14 Saturday brunches to try in Dubai

The mark of a good Nikkei restaurant is its raw fish, and boy, does Aji have some good ones. Kick off this brunch with the signature ceviche dish served with raw sea bass, scallops and shrimp, which has the perfect blend of citrus and spice. As for main courses, if you have any space left after the ceviches, you have a choice of either a seafood platter with rice, a rib-eye steak with mashed potatoes or udon noodles served with tofu and red curry sauce. This is what Japanese-Peruvian fusion is all about.
When: Saturday, 12pm-4pm
When: Tiara Residence, The Palm
Price: AED290 with soft drinks; AED465 with house beverages; AED600 with bubbles
Contact: +971 4 552 0244,

Bushman’s Restaurant & Bar
Few places in Dubai keep such a relaxed vibe while maintaining superb levels of service, but we suppose it’s just the usual Australian work ethic at play here. Try a stack of dishes from Down Under from one of the many stations before choosing a main at this brilliant brunch. The deal  also includes an Aussie beverage of your choice. Other perks include great live music and freshly shucked oysters.
When: Saturday, 1pm-4pm
Where: Anantara The Palm Dubai
Price: AED250 with soft drinks; AED360 with house beverages; AED680 with bubbles
Contact: +971 4 567 8304, website

You would think that dining at Burj Al Arab wouldn’t be an affordable experience for most, but Scape offers luxury at a reasonable price. Sitting right at the back of the spectacular landmark, it’s set on a terrace perched next to the sea, so expect to be amazed by superb views of the gulf. Specials include sushi donuts, Angus beef tataki and burrata to start, which is followed by chicken and octopus, and glazed Baltic salmon for the main course. That said, the real star of the show is the dessert menu. With quirky ice cream sandwiches and doughnut cheesecake, your sweet-tooth will be aching for more. This sun-soaked brunch backed by high-profile views is the perfect excuse to act fancy.
When: Saturday, 12:30pm-4pm
Where:  Burj Al Arab Terrace
Price: AED495 with soft drinks; AED695 with house beverages AED795 with bubbles
Contact: +971 4 301 7600, website

Palm Grill
The beachfront restaurant offers one of the more bespoke settings for a Saturday brunch, with food and beverages to match. Chill & Grill is a casual affair where you can enjoy, as the name suggests, grilled goodness such as wagyu beef, succulent lamb, mouthwatering chicken and plentiful helpings of prawns and other seafood. All this, and a view to die for makes it a superb destination for your feasting.
When: Saturday, 1pm-4pm
Where: The Ritz-Carlton Dubai
Price: AED250 with soft drinks; AED375 with house beverages; AED380 five mixed drinks, grape and hops
Contact: +971 4 318 6150,

La Familia Brunch
This big brunch at El Chiringuito quickly established itself on the scene as one of the places to hang out on the weekend, which is no mean achievement considering the competition. Slick Mediterranean vibes, excellent food – try the veal Milanese and the fresh oysters as an example – makes this brunch an easy contender as far as Saturday brunches go.
When: Saturday, 12pm-4pm
Where: El Chiringuito
Price: AED395 with soft drinks; AED495 with house beverages; AED595 with premium drinks; AED695 with premium bubbly
Contact: +971 54 449 6464,

El Chiringuito

Catch Dubai
Taking its theme from trendy New York haunts, the restaurant offers a great alternative to the regular Saturday brunches. The Bonita Apple Brunch happens on the first Saturday of every month and invites guests to be transported to the super-chic NYC surroundings in its lush interior. Expect delectable seafood dishes and a plenty of sushi to choose from. Couple this with an incredibly varied selection of beverages to help you kick back and relax, and you’ve got a truly attractive Saturday package.
When: Saturday, 7pm-2am
Where: Fairmont Dubai
Price: AED250 with soft drinks; AED399 with house beverages; AED449 with bubbles
Contact: +971 4 357 1755,

Lazy Grazing Feast
Graze Gastro Grill is now putting on a brunch that lazy Saturday morning people can get on board with. Choose any three hour period between 1pm and 6pm and share a delicious selection of unique meat and seafood dishes.
When: Saturday, 12pm-4pm
Where: Graze Gastro Grill, CityWalk
Price: AED199 with soft drinks; AED299 with house beverages; AED399 with premium beverages
Contact: +971 54 309 5948, website

Barbary Brunch
If you like brunch that packs a bit more protein than most, Barbary has a menu that could pique your interest. Kick off the morning with some steak and eggs, because why have steak for dinner when you could have it for the most important meal of the day? There’s also a deli platter with a selection of three cured meats, cheese, pickled mackerel and seasoned fruits with jam. While Barbary’s brunch may be a bit meatier than most, there are steel-cut oats options with Greek yogurt and wild-berries, and buttermilk pancakes with poached peaches for vegetarians.
When: Saturday, 12pm-5pm
Where:  Wyndham Hotel Dubai
Price: À la carte menu, prices vary; AED47 for mixed drinks; AED38 for grape; AED39 for hops
Contact: +971 4 247 6688, website

Le Brunch at Sass Café
You get an extra hour to enjoy this legendary Monte Carlo export, which offers guests a taste of the South of France with its á la carte brunch menu – think burrata with truffle honey and grilled peach, risotto Milanese, linguine pasta with creamy black truffle sauce, seabass ceviche and free-flowing drinks. Then get ready for the DJ to turn it up and party down.
When: Saturday, 12pm-5pm
Where: Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC
Price: AED340 with soft drinks; AED490 with house beverages; AED690 with premium beverages
Contact: +971 4 352 7722, website

Saturdaze at 3in1
Perfect for the cosmopolitan crowd that love the bustle of the city, this chilled-out brunch boasts classic dishes like eggs benedict, pancakes, sliders and omelettes as well as healthy options like avocado on toast and salads. It’s the perfect way to relax before the week begins. The interactive detox juice bar is always a plus, especially for those who need a break from late night outings.
When: Saturday, 11am-3pm
Where: Vida Downtown
Price: AED139 for food, hot drinks, juices and one mixed beverage. AED100 for poolside cabana and pool access
Contact: +971 4 888 3444, website

Reset & Replay Brunch
Another Miami-meets Mediterranean affair. This Saturday brunch at Nikki Beach’s lush Privé may look a little more relaxed than the global Sunday bashes but it has the potential to get rowdy with its Apero Time happy hour between 4pm-7pm. Those are the prime times for people to sneak in a little fun before they head off home and get ready for work (or just continue to stay out).
When: Saturday, 1pm-4pm
Where: Nikki Beach Dubai
Price: From AED370
Contact: +971 4 376 6162,

Can a US theme convey anything other than unlimited amounts of finger-lickin’ good food on a weekend? No. Not for us anyway. Here, you can feast on smoked sliders, burgers, stuffed jalapeños, beef brisket, chicken wings and basically any kind of food that makes America the great dining country that it is.
When: Saturday, 1pm-4pm
Where: Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Price: AED275 with soft drinks; AED350 with house beverages
Contact: +971 4 432 3232, website

Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
A revamped, refined and extended Saturday brunch lies in wait for the new season at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE. You can choose to take your package on a beach bed on the shore, a couch on the open terrace or on a table in the restaurant, and they all come with excellent Mediterranean fare. If you’re looking for those sun-soaked vibes, upbeat tunes and people dancing all over the place, this is a Saturday party brunch that’s not to be missed.
When: Saturday, 1pm-4pm
Where: Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotels and Resort
Price: AED295 for restaurant seating; AED325 for beach and terrace; AED550 with premium bubbles
Contact: +971 56 113 3400, website
Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE

Bussola’s La Tavolata brunch brings a little slice of Italy to the Dubai, with traditional plates making up a fantastic menu. It’s an unlimited set brunch, so you can enjoy plate after plate of Italian-chef specials served in a funky tapas style with music from the DJ setting the scene brilliantly. There’s also amazing views of the Palm and the Westin beach and gardens. Casual, sophisticated, relaxed and earthy, this brunch exudes laid-back luxury.
When: Saturday, 2pm-5pm
Where: The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Price: From AED250
Contact: +971 4 511 7373,

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