A! List Brunches in Dubai

A! List Brunches in Dubai

The best mid-range Friday brunches in Dubai from Dhs250 to Dhs350 with house bevs - get your bookings in now!
Saturday , 25 June 2011
The Fountain
The Fountain
JW Marriott’s
JW Marriott’s
Nineteen
Nineteen
Mistral
Mistral
The Thai Kitchen
The Thai Kitchen
Spice Island
Spice Island
Thyme
Thyme
The Med
The Med
Belgian Beer Cafe
Belgian Beer Cafe
Times of Arabia
Times of Arabia

The Fountain
Address: Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai
Tel: 04 336 6000
Web: www.moevenpick-burdubai.com
Dress code: Casual
Times: 12noon to 4pm
Price Range: $$
The Friday Brunch at the Fountain restaurant is an ideal venue for friends and family to get together in a vibrant environment to enjoy the traditional brunch buffet complimented with an à la carte menu served fresh from the kitchen. That's not all! The Kids Club provides a supervised play area with fun and entertaining activities for children leaving you time to relax.
FYI: Brunch costs Dhs190 including soft drinks and Dhs260 including alcoholic beverages.
Signature dishes:
Book early and have a chance to take a 2.4 litre pack of Mövenpick Ice Cream home with you.
 

JW Marriott's Triple Delight
Address
: JW Marriott Hotel, Bur Dubai
Tel: 04 607 7977
Web: www.marriottdiningatjw.ae
Dress code: Party frocks and Hawaiian shirts go down well in this colourful brunch spot
Times: 12pm to 4pm
Price Range: $$$
With three restaurants contributing to the smorgasbord of food on offer you're guaranteed to eat far too much here and have a lot of fun doing it. The Market Place, serving flavoursome international fare, is imbued with rustic French sophistication. There are barrels of oysters being shucked for your pleasure; there's a walk-in cheese and wine cellar; rolls upon of crusty bread line one counter and succulent roast meats get carved up on another. Sit in this section if you're on a date.

If, however, you find yourself out with a group of friends, sit in the jolly Polynesian-themed Bamboo Lagoon restaurant – this is the best party brunch venue we've experienced in Dubai. The lively Polynesian band keeps toes tapping and giddy friends chatting while the bubbly is in free flow.

Between these restaurants is a Bavarian buffet from the hotel's Hofbräuhaus with enough supersized sausages and pickled cabbage to keep any German content. Wander between the three, plucking tasty morsels with wild abandon and leave all thoughts of diets until after the weekend.
FYI: Dhs220 with soft drinks, Dhs330 with house drinks, Dhs440 with premium drinks, and Dhs 550 with free-flowing bubbly; Dhs110 for children six to 12.
Last orders are at 3.30pm and there's a children's play area open from 12pm to 4pm with a mini buffet.
Signature dishes:
Fresh oysters, bratwurst and sushi.

Nineteen
Address
: The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills, Dubai
Tel: 04 390 5600
Web: http://www.theaddress.com/en/dining/nineteen
Dress code: Lacoste inspired, chino-heavy golf-chic
Times: 12pm to 3.30pm, Friday
Price Range: $$$
The serene green scene- otherwise known as the eighteenth hole of The Montgomerie golf course- sets the stylish tone and provides the perfect backdrop for Nineteen's a la carte brunch, considered by many to be a cut above the usual buffet-style offerings. Forget casual golf-club grub; the emphasis here is on grills and the slowly rotating rotisserie. You can graze on the selection of salads and starters before opting for the sizzling mains. Carnivores delight in the choice of juicy lamb chops, prawns, flaky fish, steaks and chicken, all freshly grilled or seared as per your specifications. The dessert buffet is a sugar fiend's dream; it's a wonder there isn't a queue for the crepe station, where the chef expertly plates up bespoke crepes. Opt for the mixed berry or chocolate filled ones served up with scoops of home-made berry, mascarpone and yogurt ice-cream. Chocolate brown marble floors, wood panels, white leather chairs and the odd flash of scarlet combine for a chic dining environment yet the discerning will brave the heat to dine al fresco overlooking the verdant course.
FYI: Dhs235 including soft drinks, Dhs325 including house beverages. If you can't make it to their Friday brunches, why not have a traditional Saturday roast lunch instead? Served with all the trimmings including crunchy on the outside, fluffy in the middle roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables, you better pace yourself as you're sure to overdo the buffet salad and dessert bars that are laid out as part of the feast. Dhs235 with soft drinks, Dhs325 including selected house beverages while children under 12 eat free.
Signature Dishes: The freshly shucked oyster station, grilled prawns, crepe station.

Mistral
Address
: Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel, Dubai
Tel: 04 444 5613
Web: www.thegoodlife.ae
Dress code: Smart casual
Times:12.30pm to 3.30pm, Friday
Price Range: $$
The Mistral Friday Brunch takes you around the world, giving you the widest choice of culinary delights in one amazing location.  A great atmosphere with free flowing beverages means it's the perfect place to relax with friends and family or celebrate and kick off any party. Bring the kids with because there is even something for the little ones. Check out the exotic petting zoo, bouncy castle, indoor cinema and face painting.
FYI: Summer prices are Dhs275 for adults, children 13-16, Dhs105, Children 6-12, Dhs65, children under 6 eat free.
Signature Dishes:  The beauty of this brunch is there is food of a variety of flavours from around the world so dig in.

The Thai Kitchen
Address
: Park Hyatt, Deira, Dubai
Tel: 04 317 2222
Web: http://www.restaurants.dubai.hyatt.com/thethaikitchen/
Dress code: White linens and soothing beiges to blend in with the zen Park Hyatt vibe
Times: 12.30pm to 4pm, Friday
Price Range: $$$
The classy Thai Kitchen specialises in dishes from Thailand's North Eastern Esan Province; given that Chef de Cuisine Supattra originates from there, what this means is that the food takes on an authentic regional slant that makes it stand out from the other Thai-spots-around- the-block. One of the first restaurants to place their chefs on display, the show kitchen concept still entrances and presents spice-fiends with a nerve racking choice of seating. Whether watching the inside theatre of the chefs chop, stir-fry and serve in their spotless kitchens, artistically piled high fresh ingredients is your bag, or watching the outside parade of yachts on the azure marina, you will be guaranteed plates featuring 95 per cent of their ingredients straight from Thailand. The limitless a la carte style brunch won't leave you remotely peckish as there is a massive choice of starters, mains and desserts to pick from.  Kick off with their signature pomelo and papaya salads, move onto beef with Thai basil, green chicken curry and make sure you keep room for sweet mango on sticky rice and creamy coconut ice-cream.
FYI: Dhs260 including Chilean white, red and rose wine and beer; Dhs195 without.
Signature Dishes: Yellow curry soft shell crab, roast duck clay pot, beef yellow curry noodles.

Spice Island
Address
:  Crown Plaza Hotel, Salahuddin Road, Deira, Dubai
Tel: 04 262 5555
Web: http://www.ichotelsgroup.com
Dress code: Casual; elasticised waistbands are recommended
Times: 12pm to 4pm, Friday
Price Range: $$$
Justifiably famous for its Friday brunch which has been going since 1999 (historic in Dubai terms), making a pilgrimage to Spice Island is now a bit of a rite of passage. The secret to its longevity is its winning formula; it's an unpretentious, bargain-priced, multi-cuisine, family-family offering that truly conjures up something for everyone- and in most cases sends bewildered tourists and first timers into a choice-based tizzy due to the 134 items on offer. Sizzling cooking stations serve up the freshest options be it Mexican, Indian (opt for paneer tikkas and crispy papadoms), Japanese (make sure you try the shrimp tempura), Chinese, Italian or Mongolian whilst homesick expat Brits usually kick off proceedings with a serious fry-up. An excellent pick for large groups, the staff happily manage to keep up with thirsty hordes wanting top-ups- no mean feat as patrons seem determined to get their money's worth!
FYI: The tee-total package is Dhs169 (including soft drinks); Original Grand Buffet Dhs229 (including house beverages), Premium Experience Dhs289 (including premium beverages). For an additional Dhs99 you can upgrade to include free sparkling wine. If you don't want to sacrifice your Friday to a food-fest, but blow-out buffets at night are your thing, Spice Island might be just the ticket as this feast is laid out nightly too.
Signature Dishes: The Mexican station is always a favourite. Make your own tacos, tostadas, nachos or fajitas stuffed and topped with refried Pinto beans, chili con carne, Cajun fish or chicken, guacamole, cheddar cheese, jalapenos and spicy tomato salsa along with a host of other options.

Thyme
Address
:  Oasis Beach Tower, JBR The Walk, Dubai Marina, Dubai
Tel: 04 315 4200
Web: http://www.jebelali-international.com
Dress code: Provencal casual
Times: 12.30pm to 3.30pm
Price Range: $$$
Mediterranean food cooked with superior flare is on the cards at this JBR secret, perhaps a victim of its hidden location in the midst of the Oasis Beach Tower apartment block, which is nonetheless a favourite with Jumeirah Janes and their gregarious families, food fans looking for gastro-bargains and tourists shunning the identikit chains that pepper The Walk. Once inside Thyme envelops you like a comforting hug; country-casual meets homey-cosy is the vibe with large wooden tables, kid-friendly activities and wallet-friendly prices. The beach-front location with purely indoor seating means diners are sparse during the cooler months but luckily - and justifiably - their weekend brunches are a marina-magnet. Everything from an anti-pasti selection that literally tastes of the sunshine the superior ingredients were tended in, to a simple tomato soup, from a rack of lamb to a parmesan risotto or a tarragon-roasted baby chicken are cooked with finesse.
FYI: A snip at Dhs140 including soft drinks, a still reasonable Dhs280 including wine, selected beers and house spirits. The champagne brunch is Dhs395. Children from six to 12 eat at half price, while those younger than six eat free.
Signature Dishes: Their succulent grills are a big draw, as is the abundant dessert station.

The Med
Address
:  Media One Hotel, Media City, Dubai
Tel: 04 427 1000
Web: http://www.mebreaks.com
Dress code: Post brunch poolside posing ensures swimsuits and kaftans (with full make-up) are the outfits of choice
Times: 12pm to 4pm, Friday
Price Range: $$$
Slightly strangely, given that ‘The Med' hints heavily at having a Mediterranean theme for brunch, there are curries, moreish zaatar and oozing-cheese filled Saj and even sushi platters on display. It turns out that this Media City haunt, popular amongst a young, raucous set who covet the outdoor terrace tables overlooking the pool (on the M-deck), actually offers up an international selection during its Friday food-fest. That means tons more options for those eschewing carbs (the seafood selection is worth getting involved in the scrum for). A new contender for the title of the best party brunch, The Med doesn't have the history of Yalumba but given the pretty young things that flock to it, and the appearance of a pool-side DJ who ensures an Ibiza-style Cafe del Mar vibe from 5pm, this new pretender could swipe the fun-based crown. Definitely more about the scene than the cuisine though.
FYI: Dhs288 with house beverages. The daytime party seems to blend seamlessly with an evening one that runs alongside a second brunch from 7-10.30pm, but be warned, if you stay for both get ready to fork out twice so instead relocate to the free pool-deck to continue the debauchery.

Signature Dishes: The oven-baked pizza station is a carb-lover's dream.

Belgian Beer Cafe

Address:  Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
Tel: 04 447 0227
Web: www.belgianbeercafejumeirah.com
Dress code: Smart casual - a cocktail dress and your latest Loubies will look out of place here, it's more of a maxi dress and wedges kind of venue
Times: 12pm to 4pm, Friday
Price Range: $$$
It's only just launched, but we have a feeling this brunch could become a fast favourite. Served on the terrace overlooking the Madinat waterways, the Belgian Beer Cafe casts off the shackles of the usual buffet brunch options and offers unlimited picks from an à la carte menu. From breakfast staples like eggs Benedict, to steak tartare, mussels in white vino sauce and Flemish beef stew – there’s something for everyone. Just make sure you leave room for a plate of classic Belgian waffles!  As the name suggests, hops-based beverages are a specialty of the venue, with draught options like Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, Leffe Blonde, Leffe Brune, Belle Vue Kriek all served at your table.

FYI: Dhs180 including soft drinks, Dhs269 including house drinks. The newest BCC, in the Madinat, may be knew but it's already carved out a healthy following, so make sure you book ahead!

Signature Dishes: Moules with fries is the perfect representation of true Belgian fare.

Times of Arabia

Address:  Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
Tel: 04 368 6044
Web: www.jumeirah.com
Dress code: Smart casual - make sure you dress modestly at this Arabic affair
Times: 12.30pm to 4.30pm, Friday
Price Range: $$$
If you haven’t eaten Arabic food before, this is a fantastic introduction to the cuisine. At the new Times of Arabia weekend brunch you get a lot of food for your dirham so leave your diet at the door!

The a la carte style brunch is served at your table in five courses – lentil soup followed by a cold mezze spread of Arabic favourites including hummus, mutabel, fattoush and tabouleh salads; hot mezze such as omelette, kibbeh and sambousik; mixed meat and fish grill; and finally a range of Arabic desserts.

Set on the terrace, beautifully designed in the style of traditional tents, make sure you try out the recommended Arabic beverages, and order a shisha afterwards before you attempt to waddle out.

FYI: Dhs150, Dhs275 including house beverages, Dhs80 for children. A great place to bring your visitors to to give them a taste of Arabic culture!

Signature Dishes: The hot mezze options are so moorish, you'll practically be forced to loosen your belt due to all the overindulgence.

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