You won’t find too many Dubai brunches with a hashtag in the title. But, if there are any brunches trendy and fun-loving enough to deserve it, it’s #WeBrunch in Dubai Marina.
This Friday party brunch is littered with birthday festivities (more on that later), pumping tunes, mixed drinks stands and plenty of decent grub, which for a party brunch, is impressive.
For pre-summer larks, there’s a sprawling, low-level terrace that’s crammed full of drinks kiosks, music and the buzz of partygoers having a whale of a time. With a view looking out over Dubai Marina, it’s surprisingly easy to spend a few minutes ignoring your mates and gawking at the scenery.
While the haphazard queuing system can get a bit hair-thinning upon arrival (it’s best to take both cash and card, you’ll probably get in quicker), you’re quickly greeted with a drink on arrival and some helpful staff showing you to your table.
You’ll hear #WeBrunch before you see it, thanks to the heavy tunes pumping out throughout the hotel lobby.
All the ladies are glammed up to the max – as you’d expect – while the majority of the blokes opt for more casual garb.
We launch straight in, with our bellies rumbling and in the mood for a party. The restaurant -– which is the hotel’s all-day dining venue – is heaving, and it’s practically sold out.
Don’t expect a quiet brunch, this is a big bash, with parades of confetti cannons and sparklers sporadically adding to the many birthday celebrations.
Heading over to the multiple live stations, you’ll find a varied spread of food. Sure, it’s not the magnitude of the city’s megabrunches – Bubbalicious, Saffron, Jumeirah Al Qasr et al – but there are a good half dozen different areas to get your hands on some varied dishes from around the world.
We stop by the taco and pizza stations (with have-it-your-way dishes at the former and several options at the latter). Over at the live Asian cooking area, chefs will cook up your choice of veggies, meats, sauces, noodles and salad bits. It’s delicious, and we defy our desire for more by checking out the live pasta station for some freshly made spaghetti Bolognese.
In typical brunch fashion, we also dust our plates with fresh Yorkshire puddings from the carving area, serving up English Sunday roast classics.
There’s also a plentiful seafood bar and a grill station, as well as an Indian corner where you can watch them make your naan bread in a traditional oven.
The volume gets progressively louder, and massive sharing drinks also come out throughout the day.
When the brunch comes to a close, you’ll be ready to keep going thanks to its feel-good, all-out party vibe. Book in early (it’s super-popular), and show your guests a good time.
The bottom line
A must for big brunch lovers.