Scorching temperatures may have canceled our al fresco plans, but they won’t stop us enjoying a bottomless brunch feast indoors this summer…
Summer is here, and that means sadly, we’ve said goodbye to our al fresco feasting, but it’s hello to a fresh new season of indoor summer brunches. This month, we bring you a guide to Dubai’s best new indoor brunches.
Whether you’re starting the weekend early with a Thursday evening brunch, it’s a traditional Friday feast you’re after or you’re dragging out the weekend with a Saturday session, here are 21 of Dubai’s best indoor brunches.
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. lovepartiesgroup.com
Already dominating the Friday brunch scene with their double serving of evening brunches, Mr Miyagi’s have another addition to get your Asian street food fix at. The first bites such as edamame and spring rolls are served to the table to share, then it’s help yourself to the sushi station before selecting a main and dessert from the menu. Expect a lively atmosphere, with crowd karaoke and crazy games to get the crowd going.
Mr Miyagi’s, Level 9, Media One Hotel, 8pm to 11pm, Thursdays, Dhs290 house, Dhs390 sparkling. Tel:(04) 420 7489. mrmiyagisdubai.com
The popular, family-friendly BBQ brunch at Brasserie 2.0 has gone indoors for the summer season. The foodie affair is home to more than ten live cooking stations, a huge seafood counter and a dedicated dessert counter.
Brasserie 2.0, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, 7pm to 11pm, Thursdays, Dhs310 soft, Dhs475 house. Tel: (04) 316 5550. leroyalmeridien-dubai.com
Get an early start to the weekend with a seafood buffet at Pisces Kitchen at Blue Orange. Every Thursday from 6pm to 11pm, the home of the famed Bubbalicious brunch puts on an array of seafood, washed down with unlimited drinks and live music for Dhs249 with soft drinks or Dhs349 with house.
Blue Orange Restaurant & Terrace, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina, 6pm to 11pm, Thursdays, Dhs249 soft, Dhs349 house. Tel: (04) 511 7373. blueorangedubai.com
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
Casual Italian eatery Via Veneto has launched a new Thursday (and Friday) evening brunch, that’s all about a winning combination – pizza and prosecco. Dishes will be served to the table, with a selection of pizzas available to choose from, alongside free flowing sparkling. Prefer a wine or beer? No problem, they’re included in the package too.
Via Veneto, Manzil Hotel, The Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, 7pm to 10pm, Thursday and Friday, Dhs149 ladies, Dhs199 guys. Tel: (04) 242 7882. viaveneto.ae
Al Habtoor City hotspot Babiole hosts a fun Friday brunch ‘Let’s Babiole’ from its enviable location on the 44th floor of the recently rebranded Hilton. The three-and-a-half-hour package serves up a four-course tasting menu to the table alongside unlimited drinks. On the menu, you’ll find a mix of modern European dishes, taken from the a la carte offering. Expect a lively party vibe, and don’t be surprised to find yourself dancing on the table by the time last orders are called.
Babiole, Hilton Dubai, Al Habtoor City, 12.30pm to 4pm, Fridays, Dhs295 house, Dhs395 sparkling. Tel: 056 515 4665. facebook.com/babioledubai
The Blacksmith got off to a shaky start, closing its doors just a month after opening. But it’s back now, and serving up a meat-loving Friday brunch each week at the Wyndham Dubai Marina Hotel. The menu favours a sharing style that’s served to the table, with a big focus on meat. Starters include wings, armadillo eggs, chicken fries, while guests can face an almighty serving of 14hr smoked brisket, glazed chicken breasts, deep fried catfish and smoked lamb ribs severed with sides of BBQ beans, sweet potato mash, mac & cheese and loaded fries.
The Blacksmith, Wyndham Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina, 1pm to 4pm, Fridays, Dhs219 soft, Dhs299 house, Dhs479 premium. Tel: 04 407 8873. theblacksmithdubai.com
For a classy, foodie feast, they don’t come much better than the Friday brunch at Bleu Blanc. Food is served to the table, and it’s a mix of celebrity chef David Myers’ signature dishes such as oxtail tartine, polenta croquettes and grilled king prawns served to the table. More of an upscale affair that’s all about food than a party brunch filled with entertainment, it’s an authentic taste of the South of France.
Bleu Blanc, Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai, 12.30pm to 4pm, Fridays, Dhs299 soft, Dhs399 house, Dhs599 premium. Tel: (04) 512 5533. bleublanc-dubai.com
Fogo de Chão
Bringing a taste of Brazil to Dubai, Fogo de Chão recently opened its doors in DIFC’s Central Park Towers. At its Friday brunch, guests can enjoy a four-hour package of the signature churrasco experience which includes unlimited cuts of meats carved tableside by Brazilin-trained gaucho chefs. A vast assortment of sides are available at the Market Table, and it’s finished with a buffet dessert station.
Fogo de Chão, Central Park Towers, DIFC, 12pm to 4pm, Fridays, Dhs299 soft, Dhs439 house. Tel: (04) 343 8867. fogome.com
We’re not the biggest fans of character-led restaurants (a fair few seem to have popped up across the city recently), but we’re willing to make an exception for Hotel Cartagena. The Latin American restaurant and bar, which has replaced the all too short lived Morah in the JW Marriott Marquis has just opened, and is now home to a lively weekly Friday brunch. Complete with boho vibes, signature South American dishes and 360 degree views of the city, it’s the tallest brunch there is, perched on level 72 of the Marriott Marquis.
Hotel Cartagena, JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay,1.30pm to 4.30pm, Fridays, Dhs295 soft, Dhs395 house. Tel: (04) 560 1799. hotelcartagena.ae
The Lion by Nick & Scott
Formerly known as The Black Lion, this H Hotel pub now goes by the name The Lion, and has been taken over by the mastermind chefs behind Madinat Jumeirah’s folly, Nick Alvis and Scott Price. The Friday brunch was one of their first moves, and it’s a simple, a la carte offering that doesn’t try to be fancy.. Expect high quality, traditional dishes such as sausage rolls, scotch eggs and fish and chips that will satisfy any nostalgic Brit.
The Lion, H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 2pm to 9pm (three hour rolling package including house drinks), Fridays, Dhs300, plus Dhs100 for an additional hour of drinks. Tel: (04) 3592366. theliondubai.ae
The Mucha Lucha Brunch at Luchador in the Aloft Palm Jumeirah hotel combines Mexican cuisine, colourful cocktails, incredible views across the gulf, and all things ‘fiesta’. While the terrace may be closed for summer, you can still enjoy the views from the comfort of the AC. You’ll get unlimited servings of twelve Mexican favourites, including tacos, guac, ceviches and churros, plus a live band and DJ are on hand to provide toe-tapping Latin tunes.
Luchador, Aloft Palm Jumeirah, Fridays, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs195 soft, Dhs295 house, Dhs395 sparkling. Tel: (04) 247 5550. luchadordubai.com
Dim Sum Disco at Maiden Shanghai
The Dim Sum Disco powered by Candypants is the brunch that everyone wants to be at. Taking over upscale Asian restaurant Maiden Shanghai, it’s a high-end, high-energy dining experience serving a sleek a la carte offering of sharing dishes paired with an array of beverages which includes cocktails and bubbles, and an up-tempo soundtrack of vocal house and commercial tracks spun by popular Dubai DJ Adam Graca. After brunch, a ‘Drunch Disco’ offers three drinks for Dhs100 from 4pm to 6pm.
Dim Sum Disco by Candypants, Maiden Shanghai, FIVE Palm Jumeirah, 1pm to 4pm, Fridays, Dhs395. Tel: (050) 220 4638. More info on Facebook
Back by popular demand, Miss Lily’s has recently relaunched its summer Blazin’ Brunch. The intimate spot serves up a party vibe from the moment you arrive, with catch tunes sure to turn toe tapping to table dancing by the end of the afternoon. On the menu, you’ll find both breakfast style options (the pancakes are a must try), as well as more classic Miss Lily dishes such as the famous Jerk chicken and Jamaican breakfast.
Miss Lily’s, 5th Floor, Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, 12pm to 4pm, Fridays, Dhs290 soft, Dhs390 house. Tel: (04) 3562900. misslilys.com
Before you get to Nobu, prepare to battle your way to the door. Not only is the swanky Japanese hotspot located in one of Dubai’s most iconic addresses, Atlantis The Palm, it’s also famous in its own right as the brainchild of one of the world’s most recognised chefs, Nobu Matsuhisa – so expect to have to fight your way past legions of tourists eager to snap a selfie by the sign outside. Once inside, guests can experience the new ‘World of Nobu’ brunch concept. It’s a collection of live stations of sushi, sashimi and cold plates, but also includes receiving a ‘passport’, which gives access to try signature Nobu dishes from different outlets around the world. Spicy chicken tacos arrive courtesy of Nobu Miami, the Nobu Full English is a signature from the London branch, and the famed black cod comes via the West Hollywood venue. It’s complimented by live entertainment that changes on a weekly basis.
Nobu, Atlantis The Palm, 12pm to 3pm, Fridays, Dhs395 soft, Dhs586 house, Dhs650 sparkling. Tel: (04) 426 0800. atlantisthepalm.com
Fans of Jazz PizzaExpress’ lively brunch Thursday (and Friday) brunch, we’ve got good news for you: the Downtown sister, PizzaExpress Live have launched their own (slightly more upscale) version. The four-hour package is priced at Dhs299 and includes sharing starters, an array of main courses on top of the usual pizza and pasta (the short ribs have got our attention) and dessert. It’s served up alongside a DJ, live music and magician.
PizzaExpress Live, Doubletree by Hilton Bay Square, 1pm to 5pm, Fridays. Dhs199 soft, Dhs299 house. Tel: (04) 566 5722. pizzaexpress.ae
The US export that’s part steakhouse part party palace books up its Friday brunch weeks in advance at it’s JBR location, so it’s a good job they’re now running their weekly ‘Dare to Brunch’ Downtown too. The lively three-hour brunch package serves up signature STK dishes such as beef tartare alongside fancy Dubai dishes like oysters and Burrata, a choice of fillet or striploin stake for main (there’s veggie options too) with their famed mac n cheese and a choice of dessert. It’s washed down with free-flowing house beverages.
STK Dubai JBR, Rixos Premium, and STK Downtown, Address Downtown, 1pm to 4pm, JBR, Fridays, Dhs349 soft, Dhs499 house. Tel: (04) 323 0061. facebook.com/STKDubaiJBR
Whether you’re nursing a hangover or just looking to enjoy a leisurely weekend brunch with friends, the free-flowing breakfast brunch at Axe House offers Bloody Marys, Mimosas, craft beers and brunch classics like eggs benedict, avo’ on everything, French toast and pancakes.
Axe House, Cluster P, Armada Blue Bay Hotel, JLT, 10am to 2pm, Dhs195 mimosas, Dhs99 Bloody Mary, Dhs65 soft drinks. Tel: (04) 399 9577. facebook.com/AxeHouseJLT
Equal parts cocktail bar, retro club and delicatessen, Barbary has just launched it’s weekend A La Carte brunch menu on Fridays and Saturdays from 12pm till 5pm. Not your usual Dubai Brunch, grab a chair on the terrace and tuck in to A La Carte offerings such as steak and eggs and the Barbary Shakshouka and a range of Bloody Mary’s to match.
Barbary, TRYP by Wyndham, Barsha Heights, Friday and Saturday 12pm to 5pm. Tel: (04) 247 6688. barbary.ae