Humidity is starting to hit an all-time high and even though DUBAI summers cease to surprise us, we still like to make the most of what there is to see and do in the city. Here, FACT brings you 22 of the best Dubai brunches for you to really beat the heat.
ALICI: BEAUTIFUL FRIDAYS
At Alici, the vibes are fresh from the South of Italy! Presenting an authentic brunch experience that will make you feel as if you are relaxing on the shores of Amalfi. The Beautiful Fridays brunch serves a range of raw seafood along with an oyster bar and à la carte menu every Friday between 1pm and 4pm. Dishes on the menu include a delicious selection of unlimited Crudo, antipasti, grilled meats, main courses and desserts surrounded by exposed Amalfi paintings and Capri inspirations. AED 395 (soft beverages), AED 495 (house beverages) and AED 595 (sparkling).
ASIA ASIA: THE SPICE ROUTE BRUNCH
With tranquil, panoramic views of the glittering Dubai Marina, indulge in a Pan-Asian brunch at the stunning Asia Asia. Every Friday, embark on an exotic and adventurous culinary journey along the ancient Spice Route, discovering flavours and aromas from the Far East through to the Middle East between 2pm and 5pm. The perfect place to spend your Friday amidst breathtaking Dubai Marina views and culinary delights. AED 400 (soft drinks), AED 500 (house beverages) AED 600 (sparkling) and AED700 (bubbles).
CAFÉ BELGE: FRIDAY AND SATURDAY BRUNCH
With its Art Deco design and traditional Belgian cuisine, Café Belge at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre transports visitors to the golden era of 1920s Brussels. Take a seat at a cafe table and end the weekend in style with brunch. Enjoy a wide selection of appetizers, main courses and desserts served family-sharing style, straight to your table. Brunch is available every Saturday from 12pm until 4pm. It is priced at AED 295 (soft drinks), AED 395 (house beverages), AED 495 (house beverages and Italian sparkling) and AED 695 (Belgian brew and French sparkling).
GO: Call (0)4 372 2323 for bookings and more information.
CASA DE TAPAS
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club’s Spanish-themed restaurant Casa de Tapas popular Friday brunch is back with social distancing guidelines in place. All dishes will be served to the tables, and entail multiple plates filled with Spanish classics, such as Casa’s favourites Gambas Al Ajillo (prawns cooked in garlic, smoked paprika and chilli), Croquetas Caseras De Setas (mushroom croquettes) and Patatas Bravas Y Alioli (fried potatoes with spicy Brava sauce and garlic alioli). Guests will also be served a Grand Paella; the super-size signature dish is prepared with the freshest seafood and catch of the day and topped with flavourful ingredients to give it some extra Spanish zest. Brunch runs on Fridays between 1pm and 3:30pm. AED 235 (food and sangria), AED 265 (house pours) and AED 295 (house pours and hops).
GO: Call (0)4 416 1800 for bookings and more information.
COYA DUBAI: FRIDAY BRUNCH
Brunch is back at COYA Dubai! The brunch is built upon established COYA Dubai favourites, including the main courses Arroz Nikkei, Papa Seca Coliflor, Pollo a la Parrilla, Costillas de Res, and Salmón a la Brasa. Each customer will also be served the full range of appetizers, side dishes and a dessert platter. Brunch now runs every Friday from 12:30pm until 4pm. AED 390 (soft package), AED 490 (house beverages) and AED 590 (premium package).
GO: Call (0)4 316 9600 for bookings and more information.
DISTILLERY: THE FRIDAY DISTILLERY BRUNCH
This Downtown Dubai gastropub introduces The Friday Distillery Brunch where diners can enjoy three-hours of unlimited food and beverages, all served to the table, in a laid-back setting, paired with the sounds of rock classics and the hits of today. From the menu, dive into tempting starters including wagyu beef tartare, popcorn prawns, a pound of wings flavoured to your liking, beef brisket fries with peppercorn gravy, spicy tomato bruschetta, or Caesar salad with veal bacon. A hearty selection of mains come next, ranging from juicy burgers and hotdogs to chilli con Carne, fish & chips, chicken Parmesan, and mushroom risotto. Traditional treats await for dessert, including New York cheesecake with strawberry coulis, warm apple crumble, and double chocolate mousse with fresh berries. Brunch at Distillery takes place on Fridays from 1pm until 4pm. AED 149 (soft beverages) and AED 279 (house beverages).
GO: Call (0)54 998 2003 for bookings and more information.
GARDEN ON 8: THE SOCIAL DISTANCING BRUNCH
For simple, social, fun on the coolest terrace in the city, visit Garden On 8 at Media One Hotel. Enjoy bar classics and craft hops accompanied by sports from around the world on one of the numerous big screens dotted around the venue. Garden On 8 brings brunch back with full social distancing standards, great grills and loads of refreshing beverages. Expect unlimited food, drinks and fun every Friday from 12pm until 3pm. AED 229 (house beverages) AED 299 (premium package).
GO: Call (0)4 427 1000 for bookings and more information.
GORDON RAMSAY HELL’S KITCHEN: HELLICIOUS BRUNCH
The Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen Hellicious Friday Brunch has returned and is open for bookings at Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai every Friday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. Renowned for a fiery feast of the highest standards, the menu is now available entirely à la carte with unlimited starters and desserts served directly at the tables and a choice of one main course per diner. While fans of the legendary Gordon Ramsay will be relieved to hear the most popular dish on the menu, Beef Wellington, is one of the main courses available to order, a whole host of culinary masterpieces have been created to start the afternoon with a bang and finish suitably sweet. AED 295 (soft beverages), AED 395 (house package) an AED 445 (sparkling).
GO: Call (0)4 556 6466 for bookings and more information.
LA CARNITA: El SECRETO BRUNCH
The Secret Parties gang bring all the best in food, drinks and atmosphere. No need to worry about the missing entertainment as the El Secreto Brunch have a selection of the best music to keep the party spirit alive. Enjoy a Mexican feast of four courses, from tacos to churros, presented in a sharing style brought to the tables brought directly to the table. Brunch runs every Friday from 1pm to 4pm. AED 275 (soft package), AED 375 (house beverages) AED 475 (sparkling) and AED 599 (premium package).
GO: Visit www.secret-parties.com for bookings and more information.
LAH LAH: FRIDAY BRUNCH
The pan-Asian kitchen and bar at Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens has reopened its doors, welcoming back neighbours and friends from around Dubai. The edgy venue is great from anything from after-work drinks to lazy family lunches, but we’re all about the brunch which is held on Fridays between 2pm and 5pm. AED 295 (soft beverages), AED 375 (house beverages) and AED 450 (sparkling).
LUCKY VOICE: BRUNCH IN LOUD
Bringing a unique nightlife and private karaoke experience to the city. With or without the karaoke, Lucky Voice Dubai has all the ingredients for a great time! From live music and interactive entertainment to a catalogue of 15,000+ karaoke songs, this is a brunch with a difference. Every Friday from 2pm until 5pm. AED 195 (soft beverages), AED 250 (house beverages) and AED 350 (sparkling).
MAMA ZONIA: SECRET JUNGLE BRUNCH
A Secret Jungle has been found in Mama Zonia, on the 2nd Floor of Pier 7 right in the heart of Dubai Marina. Feast on lavish international starters, mains and dessert which are served sharing style on all tables, while the Secret Parties music mix plays throughout the brunch. Live entertainment isn’t currently allowed, so the pesky gorilla won’t be sneaking up on guests causing trouble. Still, there will be music, delicious food and amazing mixed beverages in true Secret Parties style. Brunch takes place every Friday from 1pm to 4pm. AED 275 (soft package), AED 375 (house beverages) AED 475 (sparkling) and AED 599 (premium package).
GO: Visit www.secret-parties.com for bookings and more information.
MCGETTIGAN’S JLT: FRIDAY BRUNCH
Dubai residents will be able to once again, enjoy the time-honoured tradition of brunch! Customers to McGettigan’s JLT can enjoy unlimited breakfast bites, small plates, and main courses, from blueberry pancakes, crispy calamari and cheesy arancini balls to butter chicken curry, rib eye with potatoes and spaghetti Bolognese. If you have room, why not finish off with something sweet; the famous McGettigan’s sticky toffee pudding, lemon tart or ice cream and wash it all down with six house beverages of your choosing. The Friday Bruch at McGettigan’s runs from 7pm to 10pm on Thursday nights or from 12pm until 3pm on Friday lunchtimes. AED 299 inclusive of six House beverages.
GO: Call (0)4 356 0560 for bookings and more information.
NOBU: WEEKEND BRUNCH
Nobu offers a brand new weekend brunch, taking place every Friday and Saturday between 12pm and 3pm. The Nobu Weekend Brunch brings together some the world-renowned Japanese restaurants’ signature dishes including the famous black cod yuzu miso, chicken and avocado tacos, yellowtail jalapeno, shitake salad with truffle dressing and assorted Nobu sushi and rolls. For those with a sweet tooth, desserts will include the celebrated mochi ice cream, Nobu cheesecake and assorted fruits. Packages start from AED 345 (soft beverages) and AED 435 (house beverages).
GO: Call (0)4 426 0800 for bookings and more information.
PRIME68: FRIDAY AND SATURDAY BRUNCH
Prime68 presents a new generation of steakhouse, where supreme quality ingredients are served in an elegant, yet modern style. Enjoy an afternoon feast above the clouds at Prime68 every Friday and Saturday from 1pm until 4pm. Dine on delicious Prime steaks or fresh vegetarian dishes from the seasonal a la carte menu while overlooking panoramic views of the city. AED 195 set-menu (soft beverages) and AED 345 set-menu (house beverages).
GO: Call (0)4 414 3000 for bookings and more information.
SOLO: SOLO GUSTO FRIDAY BRUNCH
Solo is the home-grown Italian restaurant at Raffles Dubai that is back with a new spin on Friday brunch. Solo Gusto is a flavourful family-style brunch that showcases Solo’s favourite dishes in abundant sharing portions and served in a relaxed, convivial setting. Offering everything from antipasti and carpaccio to pasta and pizza, it’s ideal for adults and children alike. The little ones will have a blast rolling out their pizza, choosing their favourite toppings and baking it in Solo’s authentic Italian wood-fired oven. Brunch runs every Friday between 1pm and 4pm. AED 199 (soft beverages), AED 299 (house beverages), children between the ages of 12 and 15 years dine at half price, and kids below 12 years eat for free.
STK, JBR: DARE TO BRUNCH
STK JBR’s modern, glitzy take on a traditional steakhouse brunch has fast-become the most sold-out brunch in Dubai for the glitterati and socialites alike. High-energy dining with a sophisticated twist, Dare to Brunch is the ultimate blend of food-meets-party. With two bars, a stunning lounge, classic dining area, and relaxed bistro, this weekly social dinner party is one for the diary. The three-course brunch offers Burrata to start, followed by choice of USDA Prime Fillet 200g, USDA Prime Striploin 250g, Roasted Salmon or Butternut Squash Penne for your main courses. We dare you to leave room for dessert, as rumour has it, you’ll indulge in Cheesecake, Choco Mousse and Crème Brulee. Brunch runs every Friday between 2pm and 5pm. AED 400 (soft beverages) AED 600 (house beverages) and AED 650 (sparkling).
TASCA: FRIDAY BRUNCH
From the streets of Portugal to the shores of Dubai, the Tasca Friday brunch at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai encapsulates the spirit of Portugal’s summer in a bright and vibrant setting, just a splash away from the sea. Guests can feast on an array of Portuguese favourites including a variety of seafood, flavoursome grilled meats and decadently creamy desserts. All dishes are served with imaginative flair and accompanied by a collection of signature drinks which perfectly complement the dishes and the setting. Fridays from 12:30pm – 4pm. AED 350 (soft beverages) and AED 450 (house beverages).
GO: Call (0)4 777 2231 for bookings and more information.
THE ELOQUENT ELEPHANT: THE CRUNCH CRAFT BRUNCH
Soak up the relaxed atmosphere of this friendly neighbourhood gastropub with an outdoor terrace. Take in the unique design features, such as lights inspired by jars and vintage style decorations. Brunch revolves around a menu of The Eloquent Elephant’s classic dishes offered a la carte with craft hops, mixed beverages and sparkling grape set against a background of 80s and 90s music. Start with a classic smoked salmon and scrambled eggs; build your own burger or indulge in a classic fish and chips for your mains, and then finish with an Eloquent sundae. Every Friday from 12:30pm – 4pm. Packages are priced at AED 199 (soft beverages), AED 249 (house beverages) and AED 299 (sparkling).
GO: Call (0)4 438 3131 for bookings and more information.
THE PENTHOUSE: SKYLINE MASK-ERADE
Get ready for one or two surprises heating up the rooftop! Dubai’s popular rooftop venue, The Penthouse has recently launched a brand-new evening brunch – social distancing
edition. Enjoy unlimited drinks and a three-course set menu featuring your favourite bites from the Japanese menu. Thursdays from 7pm until 9pm. AED 250 for ladies and AED 350 for gents.
GO: Call (0)52 900 4868 for bookings and more information.
Tong Thai: Thai Brunch
Book your table at JW Marriott Marquis’ Thai inspired Friday brunch for a rich and flavourful culinary journey through Thailand’s cuisine and culture. Serving a tantalizing three-course set-menu of your Tong Thai favourites, as well as some tasty Thai classics with a twist, all complemented with a selection of zesty, refreshing beverages. Every Friday from 1pm until 4pm. AED 195 (soft beverages), AED 345 (house beverages)
GO: Call (0)4 414 3000 for bookings and more information.
ZERO GRAVITY: THE LATE-LATE LUNCH
A terrifically tasty three-hours of unlimited a la carte starters, main courses, desserts and beverages that runs from 3pm until 6pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Beginning with a platter of fresh Burrata, sushi and smoked salmon crostini. You can keep ordering your favourites from the menu before moving on to the main courses, including BBQ beef short rib, truffled mushroom tagliatelli and teriyaki wings. Second and third helpings are encouraged, but try to save some space for a choice of desserts that includes the mixed berry tart and chocolate brownie with salted caramel. The attractive 3pm start means you avoid the midday sun and instead enjoy the late afternoon temperatures leading up to sunset, arguably the best three hours of the day at this time of year. The price for this unlimited sunshine feast is AED 199 for ladies and AED 249 for guys, including bottomless beverages.
GO: Call (0)4 399 0009 for bookings and more information.