Family brunches in Dubai
Here are our pick of the brunches to add to your planner this season
There is something about brunch that makes families in the city smile. The promise of a lazy afternoon (and often running into evening), with nothing to do except indulge in delicious, lavish treats always gets us going. It’s a chance to get dressed up with your nearest and dearest and all those fab Dubai friends who have fast become family. It’s also the perfect activity to add to the agenda when visitors are in town. And if your kids love a good hotel brekkie, then the added sparkle of a bit of balloon bending, face painting and cookie decorating will certainly keep them happy.
On a budget…
Dhs100 and under
Let’s face it, at the end of the week, after forking out for after-school clubs, dentist trips and that never-ending round of birthday presents, there’s just about enough left for a box of chocolates, so an expensive brunch isn't always going to be top of your list for the weekend. But a kid's gotta eat (as do a jaded Mum and Dad). So, we’ve scouted out some of the cheapest brunch options around to add a little affordable sparkle to your Friday.
Kids’ Brunch At Fümé
Brunch is just for the kids at this stylish and imaginative Dubai Marina hangout. Parents can go à la carte while youngsters graze on kid-friendly foods such as fish cakes, fried chicken, milkshakes and more, plus they get a chance to play in a gated section with toddlers' toys and some arty entertainment. Once you're all satisfied and full, you can burn it all off with a walk around Dubai Marina promenade and take a quick hop on a water taxi to go spotting "big boats" afterwards.
Dhs30 (kids only). Fri-Sat, noon-4pm. Pier 7, Level 1, Dubai Marina (04 421 5669).
Le Petit Pascal brunch at Pascal tepper
Kids love pastries and it’s always a winner when you get them from a traditional French patisserie. It doesn’t get more authentic than the Le Petit Pascal brunch in Pascal Tepper French Bakery, where the entire family can enjoy delicious, fresh-out-of-the-oven goodies. You are drawn in by the table filled with juices, fruits, salads, cheeses, sandwiches, muesli, soups, crêpes and plenty of bread. There's also a little added magic with face painting and balloon twisting activities.
From Dhs79 (adults), Dhs49 (kids five to 12), free (under fives). Fri 10am-3pm. Pascal Tepper, Dubai Media City (04 454 2408).
Mad Hatter’s Brunch at bookmunch
Books and food – the perfect combination! The recently launched “Mad Hatter’s Bruch” at the quirky BookMunch Café allows you to enjoy a tasty afternoon feast while browsing interesting reads. Little Hatters love the tiny tid-bits on offer, from fresh chicken sandwiches bursting with crunchy green apples to the comforting eggs benedict on a toasted bagel and ricotta pancakes drenched in sweet honeycomb butter with a side of bananas, blueberries and strawberries. Kids can then relax in a teepee, with its own cute book nook, featuring some of their favourite stories and having well-deserved quiet time after clearing their plates. Bead-making and storytelling are also part of the line-up for this long, leisurely, lazy afternoon.
Dhs95 (adults), Dhs47 (kids under 12). Fri 11.30am-3.30am. Al Wasl Square, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah (04 514 9459).
The Bench brunch at the Daily
Sometimes, you need to get back to basics and remember where you’ve come from, and a nice, simple brunch, bursting with the kinds of tasty snacks you would take on a picnic can be the perfect antidote for all the glitz and sparkle of Dubai. Enter, The Bench Brunch at Rove Downtown Dubai. It features, quite literally, a bench laden with cold cuts, sandwiches, fruits and cereals. The kids will love the cute little jars filled with colourful salads (it might even be a surefire way to get them to eat their greens). With not a bouncy castle in site, it might be wise to pack some colouring books or, maybe, just chat to each other. It's great for family bonding time.
Dhs99 (one hot drink), Dhs49 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). Fri-Sat 11am-5pm. Rove Downtown Dubai (04 561 9000).
Un Brunch à la Marina at bistro des arts
The family-friendly atmosphere at Bistro des Arts is great and the venue offers a taste of Paris in the heart of Dubai Marina. The newly launched brunch is simple — it has a relaxed ambience, delicious food, tasty drinks and is great fun. Central to the new offering is the “Social Table”, which is placed in the middle of the restaurant and allows guests to freely indulge from the extensive selection available. There are warm French pastries, freshly baked breads and the finest French cheeses and cold cuts, followed by a choice of French breakfast favourites. Also included is a choice from the à la carte menu and a selection from the “Crêperie” (a big hit with little ones).
Dhs99 (one hot beverage, juices and water), Dhs199 (two house beverages), half price (kids six to 12, buffet only), free (kids under six, social table only). Fri-Sat 8am-2pm. The Address Dubai Marina (04 55 11 576).
A bit more...
The kids have been climbing the walls since 6am, the iPads are out of battery and it’s a long time until bed. If you want to save the weekend before it spirals into something else altogether, wash their grubby faces and head off for an easy brunch, where you can fill your boots and they expend all the energy.
Family F’unch at ting irie
If you love a taste of the Caribbean, but aren’t about to hop on the plane for a long-haul flight with the sprogs in tow, then head for some Jamaican joy at Ting Irie. There’s a dedicated area for the kids and a child-friendly menu filled with delights such as macaroni and cheese, miniature jerk chicken tenders and hot dogs. Meanwhile, the adults can tuck into the vibrant flavours of Jamaica from the special brunch menu and sample some really good carnival funnel cake. The DJ plays a reggae soundtrack, and combined with the fruit punch and the waiters’ authentic hospitality, you’ll easily feel transported to the Caribbean island. So far, so good (or “irie”, as it were).
Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs95 (kids six to 11), free (kids under five). Fri 1pm-4pm. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 557 5601).
Ultimate family friday brunch at Flow Kitchen
This is a brunch that’s jam-packed with fun activities for little diners. They have their own place to enjoy face painting, balloon twisting and a magic show. A cartoon character might even turn up to share their chicken nuggets (it might sound strange, but it’s true and it goes down well). We adults can then sit back and enjoy the signature buffet of Asian dim sum and Peking duck, ribeye steaks and Yorkshire pudding, and even slices of Brazilian churrasco. If you’re counting calories, then you’ll also be happy with the healthy treats available, alongside salad stations. All this and the panoramic views across to the Dubai Marina make this a brunch to remember.
Dhs225 (soft drinks), Dhs355 (house beverages), Dhs100 (kids six to 12), free (kids under five). Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3457).
Friday Brunch At Le Rivage
Big, busy and bursting with everything from roast beef and Yorkshire pudding to a full English breakfast, families here in Dubai will often tell you this is one of their favourite Friday brunches. Set at the Le Rivage restaurant on the ground floor of the JA Ocean View Hotel, on The Walk at JBR, what this brunch lacks in the usual face painting and bouncy castle offerings it more than makes up for in atmosphere and sheer choice of food (there is more on offertthan the Yorkie puds and full English). Live singers bring the party vibe and the food displays in the live theatrical show kitchens keep the little people entertained for hours.
Dhs179 (soft drinks), Dhs299 (house beverages), half price (kids six to 12), free (kids under six). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. JA Ocean View Hotel, The Walk, JBR (04 814 5599).
Kids Are Kings Family Brunch At Radisson Blu Deira Creek
According to the hotel, this is the biggest family brunch in town and kids will be treated like kings and queens. The royal treatment extends to food from around the world and there are buffets to peruse at all five of the hotel’s second-floor restaurants (so it is pretty big). Cuisines include Persian, Emirati, English, Japanese, Chinese, American and Thai. They promise the kids won’t have a second to be bored, as there’s a dedicated play area, balloon twisting, face painting and a photo booth to create fun family souvenirs.
Dhs149 (soft drinks), free (kids under 12). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Radisson Blu Dubai Creek, Deira(04 205 7033).
Brunch all’italiana at Ronda Locatelli
Eating for free at Atlantis The Palm may sound like pure fantasy but on Saturdays, at Ronda Locatelli, this dream really does come true (well, for the kids anyway). Children can get stuck in and make their own pizzas, have a dabble in the art studio or learn a few tricks with the in-house magician. This Italian-themed brunch, which bagged the Highly Commended Best Family Brunch accolade at the Time Out Kids Awards 2016, has it all covered. It’s not all about the kids, though. As it’s crafted by celebrity chef Giorgio Locatelli, the Brunch All’Italiana offers incredible, delicious Italian food, over sharing-style courses, and the olive tree-lined gardens with ocean backdrop are pretty impressive, too.
Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages), free (kids under 11). Sat 12.30pm-3.30pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
When Friends are in town...
These are the brunches to go to on those lazy afternoons, when your friends and family are in town and you feel the need to entertain and impress. Munch your way happily through a whole afternoon, where there are also an abundance of fun activities to keep the kids smiling. As afternoon slips into evening, you can go home knowing you’ve done your job as host.
1920s brunch at Prime68
Sometimes the occasion requires something a little bit more grown-up, but when you need to bring the tots along it can be quite difficult. This is what the fun 1920s brunch at steakhouse Prime68, at the JW Marriott Marquis, comes in. This brunch has infectious live jazz music, the perfect pairing to a very fine menu of salmons, steaks and salads. With a live band and a magic show, the kids are also well catered for. As for your guests — eating fine food surrounded by the breathtaking views from the 68th floor of the world’s tallest hotel is very special indeed.
Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs450 (house beverages), Dhs550 (sparkling), Dhs650 (bubbly), free (kids under five). Fri 12.30pm-3.45pm. JW Mariott Marquis, Business Bay (04 414 3000).
Al Badia Picnic Brunch
Everything tastes better out in the open air, especially now the weather is beautiful again. So, we suggest heading over to the Al Badia Golf Club, where the award-winning picnic brunch has just relaunched for the new season. Your hamper will be overflowing with tasty snacks and you and the family can relax on the lawn to enjoy the live entertainment, while the kids toddle off to enjoy arts, crafts and lots of games. There are also buffet stations, with a host of succulent meats on display along with other hot delicacies. Oh, and the mouth-watering Candy Land dessert station is a hit with the whole family.
Dhs280 (soft drinks), Dhs380 (house beverages), Dhs480 (bubbly), Dhs580 (French bubbly), Dhs140 (kids six to 12), free (kids five and under, with one paying parent per two kids). Fri-Sat 11.30am-3.30pm. Dubai Festival City (04 701 1127).
Family brunch at Bread Street Kitchen
Tuck into Gordon Ramsay’s British favourites at this popular family-friendly Friday brunch. There is a variety of entertainment to keep little ones busy, plus plenty of delicious British-inspired cuisine across the buffets and à la carte menu. If an entire afternoon of feasting isn’t enough, then you can also put your complimentary pass to The Lost Chambers Aquarium to good use. Kids also get access to fun arts and crafts activities in The Beyond the Sea Activity Village, as well as pizza-making, cupcake-decorating and ice cream workshops. Meanwhile, you can enjoy a classic British roast or the fresh catch of the day and a signature dessert selection all served to the table.
Dhs225 (soft drinks), Dhs335 (house beverages), Dhs95 (children aged four to 11), free (under fours). Includes free entry to The Lost Chambers Aquarium and activities in The Beyond the Sea Activity Village. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Friday Brunch At Jumeirah Mina A’Salam
With views of the enchanting lagoon, the Jumeirah Mina A’Salam’s vibrant brunch has its buffet spread over the Hanaaya and Tortuga restaurants where guests can enjoy an array of cuisine, including live cooking stations. A dedicated children’s buffet will keep little tummies happy and with activities like mini golf and a photo booth they will be well entertained, too.
Dhs425 (soft drinks), Dhs525 (house beverages), free (kids under 12). Fri 12.30-4pm. Jumeirah Mina A'Salam, Madinat Jumeirah (04 432 3232).
Friday Brunch At Suq
A decadent feast awaits for the whole family at the lively, market-style Suq restaurant, which features an eclectic buffet boasting big flavours including Middle Eastern, Western and Asian specialties, as well as a lavish seafood presentation. The cute children’s play area situated handily within table-distance will keep the brood entertained as you enjoy oysters freshly shucked at the table. There are sharing platters brought out, too, should your feet give up on the buffet. It's a proper treat.
Dhs350 (soft drinks), Dhs500 (house beverages), Dhs690 (bubbly), Dhs175 (kids six to 12), free (kids five and under), Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 270 7777).
Ocean Brunch at Moana
A brunch that comes with pool and beach access gets our vote every time and this laidback, table-service one at Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa (winner of Time Out Kids Best Family Beach Club 2016 award) won't disappoint. Kick off your shoes for a play in the sand beforehand and chuck them in the pool afterwards (once you’re sure the gorging at the chocolate fountain won’t come back to haunt you, of course). As for the food, an array of cold and hot starters, a main course and dessert platter are served to the table, each artfully plated and presented. The selection will delight pescatarians, as the menu is 90 percent seafood.
Dhs350 (soft drinks), Dhs495 (house beverages), Dhs100 (children aged six-11), à la carte (children under six). Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm. Sofitel The Palm Resort & Spa, Palm Jumeirah (04 455 6677).
Secret Garden Brunch at Mezzerie
This brunch hit the Dubai circuit in early September and has proved popular since. Here you enjoy the afternoon while relaxing in the family-style garden setting. The food includes a colourful pickled vegetable bar and a freshly prepared organic, green salad made from herbs and flowers from the hotel’s own garden. More brunch classics are available in the form of seafood, grills and the perennial Waldorf salad, as well as an impressive selection of French cheeses and freshly baked pies. Wash it all down with light drinks made from summer fruits, while the kids visit the garden with the chef, where they can learn about how food is made. You even get to take home your own pot of basil.
Dhs345 (soft drinks), Dhs425 (house beverages), Dhs600 (sparkling), Dhs725 (French bubbly), half price (kids six to 12), free (kids under six). Fri 1pm-4pm. Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah (04 818 2222).
Superhero Brunch at Mazina
Be honest – have you ever been embarrassed to take your kid into a restaurant because they insisted on leaving the house in full Batman get-up? The award-winning Superhero Brunch at Mazina, which just bagged Time Out Kids’ Best Family Brunch 2016 award, is definitely for you, then. Superhero costumes are actively encouraged (even the wait staff are dressed up). Adults can choose from a vast array of dishes, with the delicious hand-carved roasts, fresh sushi and aromatic curries being particularly recommendable; while the kids have their own corner, piled high with finger-food staples like sandwiches, chips, nuggets, chunks of veg and carrot cakes. But what elevates all this into such a delightful Saturday afternoon is the experience. With face-painting, magicians, that bouncy castle, a competition for the best superhero-dressed kid, and even child-minders on hand to keep an eye on it all, this brunch that
caters impeccably to each and every one of you. Kaboom!
Dhs315 (soft drinks), Dhs440 (house beverages), Dhs160 (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under six). Sat 12.30pm-3.30pm. The Address Dubai Marina (04 888 3444).
Splash your cash...
Dhs450 and above
Why would you take the kids to a meal where an average plate costs more than a week's worth of groceries? Because this is Dubai. Some of the most expensive brunches have the most delicious food and also offer the craziest cartel of kid-friendly entertainment.
If there was a monarch for brunches, this would be it. Most Dubai families will try this at least once. With more than ten live cooking stations in three of Dubai’s hottest restaurants, it’s easy to lose yourself and become immersed in savouring all that’s on offer. With seafoods and salads, Arabian mezzes and Asian treats, all tastes are catered for. Also, don’t be surprised to see the circus break out in front of you, as mime artists and acrobats sporadically perform.
Dhs450 (soft drinks). Dhs550 (house beverages), Dhs680 (bubbly), Dhs225 (kids six to 12), free (kids under six). Fri 1pm-4pm. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road (04 3994141)
Friday Brunch At Jumeirah Al Qasr
A frankly gargantuan brunch that would slow down even the Incredible Hulk and halt any complaints of the fussiest eaters. Areas such as a chocolate corner and waffle cream station are placed near a children’s entertainment zone and there are literally dozens of other set-ups including burgers, grills, carvery, Italian, Spanish, Thai and a few extra dessert stations for good measure.
Dhs495 (soft drinks), Dhs595 (house beverages), Dhs250 (kids four to 11), free (kids under four). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6162).
Friday Brunch At Al Muntaha
Journey to enjoy a luxury brunch 200 metres above sea level at the iconic Burj Al Arab. There is a medley of delicious dishes to choose from including sushi, shawarma and oodles of cake. Although there isn’t any specific kids’ entertainment here, the fantastic views and excellent food is bound to keep them busy. But the price tag means this one is for very special occasions only.
Dhs575 (early bird offer, 10am-12.30pm), Dhs675 (soft drinks and one glass of bubbly), half price (kids four to 11), free (kids under three). Fri 10am-3.30pm. Burj Al Arab, Umm Suqeim (04 301 7600).
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