Going out for breakfast is the new going ;out out’. Want to know where the best breakfast in Dubai is? Here’s my guide to my favourite morning menus. Wakey wakey!
21 Grams, Jumeirah Beach Road
I had my first taste of eastern European food at Balkan eatery 21 Grams, and it did not disappoint! The breakfast food of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Romania (a little history less you there as well) boasts all your favourite morning dishes with a traditional twist. We kicked off the meal with a cheese burek (a warm phyllo pastry stuffed with oozing cheese – our waiter’s go-to dish on a hangover, apparently!) and a freshly-ground coffee. I then moved on an eastern European take on shakshouka eggs (poached eggs in a spicy pindjur sauce), whilst Ed had eggs on homemade bread (everything is cooked fresh in the bakery downstairs) with kajmak and beef jus. We finished with a naughty helping of homemade walnut strudel.
The restaurant itself is tucked away in one of Dubai’s first boutique hotels, the Park Regis Boutique on Al Manara, a stones throw away from the beach. It’s a teeny weeny restaurant with friendly staff who know their menu inside-out and gorgeous interiors – an Instagrammers paradise, really.
Tom & Serg
A hallmark of a great restaurant is its affordability, quality of food and if you’re willing to go back. Tom & Serg ticks all these boxes and beyond. Already a favourite of many foodies and Instagrammers alike (just look how pretty the dishes are!), the cafe has launched a new morning menu that reads like a checklist of breakfast favourites designed to please the palette.
Dishes to shout about? The sourdough crumpets topped with smoked salmon, organic poached eggs, black pepper, crème fraiche, lettuce, avocado and cucumber salsa – *drool* – the avocado matcha pancakes topped with avocado butter, blueberry, blackberry and maple syrup – not the most picturesque but absolutely heavenly to eat – and the smashed avocado topped with an extra order of poached eggs.
Snagging a table can be tough on weekends, but whether you want a filling meal before a busy day out, or simply a beautiful spread to post to your Instagram, Tom & Serg is your place.
Contact: 056 4746812
If you’re looking for a good healthy, vegan eatery in Dubai, then I can’t recommend this enough (just to clarify: I’m not vegan, but my plus one was!). This is the kind of place where you feel healthy just stepping foot inside bamboo-lined conservatory; the table water comes with sticks of charcoal in the bottom, the retail space offers all the superfoods and organic supplements you could think of, and the menu is a fresh and healthy mix of all your favourite dishes.
For brekkie, I had a protein shake (blended with homemade almond milk) and scrambled eggs with a rocket salad. Jessi (the aforementioned vegan) had a generous portion of avo on toast, which boasted smattering of seeds and nuts. We shared the vegan cheese plater, which isn’t something I would typically order myself, but it was deeeelicious!
A little out the way compared to my usual morning haunts, but well worth the trip for a a stunning venue with lots of light, Pinterest-worthy interiors, rose croissants, creamy cappuccinos and the most delicious scrambled eggs on toast with a generous topping of truffles and mushroom. A must-try!
Not to be confused with Mercato Mall, this cute little cafe has just opened its doors in DIFC (next to Roberto’s) and offers all your favourite breakfast dishes with an Italian flair. The whole decor and design of the restaurant makes you feel like you’ve been transported to a market in the heart of Italy. Whilst they do have plenty of naughty options on the menu (I’m talking to you, Nutella croissants and custard-filled donut), the menu also offers more wholesome dishes, like the healthy breakfast, which comes with quinoa, two poached eggs, spinach, cherry tomatoes and avocado.
This place wins at breakfasts purely because they have a pork license. I don’t even feel like I need to say anymore because bacon. But the rest of their breakfast menu homes all the options you could want, from healthy (eggs, porridge, muesli/fruit compote) to heavy (full English with all the trimmings). Oh and the pancakes are to die for!
This newly opened eatery has popped up in a super accessible location on Sheikh Ziad Road, just off Al Thanya Street, right next to the new Metropolitan Hotel. It’s a home grown concept that offers breakfast, lunch, dinners and snacks of cold cuts, pastries, jams and desserts from the counters. Breakfast is served from 7am to 11.30am on weekdays, and until 2.30pm on weekends, and boasts generous portions (helloooo avocado volcano!), and chilled atmosphere and friendly staff. And even if you’re not interested in the food, don’t walk out the door without ordering one of their novelty coffees, which comes in an array of fabulously recreated celebrity faces.
Nestled away in City Walk, New York-based Clinton Street Baking Company has opened its doors in Dubai. The menu plays host to a bunch of signature American dishes, like the fried chicken and waffles – which apparently is one of the restaurant’s best dishes, but just the sound of it makes me want to vom -, Ed and I, however, being the creatures of habit we are, stuck to our fave breakfast foods. I had some of the best eggs benedict I’ve ever had in Dubai (and that’s a big shout, because all I order is eggs bene!), Ed opted for smoked salmon and scrambled eggs – another dish which didn’t disappoint -, and we ordered an extra plate of blueberry panckaes for the table, which boast the fluffiest, light yet filling texture ever.
Due to popular demand, Dubai Marina’s stylish Pier 7 eatery, Fume, has finally launched their breakfast menu. So how do the dishes fare? Well, when I heard the theme of the restaurant was southern US smoked soul food, I wasn’t expecting the array of fresh, healthy options we were faced it. Delicious yet refreshingly affordable food with generous portion sizes is exactly what you’ll find at Fume. I’m obsessed!
Unless you have been living under a rock, you will have eaten at Eggspectation. Situated at The Beach Mall, JBR, the concept behind this restaurant is in the name. Eggs. In every single way you can imagine them, and more. Whilst this place is slightly more expensive than the rest (you’re looking at about Dhs70/80 a dish), the portion sizes are massive, and the choice is endless. Most plates come with a size order of potatoes, but you can pay an extra (I think) Dhs7 and switch them for fruit. The only thing I would say is if you’re planning on heading down there on a weekend from 10am onwards, be prepared to wait at least half an hour for a table, because this is the best breakfast in the marina and everyone knows it.
Right next to Jones the Grocer, this restaurant specialises in pastries and homemade desserts, but the breakfast was still fab! The portion sizes were probably the smallest out of all the places I have listed here, in fact everyone I was with (there were 5 of us) ended up ordering two main courses each to fill them up. I chose my trusty eggs royal and a super food smoothie, and, although they were absolutely delish, I was still kinda hungry after. So I wouldn’t recommend this if you’re in the mood to eat your body weight for breakfast, but I would recommend it if you’re watching the waist line or going for quality over quantity, but I loved every bite.
Where have you found the best breakfast in Dubai? Drop me a comment and let me know!