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Dubai is known for its tall buildings, shopping experiences, humid climate and of course, their Friday afternoon brunches! This iconic social pastime sees locals and expats flocking to the top Dubai restaurants on the first day of their weekend for the delicious culinary fare, unlimited drinks, and social mingling. We’ve put together a list of the top six best brunches in Dubai that you simply have to try when visiting the UAE.
As brunch is a rite of passage for anyone living in or visiting Dubai, it is imperative that the first restaurant you experience is at the beautiful Atlantis the Palm resort. Inside, you will find Saffron – an award winning brunch restaurant with over 220 delicious dishes to choose from. Every Friday sees a lavish event at the establishment, with live cooking stations offering tasty Asian dishes. Drink stations line the venue with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and live entertainment comes in the form of a resident DJ ready to get the afternoon party started! Many regulars argue that this is the biggest buffet brunch offering out of all the Dubai restaurants, and we can most definitely agree. Saffron recently coveted the Best Brunch Award at the 2014 What’s On Awards and continues to move from strength to strength on the trendy brunch scene.
Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, +971 4 426 2626
Unparalleled cuisine is the name of the game at Traiteur with three tempting brunch packages on offer. Some of the mouth-watering food at this French-inspired Dubai restaurant includes oysters, spit-roast, lobster, a chocolate fountain and all of the cakes your heart could desire. Patrons can choose from a non-alcoholic, sparkling wine or champagne brunch option and can enjoy their food and drinks in the theater-style kitchen, out on the terrace or even privately in an exclusive dining room. The main reason why we love Traiteur Dubai restaurant? It has to be the delightful combination of the live music, French cuisine, delightful décor and great view. A beautiful brunch package!
Traiteur at The Park Hyatt, Sheikh Rashid Road, Dubai, +971 4 317 2222
Looking for a Dubai restaurant by the sea? Look no further than the Mediterranean-inspired Safina, located at the Saadiyat Beach Club. A short drive from Dubai sees you arriving at this elegant restaurant oasis ready to welcome you to its Friday feast and lazy lounging experience. Wander outside to a poolside spot on the terrace and enjoy the view of the sea. Food comes in the form of sushi, seafood and made to order pastas – all freshly made and bursting with flavor. If you’re looking for a Dubai restaurant brunch spot that makes you feel as if you have arrived on a luxury private island for the day, then we suggest you visit Safina this Friday!
Saadiyat Beach Club, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, +971 2 656 3500
A more urban New York style Dubai brunch can be found at The Warehouse restaurant at the LeMeridien hotel. You can choose from two excellent brunch options, the Malt Drunch or the Brunch with a Twist. The Malt Drunch combines a selection of mouth-watering barbeque grill options with unlimited draught beer. Choose from all the meats your appetite can handle as well as crisp salads and over-indulgent desserts. If cocktails are your poison of choice, then the Brunch with a Twist is right up your alley! Try a selection of creative cocktails while sampling various Asian cuisine delights. An extra when visiting this Dubai restaurant is that you can also order main meals to be delivered to your table, in addition to the buffet style area.
Le Meridien Dubai, 51st St, Dubai, +971 4 702 2455
If you’re fan of sleeping in late and wouldn’t mind enjoying a Dubai brunch a little later in the afternoon, then head down to Zero Gravity, which opens its doors for a delectable Friday afternoon food offering at 3 pm. Music is at the center of this venue, with various DJs taking to the decks throughout the day and late into the night. Food is brought to tables on large, varied platters offering everything from traditional piping hot dim sum to sizzling steaks, luxurious scallops and British-style desserts. Once finished with brunch, you can head over to the club venue for a sight of some of the best international music artists being featured. A day to night experience!
Dubai Marina, Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai, +971 4 399 0009
The epitome of sophistication, QBara offers elegant Friday brunch, and this attracts an array of socialites who enjoy their fantastic Dubai restaurant buffet, flowing drinks and live music. Known for their excellent menu options, food highlights include the spicy lamb cutlets, nut encrusted sea bream and wild mushroom risotto, which can be brought to your table as main meals to enjoy. The restaurant itself is a breathtaking experience, grandiose in proportion and glamorous in ambience. Coupled with the food which seems never-ending, this afternoon Dubai brunch is so enjoyable that it will go by in a flash!
Oud Metha Road, Wafi City, Dubai, +971 4 709 2500