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Dine out

10 new brunches to try in Dubai

Think you’ve done all the Friday feasts the city has to offer? Think again. We round up the new wave of Dubai brunch offerings

By Catherine Harper
20 Nov 2014 | 09:08 am
  • Claw Restaurant.



Leave your manners at home, tie on your bib and prepare to get stuck in at Claw. Expect a Southern-style menu, cocktails and a lively in-house band.

OUR VERDICT Fun, relaxed and sociable;the perfect place to party.

DON’T MISS The juicy, meaty ribs.

DETAILS Dh195-Dh345, Souk Al Bahar, 04 432 2300



Imperium’s New Orleans Jazz Brunch on Saturdays features all the traditional brunch staples – including a sumptuous buffet with influences of Creole, Cajun and Louisiana flavours and a range of beverage packages – set to a background of soulful, deep-south jazz tunes performed by the talented in-house band.

OUR VERDICT Classy, luxurious and suave, it’s an upmarket, refined version of brunch for fine dining fans.

DON’T MISS The sinfully rich pan-fried foie gras on toast and the decadent dessert selection.

DETAILS Every Saturday from 1pm to 4pm; Dh275-495. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah. 04 453 0444


Did someone say chocolate? Sanabel’s new Chocaholic Brunch is a veritable feast for chocolate lovers and great for kids.

OUR VERDICT No matter how good the food is, save space for the chocolate. Trust us.

DON’T MISS The chocolate fountain.

DETAILS Dh175-Dh375, Sheraton MOE, 04 377 2353


Like brunch but don’t want to start too early? Try the new Onshore Social at Zero Gravity; 3pm till 6pm on Fridays for sharing platters, mains and a great drinks menu.

OUR VERDICT A chilled-out, trendy vibe with a fine-dining slant and a beautiful view.

DON’T MISS The Yorkshire puddings.

DETAILS Dh444-Dh666, SkyDive Dubai, 04 399 0009


Perfect for a lazy Saturday, family favourite Bystro offers hearty modern fare and a kids play area.

OUR VERDICT Relaxed and friendly with the most moreish pastries in town. The menu is limited though - call ahead if you have dietary requirements to avoid disappointment.

DON’T MISS The zeppole doughnuts filled with cream or chocolate mousse.

DETAILS Dh125, Al Manara, 04 336 8056


Saturday brunch at Jazz@PizzaExpress is a top spot for families, with pizza, pasta and a play corner.

OUR VERDICT The perfect place to keep little terrors distracted while you dine.

DON’T MISS The kids’ make-your-own-pizza stand.

DETAILS Dh99-Dh169, JLT, 04 441 6342


Uber-chic Qbara has joined the brunch brigade, offering high-end regional fare, elegant drinks and table service.

OUR VERDICT Pure sophistication – and a welcome break from the often hectic brunch scene.

DON’T MISS The crispy soft-shell crab saj.

DETAILS Dh350-Dh590, Wafi, 04 709 2500


Celebrate at Argentine eaterie Gaucho. Expect an achingly hip interior with a menu to match, and table service.

OUR VERDICT Uber-trendy with possibly the best steak this side of the Med.

DON’T MISS We loved the cheese scones in the starter bread platter.

DETAILS Dh320-495, DIFC, 04 422 7898


Reform’s Friday brunch features a roast dinner, a Ploughman’s platter, fish and chips and more, including a dessert stand delivered to your table.

OUR VERDICT Pub grub with a quality edge and friendly, laid-back setting.

DON’T MISS The butterscotch toffee pudding!

DETAILS Dh230-Dh395, The Lakes, 04 454 2638


Head to Roberto’s for a gourmet Italian feast with an upmarket, cosmopolitan atmosphere – and not a buffet in sight.

OUR VERDICT Classy, elegant and most definitely refined.

DON’T MISS The oysters.

DETAILS Dh350-Dh495, DIFC, 04 386 0066


Seafood lovers will enjoy this new brunch at Polynesian haven Moana. Expect an extensive selection of high-end seafood – along with options for those who prefer their food land-based - and a friendly yet upmarket atmosphere with impeccable service.

OUr VEDICT: Classy, sophisticated and elegant but relaxed enough to let you feel at home.

DON'T MISS: The black cod. Melt-in-the mouth and simply divine.

DETAILS: Dh300-450, Sofitel The Palm 04 455 6600

By Catherine Harper

By Catherine Harper