Because brunch isnâ€™t just a Friday thingâ€¦
The Friday Brunch is a weekend staple in Dubai that is unrivalled around the world. Abandoning the traditional sense of the word (you know, eggs benedict and pancakes) in favour of a three or four-hour feast with unlimited drinks, itâ€™s something everyone has to experience at least once.
But brunch is no longer restricted to a Friday, as many restaurants and bars are opting to host a second serving on a Saturday. So if you canâ€™t make Friday, or youâ€™ve got stamina for a double dose, here are 21Â Saturday brunches to try in Dubai.
Minaâ€™s Kitchen at The Westin Mina Seyahi has had a makeover and is back with an eclectic new look and a unique dining concept to boot. As well as the brand new interiorsâ€“ think leafy and botanical and black and white chequered, theyâ€™ve introduced a brand new Saturday breakfast brunch thatâ€™s actually at breakfast (sort of).Â Running from 11am to 3pm, you can raid the breakfast buffet as many times as you like in between free flowing breakfast beverages such as mimosas or bloody Maryâ€™s.
Minaâ€™s Kitchen, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi, Dubai, 11am to 3pm, Saturdays,Â faceboTel:Â (04) 511 7373.Â facebook.com/minaskitchendubai
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Flow Kitchen at Fairmont The Palm
Fancy some epic views and oh-so-relaxing al fresco dining whilst the kids run around? Flow Kitchen does a â€˜weekend family lunchâ€™ on Fridays and Saturdays from 12.30pm to 3.30pm where you can graze from a international buffet featuring Middle Eastern, Indian, Asian and Mediterranean cuisine alongside a fresh juice station and homemade ice cream to keep the little ones happy. Itâ€™s priced at Dhs180 per person, not inclusive of alcoholic beverages.
Flow Kitchen, Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, Fridays and Saturdays, 12.30pm to 1.30pm, Dhs180 soft drinks only. Tel: (04) 457 3457.Â fairmont.com
Do you love nothing more than sitting poolside with a chilled glass of rose in-hand? Nikki Beach on a Saturday is probably the place for you then. Get yourself set up beside the famously Instagrammable pool and enjoy free-flowing rose and a selection of food from 1pm to 4pm. Itâ€™s the ideal spot for that chilled out day with bestie that youâ€™ve been meaning to plan.
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Pearl Jumeirah, Dubai, 1pm to 4pm, Saturdays, Dhs265 soft, Dhs395 beer or wine, Dhs465 cocktails, spirits, wine & beer. Tel: (04) 376 6000.Â facebook.com/nikkibeachdubai
Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
While Fridayâ€™s are the time to party hard at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Saturdays are a much more relaxed affair with Balearic beats, Mediterranean bites and the option to enjoy Saturday brunch either on the terrace, or at one of the cabanas on the beach.
Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Golden Tulip Al Jazira, Dubai, 1pm to 4pm, Saturdays, Dhs350 house drinks, Dhs580 bubbles. Tel: (056) 113 3400.Â facebook.com/BMIUAE
La Piscina is the luxe new pool at Palazzo Versace that you need to visit this season. Their poolside brunch on a Saturday will get you unlimited Mediterranean bites and free flowing beverages from 1pm to 4pm for a very wallet-friendly Dhs250. We think weâ€™ve just found our favourite new day-date hangout.
La Piscina by Palazzo Versace, Palazzo Versace, Al Jaddaff, daily 10am to 7pm. Tel: (058) 2266443.Â Lapiscina@palazzoversace.ae
Bab Al Shams
Feel like escaping the city for a moment? Bab Al Shamsâ€™ stunning desert resort should satisfy your need to take a breather. Theyâ€™ve just reintroduced their 360 degree nature brunch, which is set up picnic-style on the lush green lawns of the resort. Itâ€™s family-friendly and thereâ€™s loads of activities to keep the kids smiling all day with games, pony and camel rides and bouncy castles all on the agenda.
Bab Al Shams, Desert Resort & Spa,Â Al Qudra Road, Dubai, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs225 with soft drinks and bottled water, kids aged 6 to 12 get 50 percent off and under 6 dine free. Tel: (04) 809 6194.Â babalshams.com
The STK brunches just keep on coming, and their Downtown spot has you covered on a Saturday with their latest evening brunch, Vice. This Saturday evening dinner party starts with starters such as their amazing Lilâ€™ Brgrs, ceviche and salad, followed by an a la carte choice of main such as steak, roasted salmon or cauliflower risotto. The desserts are all-American, with options like cheesecake or cookie dough. This oneâ€™s for the foodies.
Vice, STK Dubai Downtown, Address Downtown, Dubai, Saturdays, 8pm to 11pm, Dhs299 soft, Dhs349 house and Dhs399 sparkling. Tel: (04) 425 3948. addresshotels.com
Part ladiesâ€™ day part party brunch, this upscale Saturday party takes place 16 floors up at The Penthouse. Run by party brand Candypants, expect a lively vibe as local DJs spin on rotation, five hours of free flowing drinks as well as regular fashion shows and pop-up boutiques.
The Penthouse, FIVE Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jumeirah, 12pm to 5pm, Saturdays, Dhs249 ladies drinks only, Dhs349 ladies brunch, Dhs399 gents brunch. Tel: (050) 220 4638. Facebook.com/Candypantsevents
The four hour â€˜Reveilâ€™Â Saturday brunch package at La Cantine is an all-you-can-eat breakfast feast complete with pyjama wearing waiters, alarm clocks, fluffy slippers and a menu of top brekkie dishes. And best of all? Itâ€™s served up in an actual bed.Â Thereâ€™s only one four-poster bed though, so if you want to bag the most Instagrammable spot, be sure to book aheadâ€¦
La Cantine du Faubourg, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, 12pm to 4pm, Saturdays, Dhs265 soft, Dhs400 house, Dhs550 sparkling. Tel: (04) 352 7105.Â lacantine.ae
Boutique City Walk hotel La Ville hosts a â€˜Saturday Grazing Feastâ€™ each week at Graze Gastro Grill. Thereâ€™s a flow of dishes served to the table designed to be shared, with not only prime cuts of meat on offer, but a host of seafood and vegetarian options as well. Itâ€™s served from 1pm to 6pm, and you can pick any three hour slot in that time.
GRAZE Gastro Grill, La Ville Hotel & Suites, City Walk, Saturdays any 3-hour period between 1pm to 6pm, Dhs225 soft, Dhs325 house, Dhs425premium. Tel: (04) 403 3111.Â grazelaville.com
Geales in Le Royal Meridien runs its family-friendly Saturday brunch each week. Thereâ€™s a four-course brunch menu served to the table alongside four hours of free-flowing selected drinks, plus thereâ€™s a whole host of activities for the little ones, including face painting, arts and crafts, a bouncy castle and kidsâ€™ yoga.
Geales, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa, Dubai Marina, 12pm to 4pm, Dhs345 house, Dhs195 soft, Dhs150 kids. Tel: (04) 316 5550. geales-dubai.com
The Els Club
Serving up a Friday and Saturday brunch, The Big Easy Bar and Grill at The Els Club is a South African fusion feast. The carvery brunch has seating both inside and outside overlooking the Els Golf Club, and thereâ€™s carvery stations and homemade Big Easy delights to tuck into from 12.30pm to 3.30pm.
The Big Easy Bar and Grill, The Els Club, Fri and Sat, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Dhs149 kids, Dhs249 soft, Dhs349 house, Dhs399 bubbly. Tel: (04) 425 1000. elsclubdubai.com
Dubaiâ€™s biggest Saturday brunch returns to the pool and beach each week. Itâ€™s a colourful, all-inclusive pool and beach brunch for those who donâ€™t want the weekend to end. It comes with all-inclusive food and drink stations for five hours, and resident DJs taking to the decks till late.
Zero Gravity, Sky Dive Dubai, Dubai Marina. Saturdays, 12pm to 5pm, Dhs249 ladies, Dhs299 gents. Tel:(04) 399 0009. 0-gravity.aeÂ
Saturdaze at 3in1
If Saturdays only mean one thing to you â€“ pool days, then this summery deal at Vida Downtown should tick all the right boxes. From 12pm to 4pm you can enjoy unlimited trips to the buffet filled with breakfast dishes, sandwiches and salads along with soft drinks for Dhs140.
Saturdaze at 3in1, VIDA Downtown Dubai, Saturdays 12pm to 4pm, unlimited buffet and soft drinks, Dhs140. Tel: (04) 888 3444.Â vidahotels.com
The luxe Villamore restaurant has a fabulous offering that runs on both Fridays and Saturdays. You can enjoy three courses of a la carte, Mediterranean dishes along with unlimited house beverages for Dhs475. Itâ€™s the perfect chilled-out Saturday brunch with stunning sea views.
Villamore, Crescent West, Emerald Palace Kempinski Hotel, Palm, Dubai, Fridays and Saturdays, 1.30pm to 4.30pm, Dhs375 soft, Dhs475 house, Dhs575 sparkling. Tel: (04) 248 8890. kempinski.com
Canâ€™t get enough of tapas? Graze away at El Sur, as they have a Saturday brunch offering to feast on. From 12.30pm to 3.30pm, youâ€™ll get a selection of tapas, rice dishes and paella to share along with house and sparkling beverages for Dhs265.
El Sur, The Westin Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Saturdays, Dhs265. Tel: (04) 511 7434.Â marriott.com
Family Fiesta Brunch at The World Eatery
Family bingo and fun games are all in order for the whole tribe to get involved in at The World Eateryâ€™s fun brunch. The big ones can graze on delicious plates like miso & ginger glazed salmon, beef bresaola carpaccio or BBQ chicken bombs every Saturday from 12.30pm to 4pm whilst the kids get their hands dirty with some fun activities in the kidsâ€™ club. You even get beach access for the day, too.
The World Eatery, Sofitel The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 12.30pm to 4pm, Saturdays,Â Dhs315 soft drinks, Dhs420 free-flowing house drinks, Dhs105 for children aged 6 to 12, under 6 dine free. Tel: (04) 455 5656.Â sofitel-dubai-thepalm.com
Tuck into unlimited dim sum, along with signature soup and a delicious main course served with fried rice at this classy Pan-Asian hotspot at Bluewaters Island. Include soft drinks and itâ€™s Dhs208, and for house drinks itâ€™s Dhs308.
Zhen Wei, Caesars Palace, Bluewaters Island, Saturdays 12pm to 3.30pm, soft drinks Dhs208, house drinks Dhs308. Tel: (04) 556 6666.Â caesars.com
Mazina at Address Dubai Marina
The real child-friendly fun happens on a Saturday at their Culinary High Seas Adventure brunch, priced the same, with prizes available for the best dressed pirate or mermaid with rotating activities each week including pizza making,Â cupcake decorating, sandwich making, cupcake decorating or sandwich making â€“ great to keep the little ones entertained.
Mazina, Address Dubai Marina, Dubai, Saturdays, 12.30pm to 3.30pm,Â Dhs325 soft drinks, Dhs450 house drinks with free flow and bubbly, 50 per cent off for children aged 6 to 11, under 5â€™s dine free. Tel: (04) 888 3444.Â addresshotels.com
Yalumba at Le Meridien
A buffet of international dishes is served at this hotel near the airport, and itâ€™s got a reputation for being a lively affair during brunch on a Friday. Saturdays though, are all about family. Thereâ€™s fun and games for little ones in the designated kidsâ€™ corner, with staff on hand to entertain them while you tuck into your food. Thereâ€™s also a special kidsâ€™ buffet.
Le Meridien, Garhoud, Saturday 12.30pm to 3pm,Dhs119 with soft drinks, under 12s free. Tel: (04) 702 2455.Â yalumbadubai.com