What Friday brunch, Zuma, DIFC
When Fridays, 12pm-4pm
How much Dh395-Dh595, children aged 4-12 Dh225, under-threes eat free
The low-down This is quality Japanese at its best. Relaunched this spring after almost a year’s hiatus, it showcases all of Zuma’s signature dishes, alongside live stations and Japanese street food. There’s as much sushi, yakitori and okonomiyaki as you can eat, plus one à la carte main course and a breathtaking dessert platter. Although Dubai’s trendy crowd is out in force, we were surprised by how family-friendly this brunch is, including a kids’ room with a dedicated staff member.
Best bit We’ll always be won over by the miso black cod main course.
Call 04 425 5660
Con La Familia
What Spanish Family Lunch, El Sur, Westin Dubai Marina
When Saturdays, 12.30pm-3.30pm
How much Dh195 with soft drinks and Dh295 with selected beverages, children aged 6-12 pay Dh95, under-sixes eat free
The low-down Sit back and relax over a set menu of Spanish delicacies, from a cold meat platter to marinated prawns and an enormous paella. The kids’ menu features pasta and chicken escalopes and there’s a dedicated kids’ area with plenty to do.
Best bit Super-friendly table service. No wandering around buffets with this one!
Call 04 399 7700
New York style
What Big Apple brunch, Tr!beca, JA Ocean View Hotel
When Fridays, 2pm-6pm
How much Dh199 with soft drinks, Dh349 with selected beverages
The low-down With a trendy vibe true to the New York neighbourhood it takes its name from, Tr!beca is comparatively low key, with all food stations – from salad and pasta to a barbecue stand and cheese and dessert table – focusing on fresh, organic ingredients.
Best bit The organic wine, to be sipped while enjoying the quirky graffiti art.
Call 050 345 06067
What Toy Brunch, China Grill
When Fridays, 1.30pm-4.30pm
How much Dh450 with house beverages and Dh550 with bubbly
The low-down This upmarket affair is given a surreal twist by the luminous-coloured apéritifs, mime-artist and retro kids’ games – from Hungry Hippos to Connect 4 – while the delicious food has a Far-East influence.
Best bit The deep-fried chilli calamari.
Call 04 511 7333
What Saturday brunch, Café Rouge, Madinat Jumeirah
When Saturdays, 11am-2.30pm
How much Dh150 with soft drinks, Dh250 with wine and beer
The low-down The three-course set menu at this French-styled café includes classics such as croque-monsieur and poulet escalope. The salads were super-fresh; chicory, beetroot and roasted squash with a lemon juice and olive oil dressing that was delicious in its simplicity. There’s an outdoor terrace for cooler months.
Best bit Make sure you leave room for the decadent dark chocolate ganache.
Call 04 425 5660
Pullman Dubai Deira City Center has just launched the Little Suzie’s Diner brunch in Medley Restaurant, where you’ll find American classics such as mac ’n’ cheese and burgers, against a soundtrack of tunes from the Fifties.