You have one more Friday before Ramadan. How would you like to spend it? We would bet a few dirhams on a large chunk of Dubai’s expat population answering that question with just one word: Brunch!
It is a Dubai institution in itself, after all. Whether you prefer the foodie focused fine dining brunches where dishes are served at your table, a family brunch with pizza jugglers and a kids’ play area, or perhaps a full on party brunch with an endless spread of seafood, cheese, chocolate fountains, roast dinners and sushi all in one sitting. Whichever your preference, we have something lined up to fit everyone.
For a different spin on things, join all the hipsters at the uber trendy Cocktail Kitchen in the Armada Blue Bay hotel in JLT. Their Vinyl Brunch has quickly become popular since its recent launch, could it be because of the funky tunes played by their DJ on an authentic vinyl record player, or is it the contemporary Mediterranean cuisine served? We might even be bold enough and credit their popularity to the excellent drinks selection, which includes artisan cocktails handcrafted by their amazing bar team. Served from 1pm - 4pm, this grown up a la carte brunch is AED 195 with soft drinks, AED 345 with house drinks or add an extra AED 100 for a bubbly option.
If you are looking to squeeze the last juice out of the sun before the heat gets to you, Maya have a weekly brunch that includes all-day pool and beach access as well as an added bonus. What’s more, from 4pm - 8pm the after brunch happy hour kicks in, along with the DJ’s best selection of 80’s and 90’s tunes. Meaning you can spend your entire Friday here without running out of options! We should probably mention that Maya offers some of the most exquisite Mexican food in Dubai, so this is a brunch fit for a foodie. Brunch including soft drinks will set you back AED 350 while the tipsier option is AED 500 per person. Served 12pm – 4pm.
If you’d like to make your little ones the stars of the show, do bring the family down to Radisson Blu by Deira Creek this Friday for a great time! Relax and unwind as your kids are entertained by balloon-twisting clowns, cotton candy and kettle corn machines and a fun photo booth experience. Meanwhile, the hotel’s eight international restaurants take you on a gastronomic world tour that’s guaranteed to satisfy every taste bud. Best of all, this brunch, which is served 12.30pm - 4pm, is a bargain at just AED 149 (food only) for adults and FREE for all children below 12 years old.
Set across popular Italian eatery Rosso, Japanese restaurant Benihana and all-day dining destination Horizon, The Big Brunch features four hours of pure indulgence with over 100 dishes served up buffet style. In addition to several live cooking stations, guests are also invited wander inside Benihana’s kitchen to watch the chefs at work. For families, there is also a dedicated kids’ zone where your little ones will enjoy cartoons, entertainers, play areas and a special kids’ buffet. This brunch is served from 12.30pm - 4.30pm and with soft drinks is AED 235, with house beverages AED 355, with sparkling grape AED 495 and with premium French bubbly AED 690.
If you are seeking a foodie brunch in elegant surroundings, The Ivy is our favourite pick. It is certainly the most civilized brunch around but also offers great entertainment in the form of smooth jazz tunes to accompany the divine food. Guests can choose to opt for the four-course Table d’Hôte menu packed with breakfast and lunch favourites, or The Taste of the Ivy Degustation menu which takes you on an eight-course culinary journey through current and past The Ivy classics. At the end of your meal, the decadent cheese trolley pulls up table-side for you to make your selection. Either menu paired with soft drinks is AED 299, AED 399 with house beverages or AED 599 with bubbly. Served every Friday form 12.30pm – 4pm.
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