From buy one get one offers to completely free kids meals and free coffee for Mum and Dad, here are some of the best ‘back to school’ dining deals around Dubai for the whole family.
Carluccio’s, all locations
Parents rejoice – throughout September your little ones can dine for free at all Carluccio’s across the UAE. For any adult main meal purchased, kids can tuck into a menu of three courses including bread and veg sticks to start, pizza and pastas for main and ice cream or cake for dessert. Don’t forget the brand new outlet located at the Springs Souk in Dubai and check the website for ongoing promotions including cooking classes and free birthday pizza. The offer is available all through September, Sunday through to Thursday only.
Baker & Spice, Souk Al Bahar
Whipping up delicious breakfasts suitable for the whole family, the menu at Baker & Spice is ruled by harvest cycles, and locally sourced ingredients that are organic and fresh for every meal. The family-friendly ambiance is always buzzing on weekends, as diners enjoy views of Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountains while they dig into the restaurant’s signature shakshouka, omelette of gruyere and cherry roast tomatoes, or tickle their sweet tooth with blueberry pancakes. Try something from the array of seasonal bakery items, where apple and sultana Danish, cinnamon caramel Buns, pain au chocolat and croissants are a staple. From avocado toast to homemade granola with seasonal fruit compote and yoghurt, Baker & Spice guarantees plenty of freshly made options in a laid-back environment. Call 04 425 2240.
Feast, Sheraton Grand
Every Friday at Feast from 1pm till 4pm, youngsters will be entertained in the Little Explorers’ Corner, and the tasty, expertly prepared fare for under-12s is specially tailored to smaller tummies. Local band VA plays at the venue each weekend, sharing the fusion of classic renditions and making the fun, family-friendly vibe even livelier for all.
Meanwhile, the grown-ups can enjoy making their own martinis and mojitos, along with other customised beverages with the help of expert bar staff. A fun, interactive experience, the mixology lab is available free of charge at the weekly event, at which guests can indulge in many international culinary delights.
Brunch is priced at AED325 (soft drinks), AED425 (house beverages), and AED595 (bubbly). Visit feastrestaurantdubai.com/en/brunch, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call +971 4 503 4309.
Füme, Pier 7
If you’re looking for a brunch spot that’s suitable for children, this one at Fume is a perfect option. Combining great food with a lively atmosphere and a specially crafted kids menu, brunch here offers spread that includes everything from chops to chips, briskets to burgers, pastas to parmigiana and much more. Specialties include calamari with sweet chili sauce, feta & watermelon salad, lamb chops, Angus beef burger, pappardelle meat balls, all accompanied by desserts and beverages. If you are always on the look-out for a relaxed family spot to spend a lovely laid-back Friday afternoon with great food and classic jazz tunes; look no further – Fümé offers an ideal deal for both kids and adults. Every Friday from 12pm to 4pm. Priced at AED199 with house beverages. Brunch is priced at AED30 per child. Talk about great value! Call 04 4215669.
Clinton St. Baking Company, City Walk
For the month of September, Clinton St. Baking Company, the New York City born all-day dining concept, has introduced a ‘2 for 1 Happy Hour’ for the little ones as an after-school pick-me-up. Designed just for children, the menu here uses ingredients that have been carefully selected to ensure the final dish excites and nourishes. The delicious dishes include favourites which can be enjoyed without a fork or knife from handheld waffle squares to tiny bites of crunchy chicken. Happy Hour crowd favorites include fluffy pancakes made with organic whole milk, warm maple butter, a choice of fresh ripe blueberries, 70% dark chocolate chunks, mashed bananas and an in-house created caramel sauce made for AED20, fried chicken bites with homemade crunchy waffles served with in-house warm maple butter sauce for AED25, Angus cheeseburger, free-range chicken sausage and more. Kids Happy Hour is available every day from 3-6pm through September. Delivery is on offer through Deliveroo.ae. Visit http://clintonstreetbaking.ae/ or call 04 428 1331.
Eggspectation, JBR & City Walk
To celebrate back to school, Eggspectation, Dubai’s favourite Canadian eatery, are handing out free coffee and a sweet treat for all the busy parents, with each kid’s meal purchased. Throughout the month of September, head to either City Walk or the JBR branch, where adults can sit back and unwind, while the kids enjoy their lunch after a busy day back at school.
The Eggspectation children's menu was designed specifically for the little ones, with options including pancakes or waffles for AED22, baked Bolognese for AED29, panko fish and chips for AED32, hamburger or chicken burger for AED35, plus more. Each meal is accompanied by a glass of freshly pressed juice, milk or water. The offer is available through September, Sunday through Thursday from 3-6pm.
Eggspectation is located on The Walk JBR, and open seven days a week from 7am to midnight; call 04 430 7252. The second branch is also now open at City Walk – operating seven days a week from 7am to 11pm; call 04 240 6877.
Nosh, Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers
The family-friendly ‘Cartoon Brunch’ returns to Nosh on September 7 and will continue every Friday moving forward. In its new season, the brunch will relaunch with a fresh look and new dishes on offer. Inspired by fun and bright cartoons, the brunch experience is an exciting journey of illustrative food stations presented in an innovative way to entertain both adults and kids alike.
At the buffet, expect to find live stations with dishes like tandoori kebab, plus a street food corner with items like poached seafood, sashimi and sushi. In the Italian corner there will be delicious pizzas and pastas as well as a chocolate fountain in the desserts station to add flair. For the little ones, there will be weekly balloon binder entertainment in the privacy of their dedicated kids’ corner that boasts of a ‘Power Bites’ buffet, face painting, movies, colouring mats, a photobooth and other activities.
The Cartoon Brunch Buffet is available every Friday from 12.30pm to 4.00pm and is priced at AED179 per person including soft beverages and AED289 including house beverages. Children from 6 years to 12 years dine at half price while those under 6 years dine with compliments. Call +971 4 438 0000 or visit movenpick.com/jumeirah-lakes-towers.
Brothaus Bakery-Bistro, Steigenberger Hotel
Dubai’s popular German bakery-bistro Brothaus is a place that’s fun and delicious for the whole family. Every Friday at Brothaus, a casual, chilled out Berlin vibe is met with an array of delicious, traditional breakfast and lunch options making it the perfect social spot to graze with friends and family.
Begin with fresh foods from the summer market counters, featuring tasty muesli, yoghurts and granola, freshly baked breads, European cold cuts and cheeses, pretzels and savory options. Be sure to leave some space for one of one of twelve main courses - like a pan seared salmon with avocado or baked käsespätzle. Then, if you still have room for something sweet, the homemade apple strudel will finish the job in style.
The brunch takes place every Friday from 10.30am – 3pm. Packages on offer include: ‘The Full Frankfurt’ for AED145 with a starter buffet, main course of choice, one coffee or tea, juice counter. ‘Half A Hamburg’ for AED75 with a starters buffet, one coffee or tea, juice counter. The children’s menu is priced at AED45 with individual dishes for the little ones. An add-on drinks package is available for AED100 for any four alcoholic house beverages. Children under the age of six eat for free. Visit dubai.steigenberger.com or call 04 369 0000.