4 al fresco brunches in Dubai
During the window of lovely weather that sweeps the UAE between New Year celebrations and the Dubai World Cup, why would you want to stay inside? Make the most of the pleasant temperatures and bright sunshine with these al fresco brunch hotspots.
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Vida Downton offers this languid picnic brunch by the pool each weekend. New for 2016 is the live barbecue station that was developed in consultation with UK chef Andy Bates, while there is the usual blend of music and upscale finger food – from pizzas and hot dogs, to cheeses, breads and roasted marshmallows. They even throw in a red chequered tablecloth.
Where: Vida Downtown Dubai
When: Fridays and Saturdays, 1pm-5pm
Price: AED295 to AED495 (AED100 per person for a cabana)
Contact: +9714 888 3444, www.vida-hotels.com
They call it the Polo Brunch at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club’s signature restaurant. And with good reason. You can check out a professional polo game or show-jumping tournament as you tuck into your food, or try an amusing game of camel polo, organised for groups, to work up an appetite. If that sounds like far too much effort, sit back and enjoy gazing at the lush lawns and majestic setting.
Where: Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches
When: Fridays, 12.30pm-3.30pm
Price: AED295 to AED565
Contact: +9714 361 8111, www.poloclubdubai.com
In addition to their themed evening brunches, you can now enjoy Yalumba as a garden party that sprawls from the restaurant down to the pool and beyond. Entertainers, inventive drinks displays and a “secret garden” atmosphere lend a sense of magic and mischief to the mix. There’s a buffet, live cooking stations, sushi platters and much more. The fun continues at the afterparty, too.
Where: Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre
When: From AED499
Price: Fridays, 12:30pm-3:30pm
Contact: +9714 702 2455, www.yalumba-dubai.com
For table bookings of eight to ten, the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeriah offers a boat ride from the Dubai Marina to the hotel’s jetty at an extra cost, where you’re welcomed like celebrities. This thoroughly grown-up brunch – check the seafood bar – takes its culinary inspiration from The Big Apple, so there are bites representing New York’s main food districts like China Town and Little Italy. Great desserts, too.
Where: Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeriah
When: Fridays, 1pm-4pm
Price: AED345 to AED600
Contact: +9714 818 2222, www.waldorfastoria3.hilton.com