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 17 Saturday brunches to try in Dubai.
The London Project
If you’re looking for a sophisticated sit-down brunch, try The London Project at Bluewaters Island. Their Saturday Chelsea brunch promises tasty dishes like traditional eggs benedict, spiced lamb rack and fresh strawberry and avocado salad alongside plenty of British summer tipples for you to try. It’s Dhs250 for soft drinks and Dhs350 for free-flowing house beverages.
Chelsea Brunch, The London Project, Bluewaters Island, Dubai, Fridays, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs250 soft, Dhs350 house. Tel: (054) 306 1822. thelondonproject.com
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The STK brunches just keep on coming, and their Downtown spot has you covered on a Saturday. This disco-themed Saturday afternoon feast starts with starters such as their amazing Lil’ Brgrs, ceviche and salad, followed by an a la carte choice of main such as steak, roasted salmon or cauliflower risotto. The desserts are all-American, with options like cheesecake or cookie dough.
Saturday Day Fever, STK Dubai Downtown, Address Downtown, Dubai, Saturdays, 2pm to 5pm, Dhs299 soft, Dhs349 house and Dhs399 sparkling. Tel: (04) 425 3948. addresshotels.com
Part 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
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
Boutique 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 house, Dhs399 premium. Tel: (04) 403 3111. grazelaville.com
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
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
After a big Friday night party that takes you to the shores of Ibiza, Saturday 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
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
Saturdaze at 3in1
If Saturdays only mean one thing to you – pool days, then this summery deal at Vida Downtown should tick all the right boxes. From 12pm to 4pm you can enjoy unlimited trips to the buffet filled with breakfast dishes, sandwiches and salads along with soft drinks for Dhs140.
Saturdaze at 3in1, VIDA Downtown Dubai, Saturdays 12pm to 4pm, unlimited buffet and soft drinks, Dhs140. Tel: (04) 888 3444. vidahotels.com
The luxe Villamore restaurant has a fabulous offering that runs on both Fridays and Saturdays. You can enjoy three courses of a la carte, Meditteranean dishes along with unlimited house beverages for Dhs475. It’s the perfect chilled-out Saturday brunch with stunning sea views.
Villamore, Crescent West, Emerald Palace Kempinski Hotel, Palm, Dubai, Fridays and Saturdays, 12pm to 4pm, Dhs375 soft, Dhs475 house, Dhs575 sparkling. Tel: (04) 248 8890. kempinski.com
If you’re looking for a laid-back but sophisticated brunch then Cafe Belge could be exactly what you’re searching for. Sit back and relax as a range of appetizers, mains and desserts are served at your table.
Cafe Belge, The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC, Dubai, Saturdays 1pm to 5pm, Dhs295 soft, Dhs395 house, Dhs495 prosecco, Dhs695 champagne. Tel: (04) 372 2323. ritzcarlton.com
Can’t get enough of tapas? Graze away at El Sur, as they have a Saturday brunch offering to feast on. From 12.30pm to 3.30pm, you’ll get a selection of tapas, rice dishes and paella to share along with house and sparkling beverages for Dhs265.
El Sur, The Westin, Dubai, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Saturdays, Dhs265. Tel: (04) 511 7434. marriott.com
Stars ‘N’ Bars
It’s all about the chills at this relaxed surf spot at La Mer. Every Friday and Saturday between 12pm and 6pm, you can take advantage of a three hour drinks package from Dhs250. There’s bar bites available and you’ll get amazing views of the city.
Stars N Bars, La Mer, Dubai, Friday & Saturdays, 3 hour drinks package between 12pm and 6pm, from Dhs250. Tel: (04) 349 9903. facebook.com/StarsNBarsLaMer
Tuck into unlimited dim sum, along with signature soup and a delicious main course served with fried rice at this classy Pan-Asian hotspot at Bluewaters Island. Include soft drinks and it’s Dhs208, and for house drinks it’s Dhs308.
Zhen Wei, Caesars Palace, Bluewaters Island, Saturdays 12pm to 3.30pm, soft drinks Dhs208, house drinks Dhs308. Tel: (04) 556 6666. caesars.com