Three to try: Surprisingly kid-friendly brunches
1 The Ivy, Emirates Towers
While The Ivy has been a kid-friendly option since it launched its brunch menu, with children under ten eating for free, mini versions of tasty grown-up dishes, and plenty of colouring books and crayons to go round, they’ve now taken it one step further. Kids aged five to 12 will now be able to join Jumeirah’s Sinbad’s Kids Club free of charge, with plenty of games and activities including arts and crafts, movies, computer games and more.From Dhs250 (adults), kids under ten eat for free. Fri Noon-4pm. The Boulevard, Emirates Towers, www.theivy.ae (04 319 8767).
2 Raffles, Wafi City
Raffles family Friday brunch at Azur is a journey back through traditional British cuisine. Long-forgotten cuts of meat will be showcased each week, such as lamb forequarter and haunch of mutton, as well as the chance to sample rabbit, goat and offal, too. There’s a fun kids’ corner for younger guests to hang out in, and for the next couple of months, kids can participate in an exclusive drawing competition to celebrate the iconic hotel’s 125th birthday. The three most creative winners will be announced in December, with amazing prizes, including a family stay at Raffles in Singapore.From Dhs200 (adults), free for kids aged 0-11 (2 max). Fri noon-4.30pm. Raffles Dubai, www.raffles.com/dubai (04 324 8888).
3 Zuma, DIFC
Zuma’s sophisticated cuisine is a hit with the city’s stylish set, and their swish Friday brunch is a great option for those with kids in tow, too. There’s a supervised kids’ play area to keep a watchful eye on the little ones, and as well as the option for mini gourmands to sample the tasty sushi and sashimi, there’s also a kids menu of pasta, chicken nuggets and fish and chips for less adventurous eaters.From Dhs315 (adults), kids under 11 eat for free (one child free per adult diner). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. DIFC, www.zumarestaurant.com (04 425 5660).