This stylish Moroccan spot created by Mourad Mazouz has recently introduced a daily breakfast menu. If you’re after a destination for breakfast, Almaz by Momo is worth a visit, even if only for the wonderful ambience and quirky Middle Eastern decor. The selection is includes plenty of familiar egg dishes, as well as a Levantine breakfast. A basket of fresh Arabic bread with a spicy olive tapenade arrives first to whet your appetite. Egg dishes such as the Florentine look and taste excellent. Perfect poached eggs ooze everywhere over fresh, buttery sautéed spinach, all sitting on top of crisp little brioche muffins. Do not, however, make the mistake of adding the surprisingly unappetising smoked salmon on the side. If you want to try something different and more Moroccan for breakfast, steer towards the Berber pancakes. These lovely little cakes have a light, airy and fluffy texture like crumpets and are doused generously with finely crushed nuts, sugar syrup and orange blossom water that floods the plate with all the delicious flavours of the Maghreb. Throw in a Turkish coffee and you’ve got yourself a Middle Eastern breakfast of champions.
Best for ambience. 4/5 - Dhs16 (berber pancakes), Dhs42 (eggs Florentine). Daily 9am-1pm.
The morning menu at this perennially popular Marina spot offers eggs cooked in a variety of styles, pancakes, fruit or granola with yoghurt and three kinds of shakshuka for those wishing for breakfast with an Arabian twist. The eggs Benedict is a fine example of the popular dish – eggs perfectly poached to our request, oozing and topped with a creamy hollandaise, with home-made English muffins to mop it all up with. The sweet-thoothed should opt for the French toast – two thick wedges of egg-soaked, fried bread, topped with caramelised sour apples and a drizzle of sweet, sticky date syrup. It’s a wonderful combo of sweet and savoury flavours that will keep your tum from grumbling again until well after midday.
5/5. Dhs65 (eggs Benedict), Dhs40 (French toast).
A relatively new kid on the block of cafés in Al Manara, Bertin has a bizarre, presumably invented, backstory about a baker from Alsace who moved to Andalucia then Tangier. All that before settling in Dubai. It’s a ruse to explain the different cuisines on the menu – but nothing can explain the eggs Benedict with Bolognese. The bistro has a very French look, with white tiles covering the walls. There’s a bakery (which smells great) and a breakfast menu covering a lot of bases. The Spanish-style omelette was disappointingly under-seasoned and stuffed into a too-small iron pot. They had run out of buckwheat from the healthy options so we tried the chia seeds instead (both were left on the bill however). Neither dish left us too impressed and both seemed poor value for money. We really can’t recommend Bertin over the other breakfast venues just a few yards away.
2/5 - Dhs39 (Spanish-style omelette), Dhs40 (chia seed bowl). Daily 8am-3pm.
This new Turkish steakhouse at The Beach, JBR has introduced a weekend breakfast deal that includes Turkish favourites, as well as steak options to start the day. Egg recipes include the Turkish baked egg classic, menemen. The signature breakfast platter is a plate of 110g striploin (much fattier than the striploin served on the dinner menu), two perfect fried eggs and great steakhouse-cut chips with a salty, spicy seasoning. With this plate, priced at Dhs79, you’ll also get unlimited refills of (not particularly good) filter coffee. Staff here are very friendly, but we got the distinct impression that they were not ready to start serving when we last visited them, since the toilets had not been cleaned and staff were (they pleasantly admitted) still having their own breakfast. We have to keep this in mind when telling you service was a little lax (the complimentary bread basket arrived anaemic in colour and under-heated, the tomatoes pictured on the menu had been forgotten from the steak breakfast plate, and once they arrived, they were sautéed, but still ice cold from the fridge in the centre). Let’s see what happens when Butcha wakes up in time
2/5 - Dhs79 (steak breakfast). Dhs38 (menemen). Fri-Sat 9am-1pm.
Part of Al Manara’s growing army of Sheikh Zayed Road-side eateries, Bystro is one of a small number of places serving breakfast late into the afternoon – and it’s a trend we wouldn’t mind seeing more of. Popular with families at weekends and business lunchers midweek, despite being rather awkward to get to, the place is typically at least half full. Options range from hipster fave smashed avocado to a not-quite-classic full English, plus modern medleys such as crab & marinated wakame beans with hollandaise and poached eggs. Despite being served in a bowl (see @WeWantPlates on Twitter for our thoughts on this), the full English is a spectacular success. The salt beef Benedict is also well worth trying – though a bit more beef and a little less cold cucumber (with poached egg! The horror!) would get our vote.
4/5 - Dhs50 (salt beef Benedict), Dhs60 (full English). Sun-Thu 8am-4pm, Fri-Sat 8.30am-4pm.
A cherry-pie slice of pure Americana nestled in Downtown’s stunning Burj Views, Clinton Street Baking Company knows it’s the detail that matters and delivers on it in style. Big Apple decor welcomes you inside, friendly staff put their (metaphorical) arm around you, and the food is tasty and generously portioned. The huevos rancheros are a perfect pair of sunny-side-up eggs sat on red beans, guacamole, jalapeno sour cream, pepper jack cheese and a home-made tortilla, doused with a salsa that could use a little more smack. Still, add the beef chorizo for an extra Dhs10 and you have a perfectly hearty morning munch.
Best for brinner. 4/5 - Dhs62 (Dhs72 with beef chorizo). Daily 8am-4pm, 7pm-midnight.
This smartly designed Jumeirah café is part diner, part bakery, part interior design store, so not only can you have a delicious breakfast, but you could buy the plates you eat from, too. Breakfast here is a healthy affair and the menu’s selection of smoothies and juices is actually more impressive and linger-worthy than the food offering, and you can add healthy boosters such chia, acai and spirulina to your drinks. The avocado crostini is a good choice; fresh, warm toasted rye bread with plenty of crushed avocado atop a macadamia sauce. The alfalfa sprouts dressing adds a peppery note to the dish, while the sliced cucumber adds crunch. Everything is presented beautifully, but it’s a bit on the pricey side for what you get.
4/5 - Dhs65 (avocado crostini). Daily 8am-noon.
We could spend hours of our weekend in this chilled out, friendly neighbourhood spot, that’s buzzing any given Friday or Saturday owing the generous Dhs75 deal that allows you to eat as much as you like from the all-day breakfast menu. There are a number of variations on the classic eggs Benedict – The Maryland being our favourite. Crab and eggs may not be to everyone’s liking but the crisp, well-spiced crab cakes soak up the eggs making a mushy, stodgy mess of pure indulgence. The breakfast surprise is a similarly hearty dish, with a chunk of French toast, poached eggs, potato cubes and pastrami all under a dollop of zesty basil and lime hollandaise – the perfect comfort food to start or end the day.
5/5 - Dhs52 (Maryland eggs Benedict), Dhs48 (breakfast surprise). Sun-Thu 8am-8pm, Fri-Sat 8am-6pm.
Notoriously busy between breakfast and lunch at weekends, expect to queue to get a table at this seaside all-day breakfast haunt. Its huge range of options include omelettes and pancakes, waffles and bagels and much, much more. Breakfasts are hearty and great value – little wonder the restaurant’s sweet, fresh strawberry pancakes made our cover this week (albeit with an extra side pancake and strawberries, for maximum impact and maximum gluttony). More of the savoury persuasion? Feast your hungry eyes on the mammoth breakfast burger – a beast in a brioche bun, packed with beef bacon, veal sausage, tomato, lettuce and oozing melted cheddar cheese. The ultimate Saturday morning recovery kit.
4/5 - Dhs48 (strawberry pancakes, extra pancakes from Dhs15), Dhs51 (breakfast burger). Daily 7am-midnight.
This elegant bistro sits in a secluded corner near the main entrance of Souk Madinat Jumeirah. The café usually overlooks the venue’s tranquil waterways, but at present, the view is obstructed by a construction site carrying out hotel renovations. The breakfast menu is typically French, with an array of pastries on offer including pain au chocolat and fresh croissants. Dishes are sweet and small, crêpes with Chantilly cream sit alongside French toast and crème fraîche – it isn’t exactly the fuelling breakfast to get you going for the day, but a delightful sugar rush to keep you moving. For those looking for more than a continental-style eat, go for the poached eggs, which are served on top of a slice of small toasted brioche. While the eggs are perfectly runny and mix nicely with the buttery bread, we find the portion to be quite small and overpriced for Dhs40. Guests can also order a bread basket for an extra Dhs24, which includes a number of crusty, seeded varieties with jam.
3/5 - Dhs40 (poached eggs), Dhs30 (green organic juice). Sun-Thu 8am-noon, Fri-Sat 8am-4pm.
This trendy French bistro is located in Downtown Dubai and is divided into an upstairs bistro and a downstairs boulangerie – with breakfast served in both. On the upper level, the dining room is covered in white tablecloths gleaming in natural light from the large, floor to ceiling windows – typical of a swanky Paris café. A distinctly upmarket venue, tables are packed with Rolex-wearing gents and Hermes-clad ladies. Keep your elbows off the table while tucking into eggs Benedict or chocolate-covered waffles. Dishes are relatively straightforward and small in size here – the French toast is presented on a plate with a slither of berry coulis and is quite disappointingly bland for Dhs65. On the whole, breakfast at La Serre isn’t exactly cheap or exceptional, but it does have a charming atmosphere, making it a great pit-stop for a quick croissant and coffee to mull over the morning paper.
3-5 - Dhs65 (French toast). Fri-Sat 10am-1pm (Bistro).
Mo’s is an American diner without the ‘greasy’ aspect. The crowd is a mixture of locals and small families, and we even spot a few solo diners looking out to a dreamy blue fountain. Breakfast offers include stuffed French toast as well as healthier options such as granola or fruit and yoghurt. The ultimate breakfast is a triple stack of pancakes sprinkled with powdered sugar, which come with cinnamon butter and sweet maple syrup on the side. The ‘tater tots’ are mashed up rather than the classic cylinder-shaped pieces, and the scrambled eggs have a beautifully creamy texture.
5/5 - Dhs39 (two eggs breakfast) Dhs59 (ultimate breakfast). Sun-Thu 8am-noon, Fri-Sat 8am-1pm.
The pace of life at Jumeirah Fishing Harbour is different, making Omnia Gourmet a place you sit, relax and enjoy breakfast, slow. And why wouldn’t you? The food at this award-winning restaurant, all locally sourced and organic, where possible, is terrific. Eggs come any which way, and cooked in the style classic to any country you can think of, with our pick being the childhood cilbir, a Turkish style of poached, drizzled in paprika and cumin for a little kick. The shakshuka, too, is marvellous. And big. Meanwhile, breads and cereals are gluten-free; you should almost certainly opt for a side of banana bread with home-made sugar-free Nutella. There is surprisingly, however, a shortage of healthy juices or smoothies to enjoy as you gaze out over the water.
Best for healthy eating. 4/5 - Dhs49 (childhood cilbir), Dhs29 (gluten-free banana bread). Daily 10am-noon.
Tucked around the back of Jumeirah 1 is this lovely little villa, which houses not only a yoga studio and indoor café, but also a glorious garden that looks like something between your grandma’s rustic backyard and a Goan beach bar. The menu is all vegetarian, as well as gluten-free, and healthy eating principles pervade the all-day list, which includes several breakfast options such as eggs, granola, and plenty of smoothies and fresh juices. The Mediterranean scrambled eggs come bright pink, crammed with peppers and tomato. On the side is a crisp mountain of green leaves, as well as a portion of (slightly undercooked) sautéed potato cubes. The home-made muesli is a unique creation. It teams a generous portion of seeds, nuts and dried fruits with a few gluten-free flakes (oat and corn) and is topped with a home-made strawberry and coconut ice-cream, which is what really gives this bowl its edge. It’s not a cheap bowl of cereal, but it is packed with nutritious flavour. On the whole, the breakfast dishes here are good, but not exceptional. It is really the happy, healthy, hippy aura that make Life’n One a must-visit for breakfast.
Best for vegetarians. 3/5 - Dhs49 (muesli), Dhs37 (Mediterranean scrambled eggs). Daily 8am-7pm.
It’s set up to look like a low-budget indie spot, but this café doesn’t quite manage to pull off the vibe it’s going for. Well-thumbed books are stacked in a cabinet (that’s padlocked closed) and the wooden boxes used as shelves that should be old and re-used are instead brand-new. In fact, everything is new and pristine rather than rustic and worn. Dishes are worth a try, though – papa’s open egg ’n’ mushroom sandwich being fresh and well made. The wholewheat date and cinnamon pancakes with walnuts and date syrup is the standout dish, each pancake being thick, fluffy and muffin-like, and beautifully sweet and spiced. It’s not a place you’d plan to come to, but perhaps stop off at if you happen to be in Sunset Mall. We’re content we came here, but we’re unlikely to remember the mall for this café.
3/5 - Dhs32 (papa’s open egg ’n’ mushroom sandwich), Dhs30 (wholewheat date and cinnamon pancakes with walnuts and date syrup). Daily 9am-noon.
A cute space cleverly designed to all but scrub out view of the retail around it, Taste Kitchen in Mercato Mall feels very much like a standalone European diner, especially with light pouring in from the vast glass dome it sits beneath. Breakfast (available all day), much like the rest of the menu, has a distinctly healthy feel – for the most part things are smoked, dried and baked rather than fried. The big breakfast does exactly what is says on the tin, so much so, it’s served across two plates. The first holds a bigger than your average version of the traditional full English – huge hash brown, Portobello mushroom, thin and crispy smoked veal bacon, a fist-sized tomato so gloriously juicy that when cut it, it squirts onto the second plate, and two perfectly poached eggs. The highlight is the baked butter beans side dish. Elsewhere, home-baked granola (with either banana, blueberry, honey, mango, passion fruit, strawberry or mixed fruit) is a quick fix, and comes exquisitely presented. Eggs come in all the traditional forms and juices are all freshly pressed.
4/5 - Dhs55 (big breakfast), Dhs28 (banana granola. Sun-Thu 8am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm.
This café and bistro on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard is open from breakfast until midnight and serves everything from tea and toast in the morning to Oriental duck breast in the evening, with sandwiches and soups available in between. Shisha is also available on the terrace outside, where there are fantastic views of the Burj Khalifa. Inside, the decor is cool and very now – it looks like it’s been designed to be Instagrammed. The manager is a very friendly guy, welcoming everyone as they come in, and it seems he has quite a few return visitors. It’s not hard to see why, the set-up and food is great. For Dhs99 you can have ‘The Bench’ – a buffet (featuring juices, home-made cakes and other sweets, sandwiches, fruit and a brilliant selection of cheeses and cold cuts) then a choice of hot breakfast dishes and a tea or coffee. The coffee is good and the food even better. The shakshuka consists of perfectly soft eggs, sweet peppers and tomato and a hint of fire from harissa. The healthier egg white omelette with spinach also hit the spot. Pavilion is a funky spot with a laid-back atmosphere and great food at good prices. What’s not to like?
Best for all-you-can-eat. 5/5 - Dhs99 (The Bench). Daily 10am-3pm.
Popular dinner and nightspot Pier 7 is just as pleasant early in the morning. Granny-chic The Scene, especially, is light and airy with lovely Marina views. The menu, a concise one-pager, includes a killer selection of mocktails and breakfast mixed drinks such as one made with pear puree, apple juice and egg white. Dishes, such as the tropical fruit salad served with minted laban and coconut crumble, sound appetising, among classics like dippy egg and soldiers. On our visit, due to a delayed delivery of fresh fruit, we reluctantly had to opt for Neptune’s Bounty, which we were pleasantly surprised by: a poached egg, smoked salmon and capers on a crisp, buttery English muffin, covered in light, tangy hollandaise. Kindly, they still only charge for the cheaper fruit salad. The veal bacon and egg butty is also very nearly as good as back in the UK (plus is comes with a serving of rarely seen HP sauce), let down only slightly by the tough veal.
3.5/5 - Dhs52 (Neptune’s Bounty), Dhs39 (veal bacon and egg butty). Daily 8am-noon.
The young professional crowd sip flat whites while checking emails on their laptops at this café, and check out the bunches of flowers and cool greetings cards for sale while waiting to be seated. The Sum of Us wouldn’t look out of place in London’s Shoreditch and the menu is suitably trendy, yet grown up. The son-in-law eggs are a fantastic fusion of Asian sweet and sour flavours combined with the satisfaction of a European breakfast. There’s a touch of sweet chilli, crunchy beansprouts, braised veal and two oozy poached eggs atop a huge English muffin. The patatas bravas served with kale and a fried egg is a more simple offering, but packed full of flavour. There’s also an expansive selection of coffees for the connoisseur. Breakfast is served until 5pm, making it a great spot for lazy weekend munchies.
4/5 - Dhs49 (patatas bravas), Dhs59 (son-in-law eggs). Daily, 8am-5pm.
It’s wonderfully soothing to sit by one of The Surf Café’s huge windows at 8am and lazily watch cars along Beach Road. There are good juices and smoothies on the menu of fashionably healthy dishes (such as eggs and avocado). The surfer’s breakfast is a brilliant way to begin the day: two eggs on toast, yoghurt with berry coulis and granola, fresh fruit, a gluten-free butternut pumpkin muffin, orange juice and tea or coffee. The fruit is vibrant and fresh (no sign it had been languishing in a fridge). The watery yoghurt is the least-inspiring, but the rest is so good that it doesn’t make much difference. The warm, zesty poppy seed muffin is the fluffiest we’ve had in some time. The acai bowl is similarly delightful and has a lightly spiced flavour and plenty of toppings. The portions may be small for some – and therefore pricey – but they are balanced, mostly healthy and well thought-out.
4/5 - Dhs75 (surfer’s breakfast), Dhs40 (acai bowl). Sun-Thu 8am-11am, Fri-Sat 8am-1pm.
Priding itself on local produce, we love this trendy, friendly home-grown café, which has branches in both Emaar Square and Dubai Marina. Perhaps due to the small distance most of the food has travelled, every breakfast we’ve ever tried at the Marina Plaza branch has tasted encouragingly fresh. Those who favour healthier starts to the day will love the range of options here, with buckwheat pancakes, avocados and fresh eggs featuring prominently on the menu. The three-egg spinach, zucchini and asparagus omelette is bright green with goodness and has heaps of texture from the al dente veg, while the baked Portobello mushroom, poached eggs and fresh baby spinach is a delicious low-carb alternative to classic eggs Benny. A must-try.
4/5 - Dhs36 (three egg omelette), Dhs44 (baked mushrooms, eggs and spinach). Daily 7am-5pm.