This cool Mediterranean restaurant in DIFC has a selection of sharing plates that are served to the table. Tasty bite-sized dishes include gnocchi with beef short rib, black rice with seared scallops and pizzetta margherita, all of which are exceptionally good. And it comes with Italian hops and Spanish mixed drinks.
From Dhs258 (soft drinks), free (kids under eight). Fri-Sat 1pm-4pm. Gate Village 6, DIFC (04 323 1833).
Cavalli Club Restaurant & Lounge
With giant crystal chandeliers and the furriest walls you’re likely to ever see, you might be surprised to find this decadent nightspot from designer Roberto Cavalli on any “bargain” list. But on a Sunday, it hosts the midnight brunch for just Dhs250, with unlimited starters, desserts and drinks, and one main course. And there’s a live cabaret show throughout. You can’t get much better than that.
Dhs299 (all inclusive). Sun 8.30pm-midnight. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 991 0400).
This venue is so brunch-friendly, it holds one on every day of the weekend. Our pick, however, is the Thursday night offering. Coming in at under Dhs300, this is a wallet-friendly way to start the weekend, especially when it includes street food, drinks and DJ sets. Tuck into mini burgers, pizzas and more then burn off the calories on the dancefloor.
Dhs275 ladies (house beverages), Dhs325 men (house beverages). Thu 8pm-midnight. Sky Dive Dubai, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 399 0009).
Head to this Polynesian spot and you’ll get a buffet packed with noodles, salads, dim sum, spring rolls, curries and more. Plus for dessert there are steamed sweet buns, fried bananas and a green tea chocolate fountain.
Dhs245 (soft drinks), Dhs345 (house beverages), Dhs110 (kids aged four-12). 1pm-4pm. Lapita, Dubai Parks And Resorts, Jebel Ali (04 810 9421).
Casual and chilled-out, this Belgian brunch offers up all your favourites from the menu. There’s a buffet packed with salads, desserts and starters, while mains are served to the table. The pièce de résistance? The Belgian waffle station, of course. Load us up.
Dhs165 (soft drinks), Dhs245(selected beverages). Noon-4pm. Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha Heights (04 429 9999).
This Spanish-inspired brunch boasts plenty of authentic tapas, a paella station, Spanish beverages and flamenco music. It’s fun, friendly and a great way to round off the weekend. Sit on the terrace with a generous helping of patatas bravas and you could almost be in Spain. Almost.
Dhs265 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages), 12.30pm-3.30pm. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 399 7700).
The Huddle Sports Bar & Grill
If you’re a regular reader of Time Out Dubai, which we trust you are, you’ll have heard us rave about The Huddle on many occasions. We’re not saying it’s the fanciest of places in Dubai, but the food at this Tapas Brunch is surprisingly good. Nibble on bite-sized international dishes, cold cuts, salads, desserts, and, our favourite, plenty of cheese. There’s also live music.
Dhs79 (soft drinks), Dhs149 (house beverages), Dhs199 (premium beverages). Noon-4pm. Citymax Hotels, Bur Dubai (04 407 8000); Citymax Hotels, Al Barsha (04 409 8000).
Bistro Des Arts
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, we love brunch in its traditional breakfast/lunch format, and this one ticks all the boxes for that. This Parisian-style café has a charming terrace with a relaxed weekend vibe. Bring the papers and chill out with a jug of mixed drink, or stop by after the gym to refuel, anything goes at this Marina location. Expect breakfast staples of eggs, crêpes, yoghurt, fruit, cereals and as many buttery, flaky, delicious French pastries as you can handle.
Dhs99 (including one hot drink, juices and water). Fri and Sat 10am-2pm. Dubai Marina Promenade (04 551 1576).
McGettigan’s Madinat Jumeirah
McGettigan’s is popular throughout the city for a reason – it’s fun and fuss-free. We’re big fans of this Irish watering hole at Souk Madinat, and especially like its “Long Lunch” concept. With all the friendly feel of a pub, but with the picturesque views of the Madinat’s waterways and the odd, slow-moving abra, it’s not the most authentic Irish experience you’ll have in your life but you’ll be happy nonetheless. Tuck into a three-course lunch, which includes dishes such as crab Benedict, roast beef with all the trimmings and a steaming bowl of mussels. You also get five drinks for just Dhs279. The best part? There’s no early morning wake up calls here, just come along at any time you like between noon and 5pm.
Dhs235 (soft drinks), Dhs365 (house beverages), Dhs395 (sparkling and juniper-based drinks). Fri 12.30pm-4.30pm. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 447 0219).
Don’t be misled by the name Emerald City Brunch, there’s no sign of Dorothy or a yellow brick road at The Dubliner’s. This Irish-centric Friday feast stars a buffet of international dishes and comes with five house drinks.
Dhs109 (two soft drinks), Dhs189 (five soft or house drinks), Dhs79 (kids aged six-12 with two soft drinks). 1pm-4pm. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud (04 702 2508).
Casa De Tapas
With prime vistas over the Creek, this is one Friday brunch with a view. On offer are the usual hot and cold tapas, cold cuts and cheese, plus paella and a traditional Spanish roast. It’s popular with big groups out to party, so don’t be surprised to see some fancy dress.
Dhs210 (soft drinks), Dhs260 (selected beverages), Dhs315 (bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 416 1800).
This winning combination, as stated in the name, means that this is one of the more popular cheap and cheerful brunches in the city. With Jazz@PizzaExpress, you know what you’re going to get. And at brunchtime, that is unlimited hot, gooey, cheesy pizza, free-flowing sparkling grape, and, more often than not, carb-loaded diners dancing by 4pm.
Dhs135 (soft drinks), Dhs210 (house beverages). Noon-4pm. Mövenpick Hotel JLT, Cluster A, JLT (04 441 6342).
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Time Out Dubai’s Bar of the Year also does a pretty good brunch. A fuss-free meal served to the table, this this popular with groups out to party. Not one to wear your tightest belts or dresses to, it stars onion rings, chilli, metre-long flatbreads and a whole roasted chicken.
Dhs269 (soft drinks), Dhs369 (house beverages). 1pm-4pm. Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha Heights (04 514 9195). Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR (04 520 0049).
Belting out Mariah Carey classics while digging into a pulled beef taco might not be your best look, but hey, it’s Friday afternoon and we’re all friends here, right? Grab the mic and unleash your inner superstar, and keep your strength up with some substantial sharing platters, which are exceptionally good, little wonder it’s made our cover this week.
Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages), Dhs350 (sparkling grape). 1pm-4pm. Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha Heights (800 58259).
Muchachas Mexican Cantina
From the folk behind Tom&Serg and Common Grounds, this restaurant is low-key and friendly and does some great Mexican food. Tacos, churros, ceviches and guacamole all rate highly with us, and all for just Dhs285. It’s the ideal brunch for groups who don’t want an over-the-top blowout.
Dhs205 (soft drinks), Dhs310 (house beverages). 12.30pm-4pm. Holiday Inn Safa Park (04 327 5878).
If you’re a brunch-goer that likes a party there’s a healthy chance you’ve already visited this long-standing Dubai weekender. For just Dhs259 you get a great selection of live cooking stations, a choice of beverages and guaranteed fun. Sushi and a full roast dinner all on one plate with a side of prawn tempura? Don’t mind if we do.
Dhs259 (house beverages). 1pm-4pm. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud (04 702 2455).