WINNER: Reform Social & Grill
Hugely popular for its proper pub grub, roast dinners and family-friendly vibe, Reform Social & Grill has also made a very successful foray into breakfasts in the past year. The weekend versions are top-notch, with the Breakfast of Champions a thing to behold with its monster servings of fried eggs, bacon, sausages, beans et al. And what’s brekkie without that trendy green fruit? This pub also does a mean smashed avocado on crumpets. Retro.
Open daily 8am–midnight. The Lakes (04 454 2638).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Baker & Spice
Winner of our Breakfast of the Year in 2017, there are many things to like about Baker & Spice from the pastries to the avocado on toast, and that famous shakshouka.
Open daily 7am-11pm. Town Centre, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 297 5797). Other locations Souk Al Manzil, Downtown Dubai (04 427 9856); Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 425 2240); Marina Promenade, Dubai Marina (04 362 4686); Gold & Diamond Park, Al Quoz (04 887 7086).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Pots, Pans and Boards
This family-friendly beachside spot from celebrity chef Tom Aikens is heaving on a weekend morning, with good reason.
Open daily 8am-midnight. The Beach, opposite JBR (04 456 1959).
SHORTLISTED: Arrows & Sparrows
Spacious and modern café with a lovely shaded outdoor terrace serving healthy food and good coffee. Try the massive French toast or Instagram-worthy Benedicts.
Dhs150-250. Unlicensed. Open daily 8am-6pm. Emaar Business Park, The Greens (04 558 8141).
Dubai Fantastic breakfasts, great pastries and cakes and seriously good coffee, too. A brilliant place for families.
Dhs150-250. Unlicensed. Open Mon-Sat 8am-9pm; Sun 8am-5pm. Al Manara, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 336 8056).
This popular Canadian chain now has two branches in the city – at The Beach and in City Walk – and it serves up a mean breakfast. Choose from waffles to eggs – in many forms. We recommend the omelettes and frankly massive pancakes.
Dhs150-250. Unlicensed. Open daily 7am-midnight. The Beach, opposite JBR (4 430 7252), Open daily 8am to midnight. City Walk, Al Safa Street (04 240 6877).
SHORTLISTED: Friends’ Avenue Café
A cute café that’s popular with the JLT crowd for a lazy weekend brekkie. An extensive, and tasty, morning menu.
Dhs150-250. Unlicensed. Open daily 8am-6pm. Fortune Executive Tower, Cluster T, JLT (04 554 5813).
SHORTLISTED: Fibber Magee’s
This Irish pub offers up proper pub grub at all times of the day. Head here for the cheese on toast, pies and most importantly the baps – filled with bacon, egg and sausage.
Dhs150-250. Licensed. Open daily 8am-11pm. Saeed Tower One, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 2400).
SHORTLISTED: Skye & Walker
Healthy café food created with local, organic ingredients. The breakfasts – especially the avocado on toast – are a thing to behold.
Dhs150-250. Unlicensed. Open daily 6.30am-11pm. Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Creek, Deira (04 213 1221).
SHORTLISTED: The Surf Café
Great coffee, healthy breakfasts and top-notch sushi are on offer in this cool Jumeirah Beach Road Café. We like.
Dhs150-250. Unlicensed. Open Sat-Wed 7am-10pm; Thu-Fri 7am-10.30pm. Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim (04 346 6292).