Yes, the old-school concept of a brunch…
Long before Dubai transformed the meaning of brunch to a three or four-hour all-you-can eat feast of international buffets, bottomless beverages and a circus of entertainment, it was merely a leisurely meal eaten sometime after breakfast, but too early to be classed as lunch.
But don’t knock this traditional breakfast and lunch blend. It may not have a caviar bar, shot trolleys or a belly dancer, but it comes complete with a buffet of pastries, fresh juice bars and even the option to have ‘breakfast in bed’.
Here are five breakfast brunches to try in Dubai.
1. Bistro Des Arts
At Bistro Des Arts, guests are invited to enjoy a traditional French-style sharing brunch every Friday and Saturday. Help yourself from the buffet to start where there’s a selection of fresh juices, pastries, cheese and cold cuts of meat. Then, pick your main from a collection of hearty breakfasts, a made-to-order crepe and a hot beverage all for Dhs99. For an additional Dhs75, guests can treat themselves to three breakfast cocktails.
Bistro Des Arts, Marina Promenade, Dubai Marina, 10am to 2pm, Friday and Saturday, from Dhs99. Tel: (04) 55 11 576. bistrodesarts.ae
2. La Cantine Du Faubourg
For a fancier affair, La Cantine Du Faubourg serves up a ‘brunch in bed’ experience every Saturday. It’s technically not in the morning, but it serves up all the best breakfast dishes you could wish for. A fresh bowl of warm pastries is served alongside fresh juices while you peruse the newspaper-style menu. It’s an extensive menu, cleverly split into breakfast dishes cooking up eggs every way imaginable, to cold starters, mains, then breakfast pastries and desserts to finish. As well as a standard drinks package, there’s also the option to upgrade it with either house beverages or sparkling, too. There’s only one four-poster bed though, so if you want to bag the most Instagrammable spot, be sure to book ahead.
Reveil Brunch, La Cantine du Faubourg, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, 12pm to 4pm, Saturdays, Dhs265 soft, Dhs400 house, Dhs550 sparkling. Tel: 04 352 7105. lacantine.ae
3. Circle Cafe
The breakfast brunch at Circle Cafe is basically a foodie challenge. The premise is simple: show up, pay Dhs55 and eat as much as you can off the breakfast menu. No restrictions. The menu features an array of Circle signatures such as the breakfast bowl, shakshouka and beetroot hummus and avocado, plus a few naughty options such as French toast, waffles and pancakes. The deal also includes a hot drinks, with smoothies and cold drinks charged separately.
Various locations including Media City, Business Bay and Silicon Oasis, 8am to 5pm, Friday and Saturday, Dhs55. Tel: (04) 276 6283. circle-cafe.com
4. Park House
The quaint Park House cafe on Kite Beach has launched a breakfast brunch that’s available all day, every day through summer. Priced at Dhs55 per person, guests can select any three breakfast items from their newly revamped menu. As well as Park House favourites such as beetroot avocado toast, shakshouka, hash and eggs, and blueberry pancakes there are brand new vegan dishes, fresh pastries and smoothies to choose from. You can’t make a reservation, so just show up and enjoy.
Park House, Kite Beach, 7am to 8pm, daily until September 30, Dhs55. parkhouse.ae
5. Al Muntaha
In typical Burj Al Arab style, the new breakfast brunch at Al Muntaha restaurant is an expectedly lavish affair. Taking place at the fancy French restaurant, guests can enjoy their brunch suspended 200 metres in the sky on the 27th floor of the iconic hotel. Served up every Friday from 10am to 3.30pm, the brunch begins with freshly prepared egg dishes brought to each guest’s table, with fancy choices such as quail eggs Florentine garnished with black truffle, a fluffy omelet of Portobello mushroom and aged Pecorino, and the menu’s signature dish, ‘L’Oeuf Benedicte’, which is eggs benedict with blue lobster. Also on the menu is quintessential breakfast items including traditional breads and pastries served with homemade jam, followed by a number of main courses such as turbot with cauliflower puree and truffled corn-fed chicken. During the brunch, guests are also be able to hand pick their own oysters, razor clams and Alaskan king crab for the ultimate luxury appetizer, with the package concluding with a spread of Patisserie-style desserts and cheese.
Le Grand Petit Déjeuner, Al Muntaha, Burj Al Arab, 10am to 3.30pm, Fridays, Dhs595. Tel: (04) 301 7600. jumeirah.com
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