And yes, by evening brunch, we do essentially mean all-you-can-eat-and-drink dinners…
It’s Dubai’s favourite Friday feast: brunch means all-you-can-eat food, bottomless beverage and, of course, a good time. And now the brunch institution has gone nocturnal, with an evening brunch happening in Dubai each and every day of the week to satisfy even the most dedicated brunch fans.
And yes, we do know that evening brunches are technically just dinners, but most people still for some reason call it brunch: it’s just one of those quirks of Dubai life.
From loud and lively to sleek and sophisticated, here are 12 evening brunches to try in Dubai. Go on, we challenge you to try them all…
Daily: Evening brunch at Publique
Publique, the Alpine-themed restaurant in the Madinat Jumeirah, has just launched a new evening brunch that will take place every night of the week. The new brunch goes from 8pm to 11pm, and costs Dhs295 for a minimum booking of six guests. A selection of starters will be served directly to the table, each guest can then choose a main of their choice, including cheese raclette to share, and wash it down with unlimited house beverages.
Publique, Madinat Jumeirah, 8pm to 11pm, daily, Dhs295 with a minimum booking of six. Tel: (04) 430 8550. More info on website
Sunday:The Midnight Brunch Dinner Show at Cavalli
Perfect for those that love an evening of glitz and glamour (and being out late on a Sunday), Cavalli’s Sunday night brunch involves live singing and dancing, unlimited starters and desserts, a choice of a la carte main and a polarising “no effort, no entry” policy (basically they mean you need to dress up to get in). The party carries on until 3am too.
Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, 8:30pm to 12am, Sundays, Dhs299. Tel: (04) 332 9260. More info on website
Monday: Shades of Play at Play
One of our favourite Mediterrasian fusion restaurants Play has a new night brunch every Monday. It comes with four hours of free-flowing drinks, signature dishes, live entertainment and a glamorous dress code. There’s a la carte options available too, but it’s
Play, 36th floor, The H Hotel, 9.30pm to 12.30am, Monday’s, Dhs450 house, Dhs650 sparkling. Tel: (050) 954 5000. More info on website
Wednesday: Jukebox brunch at Lucky Voice
Now that their hit Friday brunch books up three weeks in advance, we’re betting this new Wednesday brunch at Lucky Voice is one you’re going to want to book early. There will be unlimited food and drinks on offer, plus interactive entertainment that includes a party DJ and group sing-a-longs with karaoke songs chosen by you. Even the karaoke shy will find themselves belting out a few tunes on the inflatable microphones.
6th floor, Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights, Dubai, 8pm to 11pm, Dhs150 soft drinks, Dhs250 house drinks, Dhs295 sparkling drinks Tel: 800 58259. More info on website
Wednesday: Asian Invasion at Miss Tess
The Miss Tess night brunch is themed around Asian street food markets, and promises to be a lively mid-week hangout. At 8pm, the meal deal kicks off: for Dhs288 you’ll get to scoff on plenty of food and sip on house drinks until 11pm (the ‘night brunch’ costs Dhs228 with soft drinks). Vibe-wise, expect lots of fun. The service here comes with a side of performance and a DJ ensures that the energy stays amped up throughout the night so plan on staying out late…
Miss Tess, Taj Hotel, Business Bay, 8pm to 11pm, Wednesday, Dhs228 soft, Dhs288 house. Tel:(04) 317 6000. More info on website
Thursday: Mercury Lounge, Four Seasons Jumeirah
Rooftop hotspot Mercury Lounge has launched a food-only Thursday evening brunch. Expect an upscale affair at this swanky rooftop bar, as well as pretty great views of Dubai too. The brunch offers a selection of antipasti, sharing plates and light entrées for grazing through the evening. It’s Dhs295 for food only (you’ll pay for drinks on top of that).
Mercury Lounge, Four Seasons Resort Dubai, Jumeirah, 8pm-11pm, Dhs295. Tel:(04) 270 7777. More info on website
Thursday: Stage at Jazz Pizza Express
Love Parties, the party people behind the sellout Friday brunches We Brunch and Hidden, are back with a brand new brunch, and this one is on a Thursday. There’s drinks for Dhs30 from 4pm to 8pm, before the brunch packages kicks in at 8pm. Expect a typical feast of Pizza Express pizzas and sides, served up to acoustic sets. Afterwards, it’s five drinks for Dhs150.
Jazz Pizza Express, Cluster A, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Thursday, 8pm to 11pm, Dhs150 soft, Dhs225 house, Dhs250 sparkling. Tel: (052) 798 7275. More info on website
Thursday: Supper Club at Bar Rumba
Bar Rumba, now hosts a weekly Chino Latino inspired Supper Club every Thursday. Dishes such as sushi, adobe chicken with avocado purée, glazed sweet potato and crispy calamari are served to the table, paired with wines, beers and spirits. It kicks off at 9pm, with food served until 11pm and drinks until 1am.
Bar Rumba at Asia de Cuba Dubai, Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, 9pm to 1am, Thursdays, Dhs195 house. Tel: (04) 511 7333. facebook.com/BarRumbadxb
Thursday: Stoli Social Club at Zero Gravity
Zero Gravity’s all-inclusive fairground of fun runs al fresco every Thursday night. As well as a host of food and beverage stations, there’s ping pong, air hockey, giant Jenga, Connect 4 and classic video arcade games. Food-wise, expect the same spread as the Saturday brunch – shellfish, sliders, and live-cooking stations. All-you-can-eat-and-drink costs Dhs295. It’s a great one for mingling with your mates, and the afterparty kicks off at 10pm until 3am, with free entry for all.
Zero Gravity, Sky Dive Dubai, 8pm to 11pm, Thursday, Dhs295. Tel: (04) 318 1313. More info on website
Friday: Wok n Roll brunch at Mr Miyagi’s
Mr Miyagi’s, the Asian hotspot in Media City, is now running two servings of its lively ‘Wok and Roll’ brunch every Friday. It’s a three hour package of sharing Asian bites, with the option to upgrade to an extra hour of drinks for Dhs100 afterwards in the bar. The stars of the show are Mr Miyagi’s live singers – who get crowds going early with their pass-around karaoke of cheesy hits.
Mr Miyagi’s, Level 9, Media One Hotel, 3pm to 6pm and 8pm to 11pm, Dhs275 house, Dhs375 sparkling. Tel:(04) 420 7489. More info on website
Friday: The Brunch that really lets you lie in at Q43
This popular Media City brunch has kept it nocturnal post-summer, and serves up three hours of sharing platters to your table from its new global menu every Friday from 7pm. There’s also a new hip hop night, Straight Outta Que that takes over afterwards from 10pm with DJ Keza on the decks.
Level 43, Media One Hotel, 7pm-10pm, Dhs250 soft drinks, Dhs350 house drinks. Tel:04 443 5403 More info on website
If it’s weekend brunches you’re looking for, check our faves here.