Book your Dubai Christmas dinner early and avoid missing out
Is it beginning to look a lot like Christmas? Not quite yet, but that won’t stop Dubai’s best Christmas Day dining spots from booking up faster than Santa’s time-zone skipping sleigh. Get ahead of the crowd with our list of top brunches to book now.
Under Dhs200 Sanabel The ‘chocoholic’ Christmas brunch will offer a turkey carving station, stollen, gingerbread, mince pies and, of course, a feast of delights in the chocolate room. Dhs175 (soft drinks), Dhs275 (house beverages), Dhs375 (bubbly). December 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Sheraton Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 377 2353).
Dhs200-299 Al Bahou At this Christmas Day brunch, the hotel’s five restaurants will all be offering live cooking stations with Indian, Italian, Asian and Arabic food all available, as well as eight turkey stations. There will also be plenty of family friendly entertainment on offer, including a bouncy castle, movie theatre, face painting, and an appearance (with presents) from Santa. Another festive brunch will take place on Boxing Day, too. Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs425 (house beverages), Dhs525 (bubbly), Dhs145 (under 17s), Dhs95 (children aged six to 12), free (children under six). December 25-26, 12.30pm-4pm. Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate (04 444 5613).
Amwaj Rotana Hosted on the hotel’s al fresco terrace, this Christmas event will keep the kids occupied with carol singing, a kids’ corner and visits from Santa and Frozen characters Princesses Elsa and Anna, too. Dhs290 (soft drinks), Dhs425 (house beverages), Dhs650 (bubbly), half price (children aged six to 12), free (children under six). December 25, 12.30pm-4.30pm. Amwaj Rotana, The Walk, JBR, Dubai Marina (04 428 2000).
Flow Kitchen This Christmas Day brunch will feature a selection of roasts (including turkey with stuffing), a whole smoked salmon and seasonal desserts such as mince pies, Panettone and gingerbread cookies. Adults can enjoy the DJ soundtrack, while children can enjoy plenty of activities, such as a gingerbread decorating workshop. There will also be sweet treats at the kids’ club. Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages), Dhs200 (children’s package), half price (children aged six to 12), free (children aged five and under). December 25, noon-3pm. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3457).
Wheeler’s of St James’s Marco Pierre White’s restaurant promises a ‘truly British’ experience with set menus designed to be shared and festive surroundings complete with a Christmas tree and carol singing. And it’s the star of our cover, too. Dhs275, available for groups of eight or more. December 1-30. Dhs375. December 24-26, 11am-midnight. Gate Village 2, DIFC (04 386 0899).
Dhs300-399 Conrad Dubai The brunch will feature plenty of festive activities for children, a visit from Santa and a live band to keep adults entertained. Dhs395 (soft drinks), Dhs495 (house beverages and sparkling grape), Dhs595 (bubbly), half price (children aged six to 12), free (children under six). December 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Sheikh Zayed Road (04 444 7444).
Crescendo This Christmas Day brunch will offer live cooking stations, activities for children, gifts from Santa and live music. Dhs300 (soft drinks), Dhs420 (house beverages), Dhs530 (bubbly). December 25, 1pm-4pm. Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, Palm Jumeirah (04 567 8304).
Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar This fine-dining Indian venue by Michelin-star chef Atul Kochhar will be offering five-course set dinner menus for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Dhs350 (food only). Dhs500 (house beverages). December 24-25, 6pm-midnight. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay (04 414 3000).
Ski Chalet Available for Christmas Eve, you can hire out this faux ski chalet overlooking Ski Dubai for groups of six to 12. Dhs395 per person. December 24. Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 409 5999).
Dhs400-499 Ewaan Enjoy a buffet selection of traditional and contemporary treats. There will also be a live band at brunch and Santa will be giving out gifts for the kids at dinner. Brunch: Dhs420 (food only), Dhs520 (house beverages), Dhs695 (premium beverages). December 25 1pm-4pm. Dinner: Dhs300 (adults), half price (children aged six to 11), free (children aged five and under). December 25, 7pm-midnight. The Palace Downtown Dubai, Downtown Dubai (04 428 7888).
Mina A’ Salam The resort’s festive brunch allows guests to dine across venues including Tortuga, Al Muna, and Zheng He’s. Dhs450 (soft drinks). Dhs725 (bubbly). December 25, noon-4pm. Mina A’ Salam, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730).
Rivington Grill Enjoy a four-course menu on Christmas Day featuring choices such as roast quail salad with poached pears or truffled artichoke and Bramley apple soup, and roast turkey or grilled Dover sole with gentleman’s relish. Dhs450 per person. December 25, noon-2.30pm, 3pm-5.30pm, 7pm-11pm. Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6464). Other location: Souk Al Bahar (04 423 0903).
Roberto’s Events will take place on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. For dinner, enjoy a four-course set menu with a glass of Italian sparkling grape. For lunch, try the ‘pranzo di Natale’ seafood menu (designed to be shared). On Christmas Day there will also be gifts from Santa for children. Dinner: Dhs480 (glass of sparkling grape). December 24-26, 7pm-midnight. Lunch: Dhs380 (soft drinks), Dhs460 (house grape), Dhs530 (sparkling grape), half price (children aged seven to 12), free (children under six). December 25-26, noon-3pm. Gate Village building 1, DIFC (04 386 0066).
table 9 by Darren Velvick This modern European concept will offer a signature selection by chef Darren Velvick. Dhs495 per person. December 25, 1pm-8pm. Hilton Dubai Creek, Baniyas Street, Deira (04 212 7551).
Dhs500-599 Al Qasr Enjoy a Christmas Day brunch, dining at Al Hambra, Arboretum and MJ’s Steakhouse. The event will feature festive decorations, live entertainment and a Santa too. Dhs500 (soft drinks), Dhs775 (bubbly), Dhs250 (children aged four to 12). December 25 noon-4pm. Al Qasr, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730).
Armani/Amal This award-winning Indian restaurant will be offering a six-course sharing menu. Christmas dishes will include butternut squash and coconut shorba, tandoori tuna tataki with compressed cumin-scented melon and wagyu vindaloo. Dhs500 (food only, vegetarian menu), Dhs550 (food only, non-vegetarian). December 20-26 7pm-11pm. Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
The Ivy On Christmas Day, this swanky British restaurant will be serving a three-course set menu featuring seared foie gras, traditional roast turkey, pan-fried sea bass and chargrilled halibut, plus traditional Christmas desserts and an unlimited selection from the cheese trolley, as well as live music. But be quick, tables are booking up fast. Dhs599 (soft drinks). December 25, noon-3pm, 4-7.30pm, 8-11.30pm. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 319 8767).
Tresind This brand-new Indian restaurant will host a five-course menu of contemporary cooking with entertainment including a DJ, a choir, a magic show, a Santa and goody bags. Dhs595 per person (welcome drink), half price (children under 12). December 24, 7pm-11.30pm. Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 308 0440).
Dhs600+ Al Muntaha Located on the 27th floor of the Burj Al Arab, you can spend Christmas Day in this ‘seven-star’ hotel enjoying a buffet brunch or six-course set menu dinner. Dhs765 (glass of bubbly). December 25, 10am-4pm. Dhs1,045. December 25, 7pm-midnight. Burj Al Arab (04 301 7600).
Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire Michelin-star chef Pierre Gagnaire’s restaurant will be offering two Christmas experiences – dinner on Christmas Eve and lunch on Christmas Day. For each, diners can enjoy a four-course set menu. Dhs790 (food only). December 24 7pm-11pm. December 25, from 12.30pm. InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1127).
The Rib Room This brand-new branch of the successful steakhouse concept at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray will be serving a five-course dinner with bubbly. There will also be indoor and outdoor seating as well as music from a jazz duo. Dhs1,400 (inclusive of one glass of bubbly), half price (children aged four to 12), free (children under four). December 24, 7pm-11pm. Dhs650 (glass of bubbly on arrival), half price (children aged four to 12), free (children under four). December 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0444).
À la carte Baker & Spice This year, the award-winning café will offer a dine-in Christmas menu and a takeaway turkey service, both of which must be ordered 48 hours in advance. The twist on this menu is that if you choose to dine in, Baker & Spice will pack up anything you don’t eat for you to take away, so you can still eat a week’s worth of turkey sandwiches at home! Priced à la carte. Average price Dhs280 per person (three courses). December 1 to January 1, 8am-11pm. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 425 2240).