5 Friday brunches to try in DIFC
The Gatsby Brunch @ Bazxar
Revisit the Roaring 20s with this F Scott Fitzgerald homage in food form. Food includes slow-cooked short ribs, dynamite shrimp and a mean chicken katsu curry. Drinks are served bootleg-style in brown paper bags, and there’s also a resident DJ who knows how to create the requisite Speakeasy sass. You can even make your own hot dog courtesy of a 1920s-style attendant.
When: 1pm-4pm, After party: 4pm-6pm, Friday
Where: Precinct Building No. 4, DIFC
Price: AED295 with soft drinks (Prohibitionist); AED395 with house beverages (Moonshine); AED495 with bubbles (Gatsby)
Contact: +971 4 355 1111, website
Zuma Friday Brunch
This is one for fans of Japanese and Asian cuisine. Sample some of the city’s finest sashimi, maki, nigiri, skewers, Asian-style meat and more served á la carte surrounded by stylish people. If you’re bringing kids, there’s a supervised play area, too.
When: 12.30pm-4pm, Friday
Price: AED450 with soft drinks; AED595 with house beverages; AED655 with premium bubbles
Contact: +971 4 425 5660, website
Le Grand Brunch @ Café Belge
A brunch dedicated to the decadence of Belgium in the 1920s at Café Belge in the Ritz-Carlton. Expect to see oyster stations, steaming pots of mussels, a foie gras section and no less than 17 live cooking stations. There's also live entertainment to keep the feel of the 1920s roaring.
When: 12.30pm-4pm, Friday
Where: The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC
Price: AED295 with soft drinks; AED495 with house beverages and Italian bubbles; AED595 with premium bubbles
Contact: +971 4 372 2323, website
Dusty’s Departures Brunch
Back in its tried and trusted form: as soon as you’re handed your boarding pass to “check in”. The Dusty’s Airways crew can point you toward the food and drink – which beats airline food, hands down.
When: 1pm-4pm, Friday
Where: Al Fattan Currency House
Price: AED299 with soft drinks; AED300 with selected beverages; AED499 with bubbles
Contact: +971 4 354 5435, website
Buena Onda Brunch @ Gaucho
This brunch has been repackaged for the new season and now includes the ability to order some of the acclaimed dishes from the á la carte menu. Elsewhere, though, it’s still the same promise of great steak with a South American touch. Why not try the Ecuadorian ceviche with shrimp, roasted tomato and red pepper sauce, onions?
When: 12pm-3.30pm, Friday
Where: Gate Village 05, DIFC
Price: AED320 for soft drinks (The Asado); AED395 with house drinks (The Signature); AED495 with sparkling grape (The Virtuoso). They also have a one-hour extension package for AED100
Contact: +971 4 422 7898, website