It’s Monday and high time you start planning your week’s brunching. Here are five brand-new offerings to get you started.
Friday brunch at Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera If you haven’t already been to this excellent new restaurant on the top floor of Dubai Opera, now is your perfect opportunity. Try out a range of dishes from Australian chef Sean Connolly and admire the views of The Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa while you’re at it. Dhs380 (soft drinks), Dhs480 (house beverages), Dhs580 (bubbly) Fri noon-4pm. Ongoing. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai (04 362 7312).
Friday brunch at Gursha The traditional Ethiopian restaurant at Club Vista Mare is hosting its first brunch this weekend (Friday November 15).
If you’re unfamiliar with Ethiopian cuisine (and given its scarcity in Dubai you’d be forgiven for being so), Gursha is an excellent place embark on your education.
Enjoy the views across the sea and dig into a range of traditional dishes including BuTicha, a chickpea dip scooped up with injera, a traditional bread. There are also sharing platters and rib-eye steak or sea bass for main courses. Finish off with traditional desserts or fruit salad. Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs350 (house beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4.30pm. Ongoing. Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah (04 554 2665).
Night brunch at Miss Tess Street food eatery Miss Tess has a brand-new night brunch to try. Dig into a range of dishes from noodles to fried rice, all accompanied by some whacky entertainment.
Head there early and ladies, you’ll get two free drinks on arrival from 6pm to 8pm (fear not gents, there’s a happy hour deal for you, too) before the DJ starts spinning some tunes. From 8pm the brunch kicks off and there will be a variety of quirky food stalls and pop up bars, where you can try out a range of dishes from Korea, Thailand, China, Vietnam and Japan. Dhs178 (food only), Dhs248 (house beverages). Wed 6pm-11pm (brunch 8pm-11pm). Ongoing. Taj Dubai, Business Bay (04 438 3121).
Two brunches at Waka Latin American restaurant Waka is spoiling brunch-goers for choice, as there are now two to decide upon on a Friday.
If you’re after an afternoon extravaganza, the daytime brunch runs from 12.30pm to 4pm. And if you fancy waking up late, then opt for the late brunch, which runs from 8pm until 11pm.
Both serve up a tasty range of ceviches, maki rolls, spare ribs, quinoa and truffle risotto and more.
There’s also a happy hour from 4pm to 7pm, as well as lively Latin music and Brazilian dancers performing throughout the afternoon. Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs350 (house beverages), Dhs500 (bubbly). Fri 12.30pm-4pm, 8pm-11pm. The Oberoi Dubai, Business Bay (04 444 1455).
Family-friendly Saturday brunch at Geales Families will love the addition of the new brunch at Geales. The sharing-style offering includes four courses of great British favourites, plus there are plenty of arts and crafts for the kids, plus a bouncy castle and even kids’ yoga.
The brunch runs from noon to 4pm, and stars dishes such as chicken liver pâté on brioche, prawn cocktail, tomato, braised veal ribs, a traditional roast chicken with all the trimmings, fish and chips and shepherd’s pie.
And if you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’re in for a treat, as there are plenty of puds including Eton mess, sticky toffee pudding, cupcakes and bread and butter pudding. Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs345 (house beverages), Dhs99 (kids aged 13 to 18), free (kids under 12). Sat noon-4pm. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 316 5550).