Thursday night brunch at the Mövenpick Described as ‘the moment when brunch falls in love with dinner’ this may be the island’s most full-on Thursday evening brunch, and trust the Mövenpick – already home to one of our favourite Friday brunches – to come up with such a fine way to ensure your weekend gets off to a merry start. The selection of food may not be quite as varied as Friday’s offerings, but there’s certainly something to please every palate with a healthy salad bar, wide variety of appetisers, butcher shop corner and South American churrasco station, where you’ll find a succulent variety of tender prime cuts. There’s also a room full of cheese and an extensive dessert table. The vibe is very definitely nightlife, so expect dimmed lighting, club-style beats and a bar serving mixed drinks in flashing glasses. There’s also a weekly prize draw with top wins including flights to Oman or Zurich. Kids are welcome, but be warned – things can get rather loud. BD22++ including selected beverages. Mövenpick Hotel, Muharraq (17 460 000).
The newest Friday feasts 338 Garden Restaurant This brunch at 338 Garden Restaurant is brand new, and we’re sorry to report we didn’t even have a chance to try it before going to press. But we’re sure it will keep the best of 338’s charms tucked snugly into a dainty brunch. So dainty in fact that we’re told the team weren’t even going to call it a 'brunch'. But while the size of the venue means the choices are somewhat limited, you can still expect a good range of salads and sides to sit alongside the highlight – a live barbecue cooking station grilling up lamb chops, chicken, beef and fish. It’s already proving popular so booking is recommended. BD15 including selected beverages, under 16s BD8. Noon-4pm. 338 Garden Restaurant, Adliya (17 710 338). View brunch on a Thursday View Saturday brunches View all weekend long brunches View family favourite brunches
Brazil This one only happens on the first Friday of the month – which is a shame, because we reckon it’s one of the best around. Still, good things come to those who wait, and in this case, it’s hungry carnivores and seafood fiends who should keep a steady count on the weeks of their calendar. Brazil serves up vast quantities of meat and prawns on skewers, as well as a really rather good sushi station. There’s also a varied salad bar and dessert selection, and we’ve found the kitchen ever-willing to rustle up an interesting veggie selection if you have non-meat eaters in your party. The atmosphere is very laid back and it’s neither as big nor as extensive in its selections as at some of the other options on our list. But everything on the table – and yes, we did sample a bit of virtually everything – is really good and very, very fresh. There is house bubbly and other beverages to accompany you meal, plus the option of carrying on the party upstairs in the lounge once you’ve finished feeding. BD21++ including selected beverages. Usually the first Friday of the month but call in advance to check. Adliya (17 826 686).
Elements Pool & Lounge A very new entry from the InterCon which is actually described as a ‘barbecue poolside lunch, all you can eat and drink’. But that sounds pretty much like a brunch to us. While the selection is smaller than you will find at the bigger brunches, the venue is famed for its barbies, and surely eating around the pool is what living in the sun is all about? The venue also hosts indoor dining options to keep things going all year round. BD25 including selected beverages. InterContinental Regency Bahrain, Central Business District (17 227 777).
Elite Seef Residence This brunch really is very much a family affair, with loads for the youngsters to do at their very own kids’ club. So leave your little ones to try arts and crafts, face-painting, lots of games and learning activities, while mum and dad settle into the extensive buffet that all the Elite properties do so well. The selection includes live cooking stations and a really varied Arabic food section. The brunch itself takes place around the pool, which makes this even more popular for people dining with kids. BD10 for adults, kids are charged by height. Noon-4pm. Seef (17 583 388).
It’s Mirchi While Its Mirchi’s Friday deal is not technically a brunch, we’ve decreed it worthy of inclusion simply because the food is so good. Plus, when we asked fellow island dwellers, not many seemed to know about this deal – so we figured it was only our duty to share. It’s Mirchi is officially Time Out Bahrain’s favourite Indian restaurant and, if you want to know why, you really should try the authentic Gujurati thali served on Friday lunchtimes. The Indian daytime dining tradition – which sees the diner served a tray mounted with rows of small dishes to try – includes items such as dal, roti, kadhi and rice, with a hefty helping of the signature fluffy nan bread and salad. The eatery is usually only open in the evenings but they make an exception on Friday lunchtimes, and you will find it reassuringly packed and cheap as chips (though none on the menu), with decent live music too. BD4, kids BD2.5. Noon-3pm. Ramee International Hotel, Juffair (38 381 615).
Le Domain  This one calls itself a ‘very grown-up brunch’ and it lives up to the name with some seriously sophisticated palate pleasers, such as foie gras, usually on the menu alongside the brunch buffet. Eating on the 34th floor of one of the island’s newest hotels, you’re guaranteed a magnificent view in surroundings that are extremely civilised, with knowledgeable staff who serve without hovering. On offer is both the regular brunch buffet fare, and the option of ordering from the main menu – so this promotion offers a great chance to sample the length and breadth of the venue’s extensive tastes. From BD19++. Noon-4pm. The Domain, Diplomatic Area (16 000 222).
Lemon Tree Less than six months old at the time of writing, this brunch offers something for everyone with dishes from the Mediterranean, India, Asia and Arabia. There are various live cooking stations and the kids even get their own buffet, as well as fun activities, henna painting and live music. BD15++, children BD7++. 12.30pm-4pm. Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa, Seef (17 111 999).
Trader Vic’s This iconic Polynesian-themed American export serves up an enticing outdoor barbecue brunch on the deck, with open fire cooking stations and a selection of appetisers and desserts. The Tiki Friday brunch is a grown-up affair, no under 21s allowed, but is also very informal. Casual dressing is positively encouraged, while with seating on the venue’s low sofas things are kept suitably relaxed, and you’ll often find a live musician wandering through the crowd. An excellent one to try before the weather warms up too much. BD14++ including soft drinks, BD17++ with three mixed beverages. Noon-3.30pm. Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Seef (17 586 555).
Saturday brunches Saraya As well as the hotel’s main Friday brunch (one of our favourites – see right) the Sofitel also serves up an Arabic Saturday feast. Dine on a selection of Middle Eastern and North African cuisine around the central water fountain, and under palm trees in the Arabesque courtyard. Or, if the weather is cooler, take the party outside to the poolside terrace. An engaging Arabic singer and organist perform throughout brunch, to complete the holiday vibe. BD18 with soft drinks, BD22 including selected beverages. 12.30pm-3.30pm. Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa (17 636 363). View brunch on a Thursday View the newest Friday feasts View all weekend long brunches View family favourite brunches
All weekend long Masso Not brand new, but this one deserves a mention as it runs on both Friday and Saturday, and is a bit different to the usual buffet format. At Masso they serve delicious little taster portions of lots of the main menu items, so it’s a good opportunity to find your favourite before heading down for dinner. Friday can be very busy (we recommend you book in advance), but Saturday tends to be much quieter. Head down before the weather heats up and you can sit in the garden. Friday & Saturday, noon-4pm. BD25++ including selected beverages, BD19++ without. The Palace Boutique Hotel, Adliya (17 721 061). View brunch on a Thursday View the newest Friday feasts View Saturday brunches View family favourite brunches
Lanterns Lanterns gets into the spirit all weekend long with dinner buffets on Thursday and Friday nights and lunch buffets on Friday and Saturday. Enjoy all your favourite Indian foods in a great atmosphere, either indoors or outside in the pretty garden. Pay a little extra and enjoy an authentic Indian brew, too. BD9.900++ dinner, BD7.900++ lunch. Lanterns, Adliya (17 246 777).
Kicks Despite it’s relatively small size, Kicks is one of the best known party brunches on the island. While the food isn’t all that special, come here for the atmosphere, which rarely disappoints. BD16 (includes selected drinks). Fri noon-5pm. Hotel Diva, Juffair (39 922 583).
MUJU Restaurant & Lounge This sophisticated spot is ideal for couples and celebrations – expect stunning sea views, gourmet delights and live jazz tunes. The price includes free-flowing beverages. BD25 in advance, BD27 on the door. Fri noon-5pm. The Dragon Resort Hotel, Amwaj Islands (16 039 800).
Ric's Kountry Kitchen An oh-so-relaxed affair serving no frills, hearty British and American grub, this is a good one for a lads afternoon out. BD16.5 inclusive of drinks; children aged seven-12 half price; under sevens free. Fri 11am-3pm. Near Al Jazeera Supermarket, Juffair (17 725 550).
Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa Whatever they say, size really does matter – and the Sofitel’s longstanding brunch package (as opposed to the new MENA feast at Saraya, see left) offers a huge range of international foods, with live cooking stations and some of the best desserts in town. BD28 inc drinks. Fri 12.20pm-4pm. 105 Zallaq Highway (17 636 363).