Feast like a king the thrifty way
It might be the most important meal of the day, but no one said breakfast had to cost a small fortune. Without further ado, here are Dubai’s bargain breakfasts for when you want to start the day on the right side of your bank account.
Bargain doesn’t always mean cheap, but it does mean great value. From brilliant weekend deals to tasty steals, Southern Indian-inspired cheap eats to full English treats, these are the Dubai bargain breakfasts that your budget-watching self needs to know about.
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Bistro des Arts
“A bargain? But that breakfast clocks in at over Dhs100!”, we hear you cry. “Ah, but just listen to what you’ll get for that”, we reply. A grazing buffet start – unlimited pastries, a selection of fresh fruit, cheeses, cereal, charcuterie and French bread – followed by a main course (we like the eggs benedict), a sweet crepe to finish and hot drinks on tap, that’s what. Oh, and there’s a pretty outdoor terrace, Marina views and cosy ambience, too.
Dhs119. Sat & Sun, 10am-3pm. Dubai Marina (04 551 1576).
This budget-friendly weekend offer will set you up for the day. Circle’s breakfast menu is a sizable one, with 25-plus options ranging from Bombay eggs and fruit bowls to a hunger-busting full English, toasted sourdough with peanut butter and banana, scrambled tofu, pancakes and more. Book in advance and you can enjoy unlimited dishes and a cup of tea or coffee for Dhs65 and just Dhs35 for kids.
Dhs65 (adults), Dhs35 (kids). Sat& Sun 8am-4pm. Various locations. circle-cafe.com.
Dunkin’ tells us that we “deserve to breakfast like a boss” and with prices like this, we can. Hand over a Dhs20 and you’ll receive a coffee, your choice of egg sandwich, egg bun, cream cheese bagel, egg bagel or muffin, and a chocolate-covered donut, as well as Dhs5 in change. Alternatively, for an extra four dirhams, you can replace you Dunkin’ Original Coffee with an iced latte, cappuccino or latte. Can’t argue with that.
Dhs15 All Day Breakfast like a Boss deal. Various locations across Dubai. dunkin.ae.
Another all-you-can-eat mega deal for the first meal of the day. Head to homegrown café KAD CHÉ in Bay Square at the weekend and you can munch your way through the likes of French toast and waffles, shakshuka, granola bowls, avo toast and more. Go hungry, feast heartily and if you’re so inclined, work out the thrifty cost-per-bite.
Dhs50. Sat & Sun, 8am-4pm. Building 7, Bay Square, Business Bay (04 338 8243).
Park Inn by Radisson
Suitably lazy and seriously tasty, the keenly priced family-friendly breakfast at Park Inn by Radisson in Dubai’s Motor City’s is an absolute steal. For Dhs65, adults can sip free-flowing tea and coffee while tucking into unlimited waffles, French toast sticks, pastries, fruit and pancakes and a filling main course (smoked eggs Florentine, a not-too-hot, not-too-cold Goldilocks porridge and farmer’s breakfast included). After all that, it’s time recover with complimentary all-day access to the hotel’s rooftop pool. The kid’s option (Dhs45) includes a dedicated menu, pool usage and entry to soft play area FunBlock.
Dhs65 (adults), Dhs45 (kids under 10). Sat & Sun 11am-3pm. Park Inn by Radisson, Dubai Motor City, radissonhotels.com (04 249 4100).
As those in the know will tell you, breakfast at world-famous Indian vegetarian restaurant Saravana Bhavan is a sight to behold and a meal to savour. This place specialises in crispy golden dosas. Those rice crepes are served up in an array of ways from the classic plain offering to a piping hot, bigger-than-your-head potato stuffed number. There are also ten-plus other options. The colourful chutneys and sambars offered are fantastic, too. Oh, the possibilities.
Dhs10.50 plain dosa. Dhs12.50 masala dosa. Various locations across Dubai, including Al Barsha, Bur Dubai, Oasis Centre, Oud Metha. saravanabhavan.com.
For traditional Emirati dishes served in a no-frills setting at an absolutely bargainous price, get yourself to Tent Jumeirah of a morning. Wallet-saving choices include crispy golden balaleet (Dhs10), a traditional Emirati breakfast platter that will serve three people for Dhs59 and baked kameer speckled with sesame seeds (Dhs15).
From Dhs8. Mina Rashid and Jumeirah 5, tentj.ae (055 454 8254).