1 Fantastic Friday Family Brunch at Nomad, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
The Fantastic Friday Family Brunch at Nomad is top of our list for a fab time out, particularly if you've got kids. While you enjoy the amazing buffet stations, the tots can divide their time between the cute playground area and the special food corner exclusively for them. Think mini pizzas, cotton candy, popcorn, a candy kiosk and a bespoke section to decorate cupcakes and cookies! There's more entertainment for the little ones! We're talking an indoor bouncy castle, movie screening, puppet show, juggling workshop, balloon bending and more exciting activities. Plus, children below six dine for free and those below 12 get a 50 per cent discount.
INFO: Dhs195 (with soft drinks), Dhs295 (with house beverages) and Dhs495 (with house beverages and bubbly), every Friday from 12.30pm to 4pm, Nomad, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Garhoud, Dubai, 04 230 8571, JCHnomadrestaurant@jumeirah.com.
2 Calabar, The Address Downtown
Downtown Dubai has launched a Latin-inspired Friday brunch at the popular Calabar. Nicknamed S & S, it promises a lounge-style ambience and the choice of dining inside or out. The focus is on South American dishes which are made at live cooking stations. Try oysters, tacos and quesadillas, sliders and mini hot dogs as well as noodles. There is even a live churros station. A three-piece Latin band provides the music, while mint-infused cocktails are on offer to get the Latino party started!
INFO: Dhs290 (soft drinks), Dhs425 (house drinks),12 to 4pm, The Address Downtown Dubai, 04 888 3444, www.theaddress.com.
3 Brunch at Le Deck
The gorgeous Monte-Carlo Beach Club is the setting for Friday brunch at Le Deck. The Saadiyat Island venue overlooks a gorgeous beach and offers Mediterranean dishes which are served to your table. More than 16 tapas are on offer, and the menu changes each week. Plus, for an extra Dhs350 you can buy a beach pass and relax where movie A–lister Demi Moore did during her visit to the Club last year.
INFO: Dhs415 (French bubbly), Dhs365 (bubbly), Dhs235 (soft drinks), Monte-Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 12pm to 4pm, 02 565 3500, www.montecarlobeachclub.ae
4 Friday BBQ Brunch at Exit36
Barbecue favourites are served alongside Mediterranean dishes as well as salad and pasta at this outdoor brunch at Exit36. Round off with a selection of desserts. Shisha is also on offer. The brunch is followed by happy hour offers until 5.30pm.
INFO: Dhs295 (house drinks), Dhs195 (one glass of vino or bubbly), Dhs175 (soft drinks), 12pm to 3pm, Grand Millennium, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 04 429 9999, www.millenniumhotels.ae.
5 Seafire Steakhouse Brunch
This re-launched Friday brunch at Seafire Steakhouse and Bar offers Seafire’s own brand of Atlantis cattle from Australia. Seafood, artisan breads and a selection of sweet desserts are also on the menu, with entertainment provided by a live band. You can also see what’s going on as there is an open kitchen, plus the walk-in vino cellar houses more than 4,000 bottles!INFO: Dhs435 (house drinks), Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, 04 426 0000, www.atlantisthepalm.com.
6 Arabic brunch at Bab Al Shams
Live cooking stations are the highlight of this Friday family brunch at desert favourite Bab Al Shams Resort and Spa. It’s a 40 minute drive from Dubai and offers international dishes with an Arabic twist. There is plenty to keep the kids busy, including face painting, pony rides, balloon making and kite flying.
INFO: Dhs440 (house drinks), Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs195 (children), 12.30 to 4pm, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa, Dubai, 04 809 6202, www.meydanhotels.com.
7 English Brunch at Icon
Tuck into British faves at the Icon Bar and Lounge at the Radisson Blu Media City every Friday. Shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, bread and butter pudding and jam roly-poly are all on the menu. Chill-out by playing Wii games, spinning tunes on the juke box or catching sport on the TV. Plus there’s a happy hour until closing.
INFO: Dhs179, 12pm to 4pm, Radisson Blu, Dubai Media City, 04 366 9111, www.raddisonblu.com.
8 Dinner Buffet at Indo Thai
Head to this Pan-Asian restaurant to sample the best of Indian and Thai cuisine on a Friday night. Appetizers include squid, green papaya and banana flower salads, while mains include butter chicken, Thai green fish curry and lamb seekh kebab. Spring rolls are created at a live cooking station, while mango sticky rice is the highlight of the desserts. There are also two semi-private dining rooms for parties of up to 12.
INFO: Dhs230 (house drinks), Dhs180 (soft drinks), 7pm to 10.30pm, Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 04 308 0550, www.radisson.com/royal-dubai.
9 Brazilian Brunch at Frevo
Carnivores will love this new Friday brunch. From ribeye to sirloin, 15 cuts of meat are carved and served at your table. Seafood and salads are also on offer. Round it off with Brazilian desserts including cachaca, which is fermented sugar cane, and flambé fruit. Sao Paolo native and Chef de Cuisine Fernando Lima is at the helm.
INFO: Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs475 (house drinks), 12pm to 3pm, Fairmont The Palm, 04 457 3457, www.fairmont.com/palm.
10 Shangri- La Level Two Brunch
Every Friday, hotel restaurants Marrakech and Amwaj join together to offer the ultimate brunch destination. Enjoy Alaskan crab legs, seafood tartar, fresh fish, sushi, sashimi and a family-style seafood pot, alongside Moroccan favourites, such as lamb mechoui and couscous. There are also two dedicated cocktail bars to try. Parents can enjoy the live entertainment while kids have fun in the play area. Under 12s dine free.
INFO: Dhs450 (bubbly), Dhs395 (house drinks), Dhs250 (soft drinks), 12pm to 4pm, Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 04 343 8888, www.shangri-la.com.