Dubai is a city of superlatives. The largest city in the UAE, with the tallest building in the world and some of the most luxurious restaurants. When it comes to brunch, Dubai has elevated the concept to the status of an unmissable city tradition. Find out what brunch means in Dubai through our guide to the 11 best brunch restaurants.
Bubbalicious Friday Brunch
If one word could describe the Westin hotel’s Bubbalicious Brunch, then ‘breathtaking’ would be an appropriate choice. What makes it so outstanding is that at Bubbalicious almost every imaginable food is on offer, thanks to the combined forces of the hotel’s three fantastic in-house restaurants. Blue Orange is responsible for the buffet section and live cooking shows, serving food from Arabic mezze and pastas to Belgian waffles. Spice Emporium is the Asian face of the trio, and takes care of the noodle, sushi and sashimi dishes, served in a splendid interior. Hunters Room is a traditional grill house placed in a tasteful contemporary setting. For those who like to be entertained during brunch, Bubbalicious Brunch provides Chinese acrobats, live bands, a PlayStation room and Kids corner, and a petting zoo. Of course, such service comes at a price, but the Bubbalicious Brunch is definitely an experience to try.
The Westin Dubai Mina, Seyahi, Al Sufouh Road, +971 (4) 511 7136
Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen
If you’re looking for a beach side brunch then Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen might be the place for you. Spearheaded by head chef, Richard Sandoval Maya, Maya offers a modern twist on traditional Mexican favourites. Based in Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort + Spa, as part of their brunch package, guests have both pool and beach access. So while sampling a myriad of dishes, such as homemade Huarache, rib-eye steak fajita’s and lamb chops marinated in adobo, guests can lounge on the private beach or take to the pool in their own leisurely pace. For a little extra, alcoholic beverages can also be provided. Maya Modern Mexican Brunch is perfect for a relaxing brunch with plenty of exciting flavours.
As opposed to the intensity of Yalumba’s brunch, Splendido’s morning service is the epitome of understated classical elegance. Located in the exquisite Ritz Carlton Hotel, Splendido shares the hotel’s refined interior and patio with a stunning sea view. The restaurant has an Italian culinary heart, and along the live cooking stations, it offers a rich buffet brunch consisting of grilled fish, cold mezze, salads, pastas and many further options. Splendido is the ideal place for guests who wish to enjoy excellent food in tranquil surroundings, delivered with immaculate service.
Jumeirah Beach Residence – The Walk | The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, +971 4 399 4000
If you fancy a taste of Latin America in Dubai then Toro Toro is the restaurant to visit. The celebrated Latino chef Richard Sandoval has brought the hospitality and family-style dining of his native region to restaurants as far afield as New York, Las Vegas and now Dubai. At Toro Toro, he has offered pan-Latin ‘Hola Hola brunches’ since 2012, earning the attention and praise of many. Hola Hola brunches consist of 45 options of small plates filled with traditional tastes, such as guacamole, cevice, yucca fries, chorizo, empanadas, beef stuffed pastries and crispy calamari. Guests should try to save space for Toro Toro’s delicious churrasco grilled chicken, lamb or beef. Don’t forget to switch the ‘keep it coming’ marker to ‘I’m having a rest’, occasionally.
Grosvenor House Dubai – D 94 – Dubai, +971 4 399 8888
In true Dubai spirit, El Sur pushes the expectations of what can be done with traditional Spanish Tapas. Using the only the finest ingredients, sourced locally and internationally, El Sur re-creates traditional Tapas meals with an artistic, sophisticated vision. With stunning views of the ocean and the opportunity to dine al-fresco on their balcony, El Sur is definitely the place to have awe-inspiring brunch. Dishes include classic Spanish cuisine such as Patatas bravas (potatoes in a spicy tomato sauce) and Calamares a la Romana con Alioli (Fried squid with Alioli), alongside contemporary meals such as avocado cannelloni with tuna. There is an emphasis on seafood but the menu also features the likes of Wagyu Beef Tartar and prime beef ribeye. With onsite mixologists, there will always be a drink to your liking and guests can also enjoy premium cigars. Reservations at this exclusive restaurant is a must.
Al Qasr provides one of Dubai’s biggest brunches. Guests can experience the atmosphere of three different restaurants, Arboretum, MJ’s Steak House and Al Hambra, all set nearby the authentic Madinat Jumeriah. Al Qasr translates as ‘palace’, hinting at the style of service the restaurant aims to deliver. Guests can choose from a vast variety of foods, including Arabic, Chinese, Thai, Malaysian, Japanese, Indian, Spanish, German or British dishes. This might be why Al Qasr was awarded the Best Brunch by BBC Good Food (2011) and the Highly Commended Brunch prize by Time Out Awards (2010). Al Qasr is upscale brunch venue with a mighty reputation. It’s a must-visit for brunch fans in the city.
Al Sufouh Rd – Dubai, +971 4 366 8888
Unlike many of Dubai’s brunch venues, which aim to offer as much choice as possible, Nobu has a sole focus, Japanese fare. Nobu’s fame is largely down to distinguished chef Nobu Matsuhisa, who chose to offer Japanese dishes with an Arabian influence in this Dubai branch of his global string of restaurants. The ‘High Brunch’ is a real treat for gastro enthusiasts, where dishes are served á la carte, complemented by a sushi bar and sake lounge. Portions are large and shareable, meaning guests get a true family-style dining experience. A deluxe brunch that includes Nobu’s signature dishes, such as black cod in miso, chicken anticucho, yellow tail sashimi with jalapenos, wagyu beef teriyaki or the crab tacos with wasabi sour cream.. Besides the fantastic main dishes, dessert fans will be satisfied as well, as Japanese rice sweets mochi are on the menu.
The Crescent – Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, +971 4 426 2626
Traiteur is high-quality restaurant serving French cuisine, whose Friday Brunch has won numerous awards over the years. The kitchen is led by chef Daniel Hoefler, who features a great selection of appetizers, main courses and the desserts. From oysters, snail or salmon to pork, lamb and beef to tasty vegetarian selections, Traiteur ensures everything is available. Traiteur offers four types of brunch packages, either without alcohol or with the classic Dubai champagne option. If weather permits, dining al-fresco overlooking to the picturesque marina is not to be missed; otherwise, just enjoy one of the private dining rooms with a splendid interior and open kitchen design. Just sit back and enjoy the live jazz band playing during the brunch hours. Reservations are essential.
Park Hyatt Dubai, Sheikh Rashid Rd – Dubai, +971 4 317 2222
If by now it seems that Dubai is all about chic and upscale, then this example comes as a breath of fresh air. Double Decker is truly one of the most affordable options in the city for an amazing brunch. Recreating the design and cuisine of a British pub, Double Decker has won plaudits for its food, drink, sports coverage and live entertainment. Double Decker offers a splendid buffet brunch with unmistakably British foods, roast beef, beef stew, roasted potatoes and Yorkshire pudding, as well as an international choice of salads and pasta. A perfect venue for groups or couples keen to enjoy a delicious brunch in a fully relaxed, casual and easy-going atmosphere.
Al Safa St, Dubai, +971 4 321 1111
Three kitchens work in harmony to provide the outstanding array of food on offer at the Horizon Brunch: Rosso, Benihana and Horizon All-Day Dining, all located within the Amwaj Rotana Residence. The dishes are based on both western and eastern cuisine, delivering something mouth-watering whichever style you choose. The brunch is in set up as a buffet, but a la carte dining is also possible thanks to Horizon’s all-day dining concept. Several live cooking stations prepare the best of barbecue, shawarma, omelette or crepes, right on the spot. With a scenic terrace and great views of the Arabian Gulf, Horizon is a pleasant, relaxing and attractive brunch venue. Families are welcomed. Activities are organised for kids, while live music entertains the grown ups.
The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence | Amwaj Rotana, Dubai 86834 , +971 4283 087
If you want a different brunch experience, The Ripe Market in Times Square Centre, provides an al-fresco dining experience. The open-air farmer’s market, set up 9am-2pm every Saturday, has plenty of stalls to go between, with local and international businesses setting up food and artisanal-style treat stands to peruse. Go at your own pace and even take something home for later.