Brunch is back: 12 of the best brunches to book this weekend

Live entertainment, brunches and more return…

It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for. The rules surrounding live entertainment, events, weddings, hotels, restaurants and concerts have eased in Dubai.

Additionally, brunches are back. Yes, the bonafide weekend pastime that we all know and love is resuming once again. Naturally, we bet you’ll be right back on that horse, so here are 12 amazing brunches to go to this weekend…


Secret Parties have a brand new brunch set to take place at chic fine dining restaurant 3BK. From Friday May 21, and every Friday thereafter between 1pm and 4.30pm, guests can enjoy unlimited drinks alongside a four course meal from within the world’s tallest building. The menu promises to be as lavish as its surroundings, with highlights including sushi platters, roasted leg of lamb, seafood linguine, vegan lasagne and sweets such as eclairs, profiteroles and the special 3BK Khalifa Sundae.

Secret Brunch at the Burj Khalifa, 3BK, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, Fridays, 1pm to 4.30pm, from Dhs299. secret-parties.com

Bla Bla

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Bla Bla is the hottest new place on JBR and its brunch will have you kicking things off early. Enter Brunch at Onda Nami, which runs from 1pm to 4pm. On the menu is dishes such as crispy rice avocado and california rolls to start, followed by Katsu Kare with chicken, Japanese curry and rice or Angus BBQ short rib with sweet potato fries, and red velvet delight for dessert. House beverages include beers, wines and spirits and two Bla Bla cocktails.

Brunch at Onda Nami, Bla Bla, JBR, Dubai, Fridays 1pm to 4pm, Dhs250 soft drinks, Dhs350 house drinks. Tel: (0)58 606 3535. @blabladubai

Breeze Beach Grill


An oldie but a goodie, Breeze Beach Grill has long been popular with Dubai’s brunch crowd. On Fridays enjoy beach access, an open BBQ and unlimited house beverages for Dhs245. It always gets busy here so make sure to book ahead.

Breeze Beach Grill, Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, Fridays 1pm to 4pm, Dhs245. Tel: (04) 568 3000. @breezebeachdxb

Mimi Kakushi

Discover the swinging jazz age of 1920s Osaka at Mimi Kakushi. Its new brunch runs every Friday from 12pm to 4pm, with incredible Japanese dishes such as black cod and prawn gyoza with a citrus miso sauce, crisp vegetable tempura, Kushi Angus beef and yakitori chicken thighs. Throw in unlimited beverages and you’ve got yourself a brunch.

Mimi Kakushi, Four Seasons Resort Dubai, Jumeirah, daily 6pm to 2am, brunch 12pm to 4pm, soft drinks Dhs350, house drinks Dhs490, Champagne Dhs695. Tel: (0)4 379 4811. @mimikakushi

McGettigan’s JLT


Prepare to expect the unexpected as you descend into Mad Hatter’s tea party at McGettigan’s JLT with a range of delicious dishes and, of course, free-flowing beverages between 1pm and 4pm on Friday, May 21. McGettigan’s is known for its live music and you can bet they’ll be celebrating the ease in restrictions in true McGettigans form.

McGettigan’s JLT, Cluster J, JLT, Dubai, ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’, Friday, May 21, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs249 house, Dhs299 premium. Tel: (0)4 356 0470. mcgettigans.com

Mina Brasserie

A new brunch is launching in Dubai this weekend at the ultra chic Mina Brasserie in Four Season DIFC. Called Exquisite, the concept promises an elevated fine dining experience with dishes including seared foie gras and lobster pot pie.

Exquisite, Mina Brasserie, Four Seasons DIFC, Fridays, 1pm to 4pm, from Dhs750. Tel: (0)4 506 0100. minabrasserie.com

Palm Bay

Palm Bay is one of the most popular bars and restaurants on the Club Vista Mare strip and for good reason. Brunch runs every Friday from 1pm to 4pm with sharing starters, a choice of mains (including catch of the day, slow roast leg of lamb, house special half jerk chicken, oven baked lentil & mushroom meat loaf), sharing desserts and free-flowing house beverages for a wallet-friendly Dhs295.

Palm Bay, Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, Fridays 1pm to 4pm, Dhs295 house package. Tel: (0)4 554 2665. @palmbaydubai


Soho beer garden foxglove friday brunch

We all like to get more for our money and you’ll get just that at Foxglove’s long Friday brunch which runs from 12pm to 5pm. It promises a three-course meal, with a choice of British and European dishes on the menu, along with free-flowing drinks. For ladies, it’s Dhs250 with house drinks or Dhs350 with sparkling wine, and for the lads, it’s Dhs300 with house drinks and Dhs400 with bubbles.

Foxglove Steakhouse and Gastropub and Soho Beer Garden, Lunch in the Garden, Meydan Racecourse, Fri, noon to 5pm, from Dhs250 for ladies, from Dhs300 for gents. Tel: (0) 52 388 8849. @foxglovedxb

Fuchsia Urban Thai

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Brunches don’t all have to be about cocktails. If you’re a big fan of dim sum, check out Fuchsia Urban Thai’s bottomless dim sum brunch, running every Friday and Saturday from 12pm to 4pm. For Dhs100, you can enjoy unlimited dim sum from seafood Shumai to chicken & shitake mushrooms, plus a starter and a side. Value for money indeed.

Fuchsia Urban Thai, Barsha Heights, Dubai, Fridays and Saturdays, 12pm to 4pm. @eatfuchsia

The Pangolin

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For lazy, leisurely Fridays, check out the new three-hour brunch at The Pangolin. The best thing about this? You can choose your three-hour slot anywhere between 12pm to 8pm, so for those who don’t like to start too early, this one’s for you. Dishes include beef and three veg skewers, coal roasted sea bream with lemon butter and herb sauce, and open fire roasted oysters.

The Pangolin, The Els Club, Dubai Sports City, Fridays, choose a three-hour slot between 12pm and 8pm, Dhs250 soft drinks, Dhs350 house drinks, Dhs450 premium, kids Dhs95. Tel: 058 573 2594. @thepangolindxb

The Secret Brunch at The Ritz

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Do brunch Great Gatsby-style with Secret Parties’ Secret Brunch at The Ritz. The glamorous brunch includes fancy French dishes such as Belgian veal meatballs, classic moules a la crème, pan seared sea Bass & grilled beef striploin, with prices starting from Dhs295 for soft drinks and Dhs395 for house drinks.

The Secret Brunch at The Ritz, The Ritz Carlton DIFC, Dubai, Fridays 1pm to 5pm, Dhs295 soft, Dhs395 house, Dhs495 bubbles, Dhs595 champagne. secret-parties.com

The Tipsy Lion


Casual British-style pub The Tipsy Lion recently reopened its doors and it’s back with the ‘Great British Brunch’ this weekend. On the menu you’ll find classic British dishes such as fish and chips and butter chicken pie, as well as chicken tikka, plant-based sliders and desserts such as sticky toffee pudding. Live music will be provided by a resident DJ and some of the Boxtones. Free-flowing drinks include themed cocktails. Happy hour runs from 5pm to 8pm.

Tipsy Lion, Sofitel Dubai Downtown, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai, Fridays 1pm to 5pm, Dhs279 soft drinks, Dhs349 house drinks, Dhs349 sparkling. Tel: (0)58 896 0045. tipsyliondubai.com

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