When you go to a place that has cottage pie, chips and baked beans on the menu, you know you’re getting hearty fare. And where better to start than brekkie? Sometimes you just need a good old bacon and egg bap to get you through the morning and Fibbers, a regular weekend pit stop for team Time Out Dubai, offers a mix and match sarnie, so you could have one or both of those items. And it’s as good value as it is tasty. From Dhs23. Served daily 8am-11am (with a 20 percent discount), 11am-11pm (full price).
What better to begin your day than with one of the most famous breakfasts in Dubai? You can’t go wrong with a classic bacon sandwich, and The Irish Village does it better than anyone. Doorstop bread and crispy bacon. Plus, you can add cheese or an egg for an extra Dhs8 to round it all off nicely. Now the only decision you have to make is red sauce, brown sauce or no sauce at all… Dhs42. Served daily 11.30am-6pm.
What it says on the tin. You’ll need a champion appetite for this one. Ideal for days when you just need some good, British comfort food, this monster weekend platter is made up of two sausages, dry cured bacon, grilled tomato, buttered button mushrooms, Heinz baked beans, black pudding, poached, fried or scrambled eggs, fried bread in dripping, a buttered flour bap, tea or coffee and an orange juice. And if you can manage all that, you’re a winner in our eyes. Dhs95. Served Fri-Sat 8am-11.30am.
A golf course designed by South African former world number one Ernie Els, this is a top place for a game as well as a sportsman’s breakfast. It’s not compulsory to have played a round at the course before tackling this mammoth meal, although you’ll have earnt the calories by then, so it’s probably worth it. A carnivore’s dream, it features turkey bacon, beef sausage and steak, as well as over-easy eggs and baked beans. Dhs76. Served daily 6am-3pm.
What’s better than a full Irish breakfast? An all-day full Irish breakfast, that’s what. For those days when you can’t drag yourself out of bed before noon, this one is for you. Chow down on a full plate of sausages, bacon, fried eggs, black and white pudding, baked beans, hash browns, grilled tomato and mushrooms. Plus, it’s all served with tea or coffee and plenty of buttered toast. If that doesn’t sort out your Saturday, we don’t know what will. Dhs60 (small), Dhs90 (large). Served Fri-Sun noon-10pm; Sat 11am-10pm. Other locations: Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 447 0219); Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (800 6247).
Admittedly on the pricey side for an avocado dish, this one at The Surf Café is an oldie but goodie. It comes with three poached eggs, loaded on toasted light rye bread with olive tapenade, fresh pomegranate and rocket for a totally different flavour combination. Dhs48. Served daily 8am-6pm.
A newbie on the breakfast scene, but where better to get your morning meal than from a bakery by a seven-Michelin-starred chef? Bouchon Bakery threw open its doors at The Beach, opposite JBR, in August, and it offers up a breakfast menu packed full of treats. Avocado-lovers that we are, however, this dish is our fave. The smashed fruit is layered on home-baked artisan toast, spread with piquillo marmalade, topped with pickled red onion and feta for a fresh take on a classic dish. Dhs35. Served daily 8am-12.30pm.
Our cover star, and what a star this is. Chef Hari Budhathoki of Skye & Walker is making quite the name for himself in terms of avocado art, and his toasts are things of taste and beauty. A mound of creamy, mashed avocado is smothered on perfectly crisp seven-grain toast. The bread is also an excellent shape – long and narrow – meaning more room for all those tasty toppings. It’s piled up with top-notch salmon (there are no fatty streaks in here) and scattered with red onion, radish and salad leaves. Delightful. Dhs40. Served daily 6.30am-midnight.
This is an eggs and avo combo with a twist. The usually poached eggs have been swapped out for scrambled, while the avocado isn’t sliced, it’s more guacamole-style. This is spread over toasted sourdough and makes a very veggie-friendly dish, as it’s served with sautéed thyme mushrooms and seared cherry tomatoes with basil. It’s one of many top breakfast options at the casual café, including Oreo waffles. We’ll just leave that one there for you to think about… Dhs39. Served Sun-Thu 8am-noon; Fri-Sat 8am-2pm.
It’s all about Uzbek and Middle Eastern fusion food at this City Walk joint. Similar to pide, this mini pizza-style dish has an egg on it. Which surely makes it suitable for breakfast, right? Plus, it also comes with a rich sulguni cheese. The doughy, boat-shaped delight may not officially be on the breakfast menu, but you can still head out for a late brekkie and get stuck in. Dhs45. Served daily noon-1am.
This top French restaurant prepares breakfast expertly – it is part boulangerie, after all. This oeufs Bénédicte, to give it its proper French name, consists of two poached organic eggs on toasted buns with Hollandaise sauce. It’s also served with a choice of veal bacon, smoked salmon, spinach or mushrooms, so all your bases are covered, whatever your mood. It’s fine dining, and prices reflect that, but for a treat, it’s one for the shortlist. Dhs65. Served daily 7am-4.30pm.
If you’re after eggs with an Indian twist, then get yourself down to the aptly named Raju Omlet. There are eggs in any format you can imagine, especially omelettes, but the eggs kejriwal stands out to us. Described as “a mysterious combination” of eggs, chillies, cheese and mushrooms, this one is inspired by a famous recipe from Mumbai’s 100-year-old Willingdon Club. Essentially eggs on toast, but with a difference. It’s a bargain at just Dhs18, too. Try it to find out. Dhs18. 8am-11.30pm.
Billed as a masculine dish (though not strictly for men, we’re not from the dark ages) this one comes with seared Australian striploin, home-made smoked baba ganoush spread, two poached eggs, sautéed kale and cherry tomatoes. It’s a hearty meaty brekkie, in contrast to the “Miss” version (Dhs2 cheaper), which comes on multiseed bread topped with pistachio guacamole, tomato herb spread, two poached eggs, asparagus and kale. And it’s all topped with a special pink beetroot Hollandaise sauce. Dhs47. Served Sun-Thu 8am-1pm; Fri-Sat 8am-3pm.
You’re in the Middle East, so if you haven’t tried shakshouka yet, we’d be surprised. Still, if that’s the the case, where better to try this traditional dish than at our current Best Breakfast winner? This morning meal at Baker & Spice is for two to share. A rich, tomatoey sauce made with garlic, chilli and red pepper, houses baked eggs. Dip it up with freshly baked bread and thank us later. Plus, if you head to the Souk Al Bahar outlet, you’ll get a view of the Burj Khalifa, too. Dhs98. Served Sun-Thu 8am-noon; Fri-Sat 8am-2pm. Various locations including Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 425 2240).
Head back to nursey (not literally) with this classic breakfast dish at the Pier 7 spot. Two “dippy” eggs (slow boiled to keep their runny yolks) are served with toasted sourdough soldiers. Slather them with a generous helping of butter and dunk away while admiring the Marina views. Not just for kids. Dhs26. Served daily 9am-noon.
This breakfast burrito is packed with chicken, chilli mayo, Monterey pepper cheese, pico de gallo, sautéed baby potatoes and, for the breakfast element, scrambled eggs. It’s all stuffed inside a tasty purple corn tortilla for a spicy start to your day. Dhs45. Served Sun-Thu 7.30am-noon; Fri-Sat 8.30am-3pm. Wasl Square, Al Wasl Road (04 388 3868); Bay Square, Business Bay (04 558 7161).
You’ll know this one from the massive queues down at The Beach at the weekends. The good news is, there’s now an even bigger Eggspectation in City Walk, so families city-wide can enjoy the giant egg-based breakfasts at this Canadian joint. There’s a wealth of Benedict dishes (our pick is the lobster benny), as well as massive stacks of pancakes, chicken and waffles and French toast. However, if you’re after something less carb-heavy and still delicious (we didn’t say it was calorie-free, mind), opt for the Southwest Sunrise omelette. Crammed with red and green peppers, onion and three kinds of cheese (cheddar, Swiss and Gruyère) it’s basically an eggy version of a burrito. Did we mention it’s smothered with salsa, sour cream and slices of avocado, too? Egg-ceptional (sorry). Dhs68. Served daily 7am-midnight.
This café in trendy d3 does a range of egg-based breakfast treats, including the House Breakfast, which comes with eggs to your liking, smoked beef sausage, Portobello mushrooms, grilled tomatoes and sweet potato and coconut croquettes. But most of all we love this decadent scrambled eggs dish, which is oh-so-Dubai. Topped with black truffle shavings and a grating of Parmesan, this is rich and delish. Dhs46. Served daily 8am-6pm.
These trendy (and 100 percent raw organic) South American berries are known for their antioxidant qualities. They’re whipped up smoothie-style for this dish, which is also packed with berries and mangoes. Both are also rich in antioxidants, making this dish as good for you as it is pretty. Chunks of juicy coconut flesh provide vitamins, potassium and plenty of fibre, plus a tropical twist. A beach holiday in a bowl. Dhs36.
This healthy café has a whole range of breakfast dishes, including its famous gluten-free buckwheat pancakes. However, a new addition to the menu is a chia pudding with spirulina. The spirulina lends a green colour, while the pudding is packed with chia seeds, almond milk, coconut water, dates, vanilla, cinnamon, orange blossom topped with banana and dates. Dhs45. Served daily 7.30am-noon.
Don’t fancy the breakfast curry (which comes with a poached egg) at Bystro? Fear not, go for something sweeter, with these overnight oats. Otherwise known as bircher muesli, rolled oats are soaked in milk, apple and lemon juice overnight, before being mixed with low-fat yoghurt, honey and cinnamon, and topped with nuts, seeds, dried fruits, grated apple and berries. Creamy, healthy and yummy. Dhs40. Served daily 8am-4pm.
For a healthy start to your morning, this smoothie bowl from Common Grounds (from the team behind Tom&Serg), will set you up nicely. There’s a branch in Mall of the Emirates, or, even better, there’s a new one at The Warehouse Gym at The Beach, opposite JBR, which means you can get a workout done before you refuel. This smoothie bowl contains 380 calories, 15.5g of protein and 40g of carbs. It’s packed with red dragon fruit, exotic fruit, dried coconut, quinoa granola and bee pollen, and topped with banana crisps. That’s your five a day sorted. Dhs51. Served daily 7am-10pm.
This 100 percent gluten-free kitchen cooks up a range of tasty brekkie dishes, but we love these yummy pancakes. If you can’t eat gluten, or you’re just taking a break from it, you don’t have to miss out on a classic morning dish. These pancakes are made from sweet potato mash, coconut flour, oats, almond milk, egg whites, vegan organic protein, vanilla bean and honey, with fresh berries and blueberry sauce. It comes in at 254.6 calories, with just 7.7g of fat, so you know you’re treating your body as well as your taste buds. Dhs46. Served daily 8am-noon.
A twist on a typical avo dish (therefore suitable for this section, we feel) this is not your average breakfast. Bertin offers up a freshly baked avocado with a poached egg. So far so normal. But it’s also served with tomato and pineapple salad, Portabello mushrooms and blue cheese sauce. A flavour explosion, some might say. Dhs62. Served Sun-Thu 8am-noon; Fri-Sat 8am-3pm.
We’re not sure this really constitutes a restaurant, serving just cereal, but for a quirky breakfast, it’s on the list. This Dubai Mall café, which arrived in the city by way of London’s trendy Brick Lane, specialises in cereal. The concept is simple – pick your bowl size, your cereal and your toppings, choose your milk, or choose from the pre-selected mixed cereal options. The café boasts more than 120 varieties, from Froot Loops to Cinnamon Toast Crunch, which you can then complement with toppings such as marshmallows, Rolos, Party Rings or something more classic (and healthy) such as bananas and nuts. Milks vary from soya and almond to chocolate or bubblegum flavoured. So this is definitely one for those with a sweet tooth. Dhs20 (regular), Dhs25 (large).
Feeling more adventurous than your standard ham, salmon or spinach Benedict? Look no further than Clinton St. Baking Company. We love the pancakes that this New York café serves up (piled high with sweet, delicious toppings), but if you’re after going off-piste in a savoury kind of way, this crab cake Benedict will be right up your street. Soft-shell crab is covered with a poached egg and Hollandaise sauce, with avocado and tomatoes, all on a toasted buttermilk biscuit (that’s kind of like a scone, to the Brits among you). Possibly not the most visually appealing, but if you’re into crab you’ll be into this. Dhs68. Served daily 8am-midnight. Various locations including Burj Views, Downtown Dubai (04 428 1331).
This is a fun breakfast dish from brand-new café Parlour Boutique. The eggs Benedict isn’t served on an English muffin, it’s perched inside a French éclair made from choux pastry. The poached eggs are nestled in there with kale and sweet potato hash for a delightfully Parisian start to the day. Almost as good as a chocolate one. Dhs50. Served daily 8am-7pm.
This café serving a modern, quirky take Indian cuisine has been a popular spot in City Walk for a while. However, Farzi has recently branched out into breakfasts, with a range of interesting-sounding dishes on offer, especially this twist on scrambled eggs. It features coriander akuri, maska focaccia and omelette of egg bhurji. Full of flavours and spice, this is a cheery way to start your morning. Dhs43. Served daily 10am-noon.
Don’t be put off by the garish pink glow of these eggs, it’s actually a delightfully flavoured beetroot Hollandaise. A simple dish, with a fun twist, it’s a special at this café and bookstore. Dhs44. Served Sun-Wed 7.30am-10pm; Thu-Sat 8am-10.30pm.
If you’re after a classic Turkish breakfast look no further than Kaftan. This traditional dish is made up of a circular bread with roasted sesame seeds, and eggs cooked sunny side up. It’s finished off with Turkish beef sujuk in the middle, making it quite the treat. Dhs35. Served 9am-6pm.
You’ve heard of chicken and waffles, thanks to a selection of eateries serving the classic Southern US dish across the city, but have you tried the duck version? In London, there’s even a restaurant named after this signature dish, so it must be good, right? Try it for yourself here in Dubai. This one, from the relatively recently opened Via Veneto, is made up of a savoury waffle piled with duck confit, caramelised apple, fried egg and crispy beef bacon, for an interestingly delicious combination of flavours. Dhs72. Served daily 8am-noon.