If you’re looking for an alternative to all the turkey dinners that have taken over Dubai this month, not to mention the usual brunch fare, check out the Raffles Roast at Azur restaurant. While this Wafi hotel is known for its chic and sophisticated vibe, their Friday brunch is a family affair, with plenty to keep both adults and younger guests entertained. The menu is ‘British food with a twist’ – each week, the head chef chooses a specific part of the UK to create long-forgotten British favourites, alongside the classic carvery roast and Yorkshire puddings, and hearty puddings such as crumble or Eton mess.
For the kids, there’s heaps to choose from (for even the most fussy eaters). If the roast doesn’t take their fancy, there’s plenty of kid-friendly fodder, and older ones can join the chefs in the open kitchen to rustle up some of their own homemade pizza and pasta. There’s also a decorate-your-own cupcake and cookie stand, with oodles of icing, sweeties and macaroons to get messy with. And if the adult conversation is getting a bit too dull, just outside the brunch venue, there’s a kids’ area, with colouring, DVDs and Xbox to keep them entertained (although this isn’t fully supervised, so probably best suited to older kids).
This time of year, book a spot on the terrace to eat al fresco, overlooking the hotel’s botanical gardens. And until mid-December, the hotel is running a colouring competition for kids to celebrate the brand’s 125th anniversary, with the lucky winner bagging a trip to the original Raffl es in Singapore for their family. Priced from a family-friendly Dhs235 per person, with up to two kids (age 0 to 11) eating free of charge per couple, and any additional kids up to age five also free.
Fridays 12.30pm-4pm. Raffles Dubai, Wafi, www.raffles.com/dubai (04 324 8888).