These FACT recommended Saturday brunches offer the ideal way to kick-start your weekend celebrations.
Japanese street-food restaurant Akiba Dori have launched a brand-new Sunday Brunch exclusively for the new JBR location. Set within the outdoor air-conditioned terrace space at The Pavilion, brunch-goers can expect a table full of Akiba’s signature dishes, including Akiba rock shrimps, crispy calamari, Akiba maki rolls, gyoza, chicken katsu sliders, Tokyo-style Pizza and desserts to finish. Sundays from 12pm to 4pm. AED 249 (soft beverages), AED 349 (house beverages) and AED 449 (premium beverages).
GO: Call 058 824 5150 for reservations and more information.
The new Bleu Blanc Brunch is inspired by the charm and spirit of the Mediterranean, with tableside service flowing effortlessly and complemented by a large collection of premium free-flowing beverages. Expect a live crudo bar display with a selection of fresh seafood classics, as well as inspirational takes on classics – think: tuna tartar with citrus salad, buffalo mozzarella and capers, oysters with shallot mignonette, and crevete prawn cocktail. There will also be live entertainment from singers Gari Deegan and Khalil B, and striking views of the sparkling Dubai Water Canal.
GO: Visit www.bleublanc-dubai.com for reservations or more information.
The 7th Heaven Brunch is a swanky lunchtime affair at the majestic two-storied venue known for its striking overhead chandeliers, opulent décor, impressive golden Buddha statue and large windows that look out across the waterways of Dubai Marina. Brunch-goers can enjoy an afternoon filled with Pan-Asian cuisine, beguiling beverages and a lively and energetic soundtrack provided by Buddha-Bar’s resident DJ. Saturdays, from 1;30pm to 4;30pm. AED 450 per person (soft beverages), AED 525 (grapes and hopes) and AED 625 (house beverages).
Bull & Bear
Tipping its hat to the fun-loving traders from the ’80s and ’90s, diners can expect top-notch fun, food and surprises. The brunch references famous moments from the Leonardo DiCaprio movie The Wolf Of Wall Steet. It features the restaurant’s signature dishes such as alligator pear, wagyu beef tartare, beef rossini, prawn cocktail and a delectable dessert selection. Saturdays, from 1pm to 5pm. AED 290 (soft beverages), AED 450 (house beverages) and AED 750 (Champagne).
Caviar Kaspia is celebrating the arrival of summer with the introduction of a weekend brunch. The four-course brunch begins with freshly baked viennoiseries, Kaspia’s signature beef carpaccio, fried chicken and Piroshki (minced beef buns). Diners are offered a choice of eggs, including scrambled eggs, eggs Benedict or mimosa eggs with Oscietra caviar or smoked salmon. Main courses include Kaspia’s stuffed croissant or buckwheat risotto accompanied by a side salad or French fries. Brunch ends with Kaspia’s decadent desserts, such as pain perdu with wild berries, rosewater milk cake or a stack of fluffy pancakes. Available on Saturdays and Sundays, from 12pm to 4pm. AED 375 per person (inclusive of one hot drink and one alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage).
GO: Call 04 243 5633 for reservations and more information.
Dubai’s first Bavarian Biergarten and Wirtshaus now hosts an evening brunch each weekend. Classic German dishes will be served as part of the brunch menu, including charcuterie boards, freshly baked pretzels, and live carving stations for chicken, meat and veal sausages. A sweet ending follows with apple strudel, ice cream and Kaiserschmarn apple sauce. Saturdays, from 6pm to 10pm. AED 250 (soft beverages), AED 350 (house beverages) and AED 450 (premium beverages).
With a home-style Italian menu, diners are encouraged to visit Fi’lia on the 70th floor of SLS Dubai Hotel and Residences for brunch amidst the clouds. Nibble on baked focaccia, crunchy arancini and mussels cooked in a white wine sauce while enjoying tunes from a live violinist. For the main event, freshly-baked bresaola and burrata pizza are served in the middle of the table, alongside rigatoni with tomato sauce and ricotta salata. Finally, enjoy a piece of steak from the grill but make sure you save room for the venue’s signature dessert, Fi’liamisu. Saturdays, from 12;30pm to 4pm. AED 250 (soft beverages), AED 395 (house beverages) and AED 550 (bubbles).
GO: Visit www.sbe.com for reservations and more information.
garden on 8
The FACT award-winning ‘best pub in Dubai’ has introduced its new 19 Weeks of Summer brunch. Offering a new menu, Instagrammable drinks, and metre-long flatbreads, garden on 8 will also be going all out to theme the décor and talent if the Saturday falls on a celebrated date. No two weeks will be the same, with new menu items added each week. The venue will also have its tent up to keep the venue cool. Saturdays, from 2pm to 5pm. AED 199 (soft beverages) and AED 269 (house beverages).
Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen
The family-friendly Hell’s Kitchen Brunch returns to Caesars Palace Dubai following a renovation of the celebrity-chef fronted restaurant. With an enhanced offering, diners can enjoy a seafood counter featuring oysters, lobster and shrimps, an interactive eggs Benedict counter and star dishes such as crab cakes, wagyu meatballs, truffle arancini, lamb ragu macaroni, boneless baby chicken, and the signature Hell’s Kitchen burger. Saturdays, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. AED 350 (soft beverages), AED 450 (house bevrages) and AED 500 (premium beverages).
Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown
Open Sesame, the artsy social eatery located at Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown, offers a brunch named after its electrifying location in Dubai’s busy Downtown district. Foodies can kick off their culinary adventure with a Mediterranean charcuterie board, baked goat cheese and apple puff pastry, mini sausage rolls, devilled eggs with caviar and smoked salmon, prawn cocktail and ceviche shots. For the mains, patrons can enjoy pulled beef sliders with chipotle aioli and coleslaw, chicken pintxo, lamb souvlaki, cod croquettes, fried calamari and prawns. Desserts are found in the Candy Souq. Saturdays, from 2pm to 5pm. AED 199 (soft beverages), AED 335 (house beverages) and AED 395 (bubbly).
GO: Call 04 210 2210 for reservations and more information.
Contemporary Japanese dishes are served in a laid-back environment at the Ikigai Tokyo Mix Brunch. Tuck into a three-course set menu from acclaimed chef Reif Othman whilst enjoying free-flowing at the vibrant restaurant in Dubai Marina. The feast includes maki rolls, sashimi, edamame, signature shrimp pops, miso grilled chicken, teriyaki-glazed salmon straight and the Ikigai wagyu beef burger. A platter featuring a chocolate cookie sando, seasonal fruits, and tropical sorbet is served for dessert. Saturdays, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 199 (soft beverages), AED 349 (house beverages), and AED 399 (sparkling).
The bold new brunch at Hyde Hotel Dubai pays homage to Japanese geishas with fiery performances and an energetic soundtrack. Brunch features an impressive lineup of sharing style starters, including wagyu gyoza, wagyu beef tacos, salmon tartare, and the chef’s special selection of Katsuya sushi rolls. The Japanese robatayaki grill will be fired up for the occasion and piled high with freshly grilled meats, fish and vegetables. Ending brunch on a sweet note, Katsuya’s signature dessert platter is not to be missed. Saturdays, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 299 (soft beverages), AED 399 (house beverages) and AED 445 (bubbly).
La Casa del Tango
This South-American brunch features Argentinian cuisine from the Asado Grill and moves to the rhythm of Tango champion Enrique Macana’s passionate show. Sharing starters include the cheesy croquetas de pimietos, empanadas, calamares fritos and burrata crostini. The highlight comes with the much-loved seafood Asado and grilled meat Argentinian-style, supported by sides of papas fritas, ensalada mixta and purée de papa. For the finish, brunch-goers will be served tiramisu de dulce de leche, churros, and the Tango pankeke. Saturdays, from 1pm to 5pm. AED 295 (soft beverages), AED 395 (house beverages) and AED 545 (bubbles and premium beverages)
A lively weekend affair, La Bruncheria is offered at the new La Mezcaleria in JBR and is guaranteed to get your weekend party started. With four packages on offer, brunch-goers can enjoy tacos, quesadillas, sushi rolls, beef sliders, beef tenderloin, seabass and grilled chicken. In addition to free-flowing beverages, Saturdays, from 1pm to 5pm. AED 180 (soft beverages) and AED 480 (premium beverages).
Paramount Hotel Dubai
From the makers of the hotel’s ‘Murder at the Speakeasy’ show, Paramount Hotel Dubai’s new Broadway-inspired brunch will get you dancing. Expect carefully selected music featuring classic songs from ‘Footloose‘, ‘Grease’, ‘Funny Girl’ and ‘Wicked,’ whilst enjoying a surf and turf style culinary experience beginning with free flow starters, followed by sliders, seafood and meat boards, plus irresistible desserts paired perfectly with a crafted cocktail and house beverage menu. Saturdays, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 299 (soft beverages), AED 399 (house beverages) and AED 550 (bubbly).
The ‘Signature Brunch’ is now exclusively available in Piemonte, Roberto’s chic dining room, to create an epicurean experience for Dubai guests. The brunch showcases Roberto’s most palate-enlightening dishes, such as the Slow Cooked Octopus, Calamarata Pasta and Roasted Black Angus Ribeye. To add to the eminence of the afternoon, Head Chef Danilo Valla composes a special dish every week, inspired by one of the fresh and refined Crudo Bar selections. The Roberto’s brunch finishes on a sweet note with the treasured array of in-house desserts such as the Pistachio Sorbet or Lemon E Lemon. Saturdays, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 395 (soft beverages), AED 595 (house beverages), AED 745 (Champagne package) and AED 925 (premium Champagne package).
GO: Call 04 386 0066 for reservations and more information.
Serving exquisite North-Indian delicacies with a distinctly British flair, Tina’s Brunch begins with thalis filled with a plethora of snacks, including crispy lale, Tandoori mushroom and bacon naan roll and a selection of dips and chutneys. Diners can indulge in moreish mains such as chicken tikka Wellington, tandoori prawns, chili roast beef with Yorkshire pudding and the ‘Impossible’ seekh. In addition to the fantastic food, diners can expect live entertainment and decorated photo areas for that perfect Insta-worthy snap. Saturdays, from 1pm to 4:30pm. AED 245 (soft beverages), AED 345 (selected house beverages) and AED 445 (premium beverages).