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Top Friday brunches

For the family. (SUPPLIED)

By Staff Writer

Mina A'Salam, Madinat Jumeirah There's a reason why this Friday hotspot has swept up the Best Brunch awards over the years.

Overlooking the still waters of Madinat Jumeriah, this tranquil set-up offers a feast fit for a king. It doesn't matter what your palette craves on the day, if your heart desires it, you will almost certainly find it laid out in a spectacular display. But don't just fill up on the buffet and miss out on the live cooking.

People watch: Its family friendly atmosphere is a hit with expats. And everyone simply loves the free Wild Wadi Theme and Water Park vouchers for children.

Timings: From 12.30pm until 3.30pm

Price: Dh495 per person, inclusive of select beverages. Major credit cards accepted.

Call: 04 366 6730

Spectrum on One, The Fairmont Dubai For a taste of what things really should be like, head to Spectrum on One, which revolutionised the Friday brunch culture five years ago and set the trend for today's endless bubbly offerings.

The bustling downtown brunch is a true epicurean adventure, with six different cuisines, a dedicated gourmet delicatessen room, live cooking stations, a lavish dessert buffet and an extensive range of beverages, including unlimited pourings of bubbly.

People watch: Jumeirah Janes and other Dubai 'old-timers' with tales of how it was way back when.

Timings: 12 noon to 3pm

Price: Dh550 per person, all inclusive. Major credit cards accepted.

Call: 04 311 8316

Blades, Four Seasons Golf Club, Dubai One of the city's hidden secrets tucked away in Dubai Festival City, this brunch lays out some 50 dishes or more.

From mezzeh, beautifully plated in bite-sized portions, to all manner of soups and salads, there's enough to satisfy both those on a health kick and those looking for a feast. We'd recommend the Fines de Claires oysters and the Thai-style lobster spring rolls.

People watch: Laidback types looking to kick back with a quiet one in a lovely casual ambience that is low on noise and high on luxury.

Timings: From noon to 3pm

Price: Dh365 per person, inclusive of select beverages; Dh285 with food and soft drinks. Major credit cards accepted.

Call: 04 601 0102

Yalumba, Le Meridien Dubai It may be the most infamous brunch of them all, but unsavoury associations aside, the wide variety of dishes on offer and the friendly service make it a nice treat.

While it isn't cheap at Dh429, the wide array of salads, cold cuts, seafood, desserts and hot stations offer value for money. Better yet is the chance to have as many starters or mains as you want, straight off the menu, and all included in the same price.

People watch: Fun-loving expatriates looking for a piece of the sunny five-star life. Just don't ask about a certain Ms Palmer.

Timings: From 12.30pm until 3.30pm

Price: Dh429 inclusive of real bubbly, house beverages and more. Major credit cards accepted.

Call: 04 702 2328

Glasshouse Mediterranean Brasserie, Hilton Dubai Creek It's only the notoriously picky chef Gordon Ramsay's team that is dishing out this delicious food. So kick back to the tunes from the classic eighties and dig into brunch favourites Eggs Benedict and roast beef with Yorkshire pudding.

A fab new menu offers something a wee bit classier for the food snobs, including mussels served mariniere, with a scrumptious fillet creamed cabbage that simply melts in your mouth.

People watch: Want to be free of the Jumeirah Janes and the Marina Marks? Then look no further.

Timings: From 12.30pm until 3.30pm

Price: Dh250 per person, inclusive of select beverages. Major credit cards accepted.

Call: 04 212 7551