Where to eat the most important meal of the day in Dubai
Azur The vibe: A light and airy all-day-dining restaurant on the third floor of Raffles Dubai. Azur is one of the city’s most sophisticated breakfast spots (and possibly its priciest).
The breakfast: The well-stocked buffet breakfast (Dhs120) includes everything from croissants to cold cuts and curry. The eggs are great, as is the smoked salmon and wide assortment of pastries. However, steer clear of the sausages – a grim anomaly in an otherwise delicious spread.
Perfect for… Impressing visitors or winning over the in-laws. Breakfast served daily 6am-10am. Raffles Dubai, next to Wafi, Oud Metha (04 314 9888) Carluccio’s The vibe: We love this place in the morning. Why? Because it’s much calmer than at midday.
The breakfast: We often spend Friday mornings at this classy Italian chain, gorging ourselves on mushrooms. Order any of the breakfasts featuring funghi (Mr Carluccio’s favourite ingredient, it seems) and you won’t be disappointed. We chose the scrambled eggs and mushrooms (Dhs28), the muesli (Dhs24), and cappuccino (Dhs16). Avoid the bread basket though: stale and underwhelming.
Circle The vibe: A chic retro air pervades at Circle, while floor-to-ceiling windows afford great views of Jumeirah Park.
The breakfast: We like the perfectly poached eggs Benedict with smoked salmon (Dhs30), washed down with a fresh mango juice (Dhs15).
Perfect for… Reading the papers on a lazy Saturday morning, or simply watching the park life pass by. Breakfast served daily 9am-noon. Beach Park Plaza Centre, Jumeirah (04 342 8177). Other location: Dubai Media City (04 391 5170)
Ikea The vibe: Well, it’s, um, a café located inside a big warehouse of flat-packed furniture, so don’t expect too much in the way of atmosphere.
The breakfast: What the Ikea café lacks in character and homeliness (an irony considering the store is jam-packed with furniture and household accessories) it makes up for in price: pay just Dhs4 – yes, you read that correctly – for beef sausage, eggs hash browns and baked beans. Needless to say, it’s not worthy of a Michelin star, but at this price we’re really not complaining.
Perfect for… Those who only have Dhs4 to spend on breakfast, and/or anyone needing an early-morning energy boost before heading into flat-pack-furniture heaven/hell (depending on how you look at it). Breakfast served daily 9am-11am. Dubai Festival City (04 203 7555)
Fibber Magee’s The vibe: This pub is the closest you’ll get to Dublin without jumping on an Emirates flight.
The breakfast: Fans of the fry-up, pay attention – Fibber’s serves a cracking breakfast of black pudding, real bacon, sausages, mushrooms and a couple of slices of toast (Dhs42).
Perfect for… Anyone needing an excuse to sit in the pub for a few more hours than usual. Breakfast served daily 8am-11am. Sheikh Zayed Road, behind Crowne Plaza Hotel (04 332 2400)
Lime Tree Café & Kitchen The vibe: This funky café takes a gourmet approach to wholesome food. It’s the perfect meeting place for yummy mummies, serving a variety of global snacks.
The breakfast: From mango pancakes and coconut bread to eggs Florentine, there are plenty of options on offer. The downside is that the price soon adds up, since you need to buy everything separately, and the portions are on the small side.
Perfect for… A lazy late weekend breakfast or building up energy levels before mooching around the mall (if you’re at the Ibn Battuta branch). Breakfast served Sun-Thu 7.30am-11am; Fri-Sat 7.30am-1pm. Jumeirah Beach Road, www.thelimetreecafe.com (04 349 8498). Other location: Ibn Battuta Mall (04 366 9320)
News Café The vibe: Located in the ground floor of the Le Méridien Al Sondos apartments in Deira, News is both chic and sophisticated.
The breakfast: This breakfast buffet is ‘designed’ by resident chef Jean George and features twists on classic breakfast items with dishes including croque madame, smoked salmon and tofu, and espresso steamed eggs with toasted brioche. The signature breakfast buffet costs Dhs72. Perfect for... A thinking man’s breakfast – the erudite decor, wi-fi and Illy coffee provide a great place to relax and contemplate in front of your open laptop. Breakfast served daily 6am-11am. Al Sondos Suites by Le Méridien, opposite Deira City Centre (04 294 9797)
Organic Foods & Café The vibe: It’s a green, earthy café, in keeping with the style of the food. Service is sharp and friendly, although the mall setting means the restaurant can sometimes be frantic one minute, then subdued the next. The breakfast: There aren’t any breakfast deals per se, and the breakfast menu isn’t particularly large, the omelettes offer the best value – we recommend the country option. Perfect for… Dieting ladies, the health conscious (obviously), or anyone desperately trying to detox after a big night out. Breakfast served daily from 9am. The Dubai Mall, www.organicfoodsandcafe.com (04 434 0577). Other location: The Greens (04 361 7974)
Paul The vibe: A laid-back but busy continental-style café.
The breakfast: There is a dedicated breakfast menu with several French options, plus four combination deals. However, the food is pretty average. The biggest deal includes fresh juice, coffee or tea, a pastry of your choice, bread and jam and a fresh omelette for less than Dhs50.
Perfect for... A leisurely, al-fresco weekend breakfast on The Walk at JBR, before hitting the nearby Covent Garden Market and the beach. Breakfast served daily 9am-noon. The Walk, JBR (04 437 6494). Other locations include Deira City Centre (04 295 8404); Mercato (04 344 3505); and Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4844)
Saladicious The vibe: This Beach Road venue boasts a relaxing boudoir-chic interior, with vintage-style frames, Vespa helmet ornaments, Andy Warhol-style prints, colourful swirly patterned chairs and some leopard print thrown in for good measure. It’s all topped off with some chilled-out music.
The breakfast:Saladicious offers healthy ‘original home-made food’. The all-day breakfast includes coffee, tea or juice and bread with honey, jam or marmalade. All the usual suspects are available, from scrambled eggs to cereal. We opted for the turkey eggs Benedict, which came with a rich mustardy dressing, perfectly poached runny-in-the-middle eggs, hash browns and grilled tomatoes seasoned with basil (Dhs45).
Perfect for… A late-morning breakfast after a trip to the beach. Breakfast served all day.. Jumeirah Beach Road, near Jumeirah Mosque, www.saladicious.com (800 72523) Shakespeare & Co The vibe: This quirky café chain boasts mismatched chairs, cool picture frames and old-school floral wallpaper.
The breakfast: The dedicated breakfast menu ranges from a full English or Lebanese feast to eggs Benedict and traditional French crêpes. We love the blueberry pancakes with maple syrup (Dhs23). Perfect for… Al-fresco eating on the outdoor terrace of the Souk Al Bahar branch – you’ll feel smug that you’re taking a casual breakfast next to the world’s tallest building (the Burj Khalifa, in case you were wondering). Breakfast served all day. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Burj Khalifa, www.shakespeareandco.ae (04 425 7971). Other locations include Emirates Hills (04 360 8886); Safa Centre (04 394 1121); The Dubai Mall (04 434 0195); and The Village Mall, Jumeirah (04 344 6228)
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Peta Dann Dec 28, 2010 09:42 am
I think that Tribes in the MOE does one of the best breakfasts, so should be added to the next list.
Hisham Nov 22, 2010 03:35 am
Azur was Faaabbulous!!!! Checked it out the next morning I read this.
Manie Mulder Nov 16, 2010 02:12 am
You just gotta love the location descriptions used in Dubai! It must be the only city in the world that does not use street names and numbers. Ask where is Azur Restaurant? Well it's in Raffles Hotel. Where is Raffles? Next to Wafi. No street name, no street number. Ask anyone where is Wafi? You got it = next to Raffles Hotel! And everyone seems to be okay with this crazy method of finding places in this magic city.....
Mary Lynch Nov 14, 2010 04:38 pm
Fibber Magee's is nice as long as you don't mind waiting for 45 minutes to get your food. When it comes, expect burnt bacon, stale bread and poor service. Not to mention that whoever comes in after you will be enjoying their breakfast while you are still waiting for yours. This of course will be blamed on the chef.
A memorable breakfast is topped off wih the lingering smell of smoke in your hair and clothes when you leave.