marriott Dubai Green Community for a day of Easter fun. Activities include an Easter egg hunt, games, craft stalls, food stalls and even a visit from the Easter bunny. Free entry. Mar 31, 2pm-6pm. Courtyard by Marriott Dubai Green Community, Green Community (04 885 2222).
Dubai World Cup Brunch at McGettigan’s DWTC Enjoy Easter with the Dubai World Cup horseracing event and McGettigan's pre-races brunch in the outdoor garden. There'll be unlimited house drinks and food from noon until 4pm to be enjoyed with live music before the racing action. There will also be complimentary transport to Meydan Racecourse. Seats on the bus are based on limited availability, and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Dhs209 (mixed drinks), Dhs289 (sparkling package). Sat Mar 31, noon-4pm. McGettigan’s DWTC, Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 378 0800).
Easter Lunch at Day & Night Restaurant Feast upon an unlimited buffet and soft drinks from across the world with Easter Lunch at Day & Night Restaurant. There's everything from roast lamb with crispy herb potatoes and beef stroganoff to Russian salads, Asian noodle dishes and mounds of hearty Italian pasta. Kids can also enjoy face painting, Easter egg hunts and art, as well as sampling from their very own dedicated kid's buffet. Dhs59 (soft drinks), Dhs29.50 (children aged six-11). Sun Apr 1, noon-3.30pm. Mercure Dubai Barsha Heights, Barsha Heights (04 381 8888).
Easter Weekend at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai There's a whole weekend of fun (and gluttony) to be had at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai this Easter weekend. Celebrations will kick off on Friday March 30 with an Easter-themed brunch at London Social with an international buffet, live cooking stations and a fully-stacked dessert station with classic Easter treats. Children can get carried away with an egg hunt, face-painting and a visit from the Easter Bunny (who sounds like he has his work cut out for him this weekend). There's also a Sunday Roast at Caravan with roasted leg of lamb, prime rib, steak and mushroom pie and a load of desserts. London Social Brunch: Dhs395 (soft drinks), Dhs495 (mixed drinks), Dhs590 (bubbly). Fri Mar 30, 1pm-4pm. Sunday Roast at Caravan: Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs325 (mixed drinks), Dhs125 (children aged 7-12). Sun Apr 1, 1pm-4pm. The Ritz Carlton Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 318 6150).
Fairmont The Palm A one-off ‘Egg-streme’ brunch will be coming to Fairmont The Palm on Friday March 30 featuring food and drinks from Flow Kitchen, Little Miss India, Frevo and Seagrill. Entertainment will take the form of a saxophonist, guitarist and violinist, face painting, magic tricks and an Easter egg hunt, as well as a petting zoo with bunnies, baby goats, parrots and more cute and cuddly animals. We’re sold. Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (mixed drinks), Dhs495 (bubbly), Dhs180 (children ages six-12), free (children under six). Fri Mar 30, 12.30pm-3.30pm. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 800 7256).
Family Day at Fairmont Dubai It’s all going on at the Fairmont this Easter with a kid’s cookie art workshop, games, prizes and a visit from the Easter bunny himself. The fun and games kick off on Saturday March 31 at Pronto Café with giant cookies, colourful icing and decorative items for the little ones (and you) to create an edible masterpiece. Then it’s time for the big man/bunny to make an appearance and rumour has it that he’s got lots of chocolate treats to give away. If you decide to extend the day’s festivities into a staycay, you can arrange a surprise visit to your room by the Easter bunny bearing a basket full of goodies. Dhs65 (per child aged three-ten, including cookie art kit and hot chocolate), Dhs99 (Easter bunny visit to room). Sat Mar 31, 1pm-4pm. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 311 8316).
Friday Night Out at Lock, Stock & Barrel Lock, Stock & Barrel is giving you a solid Good Friday this Easter, with an smashing Friday night out and a massive golden egg hunt. There'll be golden eggs hidden around the venue - but be warned, there's a few bad eggs amongst the good and some less-than-welcome discoveries one you break the shell. Free. Fri Aug 30, 10.30pm-3am. Barsha Heights: Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights (04 514 9195). JBR: Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR (04 520 0049).
Funtastic Easter Dine Around Brunch at JW Marriott Hotel Dubai The Funtastic Easter Brunch at JW Marriott includes a dazzling variety of live cooking stations from three restaurants. Get stuck into dishes from Bamboo Lagoon, The Market Place and Hofbrauhaus and when you're well and truly stuffed to your limit, have a mosey along to Times Square and enjoy special Easter activities and games - or watch the more sprightly get stuck in while nursing your rounded belly. Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs249 (mixed drinks), Dhs65 (children ages six-12), free *chidren under six). Sun Apr 1, 12.30pm-4pm. JW Marriott Hotel Dubai, Deira (04 607 7977).
Garden If you’re looking for a livelier affair, bunny-hop down to Garden for a fun and frivolous Friday spent wolfing down your pick of 360 exotic dishes from 11 live food stations. As well as the banquet, you’ll also be treated to live entertainment and unlimited house beverages. Dhs425 (mixed drinks). Fri Mar 30, 12.30pm-4pm. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Business Bay (04 414 3000).
Good Friday Brunch at Prime68 Friday Brunch from 1pm-4pm. Starting from Dhs495 per person. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Business Bay (04 414 3000).
Indulgent Easter Family Brunch at Le Patio Head to The St. Regis Dubai for an al fresco family brunch at Le Patio, packed with Easter treats. Let the kids embark on an exciting egg hunt while you savour fine flavours and enjoy music from the live jazz trio in this relaxed courtyard. Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs450 (house beverages), Dhs130 (kids aged five to 12). Fri March 30, 1pm-4pm. The St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor City (04 435 5577).
Kitchen6 What’s Easter without a chocolate fountain? Well Kitchen6 have two, as well as a dessert counter laden with every sweet treat that your heart can ever desire. There’ll also be a spread of six live cooking stations, in case you need something to soak up the sugar. Dhs199 (adults), Dhs99.50 (children ages six-12), free (children under six). March 30 – April 1, 12.30pm-4pm. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Business Bay (04 414 3000).
Manava Restaurant Enjoy a brunch full of international good stuff at Manava Restaurant this Easter. Dishes include salmon coulibiac, pan-fried foie gras, smoked barbecue short rib and roasted leg of lamb. And what's Easter without a Chocolate Island complete with an Easter bunny display? You can also enjoy the hotel beach post brunch and watch the sun go down. What better way to end a day of feasting? Dhs395 (soft drinks), Dhs475 (mixed drinks), Dhs155 (13-20 year olds), Dhs100 (children 6-12 yeard old). Sofitel The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 455 5656).
Pat Sharp at McGettigan's JLT Remember Fun House? It’s whacky, it’s fun, it’s outrageous. In short, it’s a real crazy show where anything goes. Host of the show Pat Sharp is coming to town for the McGettigan’s Fun House Brunch on March 30, DJing through the day with a whole bunch of massive ’80s tunes. There'll be a five-hour brunch with unlimited drinks from 1pm until 6pm, an à la carte menu and buffet. There’s the option of a further drinks package from 6pm until 9pm for Dhs209. If you’re looking for a massive nostalgia fest, then get your mates together and head over to the Fun House brunch – just try not to get gunged. Dhs269 per person. Fri Mar 30, 1pm-6pm. Bonnington Hotel Dubai, Cluster J, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 378 0800).
Positano Love pastas, pizza and gelato? Don’t we all. Head to Positano and enjoy a cosy Sunday evening with a full-fledged Italian Easter buffet brunch. If you don’t waddle out the doors then you’re doing something wrong. Dhs180 (per person, including soft drinks).Apr 1, from 6pm. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Business Bay (04 414 3000).
Roberto’s Dubai Easter is time for family and excess – and no one does it like the Italians. Roberto’s are putting on a special Easter Andiamo Brunch at the restaurant and terrace on Friday March 30, with live cooking stations, Italian flavours and an a la carte main course. There’s also plenty of fun to be had for little foodies with egg hunts, egg painting, face painting and colouring stations, while the grown-ups chill in the lounge and take in the gorgeous skyline views while nursing that pasta-baby. Dhs350 (soft drinks). Dhs450 (mixed drinks), Dhs550 (bubbly). Fri Mar 30, noon-4pm. DIFC (04 386 0066).
Sunday Roast at McGettigan’s Souk Madinat Jumeirah Enjoy a delicious roast dinner on Easter Sunday for just Dhs109 and you'll get a free house drink. This offer is available all day – but when it’s gone, it’s gone. For those with a mighty appetite there's a three-course option, where you add a selected starter or dessert (or both) for just Dhs30 each. Want to go all out? Add a bottle of house red or white grape for just Dhs95. Dhs109 (roast dinner). Sun Apr 1, 9am-2am (Happy Hour 2pm-8pm). Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 447 0219)
The Dubliners As we've already mentioned, Easter isn’t just about chocolate. It’s equally about the grilled meats, appetiser spreads and refreshing beverages. Have a wander down to The Dubliners this Easter and you’ll be able to indulge in all of the above, with some sweet treats thrown in there too. We knew the Irish would have us covered. Dhs109 (all you can eat with two soft or mixed drinks), Dhs189 (all you can eat with five soft or mixed drinks). Le Meridien Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud (04 286 8949).
Warehouse Make an occasion of it with a raucous Easter brunch at Warehouse featuring an exciting range of appetizers, grilled delights and tempting treats paired with hops and bubbly for a night like no other. When the brunching ends, enjoy 20 percent off all drinks between 4pm and 7.30pm. We’re ready to toast to the Easter bunny. Dhs259 (mixed drinks). Fri Mar 20, 1pm-4pm Fri 1pm-4pm. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud (04 217 0000).
Marks & Spencer’s Easter treats One a penny, two a penny (or Dhs16 to be exact). Easter is coming, and that means hot cross buns. Luckily Marks & Spencer’s has got us covered for the buns, the mini eggs, chocolate bunnies and everything else that makes Easter the most wondrous of holidays. The new blueberry hot cross buns are loaded with juicy Vostizza currants, while the old favourite Kentish Bramley apple hot cross Buns are filled with sweet apple pieces and sultanas. But it’s the salted caramel and chocolate hot cross buns with dark Belgian chocolate chips and fudge and toffee pieces that have really got us excited. If you’re more the chocolate egg type, you can pick up some beautifully foil-wrapped spring-themed pink, orange and blue Easter Eggs, although we imagine that pretty wrapping won’t last long. Dhs16 (pack of four hot cross buns), Dhs19 (caramel eggs), Dhs23 (milk chocolate Beau Bunny), Dhs45 (Cheeky Chicks), Dhs89 (chocolate Easter eggs). Locations include Dubai Mall and Marina Walk, www.marksandspencer.com/ae.
zChocolat ZChocolate offer a fancy range of chocolates that are bound to go down well with someone special. We’re including ourselves in that category and will absolutely be picking up a batch of the high-quality springtime mouldings to feast on personally. All of the ingredients in the chocolates are natural and the Easter collection includes hazelnut pralines and solid chocolate pieces, in cute bunny shapes no less. From Dhs135 (Easter assortment). Available until April 1, www.zchocolat.com.