The Brunch Bunch

Dubai’s dining scene does Fridays in style, with all-you-can-eat afternoon brunches

From bountiful buffets to elegant à la carte menus, Dubai’s Friday brunches are legendary. Here are a few of the hottest brunch spots to while away the day while savoring some truly delicious food.

Big Friday Brunch, Al Qasr Hotel

If it’s opulence you’re after, the Big Friday Brunch at Al Qasr {Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah; 971.4.366.8888} is a winner. Spread luxuriantly across three restaurants—the Spanish-inspired Al Hambra, international Arboretum, and MJ’s Steakhouse—this is one of the largest Friday feasts in town. Diners can stroll from outlet to outlet, past live cooking stations and cocktail stands. Stunning sea views and a buzzing atmosphere make it perfect for large groups and celebrations.

Big Friday Brunch at Al Qasr Hotel

Signature Friday Brunch, Traiteur

Bright, airy Traiteur {Park Hyatt Dubai, Dubai Creek; 971.4.602.1814} lends itself perfectly to an elegant French brunch. From the open kitchen, chef de cuisine Dennis Koll and his team serve up carefully prepared delicacies including roasted meats, fresh seafood, and crisp salads, with a cheese table and indulgent dessert room to finish off, if you still have room that is. Live music and exemplary service help create a culinary experience that oozes class.

Signature Friday Brunch at Traiteur

The Hola Hola Toro Toro Sparkling Friday Brunch, Toro Toro

Celebrity chef Richard Sandoval’s Dubai restaurant Toro Toro {Grosvenor House Hotel, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai Marina; 971.4.317.6000}—all warm light, dark wood, and sharp design—showcases Pan American cuisine with panache: and the à la carte brunch is no different. The menu features a range of flavorsome sharing plates, from freshly mashed guacamole to ceviche. But the main event is the churrasco: sizzling hunks of barbecued meat served at the table by knife-wielding passadors (carvers).

The Hola Hola Toro Toro Sparkling Friday Brunch

Friday Brunch, The Thai Kitchen

One of the most popular Thai dining experiences in the emirate, brunch at The Thai Kitchen {Park Hyatt Dubai, Dubai Creek; 971.4.602.1814} is an à la carte affair, with a taster menu of its best and brightest creations. Guests can choose from elegant indoor or outdoor settings in which to enjoy a selection of fragrant and flavorsome dishes, from grilled meat skewers to fresh noodles.

Friday Brunch at The Thai Kitchen

High Brunch, Nobu

Set amidst the high design that’s made Nobu {The Avenues, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah; 971.4.426.2000} a force to be reckoned with, this is a brunch of style and substance. Carefully plated dishes pack a serious flavor punch, including the revered miso-marinated black cod. Other specialties include succulent seafood, beef, and vegetables dishes, complemented by a drinks menu that features inventive Japanese cocktails.

High Brunch at Nobu

Bubblicious, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina

The clue’s in the name: the Bubblicious brunch at The Westin Mina Seyahi {The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, Al Sufouh Road; 971.4.511.7139} is packed with fun and fizz. Spanning three restaurants with multiple live cooking stations, it has something for everyone: from succulent steaks to tantalizing Thai food, with freshly baked pizzas thrown in for good measure.

Bubblicious, The Westin Dubai

Zuma Dubai Brunch

This Japanese culinary adventure relaunched in September 2016, with a stylish buffet concept targeting Dubai’s discerning diners. Zuma {Gate Village 6, Dubai International Financial Centre; 971.4.425.5660} offers a selection of traditional delicacies from sushi through to yakitori, with lashings of glamour. It’s a menu perfectly fitted to the carefully crafted wood-and-glass interior, and the beautiful people who frequent it.

Zuma Dubai Brunch