Fantastic four: Brunch Hotspots
Hungry? Nicola Brady has four spots around the world where you can enjoy a fantastic brunch.
Duck and Waffle
Where: London, UK
Why: There are countless spots across London that offer up a great brunch, but this one has the view to beat. Duck and Waffle (above) is the highest restaurant in the UK, slap bang in the middle of the City, and is adored for both its panoramas and inventive food. Its signature dish is an ingenious medley of confit duck leg with fluffy waffle, a fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup. And if you get a hankering for it at 4am, you're in luck - the doors are open 24/7.
How: Dishes start at around £11 (€15). Fly to London with Cityjet (cityjet.com).
Where: Park Hyatt Dubai
Why: Friday Brunch is a big deal in Dubai. The day marks the start of the weekend in the UAE, so the occasion has a decidedly spirited atmosphere. As alcohol can only be served in hotels, brunches are big business in places like Traiteur at Park Hyatt Dubai, where guests dive into luxurious, unlimited dishes like lobster, shrimp, salmon and spit-roasted lamb. There's an epic dessert buffet too.
How: Summer rates at the Park Hyatt Dubai start at around €182 per night, and the Friday Brunch at Traiteur costs €168/€120 with/without alcohol. Fly to Dubai with Emirates (emirates.com).
Where: New York, USA
Why: If you want your eggs served with a side of celebrity sightings, then Locanda Verde is for you. Even if Robert De Niro isn't around (he owns The Greenwich, the hotel that houses the restaurant), then you can almost be guaranteed another star will pop in. The food is great, the surroundings are chic and the prices are surprisingly reasonable. It's a great spot for a cocktail, too.
How: Nightly rates at The Greenwich start at $575 (€529). Brunch is served every weekend, with dishes starting at around $16 (€15). Fly to New York with Aer Lingus (aerlingus.com).
Why: Brunch has exploded in popularity over the last few years in Dublin, which means there have never been as many great spots to while away a lazy weekend. You'll always find a crowd at San Lorenzo's, whose 'Brunch of Champions' has legions of loyal fans. Try the Brunch Tacos or Coco Pops French Toast, but be sure to leave room for the Nutella Cheesecake - this dessert has earned cult status around Dublin, and rightly so.
How: Brunch dishes start from around €8.95. Available Saturdays and Sundays.
NB: Prices subject to change.