BREAD STREET KITCHEN
This brunch comes high up on our Friday wish list thanks to a combination of superb grub (it does come courtesy of Gordon Ramsay, after all) and lovely touches put in place to amuse the younger diners. For the kids there is macaroni cheese, chicken wings and cheeseburgers on the menu and the adults can load their starter plates from the raw bar or opt for a hot appetiser such as mini cottage pie before choosing their mains from a meat, fish or vegetarian option. Cookie decorating, an ice cream bar, playdough making, face-painting, a huge playground and bouncy castle in the cooler months is added bonus for little ones. All that plus the kids get free tickets to The Lost Chambers too.
Dhs105 (kids – includes entry to The Lost Chambers Aquarium), Dhs240 (soft drinks), Dhs355 (house beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2000).
Get those stretchy trousers on because there’s no holding back at this Friday extravaganza. Fine-dining brunch style means dishes like slow-roasted Wagyu beef and foie gras all make the menu, plus there is an oyster bar solely dedicated to the tasty molluscs. Not forgetting the vegans who can tuck into a special kofta, hot dog or pizza specially designed to suit their dietary requirements. The children have their own buffet overflowing with all their favourites, as well as a range of fun-filled activities. But the most fun they’ll have is at the cooking class under the expert eyes of the hotel’s chefs. Vegans are also catered for with a spread of plant-based items such as grilled vegan carrot dogs, as well as gluten free and vegan pasta dishes.
Free (kids under six), Dhs90 (kids six-11), Dhs299 (soft drinks), Dhs399 (house beverages), Dhs599 (bubbly), Dhs359 (vegan including organic grape). Fri 1pm-4pm. Giornotte, Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Abu Dhabi (02 818 8282).
THE CITY BRUNCH
Dozens of live stations, family-friendly entertainment and a fab indoor kids’ area make this a Friday treat for the whole gang.
A large supervised kids’ zone has activities for all ages, including a giant play pen for little ones, face-painting, drawing desks and a movie corner plus, in addition to getting their very own buffet filled with everything from colourful cupcakes to healthy snacks, a kids’ cooking class is on offer where budding chefs can make their own pizzas or decorate their own cupcakes – with a little help from the restaurant’s skilled chefs.
Free (kids under 12), Dhs300 (soft drinks), Dhs425 (house beverages including bubbly). Fri 1pm-4.30pm. Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 435 5577).
Say ‘aloha’ to the Daycation Luau, a Friday feasting frenzy that is all about eating, relaxing and enjoying quality time together with your people. For Dhs99 per person the whole tribe can hit the ‘Mahi Mahi’ family lagoon-style pool, the lazy river and the kids’ pool complete with splash park. The price you pay is then redeemable against your choice of food in all-day dining eatery Ari – either live cooking stations or a la carte. There are plenty of activities for the mini members of the family including face painting, a golden coconut treasure hunt and limbo games. And once the little ones have had their fill of fun in the sun, deposit them in the safe hands of the welcoming staff at the on-site kids’ club.
Dhs99 (per person). Every Fri 10am-6pm. Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Autograph Collection (04 810 9421).
FRIDAY FAMILY BRUNCH
If the kids are happy then so are mums and dads, which is why the Nomad brunch is a winner with the whole tribe. There’s a designated activity area where mini diners can enjoy a bouncy castle, juice pong (a kid-friendly take on the hop version) and Cornhole (players take it in turns to try and get a bag of corn into a hole). Food-wise, it’s chicken tenders, macaroni cheese and zucchini noodles for main and, for dessert, cupcakes and ice lollies are on offer. After brunch, the gang can wander down to the pond to feed the ducks – a perfect way to end a Friday.
Free (kids under three), Dhs95 (kids four-11), Dhs265 (soft drinks), Dhs365 (house beverages). Fri 1pm-4pm. Nomad, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel (04 230 8458).
FRIDAY GARDEN BRUNCH
Set in the lush gardens of all-day dining restaurant Al Forsan, live cooking stations feature a Middle Eastern spread that sits happily alongside international favourites.
The kids’ corner features 20 different desserts from around the world, but the restaurant does boast an impressive healthy selection to counterbalance the greed. When it comes to keeping the littlest members of the brunching gang happy, heading off on a camel or pony ride more than does the trick, while the petting zoo is a real show-stealer. Magicians and jugglers are also on hand to keep the smalls entertained so that mums and dads can relax and enjoy the live music.
Free (kids under six and nannies), Dhs183 (kids between six and 12), Dhs365 (soft drinks), Dhs545 (house beverages). Fri 1pm-4pm. Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, Al Qudra Road (04 809 6194).
FRIDAY MARKET BRUNCH
As the mercury drops, al fresco dining desires are top of everyone’s agenda, particularly when it comes to long lazy Friday afternoons. So take it outside at this fun-filled family brunch where kids will be spoiled with a whole heap of activities including face-painting, arts and crafts and a bouncy castle. The youngest brunchers can also tuck into their very own buffet laden with all their favourite mains and indulgemnt desserts. Mums and dads can in turn wander freely around the live cooking stations at the food festival-themed afternoon and load up their plates with world cuisine from gourmet burgers and steak to grilled seafood and flavours of India, safe in the knowledge that little ones are occupied.
Free (kids up to 12), Dhs125 (kids between 12 and 16), Dhs249 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages). Fri 1pm-4.30pm. Hotel Raffles Dubai, Wafi (04 324 8888).