Brunch is back!

From sunny skies to yummy bites and punchy sips, summer is here. And with it, brunch too. Here’s our suggestions for an epic Friday brunch in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

 

Dubai

Salero, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates

Salero, Kempinski Mall of The Emirates

 

The popular Spanish dining venue is welcoming foodies back to its fun Friday Fiesta Brunch. Enjoy distinctive brunch-style tapas and food sharing platters, alongside fiery paella and delightful desserts; with charming flamenco dancers and live performers transporting you to the streets of Valencia for an unforgettable experience.

Friday from 1-4pm. AED325 per person (inclusive of tapas and soft beverages), AED375 per person (inclusive of tapas, paella, desserts and Spanish beverages), AED475 per person (inclusive of tapas, paella, desserts, Spanish and house beverages) and 50 per cent off for kids aged 6-12. Call +9714 409 5999 or email dining.moe@kempinski.com. Visit Instagram.

 

Maiden Shanghai, FIVE Palm Jumeirah

 

Are you ready to celebrate your weekend at Maiden Shanghai’s famed Naughty Noodles brunch? Tuck into unlimited gourmet Chinese food such as crispy prawn and Chilean sea bass rolls, kung pao prawns, dim sums and sweet treats; specially crafted punchy sips; and live entertainment by the venue’s DJ topped with 1 hour of free-flowing bubbles.

Friday from 1-4pm. AED400 for ladies and AED450 for gents. Visit the website or Instagram.

 

ZOCO, The Atrium

ZOCO, The Atrium

 

The chic Mexican and Latin American diner is back with its Arriba Arriba brunch. Look forward to a fun-filled fiesta with bites and beverages for everyone. Tuck into tacos from a live station; ceviche, quesadillas, taquitos and platters of grilled jumbo shrimp, chicken and beef chorizo served from food trolleys to your table. Choose churros and tres Leches cake for a sweet ending.

Friday from 12:30-4pm. AED165 per person (soft beverages), AED325 per person (house beverages), AED110 for kids (aged 7-12 years) and complimentary for kids aged 6 and below.  Call +9714 437 0044.

 

Hotel Cartagena, JW Marriott Marquis

Hotel Cartagena, JW Marriott Marquis

 

With 360-degree views of the city and the Burj Khalifa, step into a lively urban jungle complete with oversized bird cages, tropical plants and hanging lanterns. Indulge in mushroom, truffle and cheese empanadas, mixed-meat grill platters, sushi rolls and sinful desserts. New for the summer and keeping diners entertained is a live dance show and a DJ on the decks.

Friday from 1-4pm. AED295 per person (inclusive of soft beverages) and AED395 per person (inclusive of house beverages and sparkling grape). Call +9714 560 1799.

 

Mina’s Kitchen, The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina

Mina's Kitchen

 

The longstanding bubbalicious city brunch is back with a bang and ready to wow diners with numerous live cooking stations, cool beverages and upbeat vibes. Choose to sit indoors or out on the sprawling outdoor terrace and sample dishes such as lobster, steak, juicy roasts and more.

Friday from 1-4pm. AED300 per person (inclusive of soft beverages), AED450 per person (inclusive of house beverages), AED650 per person (inclusive of bubbles), AED150 for kids (aged 6-12) and complimentary for kids below 6.  Call +9714 511 7373.

 

Palm Bay, Club Vista Mare

Palm Bay Dubai

 

Hotfoot to this informal social dining venue set against the backdrop of the iconic Palm Jumeirah for a trendy and lively afternoon. Enjoy sharing starters, mains and desserts, alongside refreshing sips from their Caribbean-inspired menu that offers a fusion of African, Cajun, Creole, European, Latin American, Indian and even Middle Eastern flavours.

Friday from 1-4pm. AED295 per person (grape, creative concoctions and house beverages) and AED55 per kid. Call +97158 5941 834 or +9714 554 2665.

 

Yalumba, Le Méridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre

Yalumba Restaurant

 

Head over to Yalumba for maximum fun and distinct cuisine covering Pan-Arab, Asian, Indian, European and more. Enjoy live music and entertainment, party vibes and free- flowing beverages.

Friday from 12:30-4:30pm. AED199 per person (inclusive of soft beverages), AED385 per person (inclusive of sparkling and house beverages) and AED980 per person (inclusive of bubbly and premium beverages). Call +9714 702 2455.

 

Maya Mexican Kitchen & Bar, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa

Maya Mexican Kitchen

 

Bringing you a taste of Mexico, Maya is offering a brunch filled with exciting flavours from a vibrant mouthwatering menu. On offer, is a selection of traditional dishes such as guacamole, tacos and chimichanga; and a lively afternoon with tunes from the venue’s DJ.

Friday from 1:30-4:30pm. AED350 per person (inclusive of soft beverages) and AED 450 (inclusive of house beverages). Call +9714 316 5550 or visit the website.

 

Ewaan, Palace Downtown

EWAAN Downtown

 

Set against a backdrop of regal arches, wooden trellises, luxurious drapery and well-matched accessories, Ewaan offers a blend of Arabic and Oriental flavours with appetizing hot mezze, innovative dishes and sweet treats. Look forward to this and more at this all-day dining restaurant.

Friday from 1-4pm. AED345 per person (inclusive of soft beverages), AED445 per person (inclusive of house beverages). Call +9714 428 7961 or email dineatpalacedowntown@addresshotels.com.

 

Bull & Bear, Waldorf Astoria DIFC

 

The popular themed brunch, ‘The Bull of Wall Street’, is back at this stylish New York inspired restaurant. A live band will up the tempo with classic covers from the 1980s and 1990s, while diners can indulge in dishes such as wagyu beef tartare with house relish, slow cooked egg yolk, saffron aioli and herb salad, or alligator pear with cilantro, pomegranate, Kalamata rice cracker and gazpacho jelly; and a delectable dessert selection.

Friday from 1-5pm. AED290 per person (inclusive of soft beverages), AED450 per person (inclusive of hops, creative concoctions and sparkling) and AED750 per person (bubbly). Call +9714 515 9888 or visit Instagram.

 

Akira Back, W Dubai – The Palm

 

The venue is taking it up a notch by teaming up global events and lifestyle brand, Candypants. Expect spectacular views of Dubai and a three-course menu with free-flowing starters such as tuna pizza, ab tacos and signature rolls; and a main from a selection that includes black cod, Josper grilled salmon and tofu Toban-yaki. End your culinary journey on a sweet note with butter mochi, yuzu citrus and more. 

Friday from 1-4:30pm. AED399 per person (inclusive of soft beverages), AED449 per person (inclusive of house beverages), AED599 per person (inclusive of bubbly) and AED399 for teachers or face card members (house beverages). Call +97158 177 9831 or email bookings@candypantsglobal.com.

 

Buddha-Bar, Grosvenor House Dubai

Buddha Bar

 

The Buddha-Bar 7th Heaven Brunch, an all-new weekend concept is here at Buddha-Bar. The new dining concept will offer diners appetizing dishes such as wok-fried Australian beef tenderloin, pan-fried duck pancakes, oyster with aji amarillo vinaigrette, green papaya salad and more; a range of punchy sips; top tunes by the resident DJ and live entertainment to kickstart the weekend.

Friday from 1-4pm. AED450 per person (inclusive of soft beverages), AED525 per person (inclusive of hops and grape) and AED625 per person (inclusive of house beverages). Call +9714 317 6000 or visit the website.

 

Hell’s Kitchen, Caesars Palace Dubai

 

The fiery three-hour feast is back, welcoming foodies to ignite their tastebuds with an à la carte menu featuring unlimited starters such as tuna tartare and wagyu meatballs; and desserts such as sticky toffee pudding served directly to the table; along with one main from a choice of beef wellington, crispy skin salmon and wild mushroom and truffle risotto.

Friday from 12:30-3:30pm. AED350 per person (inclusive of soft beverages), AED450 per person (inclusive of house beverages), AED500 per person (inclusive of house beverages and sparkling) and AED850 per person (inclusive of bubbly). Call +9714 5566466 or email dine@caesarsdubai.ae.

 

Tasca by José Avillez, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira

TASCA by Jose Avillez

 

Tuck into a Portuguese gastronomic spread in a stunning ocean-view setting at Tasca’s Friday brunch. The innovative menu created by acclaimed Portuguese chef José Avillez will have diners savouring the diverse flavours of Portuguese cuisine. From Wagyu tartare to octopus with potatoes and the decadent desserts such as the much-loved pastel de nata.

Friday from 12:30-4pm. AED350 per person (inclusive of soft beverages) and AED450 per person (inclusive of house beverages). Call +9714 777 2231.

 

 

Abu Dhabi

Urban Kitchen, Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi

Urban Kitchen Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi

 

This popular brunch in the Capital, with a welcome reception at Orchid Lounge at noon, offers diners an expansive global culinary experience. Enjoy fresh seafood, succulent roasts along with star dishes from signature restaurants, Benjarong and Namak. Sip on innovative beverages throughout the afternoon, as you sit back and relax on your weekend.

Friday from 12:30-4pm. AED270 per person (inclusive of soft beverages), AED400 per person (inclusive of house beverages) and AED90 per child (inclusive of soft beverages). Call +9712 698 8137 or on reservation.table@dusit.com.

 

The Foundry, Southern Sun Abu Dhabi

The Foundry

The improved Foundry Friday brunch invites diners to tuck into Beef Wellington; roast lamb; spiced curries; foie gras; sushi; and an array of seafood including oysters, scallops, lobster, mussels, crab and tiger prawns. Don’t forget to save room for the chef’s special desserts, handmade in front of you. Or, indulge in some cheese from the cheese room.  

Friday from 12:30-4:30pm. AED215 per person (inclusive of soft beverages), AED325 per person (inclusive of house beverages) and AED110 per child aged 6-12.Call +9712 818 4888  or email abudhabi.dine@tsogosun.com.