If brunches were an Olympic sport, Dubai would definitely be the gold medal winner.
As summer is almost over, Dubai residents are getting excited about is the thermometer dipping and brunches returning! We’ve rounded up a list of 10 favourites.
Words: Vanisha Rajesh
Tried and tested by us: Fumé, Pier 7
A classy brunch for a reasonable price? We’re left pleasantly surprised by this upmarket selection of comfort food brought straight to our table.
Generous portions from an extensive set menu set this laidback, good-value brunch a step above the rest. We particularly like the lamb chops, Angus beef hamburger and ubiquitous mac and cheese. Smaller plates of fried calamari with chilli sauce and buttermilk chicken nuggets really hit the spot and just when we think we’re full, a rich tiramisu coaxes us into one more spoonful.
Friendly staff are always looking to fill up your cup and bring extra dishes. Fridays at Fumé are busy, but not crowded and it is the perfect place to spend quality time with friends – and kids, who get their own play area – in a relaxed environment.
12pm-4pm. AED 199 including house and mixed beverages. Pier 7, Marina
Tried and tested by us: Brnch, Qwerty, Media One
All that’s missing is ‘u’. Did you see what they did there? Media One’s newest hangout has launched a Friday brunch that’s short on time but long on fun. Two hours of bottomless food and beverages are paired with an optional WhatsApp quiz and retro Atari games.
A sharing platter of chicken Scotch eggs, lamb sliders, prawn kebabs, salmon fishcakes and more are tussled over by our table of four, but the staff quickly note our favourites and bring more. The generous bowl of ‘muchos nachos’ are some of the best we’ve had. Main courses options change weekly, so you might miss ploughman’s cheeseboard and slow-cooked Arabic lamb with biryani rice, which are let down after the fantastic starters.
Full marks for an inventive dessert that’s whipped up table side and includes everything from jellybeans and creme caramel to macaroons and ice-cream. Not everyone has been served by the time brunch ends, but we’re not rushed to leave.
Music is a solid romp through 90s dance.
Qwerty, lobby level of Media One Hotel, Media City. AED 199 for bottomless food and beverages from 1pm-3pm. Add AED 99 to extend to 4pm. 055 124 9673.
Tried and tested by us: Best Dressed Brunch at Great British Restaurant, Dukes Dubai
We pile our plates with meaty king crab legs and freshly-shucked Colchester oysters. If your best bib and tucker allows, head for the deliciously succulent freshly carved roast beef and lamb, served alongside perfectly risen crispy Yorkshire puddings and all the trimmings.
Those with a sweet tooth will want to pull over at the enticing dessert station featuring a decadent chocolate fountain and sweet treats like miniature tarts. And it’s not British brunch without classic scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream.
Soft drinks AED 295, house beverages AED 395, sparking AED 445 and bubbly AED 545. Fridays from 1pm-4pm. DUKES Hotel on The Palm. 04 455 1101.
Tried and tested by us: Toro Toro at Grosvenor House
Rejoice, meat lovers, the Toro Toro Friday brunch is back. It heralds its arrival with the sound of salsa music, but this food-focused afternoon isn’t all about getting up and dancing.
The majority of the meal is served to our table – this is a brunch people go to for the food. Guacamole prepared table-side is served with fresh tortilla chips, before we browse a cold buffet of ceviches, tataki and heirloom tomato salad. Hot starters are served at our table and we particularly enjoy the crispy prawns and the lamb anticucho skewers.
Mains are delivered to via using a red/green card to show the server whether we still have space in our stomachs. After devouring succulent picanha, beef tenderloin, lamb rack chicken and prawns, we don’t think there’s any more room. Then waiter brings us a chocolate sphere filled with eatable flowers, chocolate brownies, strawberries and crispy chocolate pearls.
What happens next is for you to find out but what we can say is that this is a truly spectacular way to finish off this pan-Latin brunch.
Fridays, 12.30pm-4pm. Selected beverages AED 490, soft drinks AED 350. Grosvenor House Dubai. 04 317 6000.
Rüya, Grosvenor House
Rüya is re-launching its popular Friday brunch this September, after Chef Colin Clague’s Turkish Anatolian cuisine was a big hit with diners last season. Live stations serve cold starters, desserts and freshly-baked breads, while the main menu satisfies with rib eye, lamb cutlets and grilled sea bream.
Don’t leave without trying the gooey and totally more-ish Two Cheese Pide. If it’s cool enough, bite into it on the terrace with pleasant views over the Marina.
Start from AED 295 for food with soft drinks, AED 495 with house beverage, and AED 595 inclusive of bubbly. Fridays, 12am-4pm. Grosvenor House, Al Sufouh Road. 04 3999 123.
Wok and Roll brunch at Mr Miyagi’s
In the mood to sleep in late and still have delicious food and beverages? At this trendy new kid on the block, you can hit the snooze button and still enjoy four sharing platters of Asian-inspired nibbles, dim sum, Thai curries, katsu and mango sticky rice.
Wok-stars can add an extra hour of unlimited beverages at the adjoining Cobra Kai for only AED 100.
House package AED 275 and sparkling package AED 550. Fridays, 4pm-7pm. Level 9, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City. 04 420 7489
Feast at the Sheraton Grand Hotel
Lively open kitchen stations serve everything from North Indian-style pomegranate and tamarind chicken, to Indonesian beef rendang, Irish oysters to French Camembert, while a band plays soul, jazz and swing music. Praline, brownies, mud cakes and cookies take care of sugar cravings.
Kids are catered for in the Little Explorers’ Corner with colouring books and fun activities, to ensure a relaxing experience for parents.
Fridays, 1pm-4pm. AED 325 with soft drinks, AED 425 with house beverages and AED 595 with bubbly. Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road. 04 503 4444.
Everyone’s go-to luxury brunch is back with a bang from 29th September. Brunching regulars know the score – Japanese dishes done very well, with a fantastic spread of sushi and sashimi and robata and superb a la carte options.
The award-winning restaurant ends its Friday offering on a sweet note with a “deluxe dessert display” of banana cake and yuzu tart with soya milk ice cream.
AED 225 for kids under 12, AED 450 soft drinks package, AED 595 house beverages and AED 655 bubbly. Fridays, 12.30pm-4pm. Gate Village 06, DIFC. 04 425 5660
Besh Street Brunch, Sheraton Mall of the Emirates
Brunch at Besh transports diners to the hustle and bustle of an authentic Turkish market. Journey through the merchants’ stalls, sample succulent grilled meats, homemade pide and pastries fresh from the baker’s oven, followed by the fisherman’s catch of the day.
Listen out for the sound of the bell from the dondurma cart and finish up with traditional Turkish ice-cream. Little Besh fans can enjoy the dedicated children’s play area.
AED 195 soft beverages and AED 295 house. Fridays, 1pm-4pm. Besh Turkish Kitchen, Level 5, Sheraton Mall of the Emirates. 04 377 2353.
Karnival Brunch at Nine7One
Promising a carousel of trendy cuisine, the new Karnival brunch wants to put the fun into Fridays.
Sample bite-sized dishes like foie gras macaroons, corn on the cob topped and Manchego cheese lollipops, before getting seriously stuck into the main courses. We can’t wait to try ‘The Elvis’ – a heady fried smush of peanut butter and banana that was reputably Elvis Presley’s favourite sandwich. Other gluttonous options include skewered crumb fried ravioli and coconut crusted fried shrimp on stick with tangy tomato dip.
Kids have their own candy cart, with Oreo churros and a flavoured chocolate fountain.
AED 299 for kids above 4 years old, AED 399 house beverages and AED 599-AED 799 for bubbly packages. Fridays, 1pm-4pm. Level 1, The Oberoi Dubai, Business Bay. 04 444 1407.