Party brunches

Time Out Dubai is the guide to the best brunch in Dubai. Here we profile the pick of party brunches in Dubai. Get reviews, contact details and more

Don't forget to pack your dancing shoes at these popular Friday feasts in Dubai. You'll be given food in toy boats and cars, served 'disco sushi' and what else says party like a chocolate fountain? You might be confused about whether you've just been to a nightclub or out for a meal after emerging from these places into the daylight, but one thing's for sure.... a good time will be had by all.

International 055 455 6106 DIFC

A markedly different proposition to many of its neighbours when it arrived in the city’s financial centre, INDIE still attracts a different – but still happening – crowd, thanks to its unique style and cool vibes.

It’s also, generally, packed, and a cracking food menu definitely helps with that. If you’re a fan of your European/Mediterranean grub then you’re going to be happy, because most of its mains are of an Italian persuasion. Think risottos (particularly excellent), gnocchi and beef tagliata sitting alongside salmon, sea bream and more. It’s bar food, but it’s bar food done classily.

While its starters are a mix of Spanish (ever-so-moreish pimientos de Padron), Peruvian (there are some fine ceviches) and Japanese – the standout dishes to try are the refreshing crab toast and gambas ceviche, both a perfect accompaniment to many of the broad range of mixed drinks this heaving bar has to offer.

The soundtrack matches the décor, meanwhile, old-school funk, soul and pop bouncing off the speaker-dotted walls to create a distinct vibe of New York’s Soho. It picked up our gong for Highly Commended in the Best Bar Food category for good reason. Try it.

A decent selection of dishes, all executed extremely well

Eating probably isn’t the first thing on people’s minds when they come to Blue Marlin. It is, after all, primarily a beach club with an outstanding line-up of international and local DJ talent performing every weekend.

However, anyone who’s been to the Saturday brunch will tell you that the kitchen here turns out some pretty tasty food.

With that in mind, on our latest visit to check out one of the world’s leading DJs – Pete Tong – we thought we’d take a table in the restaurant instead of hanging out at the bar.

It turns out that the view of the DJ booth from the restaurant is pretty special, especially if you nab a table on the edge rather than one of the more loungey tables further back.

It’s a pleasant space, still filled with the beautiful people who come here to be seen, but it’s far less hectic than anywhere else in the venue.

The menu includes a good selection of meat, fish and pasta dishes, as well as salads, sashimi and smaller plates ideal for sharing.

We heartily recommend the padrón peppers and crispy squid, as well as some maki rolls. Prices aren’t as high as you might fear, though drinks will push the bill upwards. It’s a top way to experience Blue Marlin.

The bottom line
Excellent food while you party.

European +971 56 9511442 Business Bay

This is a seriously polished and fun bar up on the roof of The Oberoi hotel. One that should most definitely be on your list of places to take folks you want to impress, too. The views out across Business Bay and Downtown are stunning, the staff are trendy but infinitely approachable, there’s a lovely romantic outdoor area and the bar is all woods and glass and assorted greenery. The menu and delivery of the food is also well above par – be sure to hit up the octopus ceviche, the rock prawn tempura with sweet chili mayo, and the spicy crunchy tuna salad, to name just a few – and the mixed drinks on offer all also display a level of craft and attention that many other bars in the city should aspire to. Whether it’s for a date or because you have friends and family in town, you won’t regret a bar meal here. Iris is very close to being the apple of our eye .

British 04 437 0022 Al Habtoor City

A proper British pub. That’s what The Rose & Crown sets out to be and, thankfully, it manages to succeed. It has a pool table, a dartboard and tons of big screens. There are proper bar stools and booths, cask hops and books on shelves. There is also a menu that looks like it was brought straight out of a pub in England. Unfortunately, the prices are very much Dubai. We don’t mind that if the food is always excellent, but here it’s inconsistent. On a few occasions we find ingredients substituted for others or missed off completely, which is annoying. The good stuff, though, is really good, especially the pies and burgers. The full English adds bubble and squeak for an extra touch to the usual ingredients and the homemade sausages are excellent. Best of the bunch is the shepherd’s pie.

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