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Best Brunches in Dubai

29 Apr, 2014 / Posted By Mayuri

The Dubai Brunch will probably, ultimately, be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural experience, much as the French have got their cuisine and Arts de la table listed. It must be experienced at least once by all who touch these sands, as it exposes the heart and soul of expat culture in Dubai (and the odd skeleton in the closet too). Besides that, it's actually a really good value way to gorge yourself silly.

If you don't know where to start, here's a list of my top ten Dubai Brunches. There's something in there for everyone - The kids, the party animals, the gourmets, the skint and the demure will all find a brunch somewhere that fits them like a glove. Have a look, choose your favourite, and in most cases you can book directly on RoundMenu by clicking the link alongside.

 

WestinBubbalicious – Westin Mina Siyahi

Best For: Complete indulgence for the family

This is the big one. The most spectacular buffets, and spread over three restaurants and the entire beach-facing ground floor of the Westin, inside and out. There are plenty of kids activities (often acrobats and a petting zoo amongst other things), but most leave them at home and fight over the lobster and free-flow Champagne. Can get messy. 390/490/650 AED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BladesAl Badia Golf Club – Blades

Best For: casual al-fresco and demure behaviour.

Set in a sea of green, barbecue food and gourmet picnic hampers are delivered to your table (or picnic blanket). Kids are well catered for, with specially designed picnic baskets, various play activities, and “candyland” for dessert. Food is excellent quality and although it’s casual, this is far from a ‘drunch’. 260/365AED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VidaVida 3-in-1

Best For: Casual mid-priced al-fresco when the heat kicks in.

Another ‘picnic’ brunch, but quite different to the Blades offer. Food is primarily gourmet morsels in cute jars and gluten-engorged French-style pastries and tarts (both sweet and savoury), which you can gather along with your wine selection. There are some hot stations too (seafood and bbq). Best benefit is the chilled pool, which is available to brunch guests. 225/295 AED

 

 

rareRare, Desert Palm

Best For: Food and wine, peace and quiet.

This is the one for gourmets. Well priced considering the Champagne that comes along (just a ½ bottle though, so nothing gets too depraved – but don’t worry, excellent house wines available), and so you can spend the savings on the taxi back home. Distance and lack of kids’ activities keeps the rabble at bay, leaving one with green views over the Polo field and some damn good nibbles. 295/395AED

 

 

Al ForsanAl Forsan, Bab al Shams

Best For: Arabian hospitality

Bab al Shams is just far enough out of the city to make any trip there feel like a holiday, even if it’s just for the afternoon. The setting is so gorgeously Arabic, and so is the food. Much of the brunch is outdoors on the grass facing the sands and the archery targets, and children are very well received and catered for with a whole heap of fun, including pony rides! 295/440 AED

 

 

 

zumaZuma, DIFC

Best For: great food and adult company without a buffet free-for-all

Start with a little buffet – some sushi and robata grill items, then relax back at your table while you nibble and order your main (which is brought to you). There is enough on offer for children here, but most diners are sans-infants, and enjoying the bright airy space, super cocktails and excellent cuisine. 315/425/550AED

 

 

mayaMaya by Richard Sandoval, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa

Best For: added benefits, the pool and the view

Great sharing plates of casual food and jugs of margaritas are not the best part. You also get pool and beach access when purchasing the brunch, and so get to laze in the stunning waters for free. Not only that, they offer a discount on drinks from 5 till 7 for brunchers, so you can watch the sun go down over the gulf and that final tipple before rolling home. 350/450

 

 

StoryStory Rooftop, Holiday Inn, Media City

Best For: Alcohol-inclusive cheapie and great music

The brunch deal is offered not just on Fridays at lunchtime, but also Thursday evening and Friday night from 6 until 9. The food is simple snack-style Peruvian and Tex-Mex from a buffet and grill, and you can throw back your morsels with mojitos and house beverages whilst tapping your toes and trying to keep your bottom in your seat. 299AED

 

 

 

AquaraAquara, Dubai Marina Yacht club

Best For: water views and seafood

The Marina yacht club seems a little unassuming from the entrance, but the brunch setting looks over a spectacular part of the Dubai Marina, and there’s plenty of inside or outside dining. It’s very well priced considering the quality of the seafood. Valet parking is a plus, but most will leave the car at home considering the Champagne option is only 400. 220/350/400AED

 

 

 

AlmazAlmaz by Momo, Mall of the Emirates

Best For: Alcohol-free, yummy and cheap

Three courses of very good Morrocan-themed food with tea and coffee, which can be absorbed in the chic French-orient ambience above Harvey Nichols. Their brunch doesn’t discount for children, but a-la-carte options are still available. You can also partake of a little shisha (behind glass, so non-smokers are also catered for). New Beach venue (JBR) opening up soon should also be good! 99AED

 

 

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