Let's Do Brunch

Friday brunch is a major element of the Dubai social scene and just about every hotel-restaurant in town sets up an all-you-can-eat buffet with an option for unlimited wine or bubbly. Here are our top indulgence picks in town. Reservations essential.

The Motherlode

Enjoy a cornucopia of delectables at the Friday Brunch at Al Qasr. Options include barbecued Wagyu burgers and global treats from Bangkok, Paris and Mexico. A live two-piece band provides entertainment. Brunch with soft drinks/alcohol costs Dhs480/577.

Spice Route Brunch

The food is as sumptuous as the decor at Asia Asia, with terrace tables overlooking the Dubai Marina. Work your way from the raw bar to the sushi selection and then feast on crab cakes and shrimp tempura before hitting the miso-marinated salmon. Held from 2pm to 5pm on Fridays; prices range from Dhs329 with soft drinks to Dhs699 for champagne.

Jazz Brunch

The cheap and cheerful evening brunch at Jazz@PizzaExpress has you filling up on Italian faves – antipasti, pasta, thin-crust pizza. Live jazz sets the mood. Prices begin at Dhs150, and brunch has an 8pm start.

International Indulgence

Bubbalicious is the culinary bonanza orchestrated at the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina. It features everything from oysters to cheesecake, plus 10 live cooking stations and family-friendly entertainment such as a petting zoo, Chinese acrobats and a play area. Brunch with soft drinks/sparkling wine/champagne costs Dhs450/550/680.

Afternoon Revelry

The perfect brunch for sleepyheads, the Onshore Social at the Zero Gravity beach club doesn’t kick into gear until the afternoon, taking revellers from day to night amid an avalanche of global faves, from dim sum to antipasti to decadent desserts. Stay on for sunset and night-time DJ beats. Brunch costs Dhs295 for women and, somewhat mysteriously, Dhs315 for gents.

Fiesta Time

Brunch by the beach at Mas Mas Maya at Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen. Fuel up on fajitas and tangy ceviche before capping your tummy with churros and ice cream. Cost includes pool and beach access to the Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa. Brunch runs 12.30pm to 4pm on Fridays and costs Dhs395 with soft drinks and Dhs555 with alcohol.

Carnivorous Delight

Fans of churrasco grills will be in heaven at the Hola Hola brunch at Toro Toro, a sassy Latin American outpost at the Grosvenor House. Offering the regular menu’s most popular dishes (including creamy guacamole and toothsome ceviche), this brunch is a great way to sample celebrity chef Richard Sandoval’s culinary concoctions. Brunch with/without alcohol costs Dhs380/300.