Summer is coming and outdoor eating is about to go on hold. We round up the brunches to book for that last pre-season blow-out
Summer is coming, which means your friends are scattering themselves around the world on holiday and outdoor eating is about to go on hold. We round up the brunches to book for that last pre-season blow-out.
Party brunches Accents Loud music, big groups, pizza, mixed drinks and dancing on the terrace. #Webrunch is a Dubai Marina favourite among the party crowd. The vibe is fun and you’re sure to have a good time if you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate your next birthday. See our review on page 54 for more. Dhs325 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages), Dhs425 (sparkling grape) Fri 1pm-4pm. InterContinental Dubai Marina (04 446 6669).
Candypants The definition of party brunch – Candypants is all about the event, less about the food. Dancing, inflatables, pumping beats and exotic mixed beverages star here. Take some time to preen, the Candypants crowd will have put in the effort for this one. Dhs325 (house beverages). Dhs375 (sparkling). Fri 1pm-4pm. XL Dubai, Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection, Dubai Marina (052 634 1040).
Casa de Tapas This Spanish restaurant offers hot tapas, cold cuts, cheese and more Spanish flavours than you can shake a castanet at. Plus, you can make your way upstairs to continue the party at rooftop bar Cielo, too, if you can’t sit still long enough. As the team says, “we don’t do brunch, we do fiesta”, and you will, too. Olé. Dhs210 (soft drinks), Dhs260 (selected beverages), Dhs315 (bubbly). Fri noon-4pm. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 416 1800).
Garden The Wanderlust brunch is hugely popular and absolutely massive. So, chances are if you’re a Friday party brunch regular you’ll have had your fair share of photos by the doughnut wall (yes, really). But that’s no excuse not to go again, as there’s no way you’re telling us you’ve sampled all of the vast variety of cuisine on offer. Get ready for a fun one. Dhs425 (house beverages). Fri 1pm-4pm. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay (04 414 0000).
Iris Dubai Enjoy dining al fresco on the stunning terrace with views of the Burj Khalifa at this classy restaurant. Expect a laid-back but loud vibe from the Beiruti bar, which is popular with a chilled-out party crowd. Dhs140 (soft drinks), Dhs290 (house beverages), Dhs420 (sparkling), Dhs520 (bubbly). Fri 1pm-5pm. Level 27, The Oberoi, Dubai, Business Bay (056 951 1442).
Jazz@PizzaExpress Pizza, jazz, unlimited sparkling grape. What’s not to love about this super-popular JLT brunch? A top spot to spend a loud and lively Friday afternoon alongside a slice of American Hot. Now, pass us those doughballs. Dhs135 (soft drinks), Dhs210 (house beverages). Fri noon-4pm. Mövenpick Hotel JLT, Cluster A, JLT (04 441 6342).
Lock, Stock & Barrel Sumo wrestling and nachos. That pretty much sums up this popular bar brunch. It’s loud, it’s upbeat and there’s a range of top-quality bar snack-style food to stuff your face with – it did take the crown for Best Bar food 2018 after all – so even if you don’t partake in the aforementioned wrestling, you can give getting to the size of a sumo a good go with the plethora of belt-busting dining options. Dhs269 (soft drinks), Dhs369 (house beverages). Fri 1pm-4pm. Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR (04 520 0049).
Lucky Voice Our Best Party Brunch 2018, this a Friday occasion to trounce all others – if you’re looking for some singing and dancing with a side of sliders, that is. Warble your way through a Mariah or lip sync to Kylie, just come prepared for heaps of fun. Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages), Dhs350 (sparkling grape). Fri 1pm-4pm. Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha Heights (800 58259).
Saffron This famous party brunch at Atlantis The Palm is popular with those looking to let their hair down of a weekend afternoon. There’s a top terrace plus a whopping 220 different dishes on offer. One for clocking up your 10,000 steps – once you’ve navigated the buffet and had your fill of Asian dishes, it’s time to get to your feet and do some dancing. Dhs535 (selected house beverages). Over 21s only. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Warehouse The Hive, as this popular party brunch is named, is aptly pretty buzzing (ahem). As well as a good selection of live cooking stations, there’s a variety of drinks stands, too. Dhs259 (house beverages). 1pm-4pm. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud (04 702 2455).
Yalumba This longstanding Garhoud party brunch is an ideal mix of upbeat vibes and plenty of seafood. The buffet choice is top, the venue is small enough to be cosy but big enough to house plenty of partygoers and there’s free-flowing sparkling grape. Dhs389 (sparkling grape), Dhs529 (bubbly). 12.30pm-3.30pm. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud (04 702 2455).
Zero Gravity Quick, dig out that suncream – it’s time to hit the beach. And by that we mean party at Zero Gravity. Make the most of the massive infinity pool to cool off in and indulge in plenty of tasty bar snack-style offerings – think pizza, sliders and more. Supernatural Saturdays include beach and pool access and unlimited food and drinks plus there’s pumping tunes and a top party vibe. It’s our Best Beach Club 2018, so it’s where you want to be. Dhs249 (ladies), Dhs299 (men). Sat noon-5pm. Near Skydive Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 399 0009).
Al fresco brunches 3in1 Fancy lounging by the pool in a relaxing post-brunch slumber? The “Saturdaze” brunch is an all-day lazy affair with pool access so make the most of the breakfasty baked goods before you go for a splash in that pool. Dhs145 (soft drinks), Additional of Dhs100 (poolside cabana and pool access). Sat 11am-3pm. Vida Downtown Dubai, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
Ají Sushi, ceviche and nibbles are followed by a main each and a dessert platter to share at this Japanese/Peruvian Palm spot. This is a top location for a lazy weekend brunch, especially if you’re into Nikkei. Dhs375 (soft drinks), Dhs495 (house beverages), Dhs660 (bubbly). Fri noon-4pm. Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah (04 552 0244).
Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE This popular party spot wraps up for the summer, so get in now to make the most of the brunch. Enjoy some chilled- out vibes and beachside dining to some laid-back Balearic beats. Dhs310 (inside the restaurant (unlimited house beverages). Dhs340 (Terrace and beach), Dhs580 (bubbly). Restaurant: Sat 1pm-3pm, 3.30pm-5.30pm; terrace and beach: Sat 2pm-4pm. Golden Tulip Al Jazira, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).
Breeze Beach Grill Our Best Outdoor Bar 2018 also lays on a pretty mean brunch. A petite buffet houses sushi, roast dinners and salads, plus there are some hefty cakes for dessert. The sea views from its scenic spot at the end of Club Vista Mare is what really makes this, though. Dhs395 (house beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah (04 568 3000).
Bussola If you like pizza, you’ll love this. A lazy Saturday afternoon offering serving up some traditional Italian cuisine. Did we mention the sea views? Dhs290 (house beverages). 2pm-5pm. The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 511 7136).
Café Nikki The Saint Tropez brunch aims to make you feel like you’re on the Côte d’Azur, and it succeeds. One of the few places in Dubai where you can get unfettered sea views, relax at this world famous brand and enjoy a sophisticated brunch offering with some tasty Mediterranean dishes. Dhs345 (soft drinks), Dhs435 (house beverages), Dhs175 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under five). Fri 1pm-4pm. Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Pearl Jumeira (04 376 6000).
El Chiringuito Ibiza, in Dubai. This beach club, which hails from the White Isle, offers up the perfect Balearic seaside vibe, and the sharing dishes are just the right size, too. Dhs395 (soft drinks), Dhs495 (house beverages), Dhs595 (premium beverages), Dhs695 (sparkling grape). Sat noon-4pm. Rixos The Palm Dubai, Palm Jumeirah (04 277 9180).
La Cala Head to this chilled-out beach club for a lazy brunch with some excellent dishes. The menu of Mediterranean and Asian influenced beach bites come with a side of music from a live DJ to help you relax and unwind by the sea. Dhs249 (house beverages), Dhs499 (sparkling). Fri noon-9pm (three-hour package). Ghantoot Marina (050 151 8407).
Marina Social The Share & Social features a three-course meal including sharing starters such as hand-chopped beef tartare and sourdough pizzas. This brunch was named Highly Commended in the Best Brunch category 2018 with good reason, and an even better reason to visit right now is for the terrace and party vibe. A mixed drinks trolley does the round while you gaze out across the water. Delightful. Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs445 (house beverages), Dhs495 (bubbly). Fri 1pm-4pm. InterContinental Dubai Marina (04 446 6664).
Palm Grill Settle in for the afternoon with your toes in the sand… The Chill & Grill Beach BBQ brunch stars an abundance of barbecued meat and seafood served right on the beach. A perfect laid-back al fresco option, ideal to round off the weekend with a glass of something cold and a grilled lobster (or four). Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages). Sat 1pm-4pm. The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, The Walk, JBR (04 318 6150).
Scape Restaurant Set on the Burj Al Arab’s terrace out into the sea, Scape offers up stunning views all around. This California-fusion brunch stars dishes served to the table. Specials include sushi donuts, quesadillas, braised short ribs, sweet tacos and more. You’ll feel super fancy dining here, too. Dhs495 (soft drinks), Dhs695 (house beverages), Dhs795 (bubbly). Sat 12.30pm-4pm. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 301 7600).
Evening brunches Cavalli Club Restaurant and Lounge First up, this one is glam, so you’ll want to dig out your finest threads to come here. The classy club transforms into a dinner-show venue for the night brunch, and the food is very good, too. Admire the entertainment, enjoy the vibe and dig into the food. You won’t be disappointed. Dhs299 (house beverages). Sun 8.30pm-midnight. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 991 0400).
Miss Tess If you’re after a side of break-dancing Super Mario Bros alongside your pad Thai, then you’ll be happy here. There’s a variety of quirky food stalls and pop up bars, where you can try out dishes from Korea, Thailand, China, Vietnam and Japan, as well as live entertainment and fun. Dhs178 (soft drinks), Dhs248 (house beverages). Wed 8pm-11pm. Ongoing. Taj Dubai, Business Bay (050 650 4988).
Publique Sure, you might want to visit a chalet in summer, but when the temperature soars a piping hot bowl of fondue might be relegated to the back of the queue behind a huge dish of ice cream. Which is why you need to visit this brunch now while it’s cooler. The roaring (fake) fire and the wooden decking makes it feel like you’re in the mountains, or dine outside while you still can for the views across Souk Madinat. Dhs295. Daily 8pm-11pm. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 430 8550).
Pure Sky Lounge & Dining Perched atop the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah this trendy rooftop lounge serves up an evening brunch with a range of dishes. The vibe and views across to the Arabian Gulf and Ain Dubai are two very good reasons to go here. Dhs245 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (selected house beverages). Fri 5.30pm-9pm. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, The Walk, JBR (04 399 1111).
Zero Gravity Time Out Dubai’s Best Beach Club 2018 makes this list for a second offering. The club kicks off the weekend in style every Thursday night. Dance the night away outdoors with views out to sea at this top Dubai Marina nightspot before the party heads inside for the summer. Dhs310 (house beverages). Thu 8pm-11pm. Near Skydive Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 399 0009).
Blow-out brunches Brasserie 2.0 One of the best buffet brunches in town, this classy all-day dining restaurant at Le Royal Méridien has a super terrace that you’ll want to make the most of, right now. There are a variety of cooking stands – think burger trucks, grills and tacos outside – as well as a massive display of fresh seafood, which is sure to satisfy even the biggest fish lover. There’s live music, too, making this an excellent all-rounder that’s worth your hard-earned. Dhs425 (soft drinks), Dhs575 (house beverages and sparkling), Dhs750 (bubbly), Dhs210 (kids aged six-12), free (kids five and under). Fri 1.30pm-4.30pm. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 316 5550).
COYA Highly Commended in our Best Brunch category 2018 with good reason, this stunning Latin American restaurant serves up a top-class brunch. It’s elegant, it’s cool, and it’s one to book for a special occasion to ensure you’ll earn maximum brownie points for your date. There’s a huge selection of dishes on offer, making this a great way to try this popular Peruvian without breaking the bank. Dhs333 (soft drinks), Dhs555 (house beverages), Dhs666 (bubbly). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah 2 (04 316 9600).
Jumeirah Al Qasr A brunch to eclipse all brunches. The sheer magnitude of this feast is overwhelming, but sit tight, the rewards for that buffet exploration are huge. This massive brunch is especially popular with visitors, so book in now for the influx of guests ahead of the summer. Dh495 (soft drinks), Dhs595 (house beverages), Dhs695 (bubbly), Dhs265 (kids aged four-12), free (kids under four). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).
Nobu You know the name, and if you haven’t sampled the food, this is an excellent place to begin your education. Recently revamped to showcase dishes from Nobu restaurants around the world, this one shows off the Japanese maestro’s cuisine expertly. Dhs395 (soft drinks), Dhs585 (sparkling grape), Dhs650 (bubbly). Fri noon-4pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina Bubbalicious is a Dubai institution. It’s absolutely huge and has every dish you could possibly hope for, from seafood to hummus via some dim sum. Did we mention the cheese and dessert rooms? Dhs480 (soft drinks), Dhs580 (sparkling), Dhs680 (bubbly), free (kids under 12). Fri 1pm-4pm. King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 511 7139).
Traiteur The chic Creekside brunch is back, this time at The Promenade, the revamped dining space at Park Hyatt Dubai. It’s just as extravagant as before (think caviar, lobster, oysters et al) plus there’s a classic French feel to the meal. Take a seat on the terrace while the weather allows and enjoy the elegant vibe. It’s pricey, but mais oui it’s an occasion. Dhs495 (soft drinks), Dhs695 (sparkling grape), Dhs775 (bubbly). Fri 1pm-4.30pm. The Promenade, Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira (04 602 1234).
Zuma Time Out Dubai’s Best Brunch for the second year running. That’s all you need to know really – go along for yourselves to see why. Dhs473 (soft drinks), Dhs625 (house beverages), Dhs688 (bubbly), Dhs236 (kids aged four-12), free (kids under four) plus 10 percent DIFC fee. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Gate Village 6, DIFC (04 425 5660).