The city's best brunches, and how to absolutely fill your face
Time Out Dubai Staff
Dubai is famed for its awesome brunches, and probably everyone has the dream of trying to have brunch every day.
While seven in one week is probably a little bit too ambitious, although we're totally going to do it one day, here are three of the best brunches in the city this week, and how you can fill your face 'till your heart's content. Zuma There can be only one. Yes, it’s a quote from the greatest movie of all time, Highlander, but it also applied to the winner of Best Brunch at the Time Out Dubai restaurant awards. And this year, that winner is Zuma. Coming out on top of the pile is no mean feat, but time and time again we return to Zuma, which does not put a foot wrong in brunching terms. Sashimi is simply stunning, the selection of maki and other sushi rolls is awe-inspiring and the playful and healthy twists on the standard options is inspired.
If this sounds like we’re gushing, well, we are. Dhs450* (soft drinks and cleansers), Dhs595* (sparkling and house beverages), Dhs655* (bubbly, Japanese beverages), Dhs225* (kids four-12), free (under fours). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Gate Village 6, DIFC (04 425 5660). *Excluding 10 percent DIFC tax
McGettigan's Souk Madinat The Friday brunch at McGettigan’s Souk Madinat isn’t exactly your average Friday pub feast. Which is perhaps appropriate. Perched as it is next to turquoise waters and kitted out with state of the art plasma tellies for assorted sport, it ain’t exactly the Dog and Duck on Poland Street.
Its primary selling point might sound like its generous run-time, but don’t discount the joys of its menu either. There’s also live music, lovely. Dhs279 (three courses and five drinks), Dhs349 (unlimited house drinks). Fri 12pm-5pm. Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 447 0219). Reform Grill & Social If you were labouring under the illusion that British food is all fry-ups and fish and chips, you’d be wrong. You’d be equally erroneous to think both dishes an abomination. So if your outlook on both matters is in need of an overhaul, Reform Social & Grill will sort you right out.
After gorging on mini Yorkshire puddings and heirloom tomato salad (this is brunch, stranger combinations have happened), the Angus rump steak arrives and is beautifully cooked, while the battered haddock and chips is a crisp, golden, flawless incarnation of the staple.
Brunch is not all fish and chips at Reform Social & Grill – it’s a journey. One best enjoyed on a lazy afternoon. Dhs260 (soft drinks), Dhs360 (selected house beverages), Dhs405 (Italian bubbly). Fri noon-4pm, 6pm-10pm. The Lakes, Emirates Living (04 454 2638).