The weekend is here! – BBC Good Food Middle East


From hearty breakfasts and brunches to the longest and tallest slide, here are our suggestions for an amazing weekend in the UAE


Vero, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah

Gather the family and visit Vero for a casual Sunday breakfast by the sea. Children can have fun in the garden next to the terrace, while adults relax along the promenade, sipping coffee, reading a good book and soaking up the morning sun. Executive chef Andrea concocted delicious Italian dishes for the first meal of the day, including the Sicilian mega arancino (stuffing with beef stew, fontina cheese and piselli), a Salato e rustic (an Italian sausage served with an egg, accompanied coffee or fresh juice), a Vero açaí bowl (with strawberry, banana, blueberry, toasted flax seeds and açaí almonds and honey), Pancakes with fresh fruits and berries, maple syrup and custard and Mille foglie tart (puff pastry stuffed with spinach provolone cheese).

Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. A la carte dinner. From AED20. Call +9714 318 2319 or email [email protected] To visit instagram.

The restaurant at the downtown address

The restaurant, located in the vicinity of the iconic Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountains, invites diners to embark on a culinary journey through Italy with an exquisite new menu. Brimming with the finest Italian flavors, the menu has been carefully crafted by the foodie destination’s talented culinary team, led by the maestro himself, Chef Giorgio Minnone. Available for lunch or dinner, diners can expect specialties such as Verdure marinate con gamberi (marinated vegetables, olives, sun-dried tomatoes and prawns) and Linguine all’astice e caviale (linguine with lobster and caviar).

Lunch Monday to Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (closed on Tuesday). Dinner from Wednesday to Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. A la carte dinner. Call +9714 436 8888 or email [email protected]. Visit the website Where instagram.


Head to AKA Restaurant, The Pointe and experience one of the longest brunches in Dubai. You can expect unlimited sips and dishes from a menu brimming with Japanese restaurant specialties, including the chef’s selection of sushi, Wagyu sandos, spicy seafood noodles and chicken skewers . End on a sweet note with chocolate fondant and a delicious selection of Mochi; while DJ Loskin rocks the party with a playlist that includes mainstream hits.

Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. For women at AED 310 (including soft drinks), AED 510 (including house drinks) and AED 745 (including sparkling drinks). For men at AED 350 (including soft drinks) AED 550 (including house drinks) and AED 890 (including premium drinks). Call +9714 578 0555 or email [email protected] Visit the website Where instagram.

Check out the ultimate UAE brunch list here.

Ichiban Sushi

Stay at home? Order at Ichiban Sushi and enjoy a range of dishes from sashimi and sushi burritos to shrimp tempura and Uramaki. Featuring fresh new packaging, the concept also offers a selection of pre-made sushi boxes or a more personalized experience with their Build Your Own Box. Keep an eye out for new additions like the Signature Ichiban and Cooked Ichiban Sets, pairing them with Tartare, Volcano Mango Salad, Peanut Shrimp Tempura or fiery Shrimp Dynamite.

Order online on Deliveroo, Talabat, Zomato and Careem. To visit instagram.

Abu Dhabi

World Trade Center (WTC) Abu Dhabi

Head to the World Trade Center Abu Dhabi (WTC), a destination offering a beautiful mix of shopping, dining and entertainment and experience the ultimate adrenaline rush with Velocity. The longest and tallest stainless steel slide in the Middle East, Velocity is a 68-meter, 54-meter-long spiral ride. The permanent stainless steel structure allows thrill seekers to travel from the third floor of the mall to the ground floor at a slippery speed of 2 to 3 meters per second.

WTC Abu Dhabi Giant Slide at AED15 per slide and AED25 for two slides. Weekdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.



A new spot for fried chicken lovers in the UAE, Chiki offers a menu where batter, bread, chips, marinade and sauce are homemade and married to create a delicious crispy fried chicken experience. If you’re a newbie to Chiki, a must-try dish is their signature toast with crispy chicken dipped in Chiki sauce and wrapped in crusty homemade toast, offering a blend of complex flavors. Diners can grab a bite of Chiki across the UAE, in Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah, Dibba, Al Ain, Masafi, Khorfakkan, Fujairah and Ajman.

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