BBC Good Food Middle East looks at tasty Easter deals available across the UAE this Easter
Mazina, The Address Dubai Marina
Celebrate Easter with a family feast at Mazina, where a holiday-themed buffet will feature mouth-watering seasonal roast dishes and international favourites prepared live from five show kitchens, while the dessert station will highlight a special chocolate buffet corner for that sweet ending. There is also a basketful of activities to keep the young guests busy at the supervised children’s area, including Easter egg painting, Easter egg-hunt, a bouncy castle, face painting, magician and plenty of other surprises. The brunch will take place on April 14, 12.30 – 3.30pm, and is priced at Dhs315 with soft beverages, Dhs440 with house beverages, Dhs595 with free flow house beverages and bubbly, children from the age of 6 to 11 enjoy 50% discount, and children aged five years and below dine with compliments. Call 04-4367777.
Oceana & Bice Ristorante, Hilton JBR
Indulge this Easter across two of Hilton JBR’s restaurants, at a brunch with live entertainment and games for children on April 14, from 1 – 4 pm. Relish traditional Italian flavours with a contemporary twist at BiCE Ristorante or indulge in a range of international dishes at Oceana Restaurant while enjoying a lively atmosphere. The garden for both venues will be transformed into a kids’ playground, where the little ones can have fun on the bouncy castle, enjoy a magic show, watch the rabbit animator, get their faces painted or get delicious ice cream throughout the afternoon. There will also be an egg hunt. Brunch costs Dhs295 with soft drinks and Dhs395 with house beverages. Call 04-3991111.
Yalumba, Le Meridien Dubai Hotel
Bring the family together for a great day out to enjoy a lavish buffet at Yalumba. With a delicious seafood selection, traditional Sunday roast cuts and lots of Easter goodies going around, there’s plenty for all the family. The brunch will take place on April 16 from 12.30 – 3.30pm, and is priced at Dhs199 with soft drinks and Dhs299 with house beverages. Call 04-7022455.
Azur, Raffles Dubai
Enjoy an afternoon with friends and family at the annual Raffles Easter Brunch and tuck into an array of seasonal Spring dishes, roast meats and Easter-themed desserts. Taking place on April 14 from 1 – 4.30pm, with music and entertainment for all ages, live cooking stations and al fresco terrace seating. For the children, there will be an Easter egg hunt, egg painting, a bouncy castle, face-painting and balloon bending, as well as a dedicated kids’ buffet and juice station. Expect seasonal specialities, including home-smoked duck breast salad, cauliflower mousseline with smoked scallop tartare, and asparagus with truffle vinaigrette, plus roast meats including wagyu beef rump, whole turkey and leg of lamb, served with all the traditional trimmings. Priced at Dhs300 with soft beverages, and Dhs450 with house beverages. Children under the age of six dine for free, and children under 12 dine for Dhs150. Call 04-3248888.
Le Patio, The St. Regis Dubai
Indulge in a timeless Easter tradition with your loved ones at The St. Regis Dubai on April 14, 1 – 4 pm. From traditional favourites to a culinary line-up of International dishes, Le Patio has the perfect recipe for a memorable Easter Brunch experience. Make it a family affair and watch your little ones hop from one activity to another including the famous egg hunt, while enjoying live entertainment in al fresco surroundings. Starting from Dhs380 per person and Dhs180 per child (4 to 12 years of age). Call 04-4355577.
Bread Street Kitchen & Bar, Atlantis The Palm
Indulge in a slice of London this Easter with a brunch celebration at Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen & Bar on April 14, from 12.30 – 4 pm. Guests can enjoy a selection of dishes consisting of sharing starters, mains including the classic British roast or fresh catch of the day and a signature dessert selection all served to the table. Ideal for families and children, this brunch has entertainment for everyone with a free visit to The Lost Chambers Aquarium and culinary activities just for the kids. Dhs225 per person with non-alcoholic beverages, and Dhs335 per person with selected alcoholic beverages. Call 04-4262626.
Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes
This month, Reform Social & Grill is hosting its annual Easter Family Fun Day, as part of Springfest. Round up the little ones, family and friends, and head down to the lakeside to celebrate the holiday with a BBQ and activities for everyone. There will be an Easter egg hunt for kids, and they’ll also be able to get their faces painted, visit the petting zoo, and jump in the bouncy castle. On April 15 from 12 – 6 pm, the event is free to attend and BBQ prices vary upon selection. Call 04-4542638.
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
Celebrate Easter with the family at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr’s Easter Brunch experience with traditional Easter egg hunt. The Easter Brunch will span across four restaurants – including restaurants, Marco Pierre White and Frankie’s Italian Restaurant, CuiScene and Chameleon. Guests may choose the venue in which to enjoy their Easter brunch experience while selecting signature menu items from all four restaurants. Especially for the occasion, expect culinary highlights from across the globe, including Welsh hot cross buns and British Simnel cake. For those heading for authentic Lebanese family style Easter Brunch, Cedar Lounge will be offering special Easter Day Brunch treats on April 16. The set menu includes salad, cold mezze and hot mezze, kibbeh nayeh (raw meat) and selection of mix grill and deserts, with live music from the Milan Band from 2 – 5 pm.
Families enjoying the Easter Brunch on April 14 and 16 will receive complimentary access to ‘Kids Area’. From 12 – 4 pm, children of all ages will be able to partake in a wide range of arts and crafts and activities, including cookie and egg decorating, Easter bonnet making, and more. The Easter bunny himself will be making a special appearance in Marco Pierre White to distribute treats. To top things off, kids will be able to enjoy an Easter egg hunt at 2 pm, with exactly 1,000 eggs hidden in the hotel gardens.
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr’s Easter Brunch is available on April 14 and April 16 from 12 – 4 pm, and is priced at Dhs369 (vines and hops), Dhs519 (bubbly), Dhs139 (children above six and less than 12 years), and it’s free for children under six. Call +971 2 654 3238, e-mail email@example.com or visit fairmont.com.
Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa
This Easter, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa sets the stage for an exciting day with a range of fun-filled children’s activities and dining selections for the whole family. On April 16, Taverna will host an Easter brunch with an extensive range of Easter-themed dishes for Dhs275 per person. While the hotel will offer a la carte dining options at Barefoot Lounge, Al Qasr, Malecon and Al Khayma for the Easter dinner.
During Easter, the little ones will be treated to Easter-themed activities at the kids’ area, including egg hunting, bunny sack racing amongst the usual favourites, such as the face painting, temporary tattoos, nail art, as well as cotton candy and popcorn. And, to make the occasion an extra special touch, Lounge Bar will be preparing a range of Easter goodies, such as Easter-themed chocolates, cupcakes and cakes – available throughout April.
At Capanna Nuova, enjoy sundowners daily from 5 – 7 pm where you can avail 50% off on selected beverages every day and then on Fridays and Saturdays, experience a delightful selection of steaks from the live steak station. Call +971 3461111 or visit dxbmarine.com.
Four Seasons Abu Dhabi
Whether you’re looking for an indulgent Afternoon Tea experience, or a brunch to remember this Easter, Four Seasons Abu Dhabi has you covered. At Al Meylas on April 16, delight in an elegant Easter Afternoon Tea abundant with delightful savoury and sweet seasonal treats such as chocolate eggs and nests as well as the usual beautifully made finger sandwiches. From 3 – 6 pm, the experience is priced at Dhs120 per person.
Alternatively, enjoy an unforgettable family Easter brunch celebration on April 16 at Crust, filled with classic and seasonal dishes as well as lots of fun and surprises for the little bunnies. From 3 – 6pm, the Easter brunch at Crust is priced at Dhs275++ with soft drinks, Dhs385++ with house beverages, and Dhs545++ with bubbles. Call 02-3332444 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts
There’s a new family brunch daycation in town at the Lapita Hotel, which welcomes guests on a culinary journey to the reaches of the Polynesian Triangle and beyond. Featuring an opulent international buffet showcasing dishes of the South Pacific every Friday from 1 – 5 pm, enjoy the added bonus of full day pool and kids club access.
From the buffet, executive chef of Lapita, Ansgar Werneke, recommends trying the Polynesian BBQ grill station and poisson cru, Tahiti’s national dish made with tuna marinated in lime juice, diced vegetables and fresh coconut milk. Not forgetting the live carving station, sushi counter, an Indian selection, plus the fresh seafood spread.
Your little ones will have their own dedicated buffet as well as interactive entertainment during the day at Luna & Nova Kids and Teens Club with a host of activities such as dancing, mini-Olympics, movie screenings, face painting, henna tattoos and arts and crafts projects.
In addition to the live music, and enticing concoctions served within fresh fruits, all guests can enjoy soaking up the sun all day long, while taking a refreshing dip in one of the two outdoor pools and lazy river. Brunch is priced at Dhs195 with soft beverages, Dhs295 with house beverages and Dhs95 for children up to 12 years old. This Easter, there will be a visit from the Easter bunny, an exciting egg hunt, in addition to other themed activities for the children. Prices are the same as regular brunch. However, if you’d like to extend the fun there’s an add on staycation package available when booking the brunch for Dhs504 for two people per room per night, or Dhs604 for four people per room per night. Call 04-8109999, e-mail Lapita.email@example.com or visit LapitaDubaiHotel.com.
Located inside Melia Dubai, you’ll find Signature by celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor. It’s a fine dining restaurant serving up a fusion of traditional and inventive Indian cuisine, offering a combination of authentic Indian specialities and innovative gastronomy. Open for both lunch and dinner every day, this is where to head when looking for an experience that provides authenticity with a special twist, in a clean, simple and romantically elegant space. Expect dishes steeped in tradition that have been transformed for a unique journey through modern gastronomy.
Start your meal with crisp popadoms served alongside creative chutneys, followed by delights such as butter chicken, succulent lamb biryani with a side of moist galouti naan bread. If you have room for dessert, select from the plentiful range of sweets, including saffron fried ice cream, which is playfully served with popping candy.
After dinner, venture upstairs to Estrellas Pool Bar & Lounge, where you’ll catch breathtaking views of Dubai – it’s a perfect social spot for meeting with friends or enjoying with your other half, whether it be for drinks or food. Call Melia on 04-3868111 or visit melia-dubai.com .