You’ll need to book weeks in advance for this superb brunch (don’t say we didn’t warn you). Picking up the Brunch of the Year gong for the second year in a row, this world-famous Japanese pulls out all the stops time after time. Dig into a range of sushi, sashimi, salad and maki rolls from the cold buffet before moving onto a hot section packed full of robata and tempura. Mains are served to the table and include that global superstar – the black cod. This brunch does not run over the summer.
Dhs473 (soft drinks), Dhs625 (house beverages), Dhs688 (bubbly). Dhs236 (kids under 12). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Gate Village 6, DIFC (04 425 5660).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: COYA
This excellent restaurant has an amazing brunch that allows you to sample the 2016 Restaurant of the Year’s signature dishes.
Dhs333 (soft drinks), Dhs555 (house beverages), Dhs666 (bubbly). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 2 (04 316 9600).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Marina Social
This fun, good-value brunch at Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton’s Dubai Marina restaurant serves up dishes that are tasty and elegant. The goat’s cheese churros are always popular, as are the sourdough flatbreads.
Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages), Dhs445 (bubbly). Fri 1pm-4pm. InterContinental Dubai Marina (04 446 6664).
SHORTLISTED: Brasserie 2.0
Cooking islands featuring seafood and an outdoor grill, plus a post-brunch party.
Dhs425 (soft drinks), Dhs575 (house beverages and sparkling), Dhs750 (bubbly), Dhs210 (kids aged six-12), free (kids five and under). 1.30pm-4.30pm. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 316 5550).
SHORTLISTED: Bread Street Kitchen
At Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant you’ll find a family-friendly brunch with stations set up for starters, while main courses and desserts can be ordered à la carte.
Dhs240 (soft drinks), Dhs355 (house beverages), Dhs105 per child (includes free entry to The Lost Chambers Aquarium). 12.30pm-4pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2000).
SHORTLISTED: Carnival by Tresind
This quirky Indian eatery boasts colourful, intricately designed interiors and a range of top-class, innovative food.
Dhs289. Fri noon-4pm. Burj Daman Building, DIFC www.carnivalbytresind.com (04 421 8665).
SHORTLISTED: Lima Dubai
The Peruvian restaurant is offering up a five-course menu of signature dishes.
Dhs325 (soft drinks), Dhs450 (house beverages), Dhs550 (bubbly). Noon-4pm. The Square, City Walk, Al Safa Street (056 500 4571).
A brunch bursting with Nobu specialities, as well as a varied selection of beverages.
Dhs395 (soft drinks), Dhs585 (selected house beverages), Dhs650 (bubbly). Noon-3pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
SHORTLISTED: Reform Social & Grill
The Great British Road Trip Brunch features old school British classics like fish and chips and mini Yorkshire puds.
Dhs279 (soft drinks), Dhs386 (house beverages), Dhs434 (sparkling grape). Noon-4pm; 6pm-10pm. The Lakes (04 454 2638).
The stylish Turkish restaurant at Grosvenor House Dubai hosts a Friday brunch with live food stations include a pide one. Plus there’s a live DJ.
Dhs299 (soft drinks), Dhs399 (house beverages), Dhs499 (bubbly). Fri noon-4pm. Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 399 9123).