EID brunches in Dubai

If you’ve been keeping your eyes peeled for great Eid brunch deals for you and your friends and family to enjoy, look no further.

Time Out
has done all the hard work for you and put together a list of 10 places catering for different tastes and needs but all offering super Eid specials.
EID brunches in Dubai

Time Out has information and prices for the best Eid brunches and deals in Dubai, specials for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

If you’ve been keeping your eyes peeled for great Eid brunch deals for you and your friends and family to enjoy, look no further.

Time Out
has done all the hard work for you and put together a list of 10 places catering for different tastes and needs but all offering super Eid specials.

04 224 6663 Abu Hail

On its website, Wakame describes itself as “the hottest place in town”, but in reality it’s rarely more than lukewarm. It’s a stylish venue with modern décor and sleek furnishings, and it has a nice bar area, too.

However, whenever we’ve eaten here it’s too quiet to enjoy fully. Sometimes you can still enjoy yourself in an empty venue, but here staff go from the extremes of fawning all over you and hovering around the table to being absent just when you actually need them. It’s a shame, because the food at Wakame is mostly very good.

There are unusual dishes that pique the interest on the menu, such as the lobster taco with yuzu guacamole or the crispy Japanese aubergine with burrata, and everything that comes out of the kitchen looks great. We absolutely recommend trying a few dim sum; the chicken soup dumpling being a favourite of ours. The steamed bao buns are also worth investigating, especially the lamb shoulder. Main courses are surprisingly pricey, especially compared to the starters and small plates, but there are some fine cuts of wagyu and other expensive ingredients on there.

If busy, Wakame could be great fun. If you do head here, we reckon a table full of small plates to share is the best way to go.

DIFC

This design-conscious café-shop-intellectual space from Lexus is one of the coolest conceptual spots in Dubai.

Designed by interior designer Masamichi Katayama, the man behind the Tokyo outpost, there are clear Japanese elements in this project – just visit the toilets for the most obvious. But these are blended with features that characterise the UAE perfectly – the ceiling reflect the country’s ubiquitous sand dunes. There are also artistic, futuristic, automotive elements in the design, to remind you that you’re in a creative space delivered by a luxury car brand, after all. It’s a truly unique spot in Dubai.

Intersect is the kind of place you’d come to for a light bite to eat over a bit of creative confab at breakfast or lunch, and this, the café does well. With the Intersect eggs Benedict, you get one with salmon and one with smoked brisket, meaning you don’t have to choose. And it’s a true reward – eggs perfectly runny, brisket tender and smoky.

The business lunch offers great value, too, at Dhs98 for two courses and Dhs110 for three. The steak sandwhich is decent, though it won’t blow your mind, but the Chilean sea bass is a standout, with it’s zesty, yuzu-dressed turnips and smoked onion purée.
For something a bit different, this is one for the must list.

The bottom line
Creative, inventive café serving good grub.

+971 4 388 8744 World Trade Center Area

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When a slice of London’s Mayfair dining scene lands in Dubai, it’s going to attract attention, and Novikov does for all the right reasons. Words such as plush, slick and sophisticated only touch on how impressive Novikov is. It’s set out in two sections, catering for smokers by the bar with low tables and casual couch-style seats, and there’s a non-smoking section towards the back of the sprawling space, set up like a classic dining room. The dim lighting, warm orange and oak tones accentuated by red cushions and purple backlit walls make a classy statement. And these first impressions get better as the food is served. The menu is a sprawling list of Asian-fusion dishes, such as lobster tacos – which are bursting with flavour – and Chilean sea bass with chilli garlic sauce. There’s also sushi, sashimi, tempura, dim sum, wok-fried dishes and more, all that we tried being full of flavour, perfectly executed and wonderfully presented, not least the black cod with yuzu miso sauce on the side. It’s stunning – the fish perfectly falling apart with a prod, the sauce delicately balanced with just the right amount of sweetness and zest. Staff are attentive and leave you to ultimately enjoy a great meal with minimal fuss. For a flawless dining experience look no further. Novikov is firmly on our radar and should be on yours, too.

Asian +971 4 405 2703 DIFC

This Vietnamese restaurant strives to place itself among the upper echelons of Asian dining spots. And for the most part it fits. The dining room looks classy and sophisticated in deep reds with dark wood furniture and the clientele it attracts matches – as do the prices. Staff are enthusiastic, helpful and eager to please. But it’s the finer detail that is lacking. Staff know the menu well but lack that air of confidence when asked for recommendations. As for the food, the presentation and portion sizes are all akin to fine dining, but the quality and taste just isn’t quite up there in all the dishes. That’s not to say it’s bad at all, the wok-fried organic chicken with lemongrass, shallots, chilli and XO sauce and the grilled black cod with miso sauce, enoki mushrooms, fried onions and garlic are delicious, moreish and clearly of high quality. It’s small details, such as too much sauce rendering dishes too salty, that let them down. Considering you’re going to pay upwards of Dhs600 for a meal for two, you want the food to be above average. Hoi An has the potential for very good things, and for a formal meal or if you have guests in town, it certainly won’t let you down.

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