8 new brunches to try in Dubai
1. Jukebox Brunch
Following the tremendous success of its Friday brunch (it’s so good, it won our ShortList Best New Brunch award) the venue has decided to launch yet another brunch! This one will be on Wednesdays from 8pm-11pm. Much like its Friday feast, it will be offering three magical hours of food and drink, along with plenty of karaoke. Unlike its Friday offering, guests will be able be belt out karaoke songs with the rest of the crowd. If you’re shy, don’t worry, you can still rent out their private pods or just sing along on a massive inflatable mic.
When: 8pm – 11pm, every Wednesday from July 12
Where: Lucky Voice Dubai, Grand Millennium Hotel
Price: From AED150
Contact: 800 58259, website
2. OKKU Friday Brunch
The chic family-friendly brunch kicks off at 12.30pm with pre-drinks and a generous serving of oysters and crabs. Come 1pm, guests are guided to the main restaurant where they are then treated to a massive platter of sushi, sashimi and maki, as well as unlimited servings of signature O’style starters. After that, it’s time for the mains. Guests are free to choose one large main plate each, which according to Japanese dining customs, are meant to be shared. A lavish dessert serving of Fuji apple tart, chocolate brownies, passion fruit and ginger crème brûlée ends of the dining experience.
When: 12.30pm – 4pm, every Friday
Price: From AED299
Contact: +971 4 501 8777, website
3. La Familia Brunch
If the summer heat is putting a damper on your time spent outdoors, El Chiringuito might just be the answer. The chic laid-back venue’s Saturday brunch is not only great value for money, its outdoor space is also glass protected. Aside from uninterrupted views of the Arabian Gulf, guests can expect to enjoy a number of locally and internationally sourced Mediterranean dishes such as seafood paella, Cotoletta alla Milanese and Terrine octopus a la Gallega. Once the clock strikes 4pm, the venue takes on a livelier party vibe reminiscent to that found in the party loving island of Ibiza. El Chiringuito’s in-house DJ takes the decks while guests make their way to the temperature controlled pool.
When: 12pm – 4pm, every Saturday
Where: El Chiringuito, Rixos The Palm
Price: From AED395
Contact: +971 4 277 9180, website
4. Reset & Replay at Nikki Privé
A new Saturday brunch to get your teeth into on level one of Nikki Beach Club, Nikki Privé. From 1pm, you can dine on the expansive terrace either á la carte or part of the brunch package. Load up on quality seafood – the Admiral’s Steamboat is truly something if you’re feeling flush – and listen to some quality live entertainment. The weekend ends here
When: Every Saturday
Where: Nikki Beach, Pearl Jumeira
Contact: +971 4 376 6162, website
5. Why Wait Until the Weekend brunch
Every Wednesday night throughout the summer, The Black Lion is hosting a new evening brunch that features unlimited pizzas that have been inspired by the foodie scene in London’s East End. For just AED160 per person, diners can sit down to an array of pizzas with a string of inventive toppings and unlimited house beverages. There’s also entertainment from the resident DJ, whose sets veer from reggae to soul to hip-hop and classics.
When: Every Wednesday
Price: From AED160 per person
Where: The Black Lion, H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road
Contact: +971 4 359 2366, website
6. Gatsby Brunch
Travel back in time to the roaring 20s for a party that Jay Gatsby would be proud of. The Friday brunch kicks off with an unlimited supply of starters, followed by one main dish – all washed down with your beverage package of choice. Make sure you stay for the after-party from 4pm to 6pm.
When: 1pm – 4pm, every Friday
Where: Bazxar, DIFC
Price: From AED295
Contact: +971 4 355 1111, website
7. THE DEK on 8
Friday brunch is back at the poolside Dek on 8 for the summer – only it will take place in the evenings between 7pm and 10pm. The rebranded “sunset brunch” will offer sharing trays of sushi, fresh grills, salads and desserts, and also includes a towel, pool access and entertainment from a DJ. Beverages will be unlimited, too. And all for AED250.
When: 7pm – 10pm, every Friday
Where: Media One Hotel, Media City
Price: From AED250
Contact: +9714 427 1000, website
For three glorious hours, guests are free to tuck into an array of international dishes that range from moreish homemade pasta, fresh seafood and a good old roast. Aside from free flowing drinks and mouthwatering cuisine guests will be treated to live entertainment provided by resident DJ Andy Swift and great views of the Dubai Marina. There’s an after party at Ynot from 4pm onwards for all those looking to celebrate well into the night.
When: 1pm – 4pm, every Friday
Where: Intercontinental Dubai Marina
Price: From AED299
Contact: +971 4 446 6669, website