8 new or improved brunches in Dubai
The line-up for Dubai’s brand new Electro Brunch has been announced and it sounds awesome. Launching on January 28 from 1pm to 9pm with German-born DJ and producer Marc Romboy headlining along with Shall Ocin. February 11 brings Digitaria from Brazil, with Baal is confirmed for March. You can expect a chilled out vibe with great food and DJs from different corners of the world.
Price: Brunch & ticket (soft drinks package) AED270, brunch & ticket (2 beverages) AED320, brunch & ticket (unlimited drinks) AED450.
When: Season one is a monthly event on January 28, February 11, March 11, March 25, April 8, April 22 and May 6.
Where: Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, +971 588086297,
Street Feast night brunch
The Black Lion is transforming itself into a street food spot every Thursday night. The Street Feast Night Brunch offers unlimited street food eats and house beverages for any three hour slot between 8pm-12am. It claims to takes its cues from London’s markets and offers bites from Indian, Chinese, Thai and Korean cuisines, including chicken tikka tenders, spinach dim sum with wasabi vegetables and short rib Korean buns with kimchi slaw and sticky sweet chilli. DJ Somalie will be on hand to entertain.
Price: AED285 per person.
When: Thursday, a three-hour slot between 8pm-12pm
Where: The Black Lion, H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, +9714 359 2366
Katana, the Japanese restaurant imported from Los Angeles in December 2015, was opened for just two days before the catastrophic fire swept through The Address Downtown Hotel on New Year’s Eve. Although it reopened in late April, what was meant to be an immediate fixture on the Downtown dining scene has been fighting to separate itself from the reconstruction going on above it. The food, presented in five successive waves of courses, is delicious, with modern Japanese hot and cold dishes. The terrace also gives a beautiful view of the fountains.
Price: AED285 per person with soft drinks.
When: Fridays, 1pm to 4pm
Where: The Address Downtown, Fountain Street, +9714 277 8808
Toko has had a couple of stabs at perfecting a Friday brunch concept in the last 18 months or so. The latest attempt, a brought-to-the-table set menu of kitchen highlights designed for sharing ought to prove more successful, especially at a sub-AED350 price point – particularly when enjoyed in one of the garden’s capacious cabanas. Expect the likes of sushi rolls, BBQ Hoisin chicken and Peking duck rolls.
Price: AED190 with soft drinks, AED325 with premium beverages
When: Fridays, 12.30 to 4pm
Where: Vida Downtown, Sheikh Zayed Road
St Tropez Brunch Nikki Beach
Get a feel for the Côte d’Azur with Nikki Beach’s new Friday brunch. With plenty of seating inside and out, you can soak up some sun at the beach club’s poolside menu with views of the Arabian Gulf.
Price: AED310 with soft drinks, AED395 with Cote d’Azur inspired beverages.
When: Fridays, 12.30 to 4pm
Where: Café Nikki, Nikki Beach,
Novikov Brunch Club
Having recently re-launched with a brand new menu, Novikov brunch is worth revisiting. It’s an a la carte menu which you can order one soup, appetizer, main and side, as well as selecting some dishes from the live cooking stations. While it’s probably not the kind of brunch that you will over-eat at, you can certainly expect high-end creative food from the Asian restaurant. Those who love seafood are in for a treat.
Price: AED340 for soft drinks, AED450 for house beverages and AED600 for premium
When: Fridays, 12pm-4pm
Where: Novikov Restaurant and Bar, Sheikh Zayed Road
Super Brunch at Zabeel Saray
With 18 live cooking stations featuring high-quality dishes, you can expect to indulge in oysters, artisanal cheese, and international favourites. It’s an extravagant affair, with live entertainment such as opera and a DJ (not both at once of course), to play you through the day. You’ll have to plan in advance though – the brunch is taking place on a monthly basis.
Price: AED525 per person.
When: For information about the next super brunch visit www.jumeirah.com/jzsbrunches
Where: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray