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9 new brunches to try in Dubai



On weekends, there’s nothing more Dubai residents love than a good brunch. Be it a late one, one that takes place on Saturday and of course those that make your Friday that much better. To help you navigate your way through the city’s latest offering, we have rounded up our eight favourites.

Scape’s California-fusion brunch
Malibu meets Dubai at The Terrace, Burj Al Arab this winter as Scape reveals a new Saturday brunch from 12.30pm-4pm. It’s served straight to the table and comprises dishes inspired by Europe, Asia, Oceania and South America. Starters, for instance, include sushi doughnuts, angus beef tataki, tempura, quesadillas and lashings of burrata, which are then followed by chicken, octopus, lobster, braised short ribs and glazed Baltic salmon. Desserts include sweet tacos and doughnut cheesecake.
When: 12.30pm-4pm, every Saturday
Where: The Terrace, Burj Al Arab
Price: From AED495 per person
Contact: +971 4 301 7600, website

Comme ça Friday Brunch
As the name suggests, there’s a French theme to this brand new brunch. David Myers’ signature dishes are served direct to your table, so expect grilled king prawns, skirt steak, oxtail tartine, and much more. There’s also a wide variety of house beverages and bubbles to be had.
When: 12.30pm-3.30pm, every Friday
Where: Bleu Blanc by David Myers, Renaissance Downtown Hotel
Price: From AED299
Contact: +971 4 512 5533, websiteFriday Lazy Lunch
One of the very best seafood restaurants in the city has launched a new lunch for Fridays. With sand in your toes, you can dine on fresh seafood, sip innumerable beverages and enjoy views of Burj Al Arab. Chef Jean Pascal has devised four courses: seafood from the crudo bar; the likes of Tasmanian salmon crudo and wild mushroom risotto served at the table; mains of seafood mixed grills and oven-braised Australian short ribs; and desserts such as strawberry and cream cheesecake.
When: 1pm-4pm, every Friday
Where: Rockfish, Jumeirah Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah
Price: From AED450
Contact: +971 4 432 3232, website

Brunch à la Marina
Staying true to the concept of brunch, this quaint Parisian eatery offers an à la carte menu that’s filled with breakfast favourites such as eggs Benedict, baked duck egg, waffles and even hearty dishes such as truffle pasta. For dessert you can have a sweet crêpe with options including salted butter caramel, Nutella and strawberry jam, all of which are served with a side of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Plus, there’s a social table where you can help yourself to unlimited servings of cereals, cold cuts, breads, cheeses and fresh juices. For an extra AED75 per person, they’ll happily pour you three servings of a mixed beverage.
When: 10am-2pm, every Friday and Saturday
Where: Bistro des Arts, Dubai Marina
Price: From AED99
Contact: +971 4 551 1576, website

Lazy Grazing Feast
This spot at City Walk’s La Ville Hotel isn’t just another steakhouse in the city. It’s one that will leave you extremely satisfied with its classic dishes that are served with a dash of creativity. If you’re looking for a relaxed weekend meal, make your way here on a Saturday for a three-hour slot (anytime between 1pm and 6pm) of pure gluttony. The best part: you don’t have to leave your seat. You’ll be treated to a delicious selection of meat and seafood dishes that will be served right to your table. The secret to getting the best bang for your buck is to pace yourself.
When: 1pm-6pm, every Saturday
Where: Graze, La Ville Hotel & Suites
Price: From AED199
Contact: +971 54 309 5948, website

Garden Brunch
It’s worth a visit for reasons more than one. Commonly referred to as Dubai Opera’s first restaurant, the contemporary brasserie by Australian based chef Sean Connolly offers the perfect weekend afternoon getaway with its Friday brunch. Tucked away in the secret garden on the rooftop which offers an up-close view of Burj Khalifa, diners will be treated to great food, good music and seamless service. The sharing plates concept only means you get to try a little bit of everything – sashimi salad, beef tenderloin and pasta are just some of the dishes on offer. We particularly like the oyster station.
When: 12pm-4pm, every Friday
Where: Sean Connolly, Dubai Opera
Price: From AED390
Contact: +971 4 362 7312, website

The Axe Brunch
Replacing JLT hotspot Cocktail Kitchen, craft hops bar Axe House’s Friday brunch boasts a mixed beverage pop-up bar, a monthly changing menu and a sharing concept of fresh market dishes. While you dig into yummy platters – we’re talking dishes such as jerk chicken wings, Halloumi churros, lamb kebabs, mackerel pate all of which are served to you table – the resident DJ will be spinning feel good beats. For dessert, there’s sweet treats like berry Eton mess, sticky toffee pudding and apple and cinnamon crumble. We like.
When: 1pm-4pm, every Friday
Where: Axe House, Armada Blue Bay
Price: From AED250
Contact: +971 4 399 9577, website

Barrel Brunch
Make your way to the city’s newest tapas spot, L!QD Dubai,  for a Friday brunch that promises an Ibiza meets Coachella vibe. The venue’s Friday brunch includes unlimited tapas and beverages. (Psst…be quick to stock up your barrel so you don’t have to wait for your drinks.)
When: 1pm-4pm, every Friday
Where: L!QD Dubai, Tryp by Wyndham
Price: From AED199
Contact: +971 4 455 1628, website

Soho Garden
Already winning a fan base for its top-notch entertainment, Soho Garden’s Friday brunch is quickly becoming popular too. The city’s top DJs take to the decks alongside international acts while bartenders create some crazy concoctions. While food isn’t the main focus, the venue does serve up some amazing light bites that range from sandwiches to salads to fried goods.
When: 1pm-5pm, every Friday
Where: Soho Garden, Meydan
Price: From AED450
Contact: +971 56 822 2559, website

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