10 great Friday brunches to try in Downtown Dubai

Claw BBQ
Who can deny the satisfying feeling of digging into a plate full of crispy crustaceans?  This “All American brunch” at Claw Crabshack & Grill, with an in-house DJ and bar games like hops pong, delivers uncomplicated dishes of BBQ goodness that will fill you up in no time.
When: 12pm-3:30pm, Friday
Where: Souk Al Bahar
Price: AED199 with soft drinks; AED299 with sparkling grape
Contact: +971 4 432 2300,

Double Decker
This brunch has been a popular one for years for two consistent reasons:  1) it’s a bargain and 2) it’s always packed. Don’t expect a gourmet feast for that price, but all the staples are present and correct, plus the roast dinner is very decent.
When: 12pm-4pm, Friday
Where: Roda Al Murooj Hotel
Price: AED199 with house beverages (ladies) ; AED220 with house beverages (gents)
Contact: +971 4 321 4111, website

Downtown Toko
A good ol’ platter of sushi, sashimi and dim-sum in a lush garden cabana is always welcome on a Friday morning, and Downtown Toko delivers the goods. To get into that Asian food vibe, try the likes of sushi rolls, BBQ Hoisin chicken and Peking duck rolls.
When: 12pm-4pm, Friday
When: Vida Downtown Hotel
Price: AED190 with soft drinks; AED325 with sparkling grape
Contact: +971 4 442 8383,

Flavours on Two
With a 6am opening time, this one is for all those early birds out there. This family-friendly brunch has a number of live cooking stations, offering a wealth of dishes from around the world. On Fridays though, expect the flavours of Italy to delight your taste buds.
When: 6am-11.30pm, Friday
Where: Towers Rotana
Price: AED209 with house beverages (flavours from Italy)
Contact: +971 4 312 2202,

With one of the best tasting Peking ducks around, and it being a gathering spot for the most famous faces around London, Hakkasan’s brunch will make you feel like the celebrity you’ve always wanted to be. The menu is made up of modern Cantonese cuisine, the main idea is to share, but it’s hard to when each bite is filled with delectable flavours.
When: 12pm-4pm, Friday
Where: Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Price: AED199 with selected teas; AED299 with soft drinks; AED420 with house beverages, AED638 with bubbles
Contact: +971 4 384 8484, website

Alta Badia
Perched on the 50th floor of Jumeirah Emirates Towers, this brunch truly is the height of Italian cuisine. And not just because it’s so high up. Inspired by old recipes that use fresh, seasonal produce, the delightfully simple dishes compliment the spectacular views of Dubai’s lush skyline. The perfect backdrop to your meal.
When: 12.30pm-3.30pm, Friday
Where: Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Price: From AED260
Contact: +971 4 319 8771, website

Boulevard Kitchen
Levant Brunch is a mix of Middle Eastern fare with an extensive buffet that offers a range of dishes from Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and Jordan. And, adding to the authenticity, there is also the option to take shisha on the terrace.
When: 1pm-4pm, Friday
Where: Manzil Downtown
Price: From AED195
Contact: +971 4 423 8899,

The 1,001 Flavours Brunch is for those who like to dine in palatial splendour. It almost has as many dishes as the name implies, though  there is an emphasis on regional cuisine here. There is also a detox package if you want to really avoid the usual Friday afternoon excesses.
When: 1pm-4.30pm, Friday
Where: Ewaan, Palace Downtown
Price: From AED345
Contact: +971 4 888 3444,

Soho Garden 
Dubai’s latest nightlife spot has a Balearic brunch and after party. Taking its name from the famous Ibiza club, the Café Mambo brunch goes on right into the night with a party of epic proportions. On the food side of things, you can help yourself to Mediterranean dishes such as Crayfish Eggs Benedict, Wagyu Burgers and much more.
When: 1pm-5pm, Friday
Where: Meydan Racecourse
Price: From AED450
Contact: +971 56 822 2559,

Yalumba’s Brunchology 
Yalumba’s Brunchology is a little bit clever. This scientific brunch sees skilled chefs perfecting your fare at live cooking stations, piling your plate with hot and cold international dishes and pairing them with the finest beverage you’ll find across the city.
When: 12.30pm-3.30pm, Friday
Where: Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre
Price: From AED389
Contact: +971 4 702 2455,

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