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You might think many brunches in Dubai are already timed rather late compared to the traditional meaning of the word. But with “night brunches” in existence, who’s really clockwatching anyway? If you can’t make several hours of dining and drinking happen during the day, there’s always these evening brunches to consider. Ladies and gentlemen, we present The Nunch.
In a tweet: A classy, laidback affair with high-end cuisine. Best for a chilled-out brunch.
The venue: Guests lounge around on colourful velvet chairs upholstered in red, blue and green at this laidback, sophisticated brunch. Despite being out at the front corner of the Raffles Hotel, natural sunlight is kept out and the room is comfortably dim with flutters of soft candlelight providing atmospheric warmth. Heavy curtains separate parts of the restaurant to keep the brunch intimate.
The food: All dishes are served on the table to share. Think truffled scrambled eggs on puff pastry (a nice change from toast), home-cured salmon with cream cheese, Landes duck foie gras, two different kinds of oysters and super-cheesy truffle macaroni slices. The dessert platter also impresses, with French toast and ice cream plus Napoleon cake being particular highlights.
The drinks: Mixed drinks, sparkling grape, and fresh juices. There’s a wide range included in the package, and the staff keep you topped up.
The crowd: Mainly large groups of families and friends celebrating special occasions. Ideal if you’re looking for a good time in a civilised environment. Any children in tow are also made to feel very welcome.
The dress code: Have a little fun with your outfit, but pull from the smart side of your wardrobe.
The service: Staff are attentive and keen to keep more of what you want coming.
Extras & entertainment: Slowed down versions of contemporary songs are played on the piano along with soothing vocals, helping to provide a relaxed feel.
Highs & lows: The venue and staff are very chic, and alongside the decor and music, you feel as though you’ve been transported to a Parisian lounge.
The after party: Retire to the restaurant's bar or head into Raffles.
Dhs300 (soft drinks), Dhs450 (house beverages and bubbly). Fri 8pm-midnight, Sat noon-4pm.
This is one of the prettiest brunches around, with stunning views and sophisticated bites. Located at the end of Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s marina walkway, 360° is one of the most impressive locations in the city. Expect an Asian-inspired à la carte menu with a strong seafood focus. Staff will bring each of the dishes listed and you can request more of any you particularly like, or skip any you don’t like the sound of. Think miso soup, sushi, fish casserole and tasty dim sum, as well as a platter of mini desserts to round things
off. If you’re not a seafood fan, you might struggle, but the location is unbeatable and the music spot-on.
Whether it’s hearty British fare or staple Italian dishes such as pasta and pizza, Tex-Mex favourites or sashimi and sushi, there’s a cuisine for everyone at Channels throughout the week. This said, don’t expect a gourmet dining experience – Channels does most dishes well and those that it doesn’t can be forgive thanks to affordable prices and all-you-can drink promotions that run in conjunction with the meal deals. A good place for the city’s hungry penny-pinchers and anyone with an open mind and a taste for fun.
In a tweet: Beautifully-presented food and lively entertainment at Latest Recipe. Best for a vibrant and varied brunch.
The venue: This brunch is set out on the ground floor of the hotel - you'll walk through bubbles to get into the restaurant. Buffet spreads are spaced around the Latest Recipe dining area and there are also live cooking stations where chefs grill fish and meat or customise pasta dishes.
The food: There’s a huge variety laid out and beautifully presented. The sushi and oyster stations are particularly impressive, and our eye was drawn to the whole salmon that almost looked too perfect to slice into. There’s a commendable cheese station and even a separate foie gras area that has its own chef ready to get things sizzling.
The drinks: Head to the mixed beverage station located at the back of the room, or wait for soft drinks to be served to your table.
The crowd: This seems to be the spot where couples in Dubai go on a Friday night. It’s also popular with families staying at the hotel.
The dress code: Smart casual, but with a little more effort than usual.
The service: A bit stilted in places as they cope with the bustle.
Extras & entertainment: Think guitar-strumming singers taking requests, plus contortionists and speedy jugglers that get kids gathering around in awe. Highs & lows: As there are so many dishes to choose from, the layout is slightly confusing. Make sure to do a full tour of the place so you don’t miss out on starters before moving on to the mains. Unfortunately, the dessert selection is meagre in comparison to the rest of the spread.
The after party: You’re right next door to Barasti should you wish to continue the party on the beach.
This Dubai stalwart provides evening all-you-can-eat-and-drink deals throughout much of the week, though its nunch falls on Thursday and Friday nights. It’s fairly basic and no-frills, but it still delivers decent Italian food, from pizza and meatballs to an array of different pasta. The latter is prepared at the homely venue’s one live cooking station, and we must say it’s pretty good. The desserts are a bit hit and miss, though the real winner has to be the selection of drinks available for the Dhs179 price tag – we’re talking hop- and grape-based beverages, as well as mixed drinks. We recommend booking well in advance, because Friday nights are, more often than not, packed. Once nunch is over, those in search of reasonably priced revelry need only head down a few floors to Long’s Bar. When? Every Friday, 7pm-11.30pm (last drinks order 10.30pm).
How much? Set price of Dhs179, including selected house beverages and mixed drinks.