In a city renowned for its iconic brunches that linger over an entire afternoon of gastronomic delights and fun for the entire family, HEALTH presents some of the best family brunches available, just in time for the festive season and cooler weather…
Nomad at The Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
Begin the weekend on a high note with a fun Friday Brunch in the heart of Dubai. Nomad is set up like a relaxed outdoor party with live cooking stations. These stations included pasta, burgers,
and sliders, and Turkey and lamb with accompaniments. There was also an ample breakfast section with eggs, sausages, and breads, an Indian section complete with paneer curry and tandoori chicken alongside a Thai and Chinese section. A live band played songs by request while the other side of the area was a child’s dream come true with a kiddie buffet that served chicken strips, fries, sliders, and sandwiches and best of all, there was a bouncy castle, nail art station, face painting, and cookie decorating station. Inside was an expensive sushi counter alongside a salad bar
complete with freshly baked breads, soups, and cheeses. The dessert section is was so large that it was a challenge to sample each one. There was chocolate fondue with cake, mini Crème
Brule, German Stollen, and chocolate mousse, amongst many other goodies.
Price: Dhs 220 including soft beverages; children below three years can dine on a complimentary basis and children between 4 to 11 years pay Dhs 95
Timings: Valid every Friday from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Contact: 04 230 8458
Ajman Kempinski Garden Brunch
Set up like a garden picnic complete with a pool, stunning sea view and live music, this brunch begins indoors with just about every kind of salad imaginable—from traditional tabouli to a creamy pasta salad–as well as lots of breads, cheeses, and sushi. The food outdoors is spread across the entire garden area with individual live cooking stations for Italian, Indian, Arabic, and Chinese food and best of all, a huge barbeque/ grill station serving made-toorder steak, fish, chicken, and jumbo prawns complete with baked potatoes, corn on the cob, relishes, and sauces.
Kids were a big part of this brunch with the designated kiddie play area and fun kiddie foods indoors like pasta, burgers, and finger foods. They also had an indoor station for popcorn, cotton candy, and crepes. The dessert section was huge with a large array of sweet treats on offer; from made-to-order crepes with the toppings of your choice, cakes, puddings, pastries, tiramisu, and the list goes on…the offerings were endless and were continuously being refreshed with new treats.
Price: Dhs 250 including soft beverages and beach access; children below six years can dine on a complimentary basis and children between 4 to 12 years pay Dhs 92.5
Timings: Valid every Friday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Contact: 06 714 5582
Levant at Boulevard Kitchen in Manzil Downtown Dubai Hotel
Tucked away in the avantgarde Manzil Hotel in downtown Dubai, the Levantine brunch at The Boulevard is a feast of many dishes mostly from the Levantine region, but with some continental and Indian stations. The salad area had a wide array of mezze; Shanklis was aged cheese with finely chopped bell pepper and parsley; there were also vine leaves, tabouli, and moutabel, to name a few. Throughout our meal, we were served refreshing Moroccan mint iced tea and their specialty– Bedouin tea, served in the most elaborate silver single serving tea pot.
Mains included slow cooked chicken with avocado, Ouzi with rice and vegetables, several types of Levantine stews, and fish sayyidah. The live cooking station had a succulent selection of sheesh tawouk, chicken grills, and meat. Thinking we couldn’t eat another mouthful, the Um Ali quickly put us back into eating mode. Other treats included mini carrot cake bites, chocolate cake, brownies, baklava, pastries, fresh fruit and the master showpiece, a unique twist on kunafe which was served in a vermicelli custard shell topped with Ashta cheese and fresh berries which went perfectly with the Turkish coffee.
Price: Dhs 295 and Dhs 195 and children up to age 12 dine complimentary.
Timings: Valid every Friday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Contact: 04 423 8899
Ajman Palace Hotel; Friday Brunch at The Bistro Encore
Tucked away in one of the newest hotels on the Ajman Corniche, the Bistro Encore serves up international cuisine in a relaxed ambiance with the option to sit indoors or on the terrace, overlooking the pool. This brunch had a separate breakfast section complete with cereals, fresh fruit, breads, pancakes, and eggs. For lunch, there was a large sushi station with a variety of different kinds of sushi and a meat carving live station for the die-hard carnivores out there. At the pasta station, we had made-to-order Fettuccine Alfredo made exactly how we liked it. The salad station offered a large array of salads and accompaniments to create your own masterpiece; from traditional Caesars salad to seafood salad.
The mixed grill was spot on with tender and juicy kebobs, and sheesh tawook. Last, but not least, the dessert bar was ample with pastries, cakes, puddings, and my absolute favorite; the Um Ali which was perfectly baked on the outside and deliciously creamy on the inside.
Price: Dhs 150 and children below 6 years dine free and those between 6 and 12 years enjoy 50 percent discount.
Timings: Valid every Friday from 12.30pm to 3.30pm and is inclusive of free access to the beach.
Contact: 06 701 8862
Movenpick Ibn Battuta Mistral Restaurant
This was a Friday brunch with a twist; it was in the evening and is entitled “Friday Night Roast” complete with live music and an enormous selection of different kinds of carvings and roasts, alongside sushi and lots of fresh seafood. The seafood was served in two ways, one was already cooked and the other one was raw whereby you handpicked your selections of fish, lobster,
and squid and it is freshly cooked and presented with an array of accompaniments including glazed carrots, corn on the cob, and roasted potato wedges. The carving station included roasted chicken, duck, beef, and lamb, accompanied by several kinds of sauces and gravies. Kids were not forgotten with a unique “Camel Club” where kids could enjoy games and coloring. Other mains were British themed and included Shepherd’s Pie, Cauliflower Au Grain, and even crispy battered fish and chips with tartar sauce. The dessert section offered assorted fresh scoop Movenpick
ice creams, blueberry crumble, made-to-order waffles with chocolate sauce, sticky date pudding, and my all-time favorite–salted caramel custard pie.
Price: Dhs 225 with soft drinks for adults and Dhs 90 for children between 6 and 12 and below 6 years old dine complimentary.
Timings: Valid every Friday evenings from 6:30 pm to 11:00pm
Contact: 04 444 5613