The insititution that is the Dubai brunch keeps throwing up new options and new innovations every month. If you want to be able to finally stump the pros with a “Oh, have you tried that one at…” then get to one of Dubai’s newer launches. Fridays and Saturdays, fillet steaks to sushi, mornings to evenings, practically every culinary base has been covered.
China Grill TOY Brunch
Where: China Grill Restaurant and Lounge, The Westin Mina Seyahi
How much? AED450 (with soft drinks), AED550 (with house beverages)
An eight course menu served up in a rather different manner makes up the theme of the China Grill’s new Friday brunch, with ‘bedazzled sushi art boats, graffiti dim sum trolleys and model car champagne carts’ making the delivery of your food nearly as enjoyable as eating it. The menu is set here, and as the name would suggest revolves around Chinese delicacies served in a playful manner. This is definitely one to visit if you’re a lover of sushi or other seafood, or if you just enjoy partaking in what’s become a Dubai tradition of having your drinks served with sparklers and a show.
Garden of Eden Saturday Brunch
Where: Eden Beach Club, The Palm
How much? AED350, AED495, AED595
Definitely in with a chance at the best brunch with a view title, the new Saturday brunch at EdenBeach Club allows you to enjoy your day while looking out over the Gulf. The club sits on the last frond on the Palm, offering almost unrestricted views across the water. The brunch here is complimented by live music in the outdoor setting, with the launch on the 21st February being played by Boot Slap. The sea side setting aptly serves great seafood, with sushi being delivered either to your table, or directly to you as you cool off in one of the private plunge pools. A nice change from the usual indoor settings, Eden offers a great spot to let your Saturday slip away.
Where: Cravin’ Cajun, Novotel Dubai
How much? AED195
The post-brunch-brunch is now officially a “thing”. The concept here derives, perhaps obviously, from the timeslot in which Cravin’ Cajun serves up its Creole cuisine, including the classics of southern fried chicken with waffles, Louisiana crab cakes and jambalaya. For your AED195 you also get your hands on unlimited house beverages, including in house designed cocktails like ‘The Hurricane.’ The whole theme is backed up with live jazz and blues music from the in house jazz trio.
Posh Nosh Brunch
Where: Geales Restaurant and Lounge, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa
How much? AED350 with soft drinks, AED500 with house beverages
A brazenly British brunch is on offer at Geales restaurant and lounge, offering what it describes itself as a “casual British seaside experience” – only substantially warmer, naturally. This is another set menu brunch, consisting of courses such as brioche and chicken-liver pâté, pea and mint gazpacho, poached eggs Benedict and of course some of the classics: Yorkshire pudding with roast beef, fish and chips, strawberries and cream and sticky toffee pudding. Sit inside in gastro-pub style seating, or outdoors on the terrace, overlooking the Royal Meridien with a nice glass of Pimms.
The Sass Brunch
Where: Sass Cafe, DIFC
How much? From AED300
Sass Cafe, the Monaco favourite that opened up in Dubai last year offers up its Mediterranean themed brunch every Saturday. A mix of favourite menu items and a menu just for the brunch is on offer, with the Monaco lifestyle being portrayed through such items as burrata with truffle honey and grilled peaches, and grilled lobster with truffle linguini. Following the end of the brunch, the cafe morphs into a piano bar with live piano entertainment late into the evening.
Le Plasir Brunch
Where: Frioul Bistro de Luxe, Madinat Jumeirah
How much? AED295 with soft drinks, AED395 with select house beverages
Another brand new brunch is added to the line up in Dubai, with Frioul Bistro de Luxe launching Le Plasir brunch on March 6th. The Madinat Jumeirah is already a favourite for both residents and visiting tourists, with its extensive list of restaurants and waterside walkways feeling slightly cooler when the temperatures reach summer levels. Le Plasir brunch offers up a French style menu, with all the usual offerings of meats, seafood and cold selections. The design of the restaurant itself fits right in with this, the tables and walls bathed in white with a spacious overall layout leading to a relaxed setting.
The Rib Room Friday Brunch
Where: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
How much? From AED350
The Rib Room is a British favourite, and fans will no doubt be glad to hear it now has a new brunch offering. The brunch here offers three separate menus to choose from, in the vein of the successful concept at the Armani Hotel. The first is the ‘Best of the Rib Room’ tasting menu, with six courses celebrating the best of British cuisine. The ‘Rib Room sharing menu’ offers five courses, designed for between two to four diners, and the final menu is the more classic brunch time ‘Choose your own’ with à la carte dishes from the Rib Room menu.
Little Suzie’s Diner Brunch
Where: Pullman Dubai Deira City Centre
How much? AED165 with soft drinks, AED195 with select house beverages
With the American Diner concept becoming more and more popular, judging from Shake Shack’s ascent to diner dominance and the cult following on in-n-out burger, it was only a matter of time before someone took it into the brunch arena. Here you get exactly what you expected, with burgers, fries, hot dogs and wings, as well as the classic breakfast selections of bagels, waffles and pancakes. It’s also family friendly, with a whole food section designated to the kids, which come in at a price of AED70.