Time Out Dubai guide to Christmas brunch in Dubai, defined by price, and if it's family friendly brunch or party brunch in Dubai for festive season.
By Amy Mathieson29 November 2016
Christmas is the time of year to spend with your family, share gifts and reconnect with those you may have lost touch with over the years. It’s the time of year to make new memories and cherish old traditions… Or you could stay in Dubai and pick one of these amazing Christmas brunches to gorge yourself silly on, instead.
This pub has great deals all year round, but Christmas turkey dinner with all the trimmings and a glass of grape for Dhs99? That’s a real gift. If turkey isn’t your thing, you can also order steak at this traditional English watering hole, instead. Dhs99 (one glass of grape). Noon-2am.
The usual picnic brunch takes on a festive twist on Sunday December 25. For one day only, the basket will be filled with Christmas goodies, as well as the regular sandwiches, salads and breads. If outdoor seating isn’t your thing, you can also dine inside the restaurant. Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs345 (selected beverages). 1pm-5pm.
A four-course family-friendly sharing menu will be on offer, with dishes such as turkey with trimmings, an oyster bar and foie gras featuring. There will be entertainment in the form of a Christmas choir, festive music and a visit from Santa Claus, too. Dhs175 (food only), Dhs275 (grape). Kids prices on request. 12.30pm-4pm.
Celebrate Christmas Day aboard a two-hour cruise along the Creek in this traditional wooden dhow. The buffet will include a wide selection of festive dishes including roast meats, vegetable sides and desserts. Dhs225 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages), Dhs99 (kids aged four to 12). 8.30pm-10.30pm.
Join Santa Claus and carol singers for an extravagant brunch at this Turkish restaurant, which will have an array of live cooking stations. Dhs299 (soft drinks), Dhs329 (house beverages), Dhs429 (sparkling grape), Dhs99 (kids aged six to 13). 1pm-4pm.
Dance all you can then eat and drink to your heart’s content. Dhs299 (house beverages). 1pm- 4pm. Children below 12 years are welcome to join the Kids’ Club located at Jules Bar free of charge. Happy hour 4pm-9pm with 20% off on all beverages. www.lemeridien-dubai.com/festive
Spend Christmas here and you’ll get a festive menu and drinks package with menu choices including 12-hour braised lamb, vegan paella and wagyu beef tagliata. Dhs245 (soft drinks), Dhs345 (house beverages), Dhs540 (bubbly), half price (kids aged 8-12) free (kids under eight). Daily noon-midnight (three-hour packages). Until Jan 1 (excluding New Year’s Eve).
The popular gastropub will be serving a British-style three-course set menu featuring traditional favourites with all the trimmings, accompanied by a live band. Dhs275 (food only), Dhs195 (ages 12 to 20), Dhs125 (kids aged four to 11). Noon-4pm.
Dine al fresco at this restaurant for an altogether different Christmas experience. Ewaan is offering both a festive dinner featuring traditional roasts, pastries and pies, and a gourmet buffet brunch with traditional and contemporary cuisine. Festive music from a live band, plus a visit from Santa Claus await and guests can turn their hands to gingerbread-making, too. Dinner: Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages), half price (kids aged six to 11), free (kids under six). 7pm-midnight; Brunch: Dhs550 (soft drinks), Dhs700 (house beverages), Dhs850 (premium bubbly), half price (kids aged six to 11), free (kids under six). 1pm-4pm.
This New York-Italian-themed restaurant will be providing both a festive brunch and a four-course Christmas dinner in the evening, with items including pizza prepared in a wood-fire oven and home-made pasta being served. Brunch: Dhs300 (soft drinks), Dhs545 (house beverages). Dinner: Dhs300 (food only). Kids prices and times on request.
This Christmas, the restaurant is cooking up a three-course meal, which includes traditional roast turkey or roast leg of lamb. And those with a sweet tooth will love the festive mince pies for dessert. Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages), Dhs450 (bubbly), Dhs150 (kids under 12). 12.30pm-4pm.
Head here if a traditional Christmas buffet accompanied by gifts from Santa Claus and a theatrical display is all you want for Christmas. Dhs219 (soft drinks), Dhs260 (house drinks), Dhs450 (bubbly), kids prices on request. 12.30pm-4pm.
If you don’t want to go down the traditional turkey dinner route, this Thai brunch – entitled the Feast of Xahar – will be on the menu from noon until 4pm. Dishes will include seafood and curries. Dhs270 (food only), Dhs400 (soft drinks), Dhs550 (house beverages). Kids prices on request. Noon-4pm.
The smokehouse and barbecue specialist will be offering a three-course Christmas dinner throughout the day. It will include traditional roast turkey and Christmas pudding, while a resident DJ will play festive tunes. Dhs250 (food only). 12.30pm-4pm, 6.30pm-midnight.
Frunch on Christmas Day – “Let’s Frunch with Santa Claus” – will feature a three-course sharing-style dinner in an Italian way across three spaces (Certo, Icon Bar and Icon Lounge). Dhs199 (food only), Dhs269 (house beverages and sparkling grape), Dhs99 (kids aged five to 11). 12.30pm-4pm.
If it’s a proper festive family feast you’re after, get down to Ranches Restaurant where you’ll get to enjoy turkey with all the trimmings, while kids can take part in a range of activities, such as face-painting or let loose on the bouncy castle, and Santa will come bearing gifts, too. Parents can bring along a gift to be presented by him if they wish. Members: Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs150 (kids aged six to 12). Non-members: Dhs345 (soft drinks), Dhs170 (kids aged six to 12). Noon-4pm.
Italian chef Ronda Locatelli’s team have created a special set menu for the occasion that will be served with festive favourites from his home country including, of course, panettone. Dhs190 (three courses), Dhs240 (four courses). Prices à la carte for kids. Noon-3pm.
Christmas lunch at this restaurant features traditional festive dishes as well as cuisine from the Far East and the Middle East. Dhs135 (soft drinks), half price (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under six). 1pm-4pm.
Enjoy a festive buffet with a family feel at either The Talk Restaurant or Soul Restaurant & Bar. It will feature live carving stations, a selection of desserts and performances from a jazz singer and a saxophonist. A kids’ corner will be set up, Christmas carols will be sung and Santa Claus will pay a visit, too. Dhs299 (soft drinks), Dhs399 (house beverages), Dhs175 (kids aged six to 12) free (kids under six). 12.30pm-4pm.
The Irish pub’s Christmas Day brunch promises to be packed with traditional songs from the Emerald Isle as well as games and live music. If its a no-nonsense Christmas dinner you’re after, just like it would be at home, this could be the one for you. Dhs199 (two house beverages), Dhs99 (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under six). 1pm-4pm.
You’ll be able to tuck into a wide range of international cuisines at the Christmas brunch buffet here. Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages), half price (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under six). 12.30pm-3.30pm.
The venue’s usual brunch – filled with cheeses, cured meats and Italian dishes – will be given a festive twist. Expect a few Christmas treats and roast meats, and there will be entertainment from a choir, too. Dhs209 (soft drinks), Dhs289 (house beverages), Dhs369 (premium beverages), Dhs99 (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under six). 12.30pm-4pm.