Heaps of fun and even more food at this excellent-value Friday fiesta
Time Out Dubai staff
1 It’s got 17 food stations, 40 different desserts – and LOADS of vegan options That’s right – more than a dozen different areas housing an enormous range of dishes, all just waiting to be piled on to your plate. In fact, you can try signatures from some of Al Habtoor City’s greatest dining destinations right here at brunch. Expect six different cuts of steak (with an incredible 30 sauces and eight mustards to choose from) from the award-winning J&G Steakhouse, plus foie gras from French brasserie BQ, sushi and sashimi from cool Korean restaurant Namu and barbecue bites from pool lounge Firefly. Elsewhere on the buffet, make a splash with more than ten different types of smoked salmon (swoon) and eight more different seafoods, including French oysters. Chinese, Indian, Middle Eastern and Italian specialities also await, alongside more than 40 different types of cakes and pastries, nitrogen sorbet and 12 flavours of ice cream. Even vegans are spoilt for choice at this brunch, with a whole spread of different dishes to dive into.
2 There’s a huge family focus Bring the kids along, because this is one brunch they’ll be happy at for hours. A large supervised kids’ area has activities for all ages, including a giant play pen for little ones, face-painting, drawing desks, a movie corner and a PlayStation. And in addition to getting their very own buffet filled with kid’s favourites, colourful cupcakes and healthy snacks, there’s a kids’ cooking class during every brunch, where budding Locatellis can make their own pizzas under the careful guidance of the restaurant’s skilled chefs..
3 But The City Brunch has plenty for adults, too Themed drinks stations are positioned throughout the Friday feast, featuring brews from around the World, an Italian station with specially mixed drinks, British summer classics and all your favourite international spritzes. Better yet, free-flowing sparkling is included in the house beverage package at this brunch. Paired with a soundtrack of classic ’00s hits, prepare for a fun afternoon.
4 And it doesn’t stop there… After brunch, continue the party at American gastropub Cook Hall, where you’ll find the team serving craft hops, grape and short measures. Perhaps most importantly, your first drink is free – and that’s followed by a happy hour until 8pm. Time to get booking. Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs345 (house beverages and sparkling), Dhs125 (kids aged six-12), free for kids aged five and under. Fri 1pm-4.30pm. The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 435 5577).