Barbecue by the pool at Club Olympus Grilled seafood, roasted meats and desserts. Dhs199 (food only), Dhs289 (selected beverages), Dhs99 (kids aged six to 12). Thu 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. Hyatt Regency, Deira (04 317 2222).
Christmas treats and turkey takeaway sale at Towers Rotana Christmas goodies, roast turkey and other festive Christmas meals are available – special offers for companies and groups. Prices vary. 8am-11pm. Wraps Café, Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 343 8000).
Latino Live at Zaytoun A barbecue under the stars to the backdrop of live Latino rhythms. Dhs185 (food only). Dhs235 (soft drinks), Dhs285 (selected house beverages). 7pm-11.30pm. Ongoing. Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City (04 701 1127).
Mediterranean night at The Talk Try Mediterranean cuisine with a twist, from Greek to Spanish and Italian favourites. Dhs165 (soft drinks), Dhs250 (selected beverages), free for kids under 12. Thu 6.30pm-11pm. Ongoing. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach (04 449 8888).
Mussels night at The Wharf Get stuck into black pot mussels, cooked in a different sauce each week and served with fries and garlic bread. Dhs110. Thu 7pm-11.30pm. Ongoing. Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6152).
Pizza night at Bunkers Fun for the family with an exciting choice on the pizza menu. Prices from Dhs60 (adults), Dhs30 (kids). Thu 6pm-11.30pm. Ongoing. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills (04 390 5600).
Seafood galore at The Ritz-Carlton Dubai As well as the lavish Arabic buffet, a live seafood grill station of lobster, tiger prawns, mussels, and fresh salmon, among others, is added to the nightly feast offered by the hotel’s outdoor Bedouin-tented, village-themed restaurant. Dhs285 (food only). 7pm-11pm. Until December 23. The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, JBR (04 399 4000).
Seafood night at Na3Na3 Dishes include spicy gazpacho with chilled shrimp skewer, as well as live seafood cooking stations. Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs245 (selected house beverages). Thu 6.30pm-11.30pm. Ongoing. The Address Dubai Mall (04 888 3444).
Soirée Souvinir de France at Bistro Madeleine For a piece of Parisian culture, enjoy this night of music while you tuck into an authentic French buffet, featuring cold cuts of pork and beef tartare, live cooking stations, cheese fondue and crêpe desserts. Dhs185 (selected house beverages). Thu 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1127).
Steak night at Ember Grill & Lounge Savour all-you-can-eat chargrilled meat at this friendly steakhouse, with live jazz. Dhs180 (soft drinks), Dhs245 (selected house beverages). Thu 7pm-11.30pm. Ongoing. The Address Dubai Mall (04 438 8999).
Steak night at The Med Media One’s barbecue offers steaks and traditional accompaniments served on the terrace. Dhs199 (food only), Dhs279 (selected house beverages). Thu 7pm-10.30pm. Ongoing. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
Sushi night at Benihana Sample authentic sushi, sashimi and other Japanese delicacies at this family-friendly and fun restaurant. Dhs189 (selected house beverages). Thu 6.30pm-midnight. Ongoing. Al Bustan Rotana, Garhoud (04 282 0000).
Thai night at Toshi Experience the taste of Thailand at this all-you-can-eat buffet. Dhs169 (soft drinks and one house beverage), Dhs235 (selected beverages). Thu 7pm-10pm. Ongoing. Grand Millennium Dubai, TECOM (04 429 9999).
The Tomahawk Challenge at Terra Firma Steakhouse Terra Firma is challenging ambitious guests to devour 2kg of Tomahawk rib-eye steak, 300g of thick-cut chips and 300g of béarnaise sauce, within 60 minutes. Those who beat the challenge alone will receive their steak for free, enter the hall of fame and will receive a commemorative apron. Dhs690 (or free if you complete the challenge). Daily 7pm- midnight. Ongoing. InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1127).
Barbecue with Chef Norberto Palacios Join Norberto and learn the secrets of cooking a perfect barbecue. Also on Sat. Advance booking required. Dhs295 (recipes and a sit-down lunch), Dhs445 (recipes, lunch and selected house beverages). Fri-Sat 11am-1.30pm. Asado, The Palace, Downtown Dubai (04 428 7971).
Culinary Friday lunch at Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire Reflets serves a four-course menu matched with grape picked by the restaurant’s sommelier. Note: unless you’re feeling flush, don’t accept the offer of bubbly when you sit down (at Dhs240 a glass for rosé, it’ll cost nearly as much as your meal). Dhs250 (food only), Dhs390 (with grape). Fri noon-2pm. Ongoing. InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1127).
Farmers’ Market at Souk Al Bahar Dubai Farmers’ Market is back. Visitors can expect to find an abundance of locally grown produce, enabling them to rediscover the joy of buying freshly picked produce. Free. 9am-3pm. Until mid-April 2012. The Terrace (next to Baker & Spice, opposite Burj Khalifa), Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 427 9856).
Friday dim sum lunch at Long Yin Feast on steamed and fried dim sum, with a two-for-one deal on hop-based beverages. Dhs18 per portion. Fri 12.30pm-3pm. Ongoing. Le Méridien Dubai, Garhoud (04 217 0000).
Gingerbread-men baking class at the Grand Hyatt A gingerbread baking class is held every Friday during the Grand Hyatt’s festive brunch (which takes place on Fridays throughout December). Kids can bake and decorate their own gingerbread man and take him home (before biting his head off). Classes are limited to 15 children. Brunch Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs95 (children aged six to 12). 12.30pm-4pm. Until December 30. Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha(04 317 2222). Indian night at Choices Acquaint yourself with the culinary heritage of India at this evening buffet. Dhs179 (selected beverages). Fri 7pm-midnight. Ongoing. Al Bustan Rotana Dubai (04 282 0000).
Sizzle and barbecue at Clique This affordable and fun barbecue event makes a nice change to the run-of-the-mill brunch. Dhs150 (food and two hop-based beverages). Fri 6pm-9pm. Ongoing. Jumeirah Emirates Towers (04 330 0000).
Yum cha at Hukama Partake in the Cantonese custom of yum cha. Enjoy Chinese teas, along with deliciously unique dim sum. Dhs145. Fri noon-3pm. Ongoing. The Address Downtown Dubai, Downtown Burj Khalifa (04 436 8928).
Carnival on the lawn at The Address Montgomerie A family day out with fun and games for the young and the young at heart. There will also be an early visit from Santa. Adults can tuck into shawarmas and guzzle soft drinks. Dhs50 (adults), Dhs110 (children). 3pm-6pm. The Lawn, The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills (04 390 5600).
Generation Creation Activity at Mazina Perhaps the most bizarre name for an event we’ve yet to encounter, this involves creating your own gingerbread house. Ingredients are provided and the chefs will show you how to prepare it (and how to keep it standing!). Dhs195 (soft drinks), half price for children aged seven to 12, free for kids under six. 12.30pm-3.30pm. Until December 25. The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).
Gingerbread decorating and kids’ afternoon tea at The Ritz-Carlton Children can help the chef decorate a gingerbread house, followed by a festive afternoon tea. Dhs235 per adult (includes one beverage), Dhs225 for children aged five to 12. 2pm-4pm. Event also runs on December 17 and 24. The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, JBR (04 399 4000).
Pie and pint night at The Wharf Tuck into a selection of home-made pies, accompanied by a pint, at this traditional English pub. Dhs90. Sat from 7pm. Ongoing. Mina A’ Salam, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6152).
Ripe Food Market Pick up boxes of fresh fruit and veg; smaller boxes can feed one to two people for a week, while larger boxes can feed a family for a week. Dhs80 (small), Dhs130 (large). Sat 9.30am-1pm. Ongoing. Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, by the Gold and Diamond Park, www.ripeme.com (04 340 0006).
Saturday night buffet at Minato Enjoy Japanese classics in the tatami room, at the teppanyaki table or at the sushi bar. Dhs198 (includes selected house beverages), Dhs160 (food only). Sat 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek, Baniyas Road (04 205 7333).
Saturday roast at 25/55 Café Bistro This traditional dinner offers a variety of meat carved at the table, served with all the traditional accompaniments. Dhs170 (soft drinks); Dhs220 (selected house beverages). Sat 7.30pm-10.30pm. Ongoing. Dubai Yacht Club, Dubai Marina (04 362 7955).
Saturday roast at Nineteen Choose from an array of meats, accompanied by roast potatoes and veg, as well as a starter and dessert buffet. Dhs235 (soft drinks), Dhs325 (selected house beverages), free for children aged 12 and under. Sat noon-3.30pm. Ongoing. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills (04 390 5600).
Seafood grills and sushi thrills at The Talk Try spiced fish and shellfish straight from the grill, plus fresh sushi prepared by the in-house sushi chefs. Dhs165 (soft drinks), Dhs230 (house beverages). Sat 6.30pm-11pm. Until December 31. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach (04 449 8888).
Unwind at The Terrace Enjoy a barbecue with free-flowing frosty hops and pink grape beverage. Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs280 (selected house beverages), Dhs95 (children aged six to 12), free for children under six. Sat 5pm. Ongoing. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira (04 602 1234).
Italian barbecue at Rosso Savour tasty fish and meat grilled on the Rosso terrace, with views of the Arabian Gulf. Dhs65 (food only). Sun 12.30pm-3.30pm. Amwaj Rotana, JBR (04 428 3088).
Takeaway turkey at The Mövenpick Today is the first day of the Mövenpick’s takeaway Christmas lunch or dinner. Dhs450 (average size 6-7kg). Orders must be placed 72 hours in advance. The Café at Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments, Bur Dubai (04 336 6000).
Tango and dinner at Asado Capture the fire and passion of Argentina every Sunday with an evening of Argentinian food and optional tango lessons and performances. The evening begins with a three-course summer menu. Dhs222. 7pm (tango starts at 9.30pm)-11.30pm. The Palace, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3828).
The Wharf Sunday roast Enjoy traditional roast dinner with a choice of Aberdeen Angus roast beef, spit-roast chicken or rosemary lamb leg, all served with root vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and gravy. Dhs110. Sun 7.30pm-11pm. Ongoing. Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730).
Traditional Christmas cake served at The Sweet Shop Try the quintessential festive dessert – Christmas cake. Ingredients are marinated and soaked for three months in advance. The cake is topped with a layer of marzipan and royal icing and presented in a Japanese furoshiki-style wrapping. Dhs176 (per kg), Dhs90 (500g). Order 24 hours in advance. Until December 31. Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments, Bur Dubai (04 336 6000).
Vintage night at Nineteen Guests can try a four-course menu paired with selected beverages. Dhs375. 7.30pm-11.30pm. Ongoing. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills (04 390 5600).
Curry and hops at Spectrum on One Feast on unlimited servings of Indian curries, complemented by India’s top-selling, hop-based beverage. Dhs150. Mon 7pm-8.30pm. Ongoing. The Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 311 8316).
Curry night at The Wharf Enjoy the curries of the day served with steaming rice and fresh naan bread. Dhs110. Mon 7pm-11.30pm. Ongoing. Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6152).
Festive cooking class at Al Bustan Rotana Learn the best festive recipes from executive chef Christophe Prudhomme as he shares his culinary secrets and walks guests through a three-course festive recipe. Dhs199. 10am-12.30pm. Also on December 19 (3.30pm-6pm). Al Bustan Rotana Dubai, Garhoud (04 282 0000).
Glasshouse dinner and drinks promotion Enjoy selected drinks for Dhs1 when you buy a two-course meal. Prices vary. Mon and Wed 8pm-late. Ongoing. Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira (04 212 7551).
Movie and sushi night at Lakeview Catch a movie under the stars every Monday and indulge in all-you-can-eat sushi and tempura. Screenings take place at 7pm and 9pm featuring comedy, action and romantic classics. Dhs75 (food only). Mon 7pm, 9pm. Ongoing. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 295 6000).
Tempt-Asia at Chef’s House Every Monday, choose from a selection of full-flavoured ingredients and traditional spices from across the Asian continent. Dhs135 (soft drinks), Dhs180 (selected house beverages). Mon 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).
An Indian journey at Horizon Feast on diverse curries, naans and tandoori kebabs as part of this Indian promotion. Dhs169 (soft drinks), Dhs219 (selected beverages), Dhs289 (premium beverages). Tue 6.30pm-10.30pm. Ongoing. Amwaj Rotana, Jumeirah Beach Residence (04 428 3087).
Curries of the world at Chef’s House Choose from a range of meat, fish, and vegetarian options from Thailand, Japan, Bangladesh, India, Mauritius and many more curry-loving nations. Dhs135 (soft drinks), Dhs180 (selected house beverages). Tue 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).
Chef François’s gourmet Tuesdays at Le Classique Features an à la carte menu of Chef François’s top 10 dishes, along with a starter and dessert buffet, plus free-flowing grape-based beverages. Dhs320 (grape), Dhs195 (soft drinks). Tue 7.30pm-11pm. Ongoing. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills (04 380 2222).
Mediterranean nights at AOC French Brasserie Featuring food from Italy, Spain, Greece and Morocco. Dhs180 (soft drinks). Dhs280 (selected house beverages and bubbly). Tue 7pm. Ongoing. Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, JBR (04 448 4870).
Rib night at The Wharf Sample sticky beef ribs served with mash or fries, garnished with signature sauce. Dhs110. Tue 7pm-11.30pm. Ongoing. Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730).
Seafood night at Topkapi A seafood buffet featuring premium dishes such as seafood thermidor, paella, mussels in garlic, cream and coconut, and crab curry. Dhs130. 7.30pm. Until December 31. Taj Palace Hotel, Deira (04 223 2222).
Al Muna theme nights Wednesday is a night for seafood lovers, while Thursday is a journey up the Silk Route through China, Central Asia and Northern India. Dhs285 (Wed; soft drinks only), Dhs250 (Thu; soft drinks only). Wed-Thu 7pm-10.30pm. Ongoing. Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730).
All you can eat at Benihana Chow down on fnigiri, sushi, sashimi and makimono, or Benihana’s signature teppanyaki. Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs249 (selected beverages), Dhs279 (premium beverages), Dhs99 (children aged six to 12). Mon, Wed, Sat 6pm-11.30pm. Ongoing. Amwaj Rotana, JBR (04 428 3089).
All you can eat at Thai Kitchen Diners can feast on an extensive list of unlimited dishes. Dhs220. Wed 7pm. Ongoing. Park Hyatt, Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club (04 602 1234).
Cheese and grape evening at Plantation Featuring more than 20 cheeses from France, plus a sommelier to guide you through the grapes. Dhs170 (cheese and grape). Wed 7pm-10pm. Ongoing. Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach (04 448 4873).
Christmas takeaway menu at the Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Executive chef Engelbert Gamsriegler is creating traditional dishes for guests to take home. The menu includes cold canapés, home-made gravadlax, whole roast turkey, stuffed duck, sugar-glazed ham and a variety of desserts including Christmas log cake. Prices vary. Available 24 hours. Until December 26. Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, JBR (04 315 3869).
Mediterranean night Enjoy all-you-can-eat tasty Mediterranean fare. Dhs179 (selected house beverages). 7pm-11.30pm. Ongoing. Channels, Media Rotana, TECOM (04 435 0000).
Surf and turf at The Wharf Treats from both land and sea at this weekly night, with half a North Atlantic Canadian hum lobster and a 200g striploin steak served with both fries and salad. Dhs450. Wed 7pm-11.30pm. Ongoing. Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6152).
Sushi at Spectrum on One All-you-can-eat sushi, maki, tempura and teppanyaki, with bottomless servings of Japanese rice-based beverage. Dhs150. Wed 6.30pm-8.30pm. Ongoing. The Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 311 8316).
Wall of fame night at JW’s Steakhouse Finish the 20oz filet mignon and a bottle of grape, and your name will be honoured on the restaurant’s Wall of Fame. Dhs650. Wed 7.30pm-11.30pm. Ongoing. JW Marriott Dubai, Deira (04 607 7977).