Your guide to the Dubai’s best brunches

Anise at InterContinental DFC
With over eight live cooking stations, Anise’s Friday brunch lets you indulge in delicious flavours from around the world. Plus, there’s a counter with the freshest cold seafood (crabs, oysters, lobsters), tasty sushi and different types of cheese served with crackers, breads and apricots. Priced at Dhs 275 and Dhs 375. Available from 1pm to 4pm. Call 04-7011127.

Brasserie 2.0 at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa
It’s a feast for all senses as this Friday buffet offers dishes from four corners of the world. Live stations include one with grilled surf and turf options and a pizza oven. There’s a fresh seafood counter and juice and smoothie bar. Post brunch, the party continues at Le Deck with happy hours from 5pm to 8pm. Priced at Dhs 400, Dhs 525 and Dhs 725. Available from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. Call 04-3165550.

The Restaurant at Address Boulevard
Inspired by the French Riviera, this Friday brunch will include warm and cold dishes such as pissaladière, bouillabaisse and salade niçoise. To satisfy the sweet tooth, there’s a lemon meringue pie and the Saint Tropez tart. A band will play French songs, and guests who take the Dhs 525 package will be given pool access. Semble amusant (sounds fun)! Other packages at Dhs 325 and Dhs 425. Available from 12pm to 4pm. Call 04-8883444.

Bread Street Kitchen at Atlantis, The Palm
Mirroring Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen in London, the Dubai venue offers the same delectable British European cuisine along with classic and innovative beverages. Starters are served sharing style followed by a British roast or catch of the day for mains. Save some room for the signature desserts. Priced at Dhs 95 (child), Dhs 225 and Dhs 335. Available from 12.30pm to 4pm. Call 04-4262000.

Casa de Tapas at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
Modelled on traditional rustic Bodega style venues found in the alleyways of Madrid, Casa de Tapas’ Friday brunch is a Spanish feast. While the band plays rumba flamenco, guests can dive into pans of paella as well as hot and cold tapas, a selection of cheese, pintxos and cold cuts. Priced at Dhs 199, Dhs 249 and Dhs 299. Available from 12.30pm to 4pm. Call 04-4161800.

Bazxar at Precinct building 4, DIFC
This ‘bazaar’ (marketplace) is a foodie’s delight with various sections offering different cuisines. At The Gatsby Friday brunch, diners get unlimited starters, a choice of one main (options include a wok dish, pasta, burgers or their signature short ribs or miso-glazed cod) and one dessert (a heavenly tiramisu, fluffy cheesecake or freshly baked cookie with ice cream). Priced at Dhs 295, Dhs 395 and Dhs 495. Available from 1pm to 4pm. Call 04-3551111.

Original Wings & Rings at Liberty House, DIFC
If you’re after a casual Friday brunch, this American sports bar ticks all boxes. With packages starting from Dhs 100, this is perhaps the most reasonable one from the lot. Food is brought to your table - we’re talking one appetiser, one main and unlimited beverages. You can also opt for the unlimited food package at Dhs 249. With 20+ TV screens and arcade games at the venue, you’re assured a good time. Available from 12pm to 4pm. Call 04-3596900.

La Cantine du Faubourg at Emirates Towers Hotel 
French import La Cantine’s Saturday brunch is a breakfast-meets-lunch affair with a variety of eggs, breads, viennoiseries paired alongside cold dishes such as salads and ceviche and hot options such as gratin and risotto. To end the feast there’s profiteroles, tiramisu and cheese platters. If there’s one thing you need to know: you’ll love it, trust us! Priced at Dhs 250, Dhs 380 and Dhs 495. Available from 12pm to 4pm. Call 04-3527105. 

Miss Lily’s at Sheraton Grand Hotel
Almost impossible to get in without a booking, this Caribbean hotspot gives you the food (from kale salad to fried chicken), beverages (that can be quite lethal for daylight hours), music and atmosphere it is popular for through the week at its Summer Blazin’ Friday Brunch as well. Tip: take a walk around to admire the wall art and quirky decor. Priced at Dhs 250 and Dhs 390. Available from 12pm to 5pm. Call 04-3544074.

The Croft at Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites
Synonymous with delish British pub grub, The Croft will be launching its Friday brunch on the 15th. Inspired by cultures and tastes across the Commonwealth, the five-course meal includes Australian salads and dips, Asian appetisers followed by popular dishes such as butter chicken, prawns and fish and chips before ending at the dessert station with tasty traditional treats. Priced at Dhs 399. Available from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. Call 04-3194000.

Delphine at H Hotel 
Step back in time with the Hollywood brunch every Friday. At first it might feel strange having brunch in (sort of) the lobby of the hotel, but once you’ve come to terms with that…you’re in for Gatsby style entertainment (courtesy a live singer), while you sip on an unlimited selection of beverages and indulge in a buffet of cold seafood, salads, cheese. For appetisers and mains, there are delicious à la carte options before a finale of decadent desserts. Priced at Dhs 265 and Dhs 425. Children below the age of 12 pay Dhs 145. Available from 12.30pm to 4pm. Call 04-5018623.

Mezzerie at Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
Every Friday, step into a secret garden where you can enjoy dishes created with seasonal ingredients from Waldorf’s organic garden. The specially curated summer menu includes seafood, grills, a selection of French raw milk cheeses, freshly baked pies and the famed Waldorf salad. Guests can sip on refreshing beverages or flavoured water from the water bar. Priced at Dhs 345, Dhs 425, Dhs 725. Available from 1pm to 4pm. Call 04-8182222.

Red Lion at Metropolitan Hotel Dubai
An institution from the 70s up until it closed in 2012, this English pub is back. And if you’re going to visit, no better way than its Saturday brunch which offers unlimited house beverages along with burgers, gammon, fish and chips and other pub favourites. Pick a booth along the wall and be prepared to enjoy a traditional pub style afternoon. If watching sports isn’t your thing, there’s a darts board and snooker table as well. Priced from Dhs 159 onwards. Available from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. Call 04-3430000.

Mint Leaf of London at Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC
If you have an interest in Indian food, book yourself for this Thursday night brunch. Our recommendation: request a seat by the massive window for prime views of Burj Khalifa and the skyline. Diners can begin the brunch anytime between 7pm and 10pm, and for Dhs 295, they get a three-hour food and beverage package with dishes such as chaats, kebabs, curry and dal included. Leave some space for desserts such as ras malai cheesecake and gulab jamun. Plus, the service won’t let you down. Call 04-7060900.

Bombay Brasserie at Taj Dubai
Taj’s signature restaurant provides a dining experience with a sprinkle of drama with its open kitchens, elaborate art work adorning walls and botanical bar concept. Friday brunch, with an unlimited seven-course menu paired with handcrafted concoctions, takes diners on a culinary journey through India. Priced at Dhs 250, Dhs 395 and Dhs 545. Available from 1pm to 4pm. Call 04-4383100.

Loca at Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa
Be prepared for a massive five hours of feasting with Loca’s Friday brunch including Mexican favourites such as huevos machaca, kingfish fajitas as well as slow-roasted ribs and to die for desserts. Priced at Dhs 270, including unlimited Mexican mixed beverages, house pour spirits, hops, grapes. Available from 12pm to 5pm. Call 04-3461111.

Garden at JW Marriott Marquis
Over 360 dishes at one Friday brunch. Do we need to say more? Besides being a culinary journey around the world, Garden’s Wanderlust brunch culminates at one massive party where diners are treated to a 20% discount on selected beverages as well as hip-hop, R&B, soul and funk tunes by a local DJ. Priced at Dhs 395, including food and beverages. Available from 1pm to 4pm. Call 04-4143000.

Lucky Voice at Grand Millennium Hotel
Looking for an excuse to party hard? Look no further. At Lucky Voice’s Friday brunch, you get large bottles of beverages and unlimited sharing style dishes brought to your table (each round named after song lyrics). Entertainment is the highlight here - each group receives an hour in the karaoke pods after their brunch, plus there’s a DJ, lip sync battles, group sing-a-longs. Priced at Dhs 195, Dhs 295 and Dhs 350. Available from 1pm to 4pm. Enjoy happy hours in the private pods from 4pm to 8pm. Call 800-58259.

Brasserie Quartier at The St. Regis Dubai
Known for its inventively modern French cuisine and bold entertainment, Brasserie Quartier’s decadent brunch is a three-part act which includes canapés perfect for sharing, main courses carved in style, and the most extravagant dessert display at the patisserie. Keep the corset away for this afternoon. Priced at Dhs 350, Dhs 450 and Dhs 650. Available from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. Call 04-4355577. 

ZOCO at The Atrium, Al Habtoor City
The restaurants at The Atrium might leave diners spoilt for choice, but it’s ZOCO’s brunch that’s the star here. Besides a Latin band that will ensure your Friday starts on the right note, there’s a mix of Latin American and Asian fare on offer alongside a South African meat station and finger-licking good desserts. Priced at Dhs 250, Dhs 350 and Dhs 420. Children aged 6 to 12 pay half price. Available from 12.30pm to 4pm. Call 04-4370044.

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