From a 2pm pool brunch to more fine dining affairs a few hours later…
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.
We’ve rounded up our top picks, starting from a 2pm pool brunch to classier brunches that kickstart at 3pm.
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. After 5pm, you can take advantage of their happy hour and girls get three free drinks from 8pm too.
Cargo, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Dubai, Fridays from 2pm to 5pm, house drinks Dhs195, bubbly Dhs245. Tel: (04) 361 8129. cargo-dubai.com
Shades Aquaholics Brunch
With amazing Dubai Marina views to gaze at all day long, at Shade’s Friday Aquaholic’s brunch, you’ll be able to dip in and out of the pool to graze from the buffet, with a selection of grilled meats, fresh salads and desserts on offer. Add in three hours of unlimited house beverages and you’ve got yourself a pool brunch for Dhs345. As well as all of that, you can also get a further unlimited house drinks deal from 6pm to 10pm, for Dhs199.
Shades, Address Dubai Marina, Fridays 2pm to 6pm, soft drinks Dhs245, house beverages Dhs345. Tel: (04) 888 3444. facebook.com/addressdubaimarina
The south-American inspired Toro Toro has recently launched a Friday brunch which 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.
Toro Toro, Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, 3pm to 6pm, Fridays, Dhs333 women, Dhs433 gents. Tel: (04) 317 6000. Facebook.com/ToroToroDubai
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. It’s a lively vibe, but doesn’t get too rowdy.
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
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 look no further than Pure Sky Lounge with its epic views over the water. 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. Whilst the brunch is now inside, it’s worth bracing the heat for a minute to take in the terrace views.
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