Aquarium menu Starting today guests are invited to sample Aquarium’s new four-course seasonal menu, finished off with mince pies and a festive drink. Dhs210. Daily noon-3pm, 7pm-10.30pm. Until December 30. Aquarium, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club (04 295 6000).
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).
Grape tasting classes at Asado Asado is home to the largest collection of Argentinian grape in the Middle East. The restaurant offers grape appreciation, hosted by the sommelier. Minimum six people. Advance reservations essential. Dhs220. Daily 6pm-11.30pm. The Palace, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3828).
Grill night at The Fountain Tender meat cuts and seafood every Thursday and Friday night. Dhs125 (soft drinks), Dhs165 (selected house beverages). Thu-Fri 7pm-10.30pm. Ongoing. Mövenpick Hotel Bur Dubai (04 310 4320).
Japanese barbecue buffet at Sumibiya From pickled starters to a marinated beef, seafood and chicken. Dhs180 (selected beverages). Sat, Sun, Tue, Wed, Fri 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. Radisson Blu, Dubai Deira Creek (04 205 7333).
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).
Two-for-one dinner deal at Palm Grill This contemporary steakhouse introduces an array of 2-for-1 dinner deals throughout December and January. Prices vary. Daily 7pm-12.30pm. Until January 31. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek, Baniyas Road (04 205 7333).
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).
Christmas Cup and brunch Watch the Christmas Cup polo match and brunch, followed by a Christmas bazaar at Palermo Restaurant. Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs275 (house beverages), Dhs375 (house beverages and half a bottle of bubbly). 12.30pm-3.30pm (bazaar continues until 5pm). Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, near Emirates Hills (04 361 8111).
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 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 a delectable dim sum spread of steamed and frieddumplings, with an excellent two-for-one deal on hop-based beverages. Dhs18 per portion. Fri 12.30pm-3pm. Ongoing. Le Méridien Dubai, Garhoud (04 217 0000).
Gingerbread 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).
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 24. The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, JBR (04 399 4000).
Gingerbread fun at the Radisson Blu Hotel A gingerbread house decoration event for all the family. Dhs70 (per gingerbread house). 2pm-4pm. Ballroom at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek, Baniyas Road (04 205 7333).
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, 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 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).
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).
Early-bird offer at Gourmet Burger Kitchen DIFC Get any burger, fries and one drink for Dhs39. Dhs39. Daily 4pm-11pm. Ongoing. DIFC (04 425 0187).
Feed Me An all-inclusive food and drink package for two hours. Chefs will be presenting various platters, and bartenders are on hand to mix drinks. Dhs120 per person for two hours. Daily 2pm-4pm, 6pm-midnight. Ongoing. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000). Flavours of the season at Fire & Ice Sample rich seasonal specialities such as turkey breast with garlic confit mash, baby carrots and stuffing. Prices range from Dhs45-Dhs140 per item. 7pm-11.30pm. Until December 25. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 324 8888).
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).
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).
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).
Bento at Z:ONE An array of Asian bento boxes starting from Dhs32. Prices vary. Sun-Thu 11am-6pm. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
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).
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).
Pair and dine at Mango Tree Indulge in a five-course pairing menu, which offers a wide spectrum of Thai flavours perfectly matched with the recommended grapes. Dhs250 (vegetarian menu), Dhs295 (non-vegetarian menu). Daily 6.30pm-11pm. Ongoing. Souk Al Bahar (04 426 7313).
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 superbIndian 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).
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).
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 7pm-9pm. Ongoing. The Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 311 8316).
The Tomahawk Challenge at Terra Firma Steakhouse Terra Firma is challenging ambitious (greedy) guests to devour 2kg of Tomahawk rib-eye steak, 300g of thick-cut chips and 300g of béarnaise sauce, within 60 minutes. Those who succeed 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).
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).