The Dubai weekend brunch scene is extremely popular with Western expats, and it's fair to say that Dubai's brunch culture is unlike anywhere else in the world. A typical brunch is based on an all-inclusive package where guests can indulge in gourmet food with free flowing beverages. After, it's common for 'brunchers' to continue the festivities by moving onto other venues with music and dancing. As there's an overwhelming number of venues offering brunch, we've compiled a list of some of our favourite brunches in Dubai.
Tapas brunch at El Sur
El Sur, located at the Westin hotel near Media City made our list as it offers outstanding Spanish tapas for brunch on Fridays and Saturday. It's not as fancy as our other recommendations, however you can expect classic tapas including Iberian pork and beef charcuterie cuts, eggs with chorizo, seafood paella, prawns with garlic, calamari, Padrón green peppers and patatas bravas.
Pierchic in the Al Qasr hotel is by far one of the city's most unique fine-ding restaurants. It's set on a wooden pier supported by stilts above the ocean with views overlooking the Burj Al Arab. This picturesque, award-wining restaurant has recently undergone a refurbishment, and along with its new, modern design, the team at Pierchic has launched an opulent Friday brunch. Foodies who prefer quality to quantity will enjoy this brunch. Live cooking stations offer a selection of starters, salads and desserts with highlights including Foie gras and a chilled seafood ice bar. Guests have the option of one of six entrées from the à la Carte menu and include Australian lamb, tiger prawns, sea bass and beef tenderloin.
The award-winning Friday brunch at Traiteur, located at the Park Hyatt has long been a favourite of mine, and is known as one of the most lavish brunches in town. The news that they're now serving Besserat de Bellefon champagne in their premium brunch package is reason enough to visit.
You can expect a plethora of appetisers and live-cooking stations. The fresh-shucked Fine de Claire oysters is definitely a highlight. From the grill there's a selection of seafood including lobster. From the rotisserie, indulge in tender lamb and beef. Traiteur serves assorted pork charcuterie and spit-roast (not commonly found in U.A.E. restaurants). As for desserts, an extensive buffet includes homemade ice creams, a crêpe and waffle station, a chocolate fountain, a praline station, Éclairs and Crème Brûlée.
Yum Cha at Yuan
Yuan is one of our much-loved fine-dining Chinese restaurants located at the renowned Atlantis hotel, Palm Jumeirah. When they announced their reasonably priced Friday Yum Cha brunch, we were beyond excited to give it a whirl. They have over 20 traditional dim sum options as well as vegetarian and clay pot dishes. Their menu selection, high-quality ingredients and the excellent service leave a positive impression.
Zuma Dubai is located in the Dubai International Financial District (DIFC) and is one of the city's trendiest spots. Due to popular demand, Zuma reinstated their Friday brunch for a limited time (ends June 12th). The brunch buffet is immaculately presented with live cooking stations manned by their talented chefs. Some of our favourite dishes: jumbo tiger prawns, the renowned miso black cod and Wagyu beef shabu-shabu. If you're travelling with children, you'll be pleased to know there's a supervised play area, allowing parents to completely relax.