In a city that’s larger than life, it’s no surprise that brunches in Dubai are bigger, more varied and generally more spectacular than you’ll find pretty much anywhere on earth. Leave the heat outside and treat yourself to a cool Friday tradition that Dubai has long made its own.
3 in-house restaurants make the ‘Bubbalicious Brunch’ outstanding on every level. Browse the deliciously eclectic Blue Orange buffet. Go Asian with superb noodle, susho and sashimi at Spice Emporium. Or savour traditional meat classics in the Hunters’ Room and Grill. Chinese acrobats and live bands complete the picture.
The Westin Dubai Mina, Seyahi, Al Sufouh Road +971 4 511 7136
2) Toro Toro
Latin America grooves come to Dubai at celebrity chef Richard Sandoval’s ‘Hola Hola’ brunches. And it’s a formula that’s delighted guests since 2012, celebrating the flavours of Brazil, Peru, Argentina and Colombia, plus sizzling ‘Chorrasco’ grills. Live bands and DJs plus Rum and Chacaça bars all add to the vibe.
Grosvenor House Dubai – D 94, +971 4 399 8888
Serving Japanese fare with an Arab twist, Nobu takes a different approach to many other restaurants – by choosing a single cuisine and excelling in it. Take your pick from the à la carte ‘High Brunch’ extravaganza including signature black cod in miso, chicken anticucho and yellow tail sashimi with jalapenos – finishing off with desserts to die for.
The Crescent – Atlantis, The Palm, +971 4 426 2626
A Friday Brunch prizewinner for many years, Traiteur and head chef Daniel Hoefler bring you the best of France in gorgeous surroundings complete with marina-view outside terraces. Live jazz and open kitchens all add to the entertainment with private dining rooms available for that special occasion.
Park Hyatt Dubai, Sheikh Rashid Rd +971 4 317 2222
The food is every bit as epic as the people-watching you’ll enjoy at the Ritz-Carlton’s Caravan brunch.Acolossal 15 cooking stations serve up your every heart’s desire – ranging from classics such as Eggs Benedict, to succulent baked lobster and dreamy leg of lamb. A five star experience in every sense.
The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai Marina JBR +971 4318 6150
6) Al Qasr
One of Dubai’s biggest brunches, the upscale Al Qasr (‘The Palace’) combines all the atmosphere and variety of its Arboretum, MJ’s Steak House and Al Hambra restaurants. If you find making dining decisions tricky, then take your time – there’s a multiplicity of stunning international options on offer here.
Madinat Jumeirah, Al Sufouh Rd, +971 4 366 8888
7) Zaman Alwal Restaurant
Discover the flavour of Old Dubai at the recently renovated Dubai Creek and Al Boom Tourist Village. This is where you can feast on Zaman Alwal Emirati specialties such as ‘kebab’ pancakes and ‘ballet’ noodles – enjoying Creek side views of the dhows below that are simply superb.
Umm Harare 2, +971 4 324 2664
Floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Creek make the perfect backdrop for Friday brunch at Legends – which does it all over again in the evening. Choose a little (or lots) of everything that takes your fancy – including sushi, seafood, pancakes and sizzling steaks.
Dubai Creek Golf Club, Deidra +971 4 295 6000
Take your seats anytime between noon and 11pm and enjoy a 3-hour journey of non-stop Italian cuisine and free-flowing drinks. This elegant, sophisticated setting is inspired by the glamorous Peck deli in Milan – with endless buffet starters complemented by à la carte mains, plus unmissable desserts and cheeses.
Armani Hotel +971 4 888 3888
The party atmosphere bubbles up here every Friday when an enormous selection of South-East Asian and Western food is served from some 20 live cooking stations. Its vibrant, contemporary setting is the product of award-winning New York design – just perfect for a global gastro tour.
Atlantis, The Palm, +971 4 426 2000