Just the two of you
Where Gaucho, Gate Village, DIFC
When Fridays, 2pm-4pm
The low-down This elegant, open-spaced Argentinian restaurant with giant chandeliers and cowhide-covered walls offers a decadent setting for a truly delightful à la carte menu. Starters of tangy ceviche, giant shrimps, tender tuna carpaccio, spicy chorizo and traditional South American empañadas are a delicious precursor to the equally yummy main courses, made up of three tantalising cuts of Argentinian steak. With a live soul singer complementing the romantic ambience and impeccable service, this is a great place to take your special someone.
Price From Dh320
04 422 7898
Have a lock in
Where The Black Lion, H Hotel, SZR
When Fridays, 1pm-5pm
The low-down Probably one of the livelier brunches in town, this one’s great for a group of friends. Cracking music and a variety of dress-up props in New York speakeasy-inspired surroundings make for a fun-filled afternoon. Brunch began with platters of starters, including homemade nachos and seriously spicy chicken wings. For mains we opted for tender steak in a delicious garlic-butter sauce and fat blueberry pancakes with bacon – both were worth the calories. Desserts included traditional favourites such as ice cream sundaes and mini apple pies. Let’s just say we needed a porter to get us home...
Price Dh250-Dh395 (save Dh50 if you’re in a movie character costume)
04 359 2366
For a room with a view
Where Neo’s, The Address Downtown
When Fridays, 1pm-5pm
The low-down With its art-deco setting, magnificent views, exotic drinks and tapas-style snacks – all enjoyed with retro hits playing in the background – this feels more like a sundowner spread than the traditional Dubai brunch. While the oyster bar, dim sum station, sushi, salads and cheeses are on display all afternoon, hot snacks and desserts are brought to your table. The hot dishes vary but on our visit included chicken pie and a lamb hot pot. We were particularly taken with the cheese spread, complete with fruit and nuts.
04 888 3444
Where Nine7One, The Oberoi, Business Bay
When Fridays, 1pm-4pm
The low-down The perfect blend of molecular gastronomy and down-to-earth international street food, this brunch could not be faulted. We loved the som tam station, where you can make your own Thai salad, and the nitrogen bar packed with delicious gourmet desserts. With everything from Peruvian ceviche to Chinese hand-pulled noodles and South African bunny chow, as well as incredible drinks concocted by the in-house mixologists and bouncy DJ tunes, our only top tip is to go with people who won’t judge you for the faces you’ll pull in delight at the flavours and textures you didn’t even know existed.
Price Dh299-Dh599 (discounts for groups)
04 444 1407
Take the kids along
Where Serafina, Souk Al Bahar
When Fridays, 11am-4pm
The low-down Cool interiors and an upbeat yet informal vibe create the perfect setting for a lazy Italian-style brunch with the family. The food is delicious – highlights include the bruschetta (definitely the best in town), creamy risotto with veal osso bucco and a decadent Nutella pizza for dessert. The kids were kept occupied making their own pizzas, getting their faces painted and having balloons twisted into wonderful shapes, while the parents chilled out, ate more food and waited for the next round of the fountain show.
A great afternoon out.
04 363 8447