Brunch is a big deal in Dubai. Forget your standard bacon and eggs or smashed avocado on toast, brunch in the UAE is an opportunity to feast.
Every Friday, people in Dubai gather to enjoy brunch together. While us Aussies think of a trip to the local cafe for an eggs benedict and a soy latte, brunching takes on a whole other level in the Middle East.
As the working week is Sunday to Thursday, Friday is the first day of the weekend when locals can let down their hair and feast from 12.30pm. They enjoy all-you-can-eat buffets, bottomless champagne, sushi trains and freshly barbecued meats in some of the most opulent buildings with outstanding views over the city.
Here are some of the best brunches to enjoy in Dubai:
The Maine Oyster Bar and Grill at DoubleTree by Hilton Jumeirah Beach Residences
If you're looking for something more relaxed, try The Main Oyster Bar. Featuring a menu that's akin to something you'd find at a hipster LA eatery, this brunch spot is a must-do for seafood lovers. In case you hadn't guessed, fresh, succulent oysters are the focal point on the menu, but the fish tacos and fried oyster omelette are a must-order.
Geales Restaurant and Lounge at Le Royal Meridien
Dine like the upper-echelon of British society at this delicious brunch spot. Geales restaurant is known for its fancy dishes like truffled eggs and brioche French toast accompanied with traditional English fixings like fish and chips and Yorkshire puddings. For those keen on a sweet treat, the Eton mess and sticky-date pudding are rich and decadent.
Atelier M at Dubai Marina
Situated on the seventh floor of the Pier 7 building overlooking the marina, Atelier M is a sophisticated way to do brunch. The Mediterranean-inspired menu is hearty and flavourful and can be enjoyed as a degustation or al a carte menu, complete with rolling courses. There's also live jazz music performances to add to the upmarket atmosphere.
Bubbalicious at The Westin
Perfect for a large group or the whole family, there's plenty to see, do and eat at Bubbalicious. With three levels of fun, you'll be treated to a huge assortment of food, including sushi and sashimi, roasts, steak Chinese, cheeses and an enormous selection of delicious desserts. Also known for its entertainment, Bubbalicious boasts a three-piece band, a roving magician and in milder weather, a petting zoo.
At.Mosphere at Burj Khalifa
Dine on the 122nd floor of the magical Burj Khalifa tower and you'll be able to look down on the planes flying past as you enjoy a magnificent spread! A must-do for any tourist wanting to see Dubai from the sky, you can choose from a high-tea menu, 15-dish set menu or other tasty brunch options.
Lock, Stock & Barrel at Grand Millenium Hotel
If you're searching for something that's more casual and budget-friendly, the Lock, Stock & Barrel restaurant has a weekly brunch menu that's inspired by the flavours of New Orleans. Think popcorn shrimp, mac ‘n’ cheese balls and buffalo wings as well as dense brownies and beignets, a square doughnut-type cake that's unique to the NOLA area.
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