Brunch is the best part of any good weekend and is an absolute Dubai must-have! (Besides mama, who can resist a sneaky glass of bubbles when you’ve been up since the crack of dawn?) We’ve put together our picks of the best brunch places for families in Dubai – get ready to join the brunch bunch mama, and make those reservations now. Your family are guaranteed to have a blast!
Friday Sparkling Brunch in Al Bahou
This is one of the most popular brunches around as it offers a fully inclusive dining experience but is super family friendly. Both adults and children are guaranteed to have a good time with many different cuisines on offer (Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Indian and Arabic) and a variety of entertainment to keep your little one busy whilst mamas get a little time off. Think magicians, movie theatres, fun bouncy castles and much more. Yes that’s right, mamas, you can actually enjoy your brunch in relative peace! There’s a first!
Adults from AED 295, Children 6-12 yrs old AED 95, Children under 6 yrs old FREE
Al Bahou, Movenpick, Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel, Dubai, Adjacent to Ibn Battuta Shopping Mall, +971 4 444 0000, www.moevenpick-hotels.com/en/middle-east/uae/dubai/hotel-dubai-ibn-battuta/restaurants/restaurant/al-bahou
Raffles Roast at Azur
Do you miss a traditional roast but find them an absolute faff to make? We always stumble at the last hurdle resulting in half hot/half cold food, and lets be honest mamas the trimmings are just as important as the meat itself, aren’t they? Well, Azur offers the Raffles Roast every Friday and its really really good! Presenting a wide selection of cold and hot starters to wet the appetite, followed by a traditional roast with all the accompaniments you can think of, including Yorkshire pud, stuffing, succulent meat and gravy, you can be certain that you will be fully satisfied from start to finish. To round off a pretty perfect meal, expect classical desserts such as eton mess, bread and butter pudding and delicious crumble. There is also a kid’s corner to entertain your little ones so you can enjoy your dessert overlooking the Raffles Garden in peace and quiet. Result!
Adults From AED 235, Children 6-11 years old eat half price, Under 6’s Free
Azur, Raffles Hotel, +971 4324 8888, www.raffles.com/dubai/dining/azur
Bab Al Shams
For those who crave adventure and want to get out of Dubai (temporarily, of course!), this brunch situated in Al Forsan restaurant is just perfect! Overlooking the beautiful and serene Arabian Desert, it comes complete with a selection of dishes from all over the world including India, Europe and Asia, and of course food from our own backyard. Nothing beats a good Arabic. Enjoy buffets galore, and live cooking stations, whilst the kids have fun on the bouncy castles and slides. There is even horse and camel riding – we love!
Adults From AED 300, Children ages12 and below AED 195
Bab Al Shams, Al Qudra Road, near Endurance City, 8168 Dubai, +971 4809 6194, www.meydanhotels.com/babalshams
Situated in the glorious family-friendly Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Beachcombers offers a Pan-Asian brunch to its diners on both Friday and Saturday. Expect satay skewers, tom yam soup and pad thai, which you can munch on the deck overlooking the sea, whilst your feet sink into the soft golden sand. If it’s the food you are after then this may not be the place for you as the quality is slightly below par, but the scene in front of you certainly makes up for it, with the picture perfect iconic Burj Al Arab standing tall in full view. There is also a designated kids area with child’s buffet and entertainment including magicians and face painting. This is one of the more relaxed brunches mamas – it’s designed for you to enjoy a nibble whilst taking in your surroundings and then take a lovely little stroll along the beach to complete your rather relaxed day.
Adults from AED 299, Children 4-12 years old AED 149
Beachcombers, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, +971 4406 8999, www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/dubai/jumeirah-beach-hotel/restaurants/beachcombers
The Picnic Brunch at Blades
Situated on the lawn of Blades restaurant, this al fresco brunch is genuinely one of the most delightful brunches around and pays homage to the traditional English picnic. Padded blankets are set up (with seating available for those who want it) around low tables and you are given a surprise wicker basket brimming with traditionally British food, such as pork pies, sausage rolls, smoked salmon and much more. Yum! There are also stations set up offering delicious fresh burgers, grilled prawns and barbequed chicken, to name just a few. There is something very serene about the setting here. You can enjoy your lunch in total tranquility surrounded by the lush green grass and cool running water of the ninth hole. You honestly almost feel like you aren’t in Dubai! But don’t get so carried away that you forget about dessert! There is nothing more quintessentially British than a bowl of delicious plump strawberries served with double cream. For the kids, expect entertainment for all ages, and a large green area for them to run around in!
From AED 265
Blades, Al Badia Golf Club, +971 4701 1127, www.diningdfc.com/Restaurant-details/21/Blades
Bubbalicious at Blue Orange
Award winning brunch Bubbalicious is certainly one of the trendiest brunches in Dubai. Every Friday, expect three of their restaurants to come alive! Whether you are after Asian food or if it’s seafood that tickles your fancy, the world is your oyster, as you can happily and freely move from restaurant to restaurant choosing from the buffet sections or one of the 10 live cooking stations. For children, expect a kid’s area and buffet as well as activities galore, with a petting zoo (yes that’s right mamas!), cinema and even some live acrobatic entertainers. What fun!
Adults from AED 450, Children 6-12 years old AED 225, Children under 6 years old FREE
Blue Orange, Hunters Room & Grill and Spice Emporium, The Westin Dubai, +971 4399 4141, www.blueorangedubai.com/en
Fork & Cork Brunch at Crescendo
To experience one of the most luxurious and high end brunches doesn’t have to be a non-family event! Introducing Fork & Cork, a relatively new brunch at Crescendo restaurant, Anantara, The Palm. Offering mouth-watering dishes from around the world, this feast is certain to tantalize your taste buds and take you on a culinary journey you will hope never stops. There are stations of food (and cocktails!) and we hear there is a live band too. For the kids, expect a small kids buffet, no games as such, but very child friendly and some light entertainment like balloon bending or face painting. Sounds good to us!
Adults from AED 300
Crescendo, Anantara, The Palm, +971 4 567 8304, dubai-palm.anantara.com/crescendo
Breakslow Brunch at Flow Kitchen
Everyone knows that the most important meal of the day is breakfast (for kids and adults!) and so the masterminds at Fairmont, The Palm have created the unique and ultimate four and a half hour breakfast brunch. Genius! Indulge in a lengthy and lavish brekkie for you and your family and if you purchase the kids package then they can fly across to the Fairmont Falcon Juniors Club for an action packed afternoon of fun and games. The club features a climbing wall, splash park, arts and crafts station and much more. It is one of the best kids clubs in Dubai so fear not mamas, you will be treated to some well deserved weekend relaxation whilst your kids are in the capable hands of the team on duty!
Adults From AED 185, Children Package (5-12 Years old) AED 185
Flow Kitchen, Fairmont, The Palm, +971 4457 3457, www.fairmont.com/palm-dubai/dining/flow-kitchen
Mas Mas Maya at Maya
If you enjoy Mexican food, then this brunch will be right up your street. Offering a plethora of Mexican dishes to choose from with a modern twist, Mas Mas Maya is popular for its delicious food and green lush surroundings. Think quesadillas, nachos and fajitas, with all the sides, and then everything from the grill, from seafood to lamb chops. One of the biggest bonuses about this brunch is that you get pool and beach access to the resort so bring your swimmers mamas and get ready to catch some rays… This is the perfect family day out – food, swim, snooze (daddy’s turn to watch the kids, surely?)… and to top it off they even have a post-brunch happy hour where you can sip on a cocktail whilst enjoying some Latino tunes!
Adults From AED 350
Maya, Le Royal Meridien, +971 4316 5550, www.maya-dubai.com
Generation Creation at Mazina
Right mamas, this brunch is definitely worth a visit. On every 3rd Saturday of the month (next one is 15th November!), Mazina presents a fun and interactive afternoon for families. Parents and kids alike are invited to roll up their sleeves and try their hand at cooking or creating in the kitchen. They’ve had pancake making, pizza assembling and pumpkin carving so far this year, and November will see all its eager participants attempting to make their own pasta (with a little help from the talented restaurant chefs!), and you better work hard as there are great prizes up for grabs. If that’s not entertainment enough, children can also enjoy a bouncy castle, face painting and magician! Then of course there is an extensive selection to choose from for brunch and a kids buffet on offer too. The whole experience at this brunch is definitely worth the visit and is such a nice outing for the whole family, after all the weekends are for family time, right mamas?
Adults from AED 250, Children 6-12 yrs old ½ price, Children under 6 yrs old FREE
Mazina, The Address, Dubai Marina Mall, +971 4436 7777, www.theaddress.com/en/hotels/the-address-dubai-marina/dining/mazina.aspx
Farriers Brunch at The Meydan Hotel
What is more chic than an afternoon at the races? This brunch offers an extravagant buffet of culinary delights, which you can enjoy whilst overlooking the most stunning view of Meydan racecourse and unwinding to some chilled live music. It boasts the biggest kids area you have ever seen; with a bouncy castle, magic shows, cartoons, face painting, arts and crafts, and much more, your little ones are sure to be in fun play heaven!
From AED 245
The Meydan Hotel, Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, +971 4 381 3111, www.meydanhotels.com
The Grand Friday Brunch at Mina A’Salam
The Grand Friday Brunch offers a fabulous experience from start to finish. You can begin your afternoon in style by taking a free abra from Al Qasr to Mina A’Salam, which just makes it all so very spectacular. When you arrive, you’ll be seated in the most divine surroundings with beautiful lakes nearby and, of course, the majestic Burj Al Arab in full view. The buffets stretch from Al Muna to Tortuga restaurants, with live cooking stations dotted around and a variety of different cuisines on offer. There is also a separate kids area, which comes equipped with face painters and fun games, as well as a chocolate fountain, so don’t be surprised if your little one comes back with choco-lips from the fruit and marshmallow dipping session! Lastly, the kids get the chance to feed the turtles, which is certainly original and will keep your babes entertained for hours. “There’s one… there’s another… “! How we love the small things in life! This is one of the more expensive brunches for sure, but lets face it mamas, your worth it!
Adults From AED 425, Children 4-12 yrs AED 250
Mina A’Salam, +971 4366 6730, www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/dubai/madinat-jumeirah/activities/the-grand-friday-brunch-at-mina-a-salam
Family brunch at Nomad
This brunch is definitely on our hit list. Offering a delightful culinary experience in the comfort of a modern setting, you are sure to start the weekend on a high. Enjoy food prepared at 9 live cooking stations, as well as mixology stations presenting some of the most mean cocktails, coupled with a table poolside and some chilled out music and you will be happy you came to Nomad! For the kids expect a Kids Carnival corner featuring a station with mini pizzas, popcorn, cupcakes and much more. Entertainment comes in the form of an inflatable castle, balloon bending and face painting, which should keep your little ones at bay whilst you soak up the ambiance for another hour or two…
Adults from AED 220, Children 5-12 years old AED 95, Children under 5 FREE
Nomad Brunch, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, +971 4230 8571, www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/dubai/jumeirah-creekside-hotel/restaurants/nomad
Jazz @ Pizza Express
For the music lovers amongst you, this brunch will no doubt be your favourite! Pizza Express brings you a family brunch, with live jazz music and entertainment for your kids. What more could you want!? Your little ones will be treated to (let’s be honest) their dream meal – PIZZA, and lots of it! Follow your meal with more fun in the form of face painting, arts and crafts and balloon making. There is also a magician present who is sure to keep your babe amused whilst you enjoy your meal and listen to some smooth jazz. To round the afternoon off, there’s a cupcake decorating session so make sure you leave space for dessert, as I’m pretty sure you will be indulging one (or two or three) of these delights… unless someone else gets there before you!
From AED 99
Pizza Express, Jumeirah Lake Towers, +971 4441 6342, www.pizzaexpressuae.com
Urban Picnic Brunch at 3in1
Now that the weather is improving, this brunch is amongst our favourites for its originality and for the fact that it embraces quality family time. Every Friday 3in1 is transformed into a picnic setting inside and out. You are given a blanket and wicker basket, which you fill with savoury goodies such as quiche, pies, salads and pizza (who’s tried the peanut butter and jelly flavour?), as well as sweet delights of decadent cakes and puds. This part the kids will love to do with you as its fun for them to pack up the basket and choose from the platters. There is plenty of seating inside and out, but we definitely recommend just grabbing yourself a piece of grass outside and setting up camp. You can also book a cabana for the crème de la crème experience, and sit back and chill out to the sounds of the live DJ.
From AED 225
3in1, Vida Hotel, Downtown Dubai, +971 4888 3444, www.vida-hotels.com/3-in-1.aspx
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