Get back into brunches with 33 of the newest and most popular spots in town
La Residence Restaurant & Lounge Launching next month, on Saturday August 15, the restaurant of Michelin star chef Frederic Vardon will offer a regular Saturday brunch. On offer at this event is a 14-course sharing menu of French cooking, served with a soundtrack of music played by the DJs. Dhs250 (house beverages and no food), Dhs300 (food and soft drinks), Dhs350 (bubbly and food). Sat noon-4pm. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 396 2211).
Sloane’s The Grosvenor House’s all-day-dining spot has launched a new seafood-themed Friday brunch. The selection includes lobster, jumbo prawns, oysters and more. Dhs280 (soft drinks), Dhs430 (house beverages), Dhs140 (children aged five to 12), free for children aged four and under. Fri 1pm-4pm. Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 317 6000).
Suq The signature brunch event at Four Seasons Resort Dubai takes place at Suq, where you’ll be able to sample an international selection of cooking from the buffet displays, including Middle Eastern, European and Asian dishes. Dhs350 (soft drinks), Dhs500 (sparkling grape), Dhs650 (bubbly), half price for children aged six to 12. Fri 1pm-4pm. Four Seasons Resort at Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 2 (04 270 7803).
Tesoro Holding its post-Ramadan re-launch this week on Friday July 24 is the brunch at Peruvian restaurant Tesoro inside the new Taj Dubai. The Peruvian selection of dishes is served at the buffet. Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (mixed drinks), Dhs495 (sparkling grape). Fri 1pm-4pm. Taj Dubai, Business Bay (04 438 3100).
The Act Dubai Launching on Friday July 31 is a new weekly event at The Act Dubai, ‘the brunch club’. It will offer Peruvian set menus, live singers and DJs, plus after-brunch drinks packages. Dhs450 (women), Dhs550 (men), Dhs350 (post-brunch package). The Act Dubai, Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 355 1116).
Great value brunches
Casa de Tapas One of Dubai’s best value events, this brunch always seems to be busy, so book your table in advance. Kicking off again this Friday, the brunch offers a buffet selection of Spanish cooking in a tapas bar setting. What’s more, until August 30, Casa de Tapas is running a brunch-esque unlimited offer. Available all day, every day (with terms and conditions), diners can opt for the ‘summer mirage’ package, which allows two hours of unlimited food and beverages for Dhs250 per person. Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs249 (house beverages), Dhs299 (bubbly). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Dubai Creek Yacht Club, Deira (04 416 1800).
Double Decker Almost infamous on the brunch scene, this notoriously messy event takes place inside a British-themed pub (taking its name from the London buses). On offer is a buffet selection of items such as roast beef and Yorkshire puddings, salads and desserts. But it is definitely not about the food here. From 3pm there’s live entertainment from bands and DJs, and that’s when the party really gets started. Dhs220 (selected beverages). Fri noon-4pm. Al Murooj Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 321 1111).
Girders This nicely-priced brunch serves a buffet selection of pub grub favourites, from British breakfast dishes to butter chicken curry. With live entertainment kicking off from 2pm, and the house bands performing from 8pm, this is a lively party brunch. Dhs199 (house beverages). Fri noon-4pm. JA Ocean View Hotel, The Walk, JBR, Dubai Marina (04 814 5590).
Jazz@PizzaExpress This budget-friendly Friday event offers guests unlimited salads, pizza and pasta. As you’d expect from the venue’s name, the brunch also includes live entertainment, both from jazz bands and DJs. Dhs99 (soft drinks), Dhs189 (house beverages). Fri noon-4pm. Cluster A, JLT (04 441 6342).
Lamesa This ongoing weekend event is a cheap, cheerful and family-friendly affair. There is a lively atmosphere and a buffet selection of Asian cooking, with plenty of Filipino dishes available. Dhs89 (soft drinks), Dhs179 (house beverages). Fri-Sat 11am-3pm. Asiana Hotel Dubai, Salahuddin Road, Deira (04 608 2160).
Solo brunches La Serre Bistro Feel like a sophisticated brunch experience, but all to yourself? On Fridays and Saturdays, you can book a table for one to enjoy breakfast specials from the Boulangerie, such as scrambled eggs with black summer truffle or French toast, while eating in the Bistro upstairs, and therefore also enjoying a brunch beverage if you wish. Priced à la carte. Fri-Sat 10am-1pm. Vida Downtown Hotel, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 428 6969).
Bidi Bondi This Aussie watering hole on the Palm offers a set menu for brunch, with choices such as burgers, salads and sandwiches. It also screens sporting action throughout the day. Dhs130 (one meal and four drinks). Fri noon-7pm. Shoreline apartments 1-5, Palm Jumeirah (04 427 0515).
Nell Gwynne Fans of traditional English comfort food can head to this Brit-themed pub for brunch specials such as English breakfasts and a roast of the day. Dhs140 (main course plus three house beverages). Fri 11am-4pm. Marina Byblos Hotel, Dubai Marina (04 448 8222).
Spike Not quite a brunch in the usual Dubai sense, but if you head to Spike on a weekend morning, you can take advantage of the breakfast buffet deal, with a live cooking station for egg dishes. Dhs75 per person. Fri-Sat 7am-10.30am. Emirates Golf Club (04 417 9999).
The Pavilion This trendy café hosts a weekly brunch deal that they dub ‘the bench brunch’. Taking place on Fridays and Saturdays, this offer allows guests to dine at picnic style tables and indulge in sweet and savoury dishes from the buffet, including cold cuts, salads, cheeses, sandwiches, fresh juices, desserts and fresh fruits, in addition to a freshly prepared main course and either tea or coffee. Dhs99 per person, half price for children aged six to 12, free for children under six. Fri-Sat 10am-3pm. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).
China Grill This iconic granddaddy of Asian fusion restaurants hosts a quirky brunch affair, where the eight-course menu of signature dishes is served in an array of toy cars and boats. There is also entertainment taking place in the lounge each week, and a resident DJ. Dhs450 (mixed drinks), Dhs550 (bubbly). Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road (04 511 7333).
Claw BBQ This crab shack inspired bar and restaurant hosts a suitably raucous event for special occasions. At the buffet, you’ll find seafood stations, as well as barbecue recipes. Dhs229 (soft drinks), Dhs329 (house beverages), Dhs399 (mixed drinks). Fri noon-4pm. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 432 2300).
Okku Dubbing itself, ‘Disco Sushi, The Friday Party Brunch’, this event is like an indoor, daytime club night. The theme is 80s and 90s, and if you don’t dress up, Okku will give you rave glasses and glow sticks galore. Also on offer is the star attraction, a 12-course menu of signature Okku dishes. Dhs399 (soft drinks), Dhs599 (beverages), minimum group booking of four people. Fri 12.30pm-5pm. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8777).
Q43 The major USP at the Friday brunch at this popular nightspot is that it lets you have a little lie in, since it runs from 2pm to 5pm. During that time, a three-course meal is served at the table, featuring a carvery, as well as cheeses and desserts. There is also a post-brunch party starting from 8pm with music from the DJs. Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs350 (house beverages). Fri 2pm-5pm. Media One Hotel, Dubai Marina (04 443 5403).
Zero Gravity This beach-side club runs a late starting ‘onshore social’ brunch each Friday. At the event, guests are served ‘family-style’ at the table, with a selection of antipasti, salads, sushi and sashimi, dim sum, tempura and more, followed by main courses such as roast baby chicken, grilled lamb chops, seared steaks, beef boerewors, lobster tails, tiger prawns and scallops. In addition to this, there are also stations for bread, cheese, mixed drinks and desserts. Dhs395 (house beverages), Dhs666 (bubbly). Fri 3pm-6pm. Sky Dive Dubai Drop Zone, Al Sufouh (055 500 9111).
365 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. Novotel Dubai Al Barsha, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 304 9142).
Al Bahou at Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate This vast, sprawling brunch in the lantern-lit lobby of the Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate is an excellent option for families. Little ones can enjoy activities such as face painting, a special children’s movie theatre, a play area, a bouncy castle and even a dedicated kids’ buffet too. Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages), Dhs495 (bubbly). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate (04 444 0000).
Azur 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. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 314 9888).
El Sur This Saturday brunch is a family-friendly event. The adults in your party can enjoy Spanish dishes devised by a top Spanish chef, including paella, while the kids get their own set menu and are entertained with fun activities in a dedicated play area, featuring colouring and cookie decorating. They’ll also get their own chef’s hat and apron. Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (hops and grape), Dhs95 for children aged six to 12, free for children under six. Sat 12.30pm-3.30pm. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road (04 399 7700).
Mazina This Saturday brunch is a family-focused affair. While adults tuck in to the buffet of international dishes, kids can occupy themselves with a number of fun activities. These include Wii stations, face painting, a bouncy castle and a magic show. Dhs280 (soft drinks), Dhs415 (house beverages). Sat 12.30pm-3.30pm. The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).
Bubbalicious at The Westin This Friday event is a huge sprawl of different buffet stations, set across the entire ground floor space of the hotel. There is an international mix of food to try, including plenty of fresh seafood and the biggest cheese selection you have probably ever seen. There is also a secret science lab, featuring items such as liquid nitrogen frozen meringue and short drinks in syringes. Dhs450 (soft drinks), Dhs550 (house beverages), Dhs650 (bubbly), Dhs190 (children aged six to 12), free for children under six. Fri 1pm-4pm. The Westin Dubai (04 399 4141).
Saffron Arguably Dubai’s most notorious party brunch, Saffron is never short of sprawling groups of revellers celebrating special occasions. As such, alongside the international selection of food on offer, you’ll also find beverages in just about any guise you can imagine – frozen like a slushy, in a pipette, in a pineapple, in a watermelon… you name it. If you are still feeling creative, you can also try your hand at painting on the terrace. Dhs495 (selected house beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Toro Toro Arguably the oldest among (what is now a spree of) Latin brunches in Dubai, Toro Toro’s ‘Hola Hola’ brunch is still one of the best for a sophisticated food experience. What you’ll get here is a menu devised by chef Richard Sandoval, which includes meat from the churrasco grill and signature dishes such as ceviche, yucca fries and guacamole. Dhs350 (soft drinks), Dhs500 (selected house beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Grosvenor House, Tower 2, Dubai Marina (04 317 6000).
Traiteur Winner in the Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards Best Brunch category for two years in a row, this is the must-try brunch for foodies who want to splash out on the finer things. Here, in the cooler months, you’ll get a gorgeous terrace setting by the Creek, and the rest of the year you can always dig in to the French selection of fine food, as well as a raw bar set up inside The Terrace, and a roast station. Dhs485 (soft drinks), Dhs680 (sparkling grape), Dhs750 (bubbly), Dhs242 (children aged six-12). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira (04 317 2222).
Yalumba The Friday affair at Yalumba has a much classier tone than its cousin Warehouse, and yet both manage to strike a similar tone of all out party. Here, at the Australian-themed restaurant, you’ll be served premium French bubbly, alongside a buffet and an à la carte selection. Dhs499 per person (bubbly). Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud (04 217 0000).
Where to get a little bit more than dining for your dirhams
Al Maeda Restaurant The Saturday brunch at this Arabic restaurant offers an authentic selection of food, featuring hot and cold mezze, lamb ouzi, mixed grills, Moroccan tea and shisha. Also included is complimentary access to the pool and beach. Dhs299 (soft drinks), Dhs379 (house beverages). Sat 1pm-5pm. Doubletree by Hilton Dubai, JBR (055 166 8092).
Moana The ‘Ocean Brunch’ at Moana restaurant is true to its name since the midday meal here includes seafood and also access to the pool and beach from 9am. The brunch also welcomes families and there is a DJ playing. Dhs300 (soft drinks with pool and beach access), Dhs450 (house beverages with pool and beach access), Dhs150 (children aged six to 11), Dhs150 (kids’ club access for children aged four to 12). Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm. Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa (04 455 6677).
Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen The ‘Mas Mas’ brunch at Maya, offers an unlimited menu of sharing dishes, featuring Mexican plates from the menu such as rib-eye steak fajitas, lobster and adobo-marinated lamb chops. Also available is access to the pool and beach. Dhs350 (soft drinks), Dhs500 (selected beverages). Fri 1pm-4pm. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 316 5550).