This BBQ hangout is deceptively spacious and airy. Located high above Festival City, it offers a stunning panoramic view of the skyline and offers an ideal venue for a get together with friends or an intimate meal for two. As the weather has improved, ask for a seat outside and enjoy ambiance.
Their brunch option on a Friday offers a set menu with perfectly sized portions, and diners have the option to request repeat dishes of the items they particularly enjoy – the mac and cheese quesadillas have to be tried.
INFO: Dhs275 (house drinks), Dhs395 (house drinks plus other beverages). Valid from 1pm to 5pm. Fridays. 19th floor, Holiday Inn, Festival City. +971557094509. joesbackyard.com.
Pranzo Italiano Brunch
This is one for those who like lazy Friday mornings at the beach, or a cheeky workout before brunch. The easy breezy Pranzo Italiano Brunch offers a gorgeous setting and the chance to enjoy an exquisite assortment of Italian dishes including a large selection of sharing antipasto, burrata, fried calamari and tuna tartare, accompanied by the famous Roberto’s Pizza with beef carpaccio, rocket and truffle.
The main dishes spoil diners for choice with an option of one of three meat dishes, one of three fish dishes, or one of three delicious vegetarian dishes - each option made with so much Italian love, you may as well be in Italy. Save room for dessert which is prepared and served at the table!
INFO: Dhs465 (house drinks), Dhs315 (soft drinks). Valid from 3pm to 7pm. Fridays. Building 1, Gate Village, DIFC. +97143860066. Robertos.ae
Vivacious Limone Edizione
Fancy a break from the usual and want to try a decadent brunch in the evening? Round up the gang, take your senses on an enchanting trip along the Amalfi Coast and prepare to party like a real Italian, in truly breath-taking surroundings, at a very special edition of the Vivacious Brunch – Vivacious Limone Edizione.
Inspired by the special lemons of Italy’s Amalfi Coast with breath-taking Creekside views, Vivacious Limone Edizione immerses you in all the wonder of a magical Italian atmosphere and introduces your appetite to true citrus satisfaction.
Complete with a mouth-watering selection of lemon-infused dishes and drinks, this is more than simply a brunch, it’s a zestful culinary and social celebration, to be shared with friends, family and everyone in between – a festa tantastica like no other.
INFO: Dhs249 (house drinks), Dhs199 (soft drinks). Valid from 6.30pm to 10pm. Fridays. Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers. +97142071717. vivaldidubai.com
One of the most hotly anticipated restaurants in town, Soul Street, the latest endeavour by FIVE Jumeirah Village Dubai opened its doors and it was well worth the wait!
The new immersive dining experience encourages diners to sample street food favourites, socialise with neighbouring tables and Instaworthy street art from international artists.
The tapas style dishes are the product of a year-long culinary discursion of global street food stalls, a hunt for the most talented chefs and grandmas’ best kept secrets. Dishes, sauces and breads are crafted in house to ensure an authentic street dining experience.
Foodies will be in their element at the casual dining spot, with a selection of specialty dishes including Beef Pho, Ceviche Tulum, and our favourite Pani Puri, in true Soul Street style.
INFO: Dhs350 (house drinks), Dhs250 (soft drinks). Valid from 2pm to 5pm. Fridays. FIVE Jumeirah Village Dubai. +97144559989.
Brasserie 2.0 is back for an all-new season of elevating the brunch experience in all respects, from food to entertainment and everything in between, guests will guests can choose from an exquisite range of dishes bursting with flavour from the far corners of the world whilst they revel to the sounds off live music from a seven-piece band.
Featuring an open-plan kitchen and more than 10 live cooking stations, diners can enjoy an impressive variety of dishes from pasta to pizza to a succulent selection of meats, as well as a la minute cuisine, using seasonal produce fresh from the market.
On top of this, brunchers can get into the party spirit and sing along to the live seven-piece band which will be playing all your favourites throughout the day.
INFO: Dhs595 (house drinks), Dhs450 (soft drinks). Valid from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. Fridays. , Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa. +97143165550. brasserie2point0.com
The Loft – Dubai Opera
A glorious escape from Downtown Dubai’s corporate hustle and bustle, The Loft is a relaxed rooftop social spot with a jaw-dropping skyline view from its al fresco terrace.
Wander around various stations and sample salad, oysters, ceviche, tartare, fresh shrimp, charcuterie and cheese, gourmet bread, and adult ice lollies. Pluck your favourites off a traveling platter serving chicken wings, salmon, vegetable skewers, and beef striploin.
Make sure you save room for the homemade ricotta and garlic flatbread drizzled with honey and nuts, aromatic truffle pizza with mushroom duxelle, and comforting risotto and pasta served straight out of a parmesan wheel.
Round up your squad for a brunch that is not to be missed.
INFO: Dhs499 (house drinks), Dhs299 (soft drinks). Valid from 1 PM to 4 PM Fridays. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai. +97143627312. loftatopera.com
Big RIVA Brunch (BRB)
RIVA Ristorante and Beach Club is proud to announce their new Big RIVA Brunch (BRB).
Guests can enjoy a mighty feast with poolside panoramic, beachfront views of the Dubai Skyline and a serene restaurant setting with flavour packed dishes and freshly concocted beverages to choose from.
The family-friendly beachside venue will be offering diners a wide selection of delicious food and drinks as well as the option to have access to the pool and beach for the day. Guests can indulge in expertly crafted starters, mains, sides, and a deliciously crispy selection of indulgent goodies featuring Buffalo Chicken Wings, Arancini, and Cheese filled Spring Rolls.
There is also a live station of freshly grilled meats and seafood, BBQ beef ribs, peri-peri chicken and grilled tiger prawns with sides of corn on the cob, roasted potatoes, sautéed vegetables and honey glazed carrots. For those with a sweet tooth, the menu has mouth-watering desserts including churros, tiramisu, doughnuts and much more.
INFO: Dhs395 (house drinks), Dhs199 (soft drinks). Valid from 12.30pm to 4 pm. Fridays. RIVA Ristorante and Beach Club. +971443 9466. riva-beach.com.
NOÉPE’s Lobster Bake Brunch
If you want to change your weekend up a bit, why not try a brunch on a Saturday? With its nautical furnishings and billowing white curtains swaying in the breeze, NOÉPE has the East Coast atmosphere spot on and is the ideal dining destination for a gourmet weekend get together.
Guests will have the choice of three dishes from the shellfish menu and lobster to share, while meat eaters have the option of a towering Surf and Turf Burger with lobster, a wagyu patty and classic thousand island sauce.
The show-stopping dish on the menu is the Whole Canadian Lobster to share – complete with café de Paris butter, grilled lime, new potatoes, corn on the cob and rocket leaves. The impressive dish is one of the coastal inspired restaurant’s signature offerings.
Three sweet treats make up the dessert menu and each is a taste sensation.
INFO: Dhs350 (food only), Dhs475 (house drinks). Valid from 12.30pm to 4 pm. Saturdays. NOÉPE, Park Hyatt Dubai. +97146021814.
Hakkasan Abu Dhabi
Now that the temperature has started to cool, Hakkasan Abu Dhabi welcomes guests back to enjoy breath-taking views, signature beverages, and flavourful bites alongside fresh beats.
Overlooking the grounds of the majestic Emirates Palace, the 108 seat terrace boasts a stylish bar area complete with bespoke cocktail menu and laid-back cabanas overlooking the city skyline. A vibrant experience, guests can expect a brilliant line-up from resident DJ Kristina and live performances every week.
INFO: Valid from 12pm. Fridays. Hakkasan Abu Dhabi. +97126907739. hakkasan.com/abu-dhabi
Cheeky Tiki Brunch
The Cheeky Tiki Brunch promises to turn the traditional brunch experience on its head to offer a dining experience to remember. Patrons are invited to say “Aloha” to a fantastic brunch experience, featuring a boat where guests can try signature beverages.
If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, diners can choose from eclectic and innovative cocktail offerings from the menu, and enjoy the foot tapping tunes from the live band. As the weather gets cooler, guests are welcome to dine at the terrace and gaze at the breath-taking views of the spectacular Ain Dubai, Arabian Gulf and Palm Jumeirah.
The pièce de résistance is a giant two-metre long tuna which is heralded with a ringing bell and paraded around the restaurant before being sliced and diced into Hawaiian-style poke bowls, and is complemented by an enviable sushi selection.
INFO: Dhs350 (house drinks). Valid from 12.30pm to 4pm. Fridays. Trader Vic’s Hilton Dubai Jumeirah. +97143182530.
Secret Circus Brunch
There’s a new kid on the block to shout about with the launch of the new Secret Circus Brunch at Paru at Caesars Resort. With scrumptious pan-Asian dishes prepared by celebrity chef Akira Back, this is another Friday brunch to add to your list.
Indulge in a four-hour package consisting of dishes served to the table which include sharing starters, followed by a choice of an a la carte main, unlimited sushi from the sushi station, as well as a wheel of decadent desserts. The entertainment is also a cut above, with multi-skilled circus acts and a live DJ, to a super talented percussionist.
INFO: Dhs299 (soft drinks), Dhs399 (house drinks). Valid from 1pm to 5pm. Fridays. Paru, Caesars Resort, Bluewaters. secret-parties.com
La Piscina by Palazzo Versace reveals a brand-new lavish Saturday brunch featuring a magnificent Mediterranean-inspired spread, beverages, lively music and of course, a dip in its sizeable pool lounge to cool off.
This weekend brunch has been crafted as a cityscape Saturday brunch in an empire of sumptuous taste and contemporary fashion. Guests can look forward to a vast array of nibbles prepared at live cooking stations, including perfectly seared Wagyu sliders, a selection of fresh mezze in mini cones, slow cooked lamb shank with creamy eggplant or steamed black mussels and roasted garlic baguette.
After tucking into these delicious dishes, make your way around the dessert stations which features refreshing fruit skewers, Palazzo Versace Dubai’s signature tiramisu or the ever-popular crispy golden churros.
What better way to round off the weekend than with the brilliant blue atmosphere of La Piscina by Palazzo Versace?
INFO: Dhs250 (house drinks). Valid from 12.30pm to 4pm. Saturdays. Palazzo Versace. +97145568888. palazzoversace.ae.