New Year’s Day brunch deals in Dubai

Time Out Dubai has your guide to New Year’s Day in Dubai (brunch). Find out about the best New Year’s Day brunch deals in Dubai at top restaurants

Seafood, overlooking the sea to majestic views of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah? Yes please.

This is a long-standing, go-to romantic spot in Dubai and it never fails to deliver. It has won numerous Time Out Dubai Restaurant awards in the Romantic category in the past, and it again scooped a Highly Commended plaque in 2018.

The rustic wooden venue, located at the end of a jetty and standing magnanimously over the Arabian Gulf, with floor-to-ceiling panes of glass for walls, revealing unrivalled panoramic views, is impressive.

À la carte prices are high – a meal for two excluding drinks can set you back into the thousands of dir-hams. But on there are frequently offers on set menus throughout the year, which are worth re-searching around the time you’re planning to book.

As expected, everything here is slick, from the presentation of dishes to the service. Staff are barely noticeable of an evening, allowing you to enjoy every moment, but rest assured, when you need them, they’ll be there, sharp, and willing to help, no matter your enquiry. Another starter after your main course? No problem. Engagement ring at the bottom of glass of bubbly to be brought out just before the bill? You’ve got it.

The bottom line
Pierchic is a place where memories are made.

British +971 4 4542638 Emirates Hills

A bona fide family-friendly Dubai institution, Reform Social & Grill is that rare thing – a community pub. Set in the Lakes, it is perfect for a weekend meal with a few drinks, mum and dad able to chill out in the garden while the kids play on the small playground and makeshift football pitch alongside it. In the week the place is also rammed, but with people popping in for a pint and bite to eat on the way home after work. And those bites are very good, by the way. Pâtés, steak tartare and salads pepper the starters – and the pear and stilton tart is a corker, too – while there are four packed sharing platters to choose from, top grills, good salads and a lovely ploughman’s. A special shout-out to the burgers as well. Juicy and fat. Just as they should be. Good breakfasts, too. This place is highly recommended.

Bar & pub food 04 332 2400 Sheikh Zayed Road

A venue that proudly serves up proper pub grub such as fish and chips, all-day breakfasts, pies and burgers and does them all very well, with little fuss or fanfare. Portions are huge, especially the steak pie, which has an enormous puff pastry top hiding rich, slow cooked beef underneath. Breakfasts are excellent (and available throughout the day) and the cheeseburger is another monster. Not one where Dubai’s glamour set will be heading, but all the better for it.

Thai 04 432 3232 Madinat Jumeirah

Pai Thai won the Best Thai gong at the Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards 2016 for good reason. It’s stunning, offers spectacular views, and the gourmet food will leave a lasting impression. Make the journey to the restaurant via abra across the Madinat’s tranquil waterways, then sit outside on the terrace to take in the scene. If you have someone to impress, there are few better ways to do it than with a meal here. Inside, the restaurant is dark and understated, yet slick. It feels high-end without trying. Staff are helpful, knowledgeable and have a knack for knowing when to appear – just what you want from a venue of this standing. Get an overview of dishes with the Pai Thai starter sampler, starring meaty prawn cakes, sticky, sweet, sun-dried crispy beef, chewy, glutinous purple flower chicken dumplings and crisp vegetable spring rolls. Don’t leave without trying a classic Thai curry, the gaeng phed ped yang (roasted duck red curry) is rich and dynamic in flavour, lifted by the sweetness of cherry tomatoes and pineapple chunks and given a kick from the heat of red chillies. The menu also gets the occasional revamp, keeping the whole experience exciting and fresh. A winning meal out.


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