Your full list of Brunches during Ramadan
I was recently asked the question asked “Brunches during Ramadan – do they happen, where can you go, what are they like, can you drink etc etc?” Well I didnt really know the answer. I do know that over the last few years, while I have lived here in Dubai the rules have changes A LOT. When I first expereinced Ramadan (7 years ago!!) Dubai was super strict. NO WHERE would serve a drink until after sunset. I remember being out for dinner with friends and we where all waiting at the bar for sunset so we where the first to get a drink – note desperate at all!!! (Note this was when I was 27, younger and single!) But I know this has now changed – last year I saw lots of day brunches happening and people being able to drink in the day in the hotels.
Soooo I have decide I will come a full list of all the places, that I know, that will be open throughout Ramadan (having do a bit of research) So read on so see which brunches during Ramadan are open and basically where you can get drunk on the cheap – your welcome!
The Hide, Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah
Take a modern day feasting menu, mix it with Prohibition era-inspired sharing cocktails, and throw in a warm, American-style atmosphere and you have The Hide’s unique Meatopia brunch. Carnivores can indulge in whole cuts of meat and steaks, or tuck into burgers, lamb or roast chicken.
Rating: Nice setting and great steak!
Toko, Vida Downtown, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
A favourite hotspot among celebs visiting Dubai (singer Ne-Yo was spotted here last month), patrons now have a new reason to come to this chic Asian restaurant. The kitchen whips up everything from dim sum and Japanese sliders to sushi and sashimi, and you’ll find carving and robata grill stations too. Little ones will be kept busy by the entertainment zone, which features face painting and balloon twisting courtesy of the Toko clown.
Rating: Better for Winter when you can sit outside and enjoy the setting
The Eloquent Elephant, Taj Dubai – Burj Khalifa Street
Classic pub grub — eggs Florentine with truffle hollandaise, fish and chips, roast of the day, homemade pie and mash — is available on an all-you-can-eat basis for a pocket-friendly Dhs199. Should you feel tempted, house drinks cost an extra Dhs30 from noon until 7pm
Rating: Stunning decor and atmosphere
Shores Restaurant, Ramada Plaza, JBR
Indulge yourself in a sumptuous “trip around the world” buffet with a lavish selection of desserts. Young guest can enjoy the dedicated kid’s corner with face painting activity.
Rating: Great value brunch but nothing special here
Lucky Voice, Grand Millennium, Barsha Heights
Imagine that. Brunch, bubbles AND karaoke. What more could you ask for? There are private rooms to belt your heart out and the normal bar where a DJ is spinning and sometimes a live band plays. Expect bar-type food at the brunch: sliders, mini pizzas, chicken wings and such, and a well stocked bar and drinks list. For the brunch drinks are DIY style so we’re sure the afternoon will pass quickly!
Rating: I guarantee you will have fun here – even if you hate karaoke like I do!!
Spice & Ice, JLT
This stylish modern Indian venue has people raving about the flavoursome dishes, some with a contemporary or fusion twist. Brunch is an a la carte affair for starters and mains, and also has a molecular station with sweet and savoury bites with smoke!
Rating: Yummy fusion food with cool DJ and good selection of cocktails
Aji, The Palm
Aji’s table serving style brunch is on during Ramadan, and it makes for a great little mini-vacation! Stylish, hip and trendy – Aji is all the rage these days, so we’re excited they’re not slowing down during Ramadan. It’s a set menu featuring the specialties and most creative Japanese-Peruvian fusion bites, and is a bit lighter than the usual decadent buffet brunch, which is a nice change. And thankfully the industrial-meets-chic décor will keep us cool during these hot months when the lovely terrace is not an option.
Rating: I just love the decor here, the food is amazing but not cheap
Flow Kitchen, Fairmont The Palm
Thankfully Flow Kitchen’s Friday Brunch is still on during Ramadan. Make a day out of it with some of the other bars and outlets also open for drinks during the day. What we also like about this brunch is that it’s a bit more of a family affair (think kiddies buffet!) and quite casual (forget about those layers of make up in this heat!), whilst still in the luxurious surroundings of a 5 star resort and all the food choices you would expect: from made to order salads, 5 types of rock salt, the necessary breakfast options and of course endless desserts, candies and sweets.
Rating: Great family brunch
Wanderlust at Garden, JW Marriott Marquis
The huge international spread is on, including house beverages! Zoned with signs to point you to the different culinary destinations, you need all the time you can get to cover everything at this signature buffet for the JW Marriott Marquis. Thankfully the trays have maps too so we don’t have to get lost in this sprawling maze of seafood, carving stations, made to order pasta and dessert alley. Help yourself to drinks, it’s all part of the buffet! If by 4pm you happen to want to party on, move on to Square where your wristband gets you discounts on drinks.
Rating: It’s a party vibe that starts the moment you walk in, get handed a bottle of grape and put on some huge sunglasses.
Friday o68, Prime68, JW Marriott Marquies
Meat, grills and bubbles is what this brunch is all about, and it’s no different during Ramadan. This more stylish and subdued affair, with magnificent views, is themed along the 1920s, and in addition to the steak you would expect, offers a lot more for hungry brunchers. The menu matches the theme with sharing platters with names such as “Putting on the Ritz”. Don’t be afraid to order seconds if you find something that you love – it’s all part of the deal. The portions are the right size for the number of courses you’ll be expected to eat your way through, and service is exemplary.
Rating: Think less party and more refined with amazing and unique views
W Dubai, Al Habtoor City
The decadent party brunch is on, and is a great option to combine cooling down in the pool during the after party with some much needed refreshments and excellent food. The brunch centers around “Detox” (self explanatory) and “Retox” (which is the part you then need to detox from again). From the moment you walk in the DJ and club loungy first area sets the tone for a party brunch. Drinks can be gotten from different stations, and food covers a huge fresh spread from seafood and meats to more healthy options. Apparently you can even do yoga!
Rating: A very young, funky, party crowd, set a very modern setting
Waldorf Astoria, The Palm
Waldorf’s famous brunch is on during Ramadan, with a few tweaks. One of the few more decadent brunches that manages to focus on organic and healthy foods, a lot of the produce used comes from the Waldorf’s own garden. A few of Heinz Beck’s specialties are available which is a nice touch, in addition to sumptuous seafood and carving stations and more sophisticated dishes that involve rabbit and veal bone marrow.
Rating: Traditional brunch – I guess what you might expect from the Waldof.
Night Owls Brunch at The MED, Media One
Everything you are used to at The MED and more. Carving stations, pizza, seafood and of course bubbly if you take the most expensive package. The AED 395 package includes soft drinks and cocktails, so you’re bound to have a great evening either way. Media One is known for its parties, and the Night Owls is no exception, with a buzzing vibe, and of course, access to the after party at the DEK on 8.
Friends on 8 at The DEK on 8, Media One
A buffet for the starters, a la carte mains and dessert is a surprise! This is a revamped version of the original pool-brunch that Media One used to do on Fridays. The pool-side has been renovated and now looks a bit more modern and clean, and the evening brunch version is also a bit more slick, and a bit less messy. So bring a group of friends after work to celebrate the start of the weekend and dig in to good food, and make an attempt at trying a few of the different cocktails on the extensive drinks list.
Spice & Ice, JLT
All the usual fun is on at Spice & Ice this Ramadan. Evening brunch is no different than a normal brunch so expect vibrant modern Indian cooking and creative cocktails to set the tone.
Evening Brunch, Reform Social & Grill
Social’s brunch is on including the alcohol, with sharing platters for starters, a la carte mains and platters again for dessert! Not ready to get started on those drinks by noon? Skip the normal brunch time and head to Social’s evening brunch. What to expect on the menu? Think chicken liver pate, smoked salmon, cheeses, fish and chips, mussels and lamb. Of course there’s sticky toffee and strawberries and cream for dessert. A truly British affair. The menu does change around once in a while, so don’t be surprised if you get treated to haggis fritters and meringue pie instead.
Funk Soul Supper Brunch at the Black Lion, H Hotel
From 6 pm onwards, The Black Lion is mixing and serving as usual! The brunch is themed around (you guessed it) funk, soul, hip hop and R&B combined with the Black Lion’s Eastend culinary heritage. For the brunch it’s a street-eats vibe with unlimited starters, a choice of one main, and desserts. Choose from things like chicken wings, prawn toast and salt and pepper squid for the starters, and jumbo hot dogs, salt beef sandwich, the angus burger or fish tacos for mains. There is craft beer and a creative list of cocktails to try. Black Lion is known for their vanilla cheesecake with salted caramel so make sure you leave some room for dessert.
So worry no more! No matter where you are in Dubai there’s always a restaurant open to satisfy your hunger. Even in Ramadan. If you know of anywhere else that is also open then please do let me know and I can update the list.