5 new Dubai brunches you have to try
Brunch, the gift that just keeps on giving. Just when you think you’ve feasted on every unlimited dish there is to offer, Dubai’s many haunts create more concepts to try. Be it a late night feast or an early indulgence, this list will cater to all your food needs.
Not one but two new á la carte weekend brunches have been launched at Marina Social at the InterContinental Dubai Marina. On Fridays, Jason Atherton’s restaurant is offering Share & Social while the following day there’s the Saturday Social. All of the dishes are based on sharing, and include restaurant favourites such as smoked sea trout, celeriac and apple remoulade and pulled lamb, sour dough pizza with basil pesto, chargrilled courgette and buffalo ricotta.
When: Friday’s and Saturday’s, 12:30pm-3:30pm
Where: InterContinental Dubai Marina
Price: Share & Social from AED315 and The Saturday Social from AED215
Contact: +9714 446 6664,
Mint Leaf of London
There’s a new á la carte brunch menu on offer at the upscale Indian restaurant in DIFC. It’s an extensive six-course menu, served tableside that features a range of chaats, mixed meat grills, traditional curries and, to conclude, a platter of desserts. You can order any dish you like any number of times. Our picks are the lamb kebab skewers with red pepper and roasted hamour.
When: Fridays and Saturdays, 1pm-4:30pm
Where: Emirates Financial Towers
Price: From AED195
Contact: +9714 706 0900,
Busaba Eathai Brunch
The Thai eatery in JBR, has launched a brand new all-you-can-eat á la carte brunch for Saturdays, which is available from midday all the way through to 6pm – practically sunset. The sleek, low-lit, wood-dominated interior offers all the classic Thai dishes you would expect – pad Thai noodles, green curry, pandang chicken, chilli prawns, lemongrass sorbet – in small, bite-sized portions. The idea is to allow diners to experience as many of Busaba Eathai’s dishes in one go, which sounds like a fantastic idea to us, especially with a price tag of just AED150 per person – including food, soft drinks and special Thai coolers. Spoiled for choice, almost literally.
When: Saturdays, 12pm-6pm
Where: The Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residence
Price: From AED150
Contact: +9714 428 1421,
The new Bench Brunch in The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai, which is available on Fridays and Saturdays, respects both the meaning and the spirit of the word, serving up a huge picnic-basket of rustic goodies on, as you might have guessed already, an enormous bench.
Instead of silver lids hiding congealing stir-fries, this is a sweep of perfect mid-morning fare: freshly-baked breads, cold cuts, pastries, salads, cheeses, sandwiches, fresh juices, desserts and fresh fruits – as well as freshly cooked mains.
It’s a novel concept that’s every bit in keeping with the venue’s real purpose. Owned and operated by the neighbouring Vida Downtown, The Pavilion isn’t a restaurant at all between Sunday and Thursday but a communal workspace for the city’s freelance creatives and office-less start-up types. It’s only on the weekend that the laptops and business plans are banished and the space turned – by chef Spencer Black and his team – into a relaxed eatery with a generous terrace and views over Burj Khalifa.
Where: The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai
When: Fridays and Saturdays, 10pm-3pm
Price: AED115 per person
Contact: +9714 447 7025
Sea Fu ‘s Beachside Brunch
Another new high-quality brunch is being launched at the Four Seasons Resort in Dubai. Sea Fu, the hotel’s signature restaurant, is offering a tableside brunch packed with Japanese delicacies such as okonomiyaki omlette, the Akami “pizza” with fresh tuna sashimi and an intricately crafted sushi platter.
When: Saturday’s, 1pm-4pm
Where: Sea Fu, Four Seasons Resort
Price: From AED295
Contact: +9714 270 7777