We round up 12 dishes to get you in the mood for Christmas
Baked camembert with cranberries at Parlour Boutique Fish and chips, bangers and mash, Camembert and cranberry. Some combos were just meant to be. And this one is a delightfully Christmassy one that works perfectly and really shouldn’t be missed. Parlour Boutique’s wonderfully gooey and indulgent baked Camembert dish has been given a festive makeover, swapping out the usual blackcurrent jam topping for a cranberry and sour cherry version. Pecans give some extra crunch and break up the smoothness of the cheese. Grab that crusty bread and start dipping. Diet starts in January… Dhs60. One Central, Dubai World Trade Centre (04 386 5333).
Brussels Sprout salsa at Peyote This is a limited-edition dish that you’ll need to head to the festive brunch on Friday December 22 or Christmas Day (Monday December 25) at Peyote in DIFC to try. And if you’re a Brussels sprouts fan (we’re assured there are some out there) then this is for you. The Brussels sprouts salsa is one of a range of Mexican-inspired festive dishes on the menu, which also includes turkey tacos. It’s safe to say this isn’t your average roast dinner. Dhs375 (soft drinks), Dhs275 (bubbly). Dec 22 and Dec 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Gate Village 2, DIFC (04 521 6300).
Chestnut and meringue Yule Log at Aubaine This French chain has laid on a selection of festive desserts throughout December. First up is this take on a traditional Yule Log, with Aubaine’s version starring the Christmassy flavour of chestnut. The decadent roulade is made with sticky meringue and crumbly chestnut nibbles, and is an ideal post-Christmas shopping treat. The bakery also has some limited-edition gingerbread and chocolate S’mores, plus an indulgent chocolate and dulce de leche éclair to really get you in the festive mood. From Dhs20. City Walk, Al Safa Street (04 510 8391); The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 501 6970).
Chocolate pecan nut pie at Demoiselle by Galvin If you’re looking for a Christmas dessert from Michelin-starred chefs, then search no further than Demoiselle by Galvin. The City Walk bistro from British chef brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin has a large range of festive dishes on offer this month – from almond streusel mincemeat tarts (Dhs38), festive Bouche de Noel (Dhs38), gingerbread men (Dhs20) and, of course, panettone (Dhs24). However, for a treat that’s dinner table worthy, wow you guests with the chocolate pecan nut pie. Coming in two sizes (small Dhs38, large Dhs165), you can keep it to yourself or share it with friends and family. They’ll never know you didn’t make it yourself (maybe, if you hide the packaging). Dhs38. City Walk, Al Safa Street (04 590 5076).
Enchiladas De Pavo For a Mexican Christmas fiesta, Loca is serving up a range of turkey-based dishes. The best in our eyes? The Enchiladas De Pavo. Two corn tortillas are stuffed full of roasted turkey and served with pippian verde sauce for a spicy twist on a turkey sarnie. There’s also Fajitas De Pavo (Dhs102), which, you guessed it, is turkey fajitas, served up with flour tortillas and a chipotle mango sauce. Finish it off with Loca’s signature caramel flan (Dhs48), which will certainly make a change from all those mince pies and Christmas pud. Dhs92. Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 346 1111); Loca 2.0, Souk Al Bahar (04 449 4455).
Festive FuzziTreats Sweet tooth? These sweets from popular candy store Fuzziwig’s aren’t just for kids (though, parents, they do make a great stocking filler, top tip right there). For a festive Fuzzi-treat, the sweet shop has a range of gifts that can be adapted for the Chrimbo season. Think Festive FuzziApples, which are dipped in home-made caramel and decorated with Christmas sprinkles or the FuzziTreats, which come in a range of Christmassy characters, such as Santa and The Snowman. Prices vary. The Beach, opposite JBR and Riverland Dubai, Dubai Parks And Resorts, Jebel Ali, www.fuzziwigsuae.com.
Santa milkshake at The Coffee Club If you haven’t got a Lindt Santa in your stocking, we say you’ve been swizzed. But if you’re unlucky enough to find yourself chocolate Santa-less this season, head to The Coffee Club to rectify this. The home-grown UAE coffee shop is serving milkshakes (chocolate or strawberry) inside a chocolate Santa. And if you’re still peckish after that, you can follow it up with a seasonal red velvet waffle (Dhs45), topped with candyfloss. That’s more festive sugar than you can shake a candy cane at. Dhs29. Various locations including Tiffany Tower, Cluster W, JLT (04 399 4609).
Smoked Salmon Yule Log at Parlour Boutique Love a traditional Yule log but chocolated-out? Try this savoury version instead. Wild Italian spinach is layered with mascarpone and cream cheese, before being topped with Norwegian smoked salmon and garnished with pink peppercorns and sprigs of dill. Rich, indulgent, classy festive and totally worthy of the Christmas calories. Dhs45. One Central, Dubai World Trade Centre (04 386 5333).
Slow-braised turkey sandwich at Arrows & Sparrows One of the best parts about Christmas food is surely the leftovers – especially because you can eat them as sandwiches. This one from cool café Arrows & Sparrows pairs juicy slow-braised turkey with cranberry sauce, crispy bacon and avocado. Plus, there’s a helping of Gruyère and cheddar cheese thrown in there for good festive measure. Billed as “the ultimate Christmas sandwich”, this one’s a far cry from the dried up turkey in stale white bread version you might be subjected to at your Nan’s. And if you’re after something a little healthier after all that festive feasting, there’s also Santa’s chicken salad with butternut squash, chicken, walnuts and green beans (Dhs36) or for those with a sweet tooth (or parents with overexcited kids), opt for a gingerbread latte for a caffine-fuelled taste of Christmas (Dhs20). Dhs47. Emaar Business Park, The Greens (04 558 8141).
Ugly Sweater Christmas Party Cake At Sugarmoo What’s more festive than an ugly Christmas sweater? Possibly a few things (baubles, Santa, a retro selection box). However, the dodgy Chrimbo jumper is becoming a firm favourite on the list, and to celebrate it, SugarMoo has a specially designed cake. It’s scrummy red velvet and comes in at Dhs250. If you’re after something prettier, then there’s a Rudolph Red Velvet Cake (Dhs220) or a Yule log filled with dulche de Lotus (Dhs220). Christmas (literally) doesn’t get sweeter. From Dhs220. www.sugarmoo.com.
Turkey sandwich at LIMA Dubai When you think of turkey sandwiches a high-end Peruvian restaurant might not immediately spring to mind. However, LIMA Dubai is offering up just that. This turkey sarnie with a twist is part of the special Christmas menu and combines turkey with sweet potato, rocoto (pepper) sauces and red onion. Make your Christmas Day booking now. Dhs292 (festive set menu). Dec 25. The Square, City Walk, Al Safa Street (056 500 4571).
Reindeer brownies at jones the grocer These charming festive friends are jones the grocers’ signature chocolate brownies, decorated with a happy-looking reindeer face and antlers, which are almost too cute to eat. They’re rich and tasty, though, so grab one to takeaway and your elevenses will be a fully festive treat. Dh25. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills 2 (04 417 9999).