The best of Dubai this weekend: July 15 to 17
Brunches, afternoon tea and plenty of fun in the sun will guarantee an enjoyable weekend in Dubai.
Thursday 15 July 2021
Afternoon Tea at Peacock Alley at Waldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre
The term ‘Peacock Alley’ was coined to portray the daily promenade of people passing through the original colonnade connecting The Waldorf and The Astoria hotels in New York City and this historical part of New York heritage is now in DIFC. This elegant bar and lounge is ideal for a sophisticated afternoon tea featuring a selection of sweet and savoury bites while being enchanted by the melodic harmonies of the piano and cello. Available daily, from 3pm to 6pm. AED 195 (jasmine afternoon tea), AED 280 (premium afternoon tea) and AED 315 (bubbly afternoon tea).
GO: Call (0)4 515 9818 for reservations and more information.
Tuck into the new summer menu at Luigia, Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR
Fact award-winning Italian restaurant Luigia has unveiled a new menu filled with hearty dishes and thirst-quenching drinks this summer. Enjoy Linguine al Frutti di Mare with calamari, mussels, red prawns tartare and vongole; Tartare Di Astice, made with lobster tartare and avocado; Tartare Di Gamberi Rossi, with Sicilian red prawns and burrata, and Insalata di Polpo with octopus, tomato gazpacho, and Datterini tomatoes. Luigia has also introduced an aperitivo menu featuring refreshing spritz and curated mocktails.
GO: Visit www.luigia.ae or call (0)4 349 6950 for reservations and more information.
Friday 16 July 2021
Barcelona to Marseille Brunch at Bebemos, Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre
Bebemos and Beef Bistro’s combined brunch is the next best thing to hopping on a plane to Barcelona and Marseille. Featuring traditionally prepared dishes from their respective cuisines, expect Spanish and French staples like croquetas tortillas, coque au vin and quiche. The brunch also features an impressive beverage list. Fridays, from 1pm to 4pm. 169 AED (soft beverages) and 335 AED (sparkling).
GO: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (0)4 702 2455 for reservations and more information.
The Dancing ThaiGer Brunch at Charm Thai, Crowne Plaza Dubai Marina Hotel
The adults-only soiree includes five courses of tantalising Thai treats, including starters of crispy chicken and shrimp rolls, alongside aromatic soup and a selection of salads. For an authentic taste of Thailand, the main courses include Massaman curry, stir-fried chicken with red curry sauce and Pad Thai. Brunch culminates with authentic Thai desserts, such as Moji ice cream, Thai Tea Cheesecake, steamed coconut pudding and mango with sticky rice. Fridays, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 199 (soft beverages), AED 299 (house beverages), AED 399 (sparkling) and AED 699 (Champagne).
GO: Visit https://charmthaidxb.com for reservations and more information.
Saturday 17 July 2021
Dine in the enclosed air-conditioned summer terrace at GAIA, DIFC
GAIA, Dubai’s home-grown Greek-Mediterranean restaurant, has enclosed the garden in a stunning air-conditioned terrace. Encapsulating the beauty of The Cyclades, GAIA’s summer terrace is ideal for lunch or dinner surrounded by magenta-hued bougainvillaea and artistic Aegean plates. Throughout the summer months, GAIA serves light seafood specials curated by the expert culinary team. The restaurant’s focal point is the ice market, which receives fresh fish and seafood deliveries up to four times daily. Whether it is line-caught seabass and oysters from France, fresh mussels and Scorpionfish from Greece, or live Red Rock Lobster from Australia, guests can select their seafood of choice from the eye-catching display and have it cooked exactly to their preference.
GO: Email email@example.com or call (0)4 2414 242 for reservations and more information.
Relish in a Poolside Saturday Brunch at Bla Bla Dubai, JBR
This poolside brunch at JBR hotspot Bla Bla includes three hours of unlimited selected beverages and a grazing tray filled with crispy rice avocado, bruschetta, palm salad, California roll, chicken gyoza and Japanese Spinach Salad. Desserts feature a refreshing selection of tropical fruits and popsicles. A live DJ and bongo player will be providing the entertainment as guests soak up the sun and enjoy the last of the weekend fun. Saturdays, from 12pm to 3pm. AED 250 (soft beverages) and AED 350 (house beverages). Both packages include a sun lounger.
GO: Call (0)4 584 4111 for reservations and more information.