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Fancy going to brunch but in need of a place keen to keep the kids occupied? We’ve got plenty of ideas. Here we list venues that go all out to entertain children for a few hours at the weekend with activities including face painting, games, magic shows, theatre and of course food for small hands. Meanwhile adults in the party get to enjoy fabulous food and drink without too much fuss from little ones.
This kids’ brunch offers face painting, game consoles and balloon art for children. What’s more, the pricing works so that if you pay for one kid, one parent will eat for free. Dhs300 per family (soft drinks), Dhs100 (sparkling grape), Dhs150 per additional adults, Dhs75 per additional child over 12. Fri 12.30pm-4pm.
Food and drinks: Asian, Indian, Moroccan, international and Italian cuisine, with separate cold cuts and cheese rooms, plus a dedicated dessert area. Dress code: Smart casual. Family friendly? Yes, kids have their own buffet, entertainment and a bouncy castle. Post brunch: Head to Moroc Bar & Lounge for happy hour from 4pm to 8pm, with up to 50 percent off selected beverages.
The regular brunch at the Raffles hotel is a vast family-friendly display of roast meats, alongside British-inspired dishes such as bread and butter pudding for dessert. Children are also taken care of with activities such as a cupcake and cookie icing station. Dhs235 (tea and coffee), Dhs385 (house beverages), free for two children per couple aged six and under, half price for children aged seven-12, half price for additional children aged 12 and under. Fri 1pm-4.30pm.
A small corner of contemporary Spain exists on the lobby level of The Westin Mina Seyahi. If at all possible, sit out on the walled terrace and look across the top of the palm trees to the sea beyond. Inside is roomy and stylish, with the decor, thankfully, avoiding a faux tavern feel and instead going for simple understated European elegance. This one doesn’t follow the usual brunch route of a self-service buffet, and instead offers a small selection of tapas followed by a choice of seafood or chicken paella. Sharing platters and small plates are sent out by the chef and Spanish meats, cheeses and olives are among the variety of interesting sides. The tapas outshines the paella, which although generous, is a touch salty. Jugs of either red or white Spanish beverages are fruity and add to the authentic atmosphere, which attracts fun-seeking but civilised birthday parties and dining couples. Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (selected beverages and Spanish mixed beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4pm.
What’s on offer? Mazina’s Saturday brunch is squarely aimed at families with kids. If the food wasn’t of such a high standard, it would take second place to the kids’ entertainment, which includes a huge bouncy castle in the middle of the venue, face painting, games and all manner of toys. For grown-ups, there’s an eclectic spread of international cuisines and live cooking stations, including sushi, Thai soups, noodles, succulent roasts and plenty of curries and stews to sate the appetite. Kids' food is brought direct to the table, and rather than the usual deep fried, processed favourites, there’s a healthier selection of sweet potato chips and freshly made fish and chicken bites. On one Saturday of every month, the brunch becomes a themed ‘Generation Creation’ affair, where parents and kids can take the stage to test their skills in everything from cake decorating to napkin folding, and there are some great prizes to be won.
The venue? The large restaurant is split into two areas, which are divided by the bouncy castle and kids’ play zone. The livelier (and noisier) section near the buffet is where the ‘Generation Creation’ competition takes place. Well-staffed, there are always people on the door to make sure some of the younger guests don’t go AWOL.
What sort of crowd turn out? Families for the main part, as it can get a bit noisy if you don’t have youngsters in tow.
Room for improvement? Not if you’re a family – the food quality is good, and it’s a great place to take the little ones.
Standout dish? The roasts are particularly good – the meat is always tender and the gravy is thick and tasty.
In one sentence… It's the perfect family brunch, although probably not so much fun if you don't have children to take with you. Dhs220 (food only), half price (children aged seven-12), free (kids under six). Saturdays 12.30pm-3.30pm.