We all love to brunch, but sometimes forking out for little ones who don’t consume vast quantities can leave a bit of a sour taste. Small people don’t always sit still and behave allowing their parents to relax and consume either, so finding somewhere that amuses the little angels while mum and dad get stuffed is also a big plus. That’s why we’ve rounded up a bag of bistros where kids can eat for free and be thoroughly entertained at the same time. Now if that’s not worth celebrating with another scoop from the chocolate fountain, then we don’t know what is.
Azur delivers a thoroughly British experience with a Raffles Roast carvery brunch offering a choice of five different roasted meats, Scottish salmon, soup or prawn cocktail starters and custardy puddings. There’s pasta and pizza options for kids and foody entertainment comes with the chance to make their own pizzas and decorate cookies for desert, plus kids under 11 accompanied a paying adult eat free. For non-food based entertainment there’s always the PlayStation.
Dhs235 (soft drinks), Dhs385 (for house beverages), under 11s eat free when accompanied by paying adult. Fridays 1pm-4pm. Raffles Hotel, Sheikh Rashid Road (next to Wafi), firstname.lastname@example.org, www.raffles.com/dubai (04 324 8888).
Cavendish Brunch offers under sixes free dining. There are plenty of Irish and English influenced buffet stations to choose from while for the little ones, there’s face painting, a dedicated kids soft play area plus babysitting facilities for the hands-off approach.
Dhs299 (house beverages), Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs149 (under 12s), under sixes free of charge. Fridays 12.30pm-3.30pm. Bonnington Hotel, JLT, email@example.com, www.bonningtontower.com (04 356 0000).
Focaccia Italian restaurant caters to the under 12s by offering free dining as long as they are accompanied by a paying adult. The traditional Italian fare ranges from antipasti, homemade pasta and pizza, but there’s also sushi, shawarmas and Indian dishes as well as seafood and teppanyaki stations. To keep the kids entertained there’s a play area with face painting, games, arts and crafts and balloon bending fun, so they will be well occupied, while the live music will get mum and dad moving too.
Dhs199 (soft drink package), Dhs249 (house beverages), children under 12 accompanied by a paying adult eat free, with 50 per cent for additional children. Fridays12.30pm-4pm. Hyatt Regency, Dubai Creek, Deira, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.dubai.regency.hyatt.com (04 317 2222).
Legends overlooking Dubai Creek has everything a carnivore requires, with chateaubriand, rib eye and tenderloin, so mini meateaters under 12 can dine for free. Entertainment comes in the form of live music, a supervised kids play area, face painting, games, TV plus bouncy castle, not forgetting the views over the Creek to enjoy.
Dhs235 (soft drinks), Dhs370 (house beverages), Dhs495 (premium), under 12s eat free. Fridays and Saturdays, 12 noon-3.30pm Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, Garhoud area, email@example.com, www.dubaigolf.com (04 295 6000).
Millennium Airport Hotel hosts their Double Munch Brunch, incorporating the two lively venues of Gozo Garden and Biggles Pub, offering seafood stations, a carvery, pan-Asian cuisine plus a pile of puds to experience. Live Cuban music entertains the adults, while kids can watch cartoons or play on the games consuls. Under fives eat for free but if junior is more interested in the outside playground then the staff will use their discretion when it comes to charging under eaters.
Dhs149 (soft drinks), Dhs200 (house beverages), under fives eat for free. Fridays 12pm-4pm. Airport Road, Casablanca Street, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.millenniumhotels.ae (04 702 8822).
The Ivy entertains with a classy Manhattan-style Jazz brunch, offering a three-course a la carte menu alternative to the usual buffet bonanza you’ll find in Dubai. Younger ones are catered for with free access to Sinbad’s kids’ club, complete with arts, crafts, computer games, movies and more, and under tens eat free. The menu features plenty of Ivy favourites, from the traditional breakfast offering of eggs Benedict, to a main course of a roast with all the trimmings followed by sweet sticky desserts or a savoury cheese plate. Mini portions from the menu are available for small diners.
Dhs190 unlimited soft drink and mocktails with three-course a la Carte, (other beverage packages available), under tens eat free. Fridays 12 noon-4pm. The Boulevard, Ground Level Jumeirah Emirates Towers, email@example.com, www.theivy.ae (04 319 8767).
The Talk Restaurant and Lounge has all the usual international brunch offerings plus a dedicated kids buffet stacked with as many portions of fish fingers, chips, pizza and ice cream as they can eat, some of which are available in healthier options, too – and all free for under twelves. There’s a kids play area with face painting, popcorn and activities while mum and dad relax in the casual, poolside atmosphere.
Dhs222 (soft drinks), Dhs323 (house beverages), under 12s eat free. Fridays 12.30pm-4pm. Moevenpick Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Residence, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 449 8888).