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Dubai’s best brunch spots

Words by Keven Amfo

Updated 18 October 2023

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Don’t miss the opportunity for a great brunch – here are our picks of the city’s five best.

In a city where brunch is very much a 'thing', deciding where to eat can make or break the weekend. Offering something for everyone, Quintessentially's hub in Dubai chooses its top picks around the city to make the most of the lauded weekend brunch.

CÉ LA VI
Dubai Downtown

Located on the 54th floor of the Sky View Hotel, CÉ LA VI offers a stylish Michelin-starred brunch. An outpost of the Southeast Asian chain, expect a fashionable crowd to gather on the romantic rooftop terrace – replete with stunning views of the Burj Khalifa.

Indulge in a curated set menu of contemporary Asian cuisine by acclaimed Chef Howard Ko, featuring sumptuous dishes like tuna tartare in sesame cone, miso Nordic salmon, and shellfish boudin' nduja beurre blanc. Following the meal, enjoy a cocktail on the pool deck, soaking in the expansive views.

Display of Asian cuisine brunch served with champagne on  a round table with pleated taupe sofa seating at CÉ LA VI, Dubai Downtown Display of Asian cuisine brunch served with champagne on  a round table with pleated taupe sofa seating at CÉ LA VI, Dubai Downtown
Level 54, Address Sky View Hotel, Dubai

Ongaku at CLAP
Rear of the Clap restaurant, DIFC

Hidden within Clap, the acclaimed Michelin guide restaurant with several global locations (and opening soon in London's Knightsbridge), Ongaku is the ultimate speakeasy and Tokyo-inspired rooftop gem. Atop the highest roof in DIFC and accessible only through a discreet entrance, Ongaku boasts a vibrant bar scene.

Enjoy a brunch that channels authentic Tokyo vibes with fresh oysters, sushi, sashimi, and Japanese delicacies. Transition from a long, leisurely dining experience into live entertainment and dancing during the evening hours, all while soaking in the skyline views.

Tokyo inspired rooftop bar and brunch spot with view of Dubai city sported with yellow and pink umbrellas and people eating at Ongaku at CLAP, Dubai Tokyo inspired rooftop bar and brunch spot with view of Dubai city sported with yellow and pink umbrellas and people eating at Ongaku at CLAP, Dubai
Gate Village, Building 3 - Level 9, 11th St, DIFC, Dubai

COYA
Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

Nestled in the lavish Four Seasons Jumeirah Beach, COYA's brunch celebrates exceptional Peruvian cuisine, service, and ambience. It has become an iconic Dubai destination for brunch, thanks to a precision level of detail in food quality and entertainment.

Revel in a colourful array of appetisers and signature raw dishes, indulging in anticuchos such as wagyu short rib, before choosing from a selection of signature dishes like Chilean seabass marinated in chilli and lime. The creative dessert platters are perfect for enjoying while you linger, soaking in the vibrant bar scene.

Display of colourful Purivian brunch dishes served with champagne at COYA in the lavish Four Seasons Jumeirah Beach, Dubai Display of colourful Purivian brunch dishes served with champagne at COYA in the lavish Four Seasons Jumeirah Beach, Dubai
Restaurant Village Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah Beach Rd, Dubai

Tasca
Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah, Dubai

Escape the city's hustle and bustle at Tasca, a Michelin-starred restaurant by José Avillez nestled on the sixth floor of the Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah. This rooftop venue offers authentic Portuguese cuisine with a modern twist. It boasts the largest selection of Portuguese wine in Dubai – make sure to ask the knowledgeable servers for a recommendation.

Savour traditional salads, grilled veal chorizo, marinated seafood, and decadent desserts like pastel de nata while dining seaside under the sun. With incredible views of the Mandarin Oriental private beach between the city and the Arabian Gulf, Tasca is our go-to for a stylish and refined brunch.

Person pouring sauce into dish in a round bowl with display of modern Portuguese cuisine at Tasca in the Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah, Dubai Person pouring sauce into dish in a round bowl with display of modern Portuguese cuisine at Tasca in the Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah, Dubai
Jumeirah Beach Rd, Dubai

Alici
Bluewaters Island

For seafood aficionados, Alici on Bluewaters Island delivers one of the city's finest brunch experiences. Inspired by Italy's Amalfi Coast, the restaurant has a transportive feel – think lemon and olive trees with gorgeous sea views and décor local to Southern Italy.

The elegant, whitewashed dining room hosts a refined à la carte menu, spotlighting tuna tartare and fritto misto dishes. Share plates include creamy burrata and seafood arancini, while main courses feature plenty of fresh pasta and lobster; save room for indulgent desserts and plenty of Prosecco.

Amalfi Coast-inspired interior with white walls, chairs and tables and Amalfi painting on the wall at Alici, Bluewaters Island, Dubai Amalfi Coast-inspired interior with white walls, chairs and tables and Amalfi painting on the wall at Alici, Bluewaters Island, Dubai
Bluewaters Island, Dubai

Demon Duck
Bluewaters Island

Experience a Hong Kong-style brunch on Bluewater's Island courtesy of celebrity chef Alvin Leung. Accompanied by signature cocktails – don't miss the Daisy Duck, a refreshing drink with sake and gin – the Chinese menu spotlights an irresistible whole slow-roasted duck with exceptionally crispy skin, steamed calamansi buns and homemade hoisin sauce.

The entertainment features a requisite DJ set and magician and caricature shows to ensure diners never get bored. Linger in the refined dining room, saving room for the chocolate cake with matcha powder. This surprisingly light dessert is the perfect finish to a thoroughly unique and enjoyable meal.

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Caesars Palace, Dubai Bluewaters

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