The best beach brunches to check out in Dubai this weekend
It’s the perfect weather for it…
Is it just us or is the weather pretty glorious at the moment? The temperatures are balmy, the sun is shining and the sea is a dazzling turquoise. It’s the perfect weather for alfresco brunching, but why not do it at the beach? From brunching right there in the sand to gorgeous terraces right next to the beach, here’s our pick of Dubai’s best beach brunches.
Eva Beach House
Boho-chic Eva Beach House brings Tulum vibes to the Palm Jumeirah and runs brunch every Friday afternoon. The three hour package kicks off with healthy burrata and betroot salads, followed by a selection of maki rolls and sushi, then hot starters like seafood casserole and truffle pizza. For mains, you’ll pick from a choice of the likes of Wagyu striploin, truffle pizza, and seafood casserole, then a duo of desserts to share to finish. Afterwards, you can head down to the beach or pool and soak up the final moments of sunshine.
Eva Beach House, Palm West Beach, 2pm to 5pm, Sunday, Dhs450 soft, Dhs590 house, Dhs790 sparkling. Tel: (0)4 458 1856, @evabeachhousedxb
Sun, sand and Saturdays at the seaside go hand in hand with Café Nikki’s weekend brunch. This three-hour party comes with pool and beach access, entertainment courtesy of a resident DJ, a strong selection of seafood on the sharing-style menu and free-flowing drinks. Children are welcome and the after-party continues right through to sunset and the early evening.
Café Nikki, Nikki Beach, Pearl Jumeirah, Saturdays, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs350 soft drinks, Dhs500 house drinks, Dhs700 premium, Dhs175 kids under 12. Tel: (0)4 376 6000. nikkibeach.com
Fancy brunch with Michelin flair? Well, W Dubai – The Palm offers just that. Torno Subito, led by Massimo Bottura and his team, extends its playful dining ideas to the weekend, with dishes such as steamed oyster dill gazpacho and caviar, pizza with porcini mushrooms and black truffle, sea bream with pistachio and lemon crumble, ‘Tiramisubito’ and cheesecake. The restaurant bagged one star in the inaugural Michelin Guide Dubai.
Torno Subito, W Dubai – The Palm, Sat 1pm to 4pm, Dhs325 with soft drinks, Dhs425 with house drinks and bubbly, Dhs525 with premium. Tel: (0)4 245 5555. tornosubitodubai.com
We couldn’t take this list without mentioning the pool-beach brunch of all brunches at Zero Gravity. This go-to spot is always packed on the weekends. If you’re brunching, Saturday’s Tropical Brunch runs from 1pm to 5pm, priced at Dhs349 for ladies and Dhs399 guys, inclusive of unlimited food and house beverages. On Sundays, the Supernatural brunch runs from 12pm to 5pm, priced at Dhs299 for ladies and Dhs349 for gents, also with unlimited food and house beverages. Bag a spot on the beach, by the pool or in the lively garden area.
Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina, Dubai, 1pm to 5pm Sat, Dhs349 ladies, Dhs399 gents, 12pm to 5pm Sun, Dhs299 ladies, Dhs349 gents. Tel: (0)4 399 0009. 0-gravity.ae
Sunday brunch at Bla Bla takes place poolside, with a three-hour package coming complete with pool and beach access, three hours of food and drinks and live entertainment from Walter Scalzone. It’s one of the liveliest beach clubs in the city, so prepare to party at this early afternoon soiree.
Bla Bla, The Beach, JBR, 12pm to 3pm, Sundays, Dhs250 soft, Dhs350 house. Tel: (0)58 606 3535, blabladubai.ae
Bali-inspired Koko Bay has a brand new Sunday brunch, and it’s launching this weekend. Taking place from 1pm to 5pm, Koko Loco Brunch promises a four-hour package of unlimited drinks, a tasty menu of flavours from the Far East, and a sun bed or private cabana to soak up the sun at. On the menu, hot and cold appetisers include freshly shucked oysters, Norwegian salmon tartare and Hoisin pulled duck lettuce cups; a variety of main course options such as the Mediterranean sea bream fillet and Indonesian Nasi Goreng; along with desserts like a Kokonut lemongrass basque cheesecake. It’s served up alongside a live DJ set, live music artists and lots of sunshine.
Koko Bay, Palm West Beach, 1pm to 5pm, Sundays, Dhs300 soft, Dhs450 house, Dhs550. Tel: (0)4 5723444, kokobay.co
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Nikki Beach has long been known for hosting some of the coolest pool and beach parties in Dubai. Head there on a Sunday to enjoy handcrafted cocktails, delicious food and brilliant beats at its sharing-style brunch, priced at Dhs375 with soft drinks and Dhs550 with house drinks. Pool and beach access is subject to sun bed availability, so make sure to head there early to bag yours.
Nikki Beach Dubai, Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Pearl Jumeira, Dubai, 1pm to 4pm, Sundays, from Dhs375. dubai-bc.nikkibeach.com
Surf Club invites guests to soak up the sun at its beach brunch every Sunday, with the ‘toes in the sand’ experience running from 1pm to 5pm offering guests a delicious seafood menu, breathtaking views and atmospheric vibes, thanks to a weekly roster of international DJs. Guests can enjoy dishes such as creamy burrata, steamed edamame and a mixed sushi platter, followed by a choice of main from dishes such as black Angus ribeye, spaghetti alle tartufo and miso glazed salmon and finally, sharing desserts will be served including profiteroles, key lime pie and pineapple carpaccio.
Surf Club, West Beach, Palm Jumeirah, Sundays, 1pm to 5pm, Dhs395 soft, Dhs495 house. Tel: (0)4 589 5444. @surfclubdubai