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The world on your plate: Top international brunches in the UAE

The UAE is diverse, shouldn't your brunch be too? GN Focus explores the sheer variety on offer, from Spanish to Japanese and Polynesian fare

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Peking duck is part of the brunch offering at Hakkasan
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Hakkasan Dubai 

The acclaimed Hakka Brunch promises to bring a new meaning to Friday feasting. Diners begin the journey by watching Hakkasan’s signature Peking duck being carved traditionally by experts before being topped with caviar and delivered to the table. A parade of dim sum and plenty of small eats follow as a DJ plays into the night. 

Details Fridays, 12 noon to 4pm; From Dh228; Call 04 384 8484

The Rib Room 

Go British at brunch with a choice of packages created to offer a personalised experience. The Rib Room Tasting Menu features six courses from the British Isles, while Create Your Own includes classic à la carte dishes.

Details Fridays, 12.30pm to 3.30pm; From Dh385; Call 04 453 0444 

The Eloquent Elephant, Taj Dubai

This brunch is a grand English affair with various roasts, including Welsh, Yorkshire and Irish (beef, lamb and chicken). The restaurant also offers favourites such as fish and chips, and the popular sticky toffee pudding.

Details Fridays, 12.30pm to 4pm; From Dh249; Call 04 438 3100

Sho Cho, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa

Do brunch Japanese-style at Sho Cho to sample sumptuous dishes such as Rock Shrimp Tempura, Shima Aji Ceviche and spicy Aji Peppers. DJ Koast will be on board to spin his signature mix of tunes all day long.

Details Fridays, 12 noon to 4pm; From Dh150; Call 04 346 1111

Toro + Ko Dubai

The Barcelona-inspired tapas restaurant offers brunch with a Toro twist. You get a delectable selection of tapas, charcuterie boards and Catalan favourites, combined with great music and fantastic service. 

Details Fridays, 12noon to 4pm; From Dh325; Call 04 590 5433

Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Lounge, Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort 

Treat yourself to a weekend getaway and indulge in RAK’s only Polynesian brunch. A tasty selection of dishes, followed by the chance to make your own Tiki Puka Puka cocktail to live music is just what you need on a lazy afternoon. 

Details Fridays, 12 noon to 4pm; From Dh265; Call 07 204 2393

LIMA Dubai

The Peruvian Expedition brunch showcases a selection of signature dishes such as Peruvian Bao Buns with pulled duck and a spiced rocoto sauce, slow-cooked Lamb Seco, and Seafood Seco Rice, set against the backdrop of fun, flavour and live music.  

Details Fridays, 12 noon to 4pm; From Dh325; Call 056 500 4571 

COYA Abu Dhabi

A combination of well-loved Peruvian favourites and some seasonal additions, this brunch ensures a festive afternoon. New flavours include Causa Amarillo with crabmeat, and waygu rib maki with wasabi.

Details Fridays, 12.30 to 4pm; From Dh198; Call 02 306 7000

The Promenade, Park Hyatt Dubai 

Brunch lovers can return to enjoy the finest of French fares with the relaunch of the multiple award-winning Traiteur Brunch at the city’s newest dining destination. Savour select gourmet cheeses, charcuterie and terrines alongside quintessential symbols of French dining.

Details Fridays, 1pm to 4.30pm; From Dh495; Call 04 602 1814 

Boulevard Kitchen at Manzil Downtown Dubai

The contemporary Arabesque surroundings of Boulevard Kitchen await you as you savour delicacies from the Levant. With an extensive buffet of delicious dishes from across the Middle East and plenty of activities for children, this is a brunch the whole family will love.

Details Fridays, 1pm to 4pm; From Dh195; Call 04 423 8899

Acropolis, Le MÉridien

Start the weekend early at this evening brunch, with a stab at the health-inducing Mediterranean diet. Get fresh seasonal dishes delivered to your plate straight from Greece. Tuck into specialities such as Lahanodolmades (cabbage rolls filled with rice and minced meat), Spanakopita (Greek filo with spinach and feta cheese) and more. 

Details Wednesdays from 7pm;  from Dh99; Call 02 644 6666

La Cala, Ghantoot Marina and Resort 

Head to a Balearic brunch at this day-cay destination. Enjoy a three-hour flowing package of signature sips, served alongside Mediterranean sharing sides and pizzas as well as BBQ al fresco favourites. 

Details Fridays, 12 noon to 9pm; From Dh199; Call 050 151 8407