8 Dubai brunches you have to try
Brunch is an institution in Dubai, but with so many to choose from, it’s difficult to know where to splash the cash. Here’s our round up of Friday free-flows that you should get yourself along to this month.
What: Mazina offers Asian, Arabic and European dishes to bring a huge variety of world cuisine. With live cooking stations and multi-cultural chefs, this one is ideal for families or big groups with lots of different taste buds to please.
Price: AED315 with soft drinks and AED440 with house beverages.
When: Fridays from 12.30pm to 3.30pm
Where: The Address Hotel, Dubai Marina, www.theaddress.com
What: Their new brunch package (Bubbles Grand Siècle) might just be the most expensive brunch in town, at AED2,900. Dishes include freshly caught lobster, prawns and plenty of other options for seafood lovers. There’s also meat such as roast beef carved at the table, and plenty of vegie options.
Price: AED450 with soft drinks, AED595 with select beverages, AED750 including bubbles and AED2,900 for the Bubbles Grand Siècle package.
When: Fridays 12pm to 4pm
Where: Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, www.jumeirah.com/pierchic
What: Pretty new on the Dubai brunch scene, the recently opened Forty Four is one for discerning diners. The set menu serves up 20 dishes on free flow, with as much bubbly as you like, all with the backdrop of a live band. Starting at 4pm, it’s perfect for those who like their weekends to get off to a slower start. The bistro and lounge will no doubt become renowned for its authentic French dishes.
Price: AED344 with soft drinks, AED495 with bubbly
When: Fridays from 4pm to 10pm
Where: Warwick hotel, +971 4 506 9890, www.facebook.com/Fortyfourdubai
Above at Sofitel Downtown
What: This street food style brunch at Sofitel Downtown offers a trendy vibe and views of the Burj Khalifa. The buffet includes a Wok station, freshly steamed dim sum, BBQ station and a wood fire pizza oven. It’s a party atmosphere, complete with a guitarist to serenade you through the afternoon.
Price: AED195 with soft drinks, AED295 with house beverages and AED495 with bubbly.
When: Fridays from 12.30pm to 4.30pm
Where: Sofitel Downtown, +971 4 503 6666, www.sofitel.com
What: Latin America is as renowned for fiestas as it is for food, so it seems natural for Mexican kitchen Tortuga to roll out a Friday brunch. Expect authentic dishes served at live cooking stations, while the likes of enchiladas and tacos can be made fresh to order. The fantastic spread is served up with a choice of over 80 Mexican-style drinks. Best of all, with a terrace on Mina A’Salam’s waterfront, it’s a winning location.
Price: AED265 with soft drinks, AED375 with house beverages.
When: Fridays, 12.30pm to 4pm
Where: Mina A’Salam, +9714 366 5866, JRGreservations@jumeirah.com
What: Set on the 25th floor of Jumeirah Beach Hotel, La Parrilla has a front row views of the Burj Al Arab and Arabian Gulf - #InstagramOpportunity. The Latin American menu rotates weekly, so you can go back multiple times without getting bored. Upon arrival, you can enjoy freshly made canapes and drinks from the bar, before sitting down to a table service brunch full of South American favourites like grilled meats and seafood.
Price: AED325 for soft drinks, AED425 for house beverages and sparkling.
When: Fridays, 12.30pm to 4pm
Where: Jumeirah Beach Hotel, +971 4 366 5866, JRGreservations@jumeirah.com
What: This place is so popular that they’ve decided to launch their brunch and run it on both Fridays and Saturdays. It’s easy to see why people love it – you can’t go wrong with rustic food from northern Italy and a terrace overlooking the Burj Khalifa Fountains. To kick things of, diners are welcomed with a platter of antipasti, followed by pasta and risotto. Mains include the likes of thinly sliced striploin and sea bass.
Price: AED225 with soft drinks, AED295 with house beverages.
When: Fridays and Saturdays, 11am to 4pm
Where: Ground Level of Souk Al Bahar, +971 4 363 8447
What: Join Spirito for a carnival atmosphere and plenty of Brazilian street food served in a sharing style. A la carte mains include the Lobo black angus steak with a special coco and chilli rub (our must try), and Cajun shrimp in a coconut stew. As well as the all-important resident DJ, there will be live entertainment including carnival dancers. It all sounds good, but our favourite part is that there are two sittings... we suppose if you're feeling paticularly brave you could do both the day and night brunch.
Price: AED450 including house beverages and sparkling.
When: Fridays, 1pm to 5pm and 8pm to 12pm.
Where: Level 9, Media One Hotel, +971 04 421 2679, www.spirito.ae