Introducing Dubai’s light and luscious evening “brunches”
Ever an innovator and a specialist in finding new excuses to eat out, Dubai restaurants are championing the evening brunch – a meal that runs from late afternoon – capturing that magical period of sunset and twilight, ensuring that no-one ever goes hungry. Book one of our top picks to discover the perfect meal for both the night owls and the midday brunchers in need of a second round.
Sparkling Friday Brunch
Latest Recipe sticks to the tried-and-true brunch formula, offering up a room-spanning selection of live cooking stations, an outdoor barbecue where steaks are grilled, and locally-spiced chicken as well as a fresh seafood bar, salads and cold-cuts, plus a desserts table that offers everything from cheesecake to Umm Ali, a delicious traditional Egyptian bread pudding-style dessert. A family-friendly affair, there’s children’s entertainment and activities on the ocean-facing outdoor terrace to keep the kids happily occupied between plates of pasta, and live music for the adults.
Festa Italiana Sunday Evening Brunch
Dubai locals get their Italian fix at Positano’s tantalising Sunday night brunch. Specialising in the cuisine of Italy’s coastal regions, diners start off with their picks at the antipasti table before moving on to a mains menu that includes lasagna, lobster tails, grilled tiger prawns and Amalfi-style seafood stew. At the live stations, fresh house-made pasta comes with a sauce of your choice, while you watch the preparation. For dessert, panna cotta, tiramisu and grandma’s special cake rounds off brunch in the world’s tallest hotel.
Thursday Blues Brunch
American comfort food gets an upmarket revamp at the Dubai outpost of Chef Michael Mina’s booth-lined diner, Firebird Diner, with the Financial District swinging every Thursday night to the tunes of the ‘40s, ‘50s, and ‘60s. Book a table outside on a podium draped in fairy lights, and explore the swish a la carte menu with its retro favourites including just about the best buffalo wings to be had in Dubai, a New Orleans-style jambalaya, and New England lobster rolls. A dessert sharing plate lets you finish off brunch with some sweet magic – and that goes for both the apple pie and the honey-voiced in-house jazz singers.
Très Lazy Seafood Brunch
La Residence’s evening brunch has recently relaunched for the winter season, spotlighting the Parisian restaurant’s modern French take on seafood, fresh from the sea. With an art-deco décor, underscored by flickering candelabras and ox-blood leather couches, the equally chic four-course menu is served directly to your table, with freshly shucked oysters, Dover sole a la meunière, and a provincial slow-cooked octopus salad among the house favourites. Open until midnight, smooth jazz tunes from the in-house pianist will soothe the digestion before the late-night DJ’s Paris warehouse beats amp you up for the next day.
Wednesday Night Brunch
This mid-week evening brunch at Intersect by Lexus attracts the Financial Centre’s movers and shakers looking to unwind in the visually arresting art space turned kitchen. Featuring a rotating menu of international dishes as per the chef’s whims and market day finds, Intersect claims to specialise in “feel good cuisine,” with diners treated to French-Moroccan food one week, a Thai menu the next. Served in the book and plant lined dining room, the Wednesday night brunch treats guests to a buffet of entrees, a made-to-order main, and free rein on all the luscious desserts you can eat.
Favela Chic Brunch
Dinner meets dance at Spirito Lounge and Kitchen’s bombastic brunch. The authentic South American kitchen pays homage to its roots with an a la carte menu featuring Cajun shrimp, ceviche, chargrilled steaks and lamb skewers, and an inspired chilli and mango mousse. Perfect for mid-to-large groups, the party really gets started with the Brazilian carnival dancers, dressed to thrill in sequins and feathered headdresses. Warning: they love teaching diners step-by-step how to pull off their hip-slinging samba moves, so be prepared to bust a move.