+ Play Brunch Dubai Review Reif Othman

‘Play by Day’ Brunch – Dubai

  It’s not often you find a brunch in Dubai that truly dishes up top level food – so when TimeOut Restaurant of the Year, Play, announced it was now offering a brunch, I was more than intrigued. Set on the 36th floor of The H Hotel, Play is certainly a beautiful restaurant. It’s sexy, majestic, expansive…and frankly, has the best ceiling in all… Read More

+ Ruya Dubai Brunch Review Grosvenor House Marina

Ruya Brunch – Grosvenor House, Dubai

  When the team behind Zuma, Coya and Nusr-et open a new restaurant in Dubai, you can bet it’s going to be the hot ticket in town. Clearly, Ruya is hoping to follow on from the success of Coya and Zuma – they’ve certainly prepared for crowds. (Also it seems they really like two syllable names ending in ‘a’ don’t they? There must be… Read More


Bazxar Brunch – DIFC, Dubai

  Ahh, DIFC. Home to SO many dining establishments, (including many of Dubai’s best restaurants) yet somehow still manages to have a new restaurant open what feels like every month. I suppose everyone is chasing the gold-lined suit pockets of those financial types and I can’t say I really blame them in what’s becoming an increasingly tough dining scene in Dubai.  Bazxar is one of… Read More

+ The Ivy Dubai Restaurant News

December To-Do: Farewell The Ivy

British cuisine fans, we’ve got news that may sadden you. The Ivy, a Dubai institution via way of Dubai, is closing on New Year’s Eve! (Well, we’re hoping that a re-opening announcement will follow.) It seems Emirates towers is shaking up its food and beverage offering, having just killed off one of my favourite Dubai venues, the karaoke dive bar that was Harry Ghatto’s…. Read More


Saffron – Atlantis the Palm, Dubai

Ask any Emirates cabin crew member enroute to Dubai which is the best brunch on offer in DXB and it’s likely they’ll enthusiastically espouse, ‘Saffron!’. It’s a brunch with a reputation that precedes itself, well known for epitomising the essence of the ‘Dubai Brunch’ – indulgence and party vibes! Rocking up to Saffron (at the world famous Atlantis the Palm no less), it’s evident… Read More

+ Asia Asia Pier 7 Dubai Brunch

Asia Asia Spice Route Brunch – Pier 7, Dubai Marina

Having only popped into Asia Asia for a quick drink previously (but having heard wonderful things about their food), I was excited to see what their Friday ‘Spice Route’ brunch was all about. Pier 7 in the Marina is a great spot with a fab view and given that I had guests in town, it was the ideal choice (traffic however is a giant… Read More


Dusty’s – DIFC, Dubai

I’m always on the look out for a new and unique brunch – so when I heard about the Departures Brunch, an airline themed Friday feast, it was the perfect excuse to finally take Dusty’s for a test drive. I spend a lot of time on airplanes, so I was keen to check out how Dusty’s have translated the sky high experience into a Dubai brunch…. Read More

The Dubai Dish List 2016

Choosing where to go and what to order in a city with as many options as Dubai can be an overwhelming task – I’ve been there! Let me help make short work of that by sharing with you (in my opinion) the must eat dishes out there in the Dubai dining wilderness. These are dishes that for me, were love at first bite. Make sure you… Read More

+ Treehouse Taj Dubai La Guinguette Brunch Review

Treehouse ‘La Guinguette’ Brunch – Taj Downtown, Dubai

A recent arrival on Dubai’s outdoor terrace scene, you might have heard of Treehouse due to it’s spectacular views of the Burj Khalifa and the soon to be completed Dubai Opera. It’s a very pretty view indeed, and an equally pretty venue. While Treehouse’s terrace is undoubtably a gorgeous spot to spend a night Burj-gazing during cooler winter evenings, it might not instantly spring to mind as… Read More


Bayside – Steigenberger, Business Bay

Checking out the brunch at Bayside at the very new Steigenberger, Business Bay, I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect – German food to mach the origin of the brand perhaps? It seems they are leaving the German fare to their upcoming restaurant, Brothouse, (meaning bread house in German), and going the oh-so-Dubai route of international cuisine. You may know by now I don’t particularly… Read More


Gaucho – DIFC, Dubai

From the moment you arrive at the all-black valet entrance to this DIFC institution, first impressions suggest you’re in for a classier-than-average experience. An extremely classy one in fact. Given that Gaucho’s popularity extends to 15 locations in the UK plus three international outposts – Dubai, Hong Kong and Buenos Aries, there’s got to be something very special about the Argentinian cuisine they’re serving… Read More


Bombay Brasserie – Taj Downtown, Dubai

From the moment you step into the serene Taj lobby, you can see this is a property that has good taste oozing out of its walls. Hoping this impeccable sense of taste will continue with our brunch experience at Taj’s Indian outfit, Bombay Brasserie, we hungrily ascend to the fourth floor to check it out. Bombay Brasserie is just as stylishly decked out as… Read More


China Grill, Westin Mina Seyahi – Dubai

Ever since I moved to Dubai, China Grill’s Toy brunch has been on my radar. Often talked about as a quintessentially ‘Dubai’ brunch experience, I had been waiting for the right moment to pounce upon this unique An automated Wofood fiesta. It appeared to have a wacky party atmosphere while having good food too from what I’d seen around. Well, I was correct on… Read More


Hive Bruch @ Warehouse – Le Meridien Garhoud, Dubai

Dubai brunches are many things – indulgent, crazy, absolutely wonderful, and usually…expensive. I recently tried one that had a price tag that won’t make you wince, and also provided plenty of fun bang for your buck. At 259dhs this may be one of the best value brunches in town. Le Meridien’s Warehouse has just launched their new Hive brunch, and at this price point… Read More


Prime 68 – JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai

I didn’t know really what to expect from Prime68. I had heard it’s a steakhouse – well, great. I’ve tried a lot of fine steakhouses, and now I usually prefer to have my steak dinners at home (I cook a mean steak and sides). We booked in for the brunch to see exactly what everyone was raving about. What I discovered at Prime 68’s… Read More


Giardino – Palazzo Versace, Dubai

A recent arrival to the Dubai scene, the newest hotel of the iconic house of Versace has opened a range of dining options within it’s quarters (including Enigma – view my review here) – I was invited to check out Giardino’s Friday brunch offerings at a Zomato meet up. The first thing you’ll notice about the venue is the striking palm frond pattern used in… Read More


Tesoro – Business Bay, Dubai

Part of the recently built Taj Hotel, Tesoro is one of Dubai’s many pan-latin/Peruvian concepts. Yes there are a lot of these, but Tesoro is one that delivers in my books. Visiting for brunch, we were lucky to score a table right by the window, gazing out at the fantastic Burj Khalifa view the restaurant possesses. It may be one of the best dining… Read More


Cafe Belge – Ritz-Carlton DIFC, Dubai

Cafe Belge is a classy affair, tucked away in the almost hidden Ritz Carlton DIFC. Yes, it is I suppose what you could describe as a Belgium beer restaurant, but it has definitely been elevated to a higher level with it’s grand fit out. Both indoors and outdoors are lovely calm spaces to relax in – I find the outdoor space always reminds me… Read More


Nine7One – The Oberoi, Dubai

I had heard good things about this Street Food brunch at the Oberoi Downtown so was happy to give it a go when a friend booked a table. It boasted lots of stations of various cuisines – why the Dubai obsession with International cuisine and being all things to everyone? Pick something and do it well I say. Sadly, it really didn’t live up… Read More


Mint Leaf of London – DIFC, Dubai

A London import, Mint Leaf occupies a large space in Emirates Financial towers, with a multiple spaces including a restaurant, bar, terrace and lounge, all with some interesting views. We visited for their Friday brunch eager to see what Indian delicacies they had on offer. Firstly, it’s a plated brunch – a big tick for me straight away. The first thing we notice is the… Read More