We’ve all been there, when we have a birthday to celebrate, or a long overdue get together to arrange, or have friends and family visiting from overseas, or even simply want to go out and grab some great food, in a fun atmosphere and enjoy time with our nearest and dearest, the default option is “Let's do a brunch!" With so many options across different cuisines and now over more times and days than just Friday afternoons, we really are spoilt for choice. If you are in the throes of planning a brunch for one of those special occasions, or have decided that this weekend you will treat the family, we have looked around Dubai and picked some of what is on offer to make your choice that little bit easier. Whether it is party brunch in the evening or a relaxing pool side brunch with activities for the children you are looking for, our pick should give you some ideas and options.
Alpine Brunch M’City At Bytes Restaurant, Grand Plaza Movenpick Media City
From the Alpine mountains to M’City, Grand Plaza Mövenpick Media City has designed an alpine brunch experience where guests can discover a highland escape with authentic alpine flavors at Bytes restaurant beginning at 12.30pm and lasting until 4pm. The food choices range from a European cheese station to a truffle parmesan station with fresh pasta finished in the parmesan wheel and a lavish dessert station. Packages start from Dhs 249. Call 04-5257777.
Friday Family Brunch At BiCE Ristorante
The Italian restaurant, BiCE Ristorante’s brand-new Italian brunch serves the classic food with a modern twist. The brunch features all the classics and house favourites, such as the traditional burrata, panzanella, slices of pizza and home-made, fresh, Italian breads with a live pasta station. Every Friday from 12.30pm to 4pm. Packages start from Dhs 250. Call 04-3182520.
Fork And Cork Friday BrunchAt Crescendo
This Friday brunch at Crescendo located inside the Anantara The Palm Dubai offers a wide range of cuisines including Arabic, Chinese, Indian, South American, Japanese as well as a live beverage and dessert counter, alongside a dedicated kids corner, candy station, and a ton of other fun activities. The seating is spread across indoor as well as outdoor by the pool. Timings are from 1pm to 4pm. Packages start at Dhs 365. Call 04-5678304.
ArribaArriba Brunch At ZOCO
Kickstart your weekend with your brunch squad at a pocket-friendly price at ZOCO’s Arriba Arriba Brunch. Every Friday, enjoy the Mexican fiesta as this family-friendly brunch creates a delightful surprise for all discerning palates with an authentic Mexican spread from 12.30pm to 4pm at The Atrium, Al Habtoor City. Packages start at Dhs 225. Call 04-4370044.
Thursday Evening Brunch At Bukhara
Nazakat brunch at the Indian restaurant in Grayton Hotel Dubai consists of the chef's choice of bestselling kebabs, gravies and a whole lot of other lip smacking delicacies from the kitchen of Bukhara, in an all you can eat brunch. Every Thursday from 7pm onwards. Packages start from Dhs 249. Call 04-4010000.
The Bvlgari Yacht Club Friday Brunch
The Bvlgari Yacht Club Friday Brunch is a culinary affair with a unique fish and seafood à la carte menu that could be savoured while listening to some live music and admiring the magnificent yachts on the marina. A destination within a destination, the brunch provides a full-day access to the shimmering Yacht Club pool and Little Gems Club to make Fridays feel like a staycation. Packages start from Dhs 350. Call 04-7775433.
Fabulous Friday At Ricetta
The Italian brunch at Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai’s Italian Restaurant Ricetta includes a variety of starters, hearty salads, main course and mouthwatering desserts with unlimited soft beverages. Every Friday from 12pm to 4pm. Packages start at Dhs 99. Call 04-3977444.
Festa Italiana Evening Brunch At Positano
Sample an extravaganza of specialties of coastal Italy, a region overflowing with antipasti, handmade pasta cooked à la minute and a dessert room filled to the brim with all Italian classics such as panna cotta, gelato, cassata and other delicious sweet bites at Positano in the JW Marriot Marquis every Sunday and Thursday from 6pm to midnight. Packages start at Dhs 180. Call 04-4143000.
Geales Family Friendly Saturday Brunch
This family friendly brunch at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa features four unlimited courses of fabulous British classics all served to the table, a vast traditional sweet shop and endless activities to keep the children entertained including face painting, arts and crafts and a bouncy castle every Saturday from 12pm to 4pm. Packages start at Dhs 195. Call 04-3165550.
Hellicious Brunch By Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen
Taking place every Friday from 12:30pm to 4pm at the second Hell’s Kitchen at Caesars Bluewaters Dubai, the Hellicious Brunch offers brunch-goers a fiery experience with an array of multi-Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay’s signature dishes alongside a series of live cooking stations, alfresco pop-up stalls and live entertainment. Packages start at Dhs 350. Call 04-5566666.
Hidden Brunch At Treehouse And Tesoro
The Hidden brunch at Taj Dubai, takes Friday brunching to great heights. The offering boasts multiple live cooking stations from barbecue to sushi, mixing up the selection, offering something for everyone. The culinary delights are perfectly accompanied by a wide range of beverages, set effortlessly against the backdrop of retro tunes and contemporary deep-house hits. Every Friday from 1pm to 4pm. Packages start at Dhs 324. Call 04-4383100.
BBQ Brunch At NAMU, V Hotel Curio Collection By Hilton
Start your weekend the right way with unlimited Korean BBQ. Sit back and soak in the views over Dubai Water Canal while the 10-course signature menu is served to your table. Every Thursday night, 3 hours, from 7pm. Packages start from Dhs 249. Call 04-4355577.
OPA Rhodes Friday Brunch
Indulge in a big fat Greek brunch with a plate-smashing Mediterranean feast paired with Greek-inspired mixed drinks, foot-tapping Zorba dancing and live entertainment. The four-course brunch menu includes warm baked bread alongside the signature dips if spicy feta, hummus, tzatziki and taramasalata, hot starters of grilled Cypriot halloumi, refreshing Greek salads, enticing mains such as steamed sea bass fillet, pastitsio, moussaka, and an assortment of heavenly Greek desserts to finish off. Brunch runs from 12pm until 4pm. Prices start at Dhs 350. Call 04-3570557.
"Paris, Paris" At BQ - French Kitchen And Bar, Habtoor Palace Dubai, LXR Hotels And Resorts
Celebrate the start of the weekend with an evening of incredible French food, live music and wonderful ambiance of a modern Paris brasserie. An authentic five-course evening brunch with all-time French favourites like Soupe À L'Oignon, Bouillabaisse, Pain Perdu, and many more. Available every Thursday from 7pm to 11pm. Packages start from Dhs 225. Call 04-4355577.
Market Brunch At Seasons Restaurant- Pullman Dubai Jumeirah Lakes Towers
The elevated Market brunch at Seasons will offer a spectacular spread where the chef's main courses and will take you for an exquisite culinary journey of live grilled stations, buckets of fresh seafood, live cooking stations and more. Every Friday 1pm to 4pm. Packages start from Dhs 149. Call 04-5671154.
Raffle’s Friday Market Brunch
Raffles Garden, the 1,500 square metres outdoor oasis of greenery transforms into a weekly food festival with outdoor cooking stations market style, music and kids entertainment every Friday. Live cooking stalls feature British, French, Italian, Arabic and Asian specialties, including live barbecue serving up steaks, ribs, gourmet burgers, hot dogs, grilled seafood and a tandoori station, freshly made crepes, waffles, ice cream and so much more. Parents can enjoy the brunch as the little ones have a fun time in a dedicated kids entertainment area with arts and crafts and a bouncing castle. Prices start at Dhs 249. Timings are 1pm to 4.30pm. Call 04-3248888.
Seagrill Bistro Brunch
Chic, modern and located next to the beach with gorgeous views of the Dubai Marina skyline, the Seagrill Bistro at Fairmont The Palm’s Friday brunch offers a selection of Mediterranean and European inspired signature dishes within a lively yet laid back atmosphere. Guests can enjoy the pool and beach access pre and post brunch. The Seagrill Bistro brunch is available every Friday between 12.30pm and 5pm. The pool and beach access is provided from 10am to 7.00pm. Packages start at Dhs 345. Call 04-4573457.
18°East Brunch At Skafos, Zabeel House Al Seef
Enjoy a mouth-watering array of Mediterranean dishes with fun activities for kids (free for kids under five!) and music by resident DJ. The delicious Mediterranean dishes are designed for sharing. Don’t miss the succulent Paella Valenciana! Every Friday from 1pm-4pm. Packages start at Dhs 250. Call 04-7077077.
Family Fun Brunch At Sloane’s
Dubai’s finest all-day dining restaurant at Grosvenor House Dubai has a family friendly brunch, perfect for those looking to enjoy quality food and endless activities to keep the children entertained. From an impressive seafood buffet, offering crab, mussels, oysters, prawns and more, through to an interactive risotto and pasta trolley. This Friday treat is a food lover’s dream. Every Friday from 1pm to 4pm. Packages start at Dhs 395. Call 04-3176000.
Studio One Hotel Sleepover Brunch
The Sleepover brunch offer at Studio One Hotel includes a 5 hour brunch at Larte, an Italian restaurant, six after-brunch drinks, (3 per person) at BOHO and a night’s stay at the hotel. The package is priced at Dhs 599 for two. Call 800-788346.
City Brunch At The Market, Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City
Enjoy this family brunch featuring Chinese, Indian, Middle Eastern and Italian specialties prepared right in front of your eyes including a large selection of vegan options. Expect 17 food stations offering six different cuts of steak, foie gras, sushi and sashimi and barbecue bites alongside more than 40 different types of desserts. Kids are covered with a large supervised play area full of activities, including face painting, a movie corner, a PlayStation and cooking classes. Packages start from Dhs 300. Call 04-4355577.
Asian Quest - A Wild Party Brunch At Taikun
Located at Vida Downtown, Taikun brunch’s six live food stations will include a raw station, dim sum station, sushi station, salad station, and a drinks station. Sink chopsticks into sushi, ponzu-laced oysters, sizzling hot tempura, duck tacos, rice and noodle dishes, pan-Asian salads, and meat and plant-based yakitori. A special Ninja crew welcomes all guests and modern Geishas to set the floor on fire. Brunch packages start from Dhs 255. Every Friday from 12.30pm to 4pm. Call 04-4428383.
Friday Evening Brunch At Skyland, Stella Di Mare
With picturesque views of the Dubai Marina and Bluewaters, this brand-new party brunch will have you dancing into the weekend. Mouth watering live sushi stations, delicious cheese stations, and unlimited gourmet bites make up for good food options. To get the party started, DJs are on the decks playing some classic tracks. Every Friday from 7pm to 11pm. Packages start from Dhs 285. Call 058-1029406.
Plunge Brunch Friday At Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection
Feel the good vibrations with live barbecue stations and a buffet of international tasty’s all whilst enjoying an icy beverage while you plunge in the pool. Every Friday from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. Packages start from Dhs 290. Call 04-3995000.