5 brunches in Dubai (that actually occur between breakfast and lunch)

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Yes, the old-school brunch…

Long before Dubai transformed the meaning of brunch to a three or four hour all-you-can eat feast of international buffets, bottomless beverages and a circus of entertainment, it was merely a leisurely meal eaten sometime after breakfast, but too early to be classed as lunch.

But don’t knock this traditional breakfast and lunch blend. It may not have a caviar bar, shot trolleys or a belly dancer, but it comes complete with a buffet of pastries, fresh juice bars and even the option to have ‘breakfast in bed’.

Here are five breakfast brunches to try in Dubai.

1. Le Petit Belge

Le Petit Belge serves up a European-style brunch every Friday and Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Guests can tuck in to a buffet of continental favourites including cold cuts, pastries and fresh fruits, as well as picking one dish from the a la carte menu. For those wishing to kick things up a notch, beverage packages are available from Dhs100.

Pullman JLT, Cluster T, Fri and Sat 10am to 2pm, Dhs99 including soft drinks, beverage packages available from Dhs100. Tel: (04) 242 7794. More info on website

2. Bistro Des Arts

Bistro Des Artes

At Bistro Des Arts, guests are invited to enjoy a traditional French-style sharing brunch every Friday and Saturday. Help yourself from the social table to start, where there’s a selection of fresh juices, pastries, cheese and cold cuts. Then, pick your main from a collection of hearty breakfasts, a made-to-order crepe and a hot beverage all for Dhs99.

The Address Hotel, Dubai Marina, 10am-2pm, from Dhs99. Tel: (04) 55 11 576. More info on website

3. La Cantine Du Faubourg

For a fancier affair, La Cantine Du Faubourg aims to serve up a ‘brunch in bed’ experience for weekend diners. It’s technically not in the morning, but it serves up all the best breakfast bites. There’s a wide selection of pastries, sweets and signatures, including smoked salmon bagels and eggs florentine, plus fresh juices and hot beverages. There’s also the option to upgrade it with either house beverages or sparkling, too.

Emirates Towers, Dubai, Saturday 12pm to 4pm, soft Dhs250, house Dhs380, sparkling Dhs495. Tel: (04) 352 7105. More info on website

4. Circle Cafe

The big breakfast at Circle Cafe is so big, it’s basically a brunch in itself. For Dhs64, you can tuck in to their hearty breakfast bowl that comes complete with two eggs, grilled mushroom, avocado, halloumi cheese, baked beans, sautéed tomatoes, steak and a choice of juice. Breakfast is served up at all seven Circle Cafe locations in Dubai, and it’s an all-day affair, too.

Various locations including Media City, Business Bay and Silicon Oasis, daily 8am to 10.30pm, Dhs64. Tel: (04) 276 6283. More info on website

5. Sarabeth’s

This well-known breakfast haunt in New York is popular among celebrities (from Kanye West to Taylor Swift), and has even been credited with starting NYC’s famous brunch scene. It’s most famous for its pancakes – the classic buttermilk will set you back Dhs45, and they come with a serious side of people-watching. Breakfast is served daily until 3.30pm, so it’s good for the early, and not so early, risers alike.

City Walk Phase 2, Al Safa, Dubai, daily 8.30am to midnight. Tel: (052) 397 6750. More info on website.

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