Time Out picks out 10 top budget brunches. We might be skint, but we still love Fridays
The Friday brunch is something of an institution in Dubai. Thousands of tourists and residents settle down every weekend and sit side-by-side to undergo an all you can eat consumption marathon.
But constant cravings can cause serious damage to your finances. With some brunch deals setting you back more than Dhs500 it is sometimes necessary to look for a budget option.
We’ve selected ten to try where your initial outlay will be less than Dhs100. Do you have any other suggestions? Leave a comment at the bottom of the page and share your tips for the best budget brunches in Dubai.
Beirut: With its pleasant street-side terrace, Beirut offers a prime people-watching spot on Al Dhiyafah Road. Every Friday it offers a buffet special from 1pm-4.30pm. The deal includes unlimited mezze, your choice of fresh fish (go for the snapper), sweets and fresh fruit for just Dhs57. Drinks are paid for separately. Brunch is served from 1-4pm on a Friday and costs Dhs57.
Coconut Grove: The Malabar food at Coconut Grove comes highly recommended by many Indian expats – always a good sign. The brunch buffet of chicken, mutton, fish and vegetarian options will cost you a bargain Dhs45 and is a great choice if you want a quick meal. Brunch is served from 12-3pm on a Friday and costs Dhs45 per person. Drinks not included.
Legends: Blessed with one of the most pleasant settings in Dubai, this eaterie is situated at the top end of the Creek; perfect for watching dhows and abras cruise and splutter by, while the gentle ping of golf clubs on the fairways outside resonates around the complex. The food impresses when it comes to range and style; cooked breakfasts share space with salads and exotic curries. Service is exemplary and combines well with the excellent views. Legends – if not quite living up to its name – offers panoramic value for money. Brunch is served from 11am-2.30pm on a Friday and costs Dhs95 per adult and DHs45 for children under 12. Soft drinks included.
More: If you fancy a civilised Friday with decent food, try brunch at the stylish More. From 11am until 4pm, Dhs89 gets you unlimited soft drinks, juices, tea and coffee, and a freshly made breakfast, including their famous eggs, followed by a buffet lunch. Brunch is served from 11-4pm on a Friday and costs Dhs89 per person. Includes soft drinks.
Planet Hollywood: Motorised games and rides will keep children entertained while adults get on with the serious business of stuffing themselves silly. It’s essential you end with a selection of syrupy sweets, delicious pastries, cakes and mousses, because, after all, you’re not fulfilling well established buffet rules if you don’t have dessert. If you can forget about your figure for one weekend, few places cater for your self-indulgence like Planet Hollywood. Staff are friendly without being overwhelmingly so. Brunch is served from 11.30-3pm on a Friday and costs Dhs85 per person (with one free child per paying adult). Includes soft drinks.
Player’s Lounge: Fantastic value for money and particularly good for families. There’s plenty for children to do, an entire room is dedicated to them where they can watch DVDs and play games. Graze from the breakfast counter, where you can choose pastries or a fry up, as well as the salad bar and hot food station (not great for vegetarians). There’s also a special buffet for children. Brunch is served from 12-4pm on a Friday and costs Dhs69 per person. Includes the option of two free alcoholic drinks.
Rock Bottom Café: An unconventional place to go for brunch. The buffet is actually in the hotel lobby, where the emphasis is on Indian food, but there’s also a bit of Arabic mezze and a salad bar. For children, RBC roll out face painting, but also make a bit more effort with a magic show. Kids will also be happy to know that they can take over the swimming pool upstairs. Brunch is served from 12-4pm on a Friday and costs Dhs59 per person. Includes the option of two free alcoholic drinks.
Waxy O’Conner’s: Brunch at Waxy’s is nothing short of legendary, but it is not an afternoon for the faint-hearted: Dhs65 buys you five drinks plus a breakfast buffet and carvery, and by 7pm most people are dancing on the tables. Live music is courtesy of a DJ. Brunch is served from 12-7.30pm on a Friday and costs Dhs65 per person. Includes the option of five free alcoholic drinks.
The Cellar: At The Cellar you’re more likely to be weaving your way through a lively crowd of media types on the pleasant terrace before pushing the huge Gothic wooden doors open into a busy, rather dark bar – an experience that might lead you to expect bar-snack-style bites served at a cracking pace. And yes, those potato wedges and satay skewers are available in the bar. But turn up on Brunch day and you can expect a series of a la carte treats. It is only a shade under Dhs100 and you will have to pay extra for more drinks but if you want good food and lots of it you can probably still turn a profit at this brunch.
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Peter Smith Jul 08, 2011 07:02 am
I absolutely feel that the Aquara Restaurant Brunch is affordable and had a wide range of food offerings....although there are no spirits but the option of Mohito's, Cosmopilitan's and Pimms is value for money....but the cherry on the cake is the fantastic breath taking views of Dubai Marina......wooow......
Omar Khan Jul 16, 2009 11:09 am
Few places you guys have missed, one for a great brunch and rest for cheap eats.
1. BBQ Delights JBR Walk- Unbelievable Pakistani food and great brunch on Friday and cheap too. Well uder AED 100/- Truly outstanding and I should know I am Pakistani. Please dont go there and order steak/fish and chips or someone will ask you to leave. Order the local foods roastlamb, chops, kebabs and chicken ginger masala.
2. Daily resturant - Oud Mehta. For AED 50 and below it beats Ravi of Satwa hollow. Try the chicken biryani, korma, dal and bihari kebabs. Stuff legends are made off.
3. Noodle bowl- Diyafa street. Only true Asian people go there. HK style chinese food outstanding value and quality.
4. Istanbul Flower- Surprised you have been here for so long and never reviewed it???Best turkish in town. Same building as safest way supermarket, side street just off SZR. Their turkish kebabs are to die for. dont miss the lunch specials and do not walk out until the you have tried the zaatar (tip: drizzle some freshly squeezed lemon juice)
Dash Feb 09, 2009 10:57 am
Honestly i think that in the "Under 100 DHS" per person range there are close to a 100 restaurants in Dubai that can accommodate your budget. My fav. being any small (roadside) SHAWARMA joint in the city who charge 5-8 DHS per lamb or chicken SHAWARMA - makes for an awesome cheap eat.
Below is a short discription of SHAWARMA for forigners who are not familiar with Middle eastern food.
SHAWARMA - Popular sandwich sold in Arab countries and world wide made of lamb, beef, or chicken wrapped in pita bread, mixed with sauces and tomatoes and peppers.
nanda Jan 30, 2009 08:01 am
I true delight to know that the value is available at lot of places alongwith quality.. Time out efforts are really appreciated...