10 Saturday brunches to try in Dubai

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Because brunch isn’t just a Friday thing…

The Friday Brunch is a weekend staple in Dubai that is unrivaled around the world. Abandoning the traditional sense of the word (you know, eggs benedict and pancakes) in favour of a three or four-hour feast with unlimited drinks, it’s something everyone has to experience at least once.

But brunch is no longer restricted to a Friday feast, as many restaurants and bars are opting to host a second serving on a Saturday. So if you can’t make Friday, or you’ve got stamina for a double dose, here are 10 Saturday brunches to try in Dubai.

Drai’s

Las Vegas export has teamed up with popular British party brand Lovejuice for their Saturday party brunch. It’s a five hour package of buffet dishes and free flowing drinks which include a selection of sangrai’s and slushy cocktails as well as house drinks. While the chef’s serve up some tasty dishes, over at the DJ booth, a rotation of Drai’s and Lovejuice resident DJs serve up a lively party vibe of urban hits that are sure to have the whole pool dancing as the sun sets.

Lovejuice at Drai’s Dubai, Gate B, Meydan 12pm to 5pm, Saturdays, Dhs240 ladies, Dhs330 guys, club open until 9pm. Tel:(052) 388 8857. draisdxb.com

The Penthouse

Party ladies’ day part party brunch, this upscale Saturday party takes place 16 floors up at The Penthouse. Run by party brand Candypants, expect a lively vibe as local DJs spin on rotation, five hours of free flowing drinks as well as regular fashion shows and pop-up boutiques.

The Penthouse, FIVE Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jumeirah, 12pm to 5pm, Saturdays, Dhs249 ladies drinks only, Dhs349 ladies brunch, Dhs399 gents brunch. Tel: (050) 220 4638. Facebook.com/Candypantsevents

La Cantine

The four hour ‘Reveil’ Saturday brunch package at La Cantine is an all-you-can-eat breakfast feast complete with pyjama wearing waiters, alarm clocks, fluffy slippers and a menu of top brekkie dishes. And best of all? It’s served up in an actual bed. There’s only one four-poster bed though, so if you want to bag the most Instagrammable spot, be sure to book ahead…

La Cantine du Faubourg, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, 12pm to 4pm, Saturdays, Dhs265 soft, Dhs400 house, Dhs550 sparkling. Tel: (04) 352 7105. lacantine.ae

Graze

City Walk hotel La Ville hosts a Saturday Grazing Feast each week at Graze Gastro Grill. There’s a flow of dishes served to the table designed to be shared, with not only prime cuts of meat on offer, but a host of seafood and vegetarian options as well. It’s served from 1pm to 6pm, and you can pick any three hour slot in that time.

GRAZE Gastro Grill, La Ville Hotel & Suites, City Walk, Saturdays any 3-hour period between 1pm to 6pm, Dhs199 soft, Dhs299 grape and hops, Dhs399 premium beverages. Tel: (04) 403 3111. grazelaville.com

Nikki Beach

Rose Saturdays is the lively pink-themed brunch party hosted at Nikki Beach every Saturday. It runs from 1pm until 4pm, with the three hour package coupled with live entertainment, poolside beats and Mediterrasian dishes. Brunch prices start from Dhs265 for the soft package, Dhs395 for house and Dhs465 for cocktails.

Nikki Beach Club, Nikki Beach Dubai, Pearl Jumeira, Saturdays, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs265 soft, Dhs395 house, Dhs465 cocktails. Tel: (04) 376 6290. Nikkibeach.com

Geales

Geales in Le Royal Meridien runs its family-friendly Saturday brunch each week. There’s a four-course brunch menu served to the table alongside four hours of free-flowing selected drinks, plus there’s a whole host of activities for the little ones, including face painting, arts and crafts, a bouncy castle and kids’ yoga.

Geales, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa, Dubai Marina, 12pm to 4pm, Dhs435 house, Dhs295 soft, Dhs150 kids. Tel: (04) 316 5550. geales-dubai.com

Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE

Famed for bringing international DJs to their day-to-night party every Friday, Blue Marlin also offers a beachside Saturday brunch. Dine, drink and dance along to the sensations of the Balearic, unwinding to the sound of tropical beats with DJs Sam Starks and Mario Bazouri on the decks. There’s two sittings in the restaurant of Mediterranean sharing dishes, as well as a slightly longer option if you choose to brunch beachside.

Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Al Jazira Hotels and Resort, Ghantoot, Abu Dhabi, Saturday 1pm to 3.30pm and 4pm to 6.30pm restaurant, 1pm to 4pm on the beach and terrace, Dh310 restaurant, Dhs340 terrace and beach, Dhs 580 for bubbles package. Tel: (056) 113 3400. bluemarlinibiza-uae.com

The Els Club

Serving up a Friday and Saturday brunch, The Big Easy Bar and Grill at The Els Club is a South African fusion feast. The carvery brunch has seating both inside and outside overlooking the Els Golf Club, and there’s carvery stations and homemade Big Easy delights to tuck into from 12.30pm to 3.30pm.

The Big Easy Bar and Grill, The Els Club, Fri and Sat, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Dhs149 kids, Dhs249 soft, Dhs349 house, Dhs399 bubbly. Tel: (04) 425 1000. elsclubdubai.com

Playa Nomade

After a big Friday night party that takes you to the shores of Ibiza, Saturday La Familia brunch at Playa Nomade is a great alternative to feel like you’ve escaped the city. The four-hour package serves up Mediterranean vibes, an excellent selection of European dishes and some epic sunsets.

Playa Nomade, Rixos The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 12pm to 4pm, Saturdays, Dhs295 soft, Dhs310 house. Tel: (054) 449 6464. Facebook.com/PlayaNomade

Zero Gravity

Dubai’s biggest Saturday brunch returns to the pool and beach each week. It’s a colourful, all-inclusive pool and beach brunch for those who don’t want the weekend to end. It comes with all-inclusive food and drink stations for five hours, and resident DJs taking to the decks till late.

Zero Gravity, Sky Dive Dubai, Dubai Marina. Saturdays, 12pm to 5pm, Dhs249 ladies, Dhs299 gents. Tel:(04) 399 0009. 0-gravity.ae 

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