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Your UAE Weekend Guide: 7 to 9 October

Weekend brunches, chef’s table experiences and plenty of foodie adventures await in Dubai and Abu Dhabi this weekend.

The first weekend in October is finally upon us and these are the dining destinations we look forward to visiting this weekend.

Friday 7 October 2022

Enjoy an Arabesque evening brunch

Olea at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates has long held a reputation for its indulgent Arabic cuisine. From tasty mezze to succulent grills, the lively all-day-dining restaurant celebrates the return of al fresco dining season in Dubai with the launch of an evening brunch. Expect unlimited hot and cold mezze, tempting main courses, delectable desserts and shisha. Fridays, from 7pm to 11pm. AED 325 per person.

GO: Email or call 04 409 5999 for reservations and more information.

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Experience an evening of fancy French food

Pierre Gagnaire and his chef de cuisine, Mathieu Balbino, are tempting food enthusiasts with a new collection of French delicacies at Pierre’s TT. Expect seasonal dishes such as sardine rillettes with squid ink crystals, pan-fried squid rings with black garlic butter sauce and grilled mushroom duxelles or the crunchy Amadai with tomato and lemongrass preserve. A meal at Pierre’s TT is complemented with masterfully crafted cocktails and an alluring terrace boasting views over Dubai’s glittering skyline.

GO: Visit for reservations and more information.

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Saturday 8 October 2022

Try the new Vagabond Brunch

Located on Bluewaters Island, vibrant new restaurant VAGA fuses Armenian and Arabic cuisines, drawing on a lifetime of heritage and traditions from both regions. Foodies in Dubai can now savour a myriad of stunning flavours at the Vagabond Brunch. Dishes on offer include tuna ceviche, spiced beef tartare, quinoa tropical spiced mango salad, marinated grilled chicken skewers, Aleppo kebab with cherry sauce and honey-glazed black Angus beef skewers. AED 350 (house beverages), AED 450 (signature beverages) and AED 750 (premium beverages).

GO: Email or call 056 800 0990 for reservations and more information.


Indulge in a Winter Garden Brunch

Enjoy creative cocktails and more than ten live stations from around the globe, with a backdrop of incredible views and a lush garden to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a few hours. This family-friendly brunch at Rosewood Abu Dhabi includes access to one of the most scenic pools in the capital, in addition to the supervised Kid’s Club and music from a live saxophonist. Saturdays, from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. AED 255 (food only), AED 355 (house beverages) and AED 455 (Champagne).

GO: Email or call 02 813 5550 for reservations and more information.

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Sunday 9 October 2022

Visit an ethereal new cafe

ICD Brookfield Place is now home to Lulu & The Beanstalk, a dreamy new cafe offering high-quality coffee, craft cocktails, comforting small dishes and hearty sharing platters amidst whimsical interiors. Wafa Tajdin and Amirah Tajdin are the two sisters behind the brand who share a deep love for storytelling, creating a venue that encourages guests to get lost in a world of art, design, photography and poetry. In addition to retail books, a floor-to-ceiling bookcase houses over 1,000 rare books, some dating back to 1857. Lulu & The Beanstalk is open daily from 9am to 11pm.

GO: Follow @lulus.bean on Instagram for more information.

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Try the chef’s table experience at GAIA

Greek hotspot GAIA have unveiled a private dining experience located next to the kitchen on the lower ground floor of the restaurant. With 12 velvet seats surrounded by mirrored walls, the GAIA Chef’s Table is an inviting and intimate space, allowing guests to feel connected to the kitchen, which is the heart of every Greek home. Here, guests can enjoy their favourite dishes from the GAIA a la carte menu, as well as the opportunity to have a curated menu. Diners at the Chef’s Table can inform the GAIA culinary team of their favourite flavours and watch them create a menu of dishes designed specifically for their table. Available daily, from 12pm to 3pm and 7pm to 11.30pm.

GO: Call 04 241 4242 for reservations and more information.

Dubai and Abu Dhabi

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