Start your brunch a little later with these mid-afternoon Dubai brunches
From a 3pm brunch with beach access to more fine dining affairs from 2pm, 3pm, or 5pm…
Brunches in Dubai are a fabulously fun affair, with food, drinks and usually dancing galore. Many across the city tend to start from around 1pm, which can be a little early for those who take a while to get going, especially on a Friday.
If you like your lie-ins and leisurely weekends but want the benefit of amazing brunch deals, a late brunch is the one for you.
Okay, this one isn’t that late on in the afternoon, but a 2pm start somehow feels like much longer to prepare. If you haven’t been to Asia Asia yet, it’s a definite one for the must-visit Dubai list, with gorgeous interiors and epic Dubai Marina views. It’s Dhs399 with soft drinks, Dhs499 with house drinks, Dhs599 with sparkling and Dhs699 with bubbly.
Asia Asia, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, 2pm to 5pm, Fridays, soft drinks Dhs399, house drinks Dhs499. Tel: (04) 276 5900. facebook.com/AsiaAsiaDubai
Pier 7’s restaurants seem to be all about the later brunches and Cargo’s tropical brunch is excellent value for money. Dhs195 will get you house beverages and food for three hours. Don’t forget to wear your best beachy attire.
Cargo, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Dubai, Fridays from 2pm to 5pm, house drinks Dhs195, bubbly Dhs245. Tel: (04) 361 8129. cargo-dubai.com
This one’s definitely a late starter, commencing from 6pm but it’s a good one to add to your list if you’re busy during the day. There’s unlimited sushi at this cool Japanese brunch.
Kanpai, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, Fridays 6pm to 9pm, Dhs315 soft, Dhs420 house. Tel: (04) 441 9262. facebook.com/kanpaidubai
Le Petit Belge
Le Petit Belge offers its diners a range of classic Belgian dishes to try at this super stylish brasserie-style restaurant in JLT. Running from 5pm, you’ll be able to get all your stuff done during the day before brunching commences.
Le Petit Belge, Cluster T, JLT, Dubai, Fridays 5pm to 8pm, Dhs149 soft, Dhs199 house drinks, Dhs589 sparkling. Tel: (04) 242 7794. facebook.com/lepetitbelgejlt
Mr Miyagi’s offer two sittings of their Wok & Roll brunch every Friday; in the afternoon from 2pm to 5pm or in the evening from 7pm to 10pm. This three hour package will get you unlimited house beverages and five courses of their Asian dishes, alongside endless karaoke and games. It’s Dhs299 for house beverages.
Mr Miyagi’s, Media One Hotel, Wok & Roll brunch Fridays 2pm to 5pm and 7pm to 10pm, Dhs299 house. Tel: (04) 420 7489. mrmiyagisdubai.com
Pure Sky Lounge
If you’re looking for a sunset brunch with incredible views then Pure Sky Lounge is a top option. Their sunset brunch is on every Friday from 5.30pm to 9pm and is the perfect place to go if you have visiting friends or family, for more of a dinner brunch. Enjoy 15 pan-Asian sharing dishes and sip on house beverages for Dhs395 or sparkling for Dhs425.
Pure Sky Lounge, Hilton JBR, The Walk, Dubai, 5.30pm to 9pm, soft drinks Dhs245, house drinks Dhs395, sparkling Dhs425. Tel: (04) 374 7888. facebook.com/PureSkyLounge
Sleek Lebanese export Seven Sisters’ sunset brunch is perfect for those that like a weekend lie-in. From 3pm to 7pm every Friday, guests can enjoy free-flowing beverages alongside commercial R&B and chart hits by DJs SkinnyLoop and Devin Kosoko as the sun sets over the (now covered) Seven Sisters terrace. Food-wise, don’t expect a huge feast, but it’s tasty bites from their varied menu that kick off with a salad and edamame course, followed by a fresh sushi platter. The mains are a little limited – though it’s great you can order more of everything (you’ll definitely want a second truffle flatbread), that are followed by a fruit platter to finish.
Seven Sisters, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay, Fridays 3pm to 7pm, Dhs199 soft, Dhs249 drinks only, Dhs349 house, Dhs449 premium. Tel: (056) 775 4777. 7sistersdubai.com
The south-American inspired Toro Toro has a Friday brunch that kicks off at the civilised time of 3pm. Guests can enjoy three hours of unlimited starters, mains and desserts accompanied by a free flowing of beverages from 3pm to 6pm, with a happy hour taking over from 6pm offering selected drinks for Dhs30. On the menu, expect smoked guac, tuna tataki and wild mushroom flatbread, followed by Argentinean steaks and chaufa rice with chicken. It’s washed down with beverages from the three dedicated drinks stations where you can mix your own Sangria, infuse spirit-based beverages with spices and syrups and enjoy the signature Caipirinha to the backdrop of Toro Toro’s DJ Pedro.
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Toro Toro, Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, 3pm to 6pm, Fridays, Dhs333 women, Dhs433 gents. Tel: (04) 317 6000. Facebook.com/ToroToroDubai
Villa Beach at Jumeirah Beach Hotel
The stunning spot at Jumeirah Beach Hotel understands you want to start your brunch a little later in the day. Their brand new brunch, Dolce Far Niente, runs every Friday from 3pm to 6pm, with beach access from 10am so you can really arrive relaxed. Graze on some delicious Italian fare like antipasti and insalate, creamy burrata, charcoal-grilled octopus then enjoy mains like seabass. Sweet treats like vanilla panna cotta or tiramisu finish the menu.
Dolce Far Niente Brunch, Villa Beach, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Fridays 3pm to 6pm, Dhs499 house, Dhs349 soft. Tel: (04) 406 8719. jumeirah.com