Find the best brunch in Dubai


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February 2018

If you’re in Dubai on a weekend, then you need to go for brunch. It all begins on Friday, when everyone in the city gets up late and heads straight out to the nearest hotel buffet – the more extravagant the spread, the better. Whether your morning socialising comes with acrobats or wagyu beef, here are our picks for the best of the lot.

Bubbalicious Brunch at the Westin Dubai Mina

One of the city’s most popular events, the Bubbalicious Brunch comes with family entertainment, including acrobats and music. It’s brought to you by three of Dubai’s best restaurants at The Westin Dubai Mina. Blue Orange brings buffet style classics and live cooking shows, Spice Emporium is ideal for sushi and Asian delicacies, and Hunters Room delivers perfectly-cooked steaks. The three combine their expertise to create a fixed-price buffet with limitless cocktails, fizz and food. Look out for exquisite rows of rainbow patisserie, chocolate fountains, oysters on ice (over 600 hundred are shucked at every sitting) and sushi by the stack. Dress up like you’re heading for a wedding breakfast and you won’t look at bit out of place.

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Surrounded by the young and glamorous, take advantage of bottomless cocktails as a raucous playlist of hip hop and chart hits pumps from the DJ

  • Bubbalicious Brunch at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina. © 2009-2018 Marriott International, Inc.

    Afford to be picky

    Whatever you do, don't fill up on bread. There's so much to try at the Bubbalicious Brunch. Stay at The Westin Dubai Mina.£600 pp

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Mas Mas Maya at Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen, Le Royal Meridian

This Mexican-inspired brunch is perfect for lazing the day away, as it also includes all-day access to the spectacular pools of Le Royal Meridien during and afterwards. So whilst sampling an exquisite modern take on Mexican classics – like homemade huarache, guacamole and succulent rib-eye steak fajitas – guests can lounge in the private beach or sip tequila cocktails by the pool. Make sure to save room for dessert as they serve banana filled crepes with toffee, sherbet and ice cream, possibly the most indulgent sweet in Dubai. Don’t forget to leave it 30 minutes before swimming or you may sink.

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Saffron at Atlantis The Palm

Saffron serves a brunch with a party at Atlantis The Palm. On Friday and Saturday, the brunches feed a lively crowd (21 and up). It’s like being at nightclub, in the day, with lots of delicious food at your fingertips. And we mean lots: there are more than 220 delicacies available: try sashimi chilling on ice, fat burgers and steak cooked to order. Surrounded by the young and glamorous, take advantage of bottomless cocktails as a raucous playlist of hip hop and chart hits pumps from the DJ. The bar is always busy serving shots in pipettes, boozy fruit and streams of champagne. Watch out for impromptu dancing between – and even on – the tables, and make some new friends to take to the brunch after-party.

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  • Enjoy cocktails after Mas Mas Maya Brunch at the Rooftop Bar, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort. © 2009-2018 Marriott International, Inc.

    Raise the roof

    After brunch, the delicious cocktails at Le Royal Meridien's Rooftop Bar have sunset views – yes, brunch really does last all day. Stay at Le Royal Meridien.£589 pp

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  • Delicious South-East Asian Buffet at Saffron. © Atlantis The Palm 2018.

    Anyone for Dim Sum?

    Steamers full of dreamy dumplings await at Saffron brunch. One of the many specialities at the restaurant. Book a stay at Atlantis The Palm.£781 pp

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  • The Friday Brunch at Jumeirah Al Qasr includes dishes from The Hide. © Jumeirah International LLC.

    The Hide describes itself as an 'American Meatery' – so expect tender cuts and roasted joints. Book a holiday at Jumeriah Al Qasr.£918 pp

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The Friday Brunch at Al Qasr, Jumeriah Al Naseem

Legend has it that this was the first brunch in the UAE. The brunch that started it all. Mammoth in size, three restaurants combine their kitchens to create this extravaganza of over 280 dishes and 35 live cooking stations. People often get lost navigating their way back to their table. Perhaps they’re distracted by the décor: the Jumeriah Al Naseem is designed like a Sheikh’s residence, and golden stallion statues flank the driveway. Back to the food: look out for bamboo steamers crammed with dim sum, ice sculptures sparkling above fish platters, Wagyu burgers cooked over the barbecue and candy-laden cookies for afters. Dining spills out onto the lawn, where you’ll find street food trucks serving Sri Lankan doughnuts, and Malibu served in freshly-macheted coconuts. The feasting starts at 12:30 – but later is probably better for the sleepier members of your party.

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Signature Friday Brunch at Traiteur, Park Hyatt Dubai

If you’ve ever wondered what the French take on a Dubai brunch might entail, it’s more than just croissants. At the Park Hyatt Dubai you’ll find The Signature Friday Brunch at Traiteur in all its award-winning glory, in an airy, spacious restaurant and terrace. Food snobs and Francophiles will find their fears allayed by the expert standards of Dennis Koll and his team: wafer thin charcuterie, lobster and salmon on the grill and haunches of beef and spit-roasted pork. For afters, there are massive rondels of cheese, and a separate room of desserts where French patisserie is the star of the show. Pile up your plate and then sit back to enjoy the live jazz as you sip champagne on the terrace.

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Secret Garden Brunch at Waldorf Astoria Dubai

When the prospect of a busy buffet is simply too much, it’s time to consider something a little more serene. The Secret Garden Brunch at the Waldorf Astoria Dubai takes place in the Mezzerie, and it’s lighter and less extravagant than other brunches in Dubai. There’s a smaller selection, but the dishes are thoughtfully assembled, including ingredients from the hotel’s gardens. Look out for the classic Waldorf salad and local oysters. All in all, it’s a civilised affair, with acoustic guitar music and gardens instead of club beats and brimming benches. Kids are entertained in their own section with plenty of activities and distractions on hand.

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