Brunch of the week
Time Out Dubai gives you ideas for a new brunch in Dubai to try each week so you'll never get bored of dining out in the city.
Every week we recommend a top brunch to try around town. They might have added something fresh to the menu, be a new addition altogether or be perfect for the season. With something interesting to try every seven days, Time Out will help you tour the city by brunch in no time.
Straddling the line between steakhouse and Latin American restaurant, Gaucho is one of the most consistently good venues in Dubai. The stylish dining room has plenty of cowhide in it, should you somehow forget what the main draw is. And we always find the steaks here are of the highest quality. They’re presented to you by a waiter who talks about the different cuts and breeds and how each one tastes. We love the Tira De Ancho, a spiral cut rib-eye dressed in chimichurri sauce. Aside from steak, whole sea bass is a good sharer, grilled red prawns are sweet, charred and absolutely lovely, and the small plates feature a good selection of ceviches, tiraditos and other Latin staples, such as empanadas and causas.
Serving a fairly traditional bunch of Cantonese dishes, Hong Loong is a brightly lit restaurant with red and gold décor. It’s at odds with some others in this category that prefer their venues to be dark and moody and some people might find it a little bright. The food, though, is good and we’ve found it’s worth asking the staff what they’d recommend, as it’s one of the few places in Dubai where things can be whipped up to your tastes. If you’re sticking to the menu, the wok-fried black pepper beef is a good option, as is the Szechuan crispy chilli chicken.
Getting a new French chef in late 2016 has given La Cantine’s Parisian flair a new lease of life. Now there are dishes with more of a trans-European influence and some Asian ingredients and techniques. Signature dishes include honey-glazed wagyu short ribs, grilled octopus with ratte potatoes and yuzu dressing, yellowfin tuna tartare with prawn crackers and a beef tartare with an Asian twist. There is still the same class and elegance to the venue, which gets livelier as the nights go on but with an expanded palette of flavours on the menu.
Though well-known on Dubai’s party circuit for its lively ladies’ nights and somewhat bonkers Friday brunches (think dancing cartoon mascots), this modern Asian restaurant can also manage a more chilled-out meal any other night of the week. A sprawling space, with cavernous interiors and an amply sized terrace, it can feel a little empty on those quieter nights, but there’s plenty of distraction (not least in the sometimes lofty prices) to be found on the interesting and varied menu. Like many of this city’s restaurants, China Grill’s recommended approach is to order dishes sharing style. Opt for the soft shell crab, which features more than one of the sweet, crunchy crustacean, and is some of the best you’ll find in town, while the jalapeño and lime-cured scallops are silky, tangy and refreshing. Of the mains, the pan-seared spicy tuna, with a chewy seaweed salad and smooth avocado, is standout – not to mention among the least expensive, even if it does clock in at Dhs170. From the weekly events to Asian eats, there’s a lot of variety at China Grill, and a lot to like.