Brunch is back

Sun, seafood, social distancing and sustainability: Alici has relaunched its brunch and we’re thankful
Brunch is back

Truth is, Dubai didn’t need another Italian restaurant. But when Alici – meaning anchovies – opened its doors on Bluewaters Island last year, it stole the city’s heart.

Perhaps it’s because the Amalfi coast-inspired restaurant delivers on what we dreamed it would: exceptional views, utterly delicious seafood, charismatic staff and art-filled interiors.

And so, when Grazia was told the elegant eatery was launching brunch, we were cautious: would it take away from its shine with a set menu and price?

Grazia was one of the first to experience Alici Beautiful Fridays, and we felt at ease when it soon became clear that really, this would not be brunch: this would be a classy affair of lunch with drinks. As the pandemic took hold, Alici - like every restaurant in Dubai - was forced to close, but this Friday 29 May marks the relaunch of its Beautiful Fridays brunch.

It’s tough, but try not to fill up on the focaccia bread and organic, extra virgin olive oil from the south of Italy, because the specially curated à la carte menu brings you dishes like fresh oysters, burrata in basil oil, fried calamari, and handmade pasta.

Sip away on Italian mocktails, grape or bubbles (depending on package choice) and leave room for dessert, because there’s literally a room full of it.  Dangerously, there is no bouncer to limit your intake of tiramisu, lemon cheesecake and Caprese tart.

Sustainability is at the forefront of Alici philosophy; meaning the fresh – never frozen – seafood doesn’t jeopardise the health of the water ecosystems. We strongly recommend booking a table on the first-floor terrace, as the views are genuinely outstanding.

Alici looks as good as it tastes, so now its doors have reopened, you’ll find us here on Fridays going forward.

Alici Dubai, Bluewaters, Fridays, 1pm to 4pm. Dhs395 for soft beverages and mocktails, Dhs495 for grape and selected signature mocktails. The premium Italian bubbles package is priced at Dhs595. For reservations, call (+971) 275 2577 or email

Photos: Jes Luisse and Instagram @alicidubai