Get on Bateaux Dubai's festive cruise or have afternoon tea
Afternoon tea at the Park Hyatt Dubai Celebrate the festive season by enjoying afternoon tea with a festive twist. Dhs140 (per couple), Dhs220 (per couple with a glass of bubbly). Sun-Thu 2pm-6pm. Until December 25. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira (04 602 1234).
Afternoon tea by The Collection at Raffles This afternoon tea features Christmas-themed delicacies. There’s also a seven-metre-tall advent calendar filled with prizes that can be won daily. Dhs199 (for two), Dhs399 (for two with bubbly). Daily 2pm-7pm. Until December 24. Raffles Salon, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 324 8888).
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).
Sushi night at Benihana Sample authentic sushi, sashimi and other Japanese delicacies. Dhs189 (selected house beverages). Thu 6.30pm-midnight. Ongoing. Al Bustan Rotana, Garhoud (04 282 0000).
Two-for-one dinner deal at Palm Grill 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).
Festive Bateaux Dubai Festive Cruise A three-course brunch with unlimited house beverages onboard. Dhs395 (selected beverages); Dhs495 (bubbly); Dhs230 (children under 11). 1pm-4pm. Dubai Creek, opposite British Embassy (04 399 4994).
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 fried dumplings, 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).
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).
Festive Boxing Day brunch at Arabian Ranches Take in the view and enjoy a hearty buffet brunch. Dhs130 (food only), Dhs65 (children). Noon-3pm. Ranches Restaurant & Terrace, Arabian Ranches Golf Club (04 360 7935).
Festive Boxing Day buffet at Bunkers ‘Revive’ yourself on the day after Christmas with international-style barbecue. Dhs150 (festive beverages). 1pm-4pm. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills (04 390 5600).
Festive Boxing Day feast at Rhodes Mezzanine There’s nothing quite like a Michelin-inspired Boxing Day feast with Gary Rhodes’ four-course set menu, including a glass of bubbly on arrival. Dhs950. 7pm-11.30pm. Grosvenor House, Tower One, Dubai Marina (04 317 6000).
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).
Dinner at Sloane’s Sloane’s classic British buffet will begin with a welcome mixed drink followed by an array of delicacies including roast beef, fish and chips, steak and kidney pie and traditional toad in the hole. Dhs300. 7pm-11.30pm. Grosvenor House, Tower One, Dubai Marina (04 317 6000).
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, Media City (04 366 9111).
An Indian journey at Horizon Feast on diverse curries, naans and tandoori kebabs as part of this superb 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).
Italian festive menu at Splendido A three-course set menu of classic Christmas specialities from Italy – think foie gras and duck ravioli with sweet pumpkin purée, Australian lamb rack stuffed with dried fig chutney, and panettone with wild berries. Dhs350 (food only). 7pm-11pm. Until December 28 (not served on December 24). The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, JBR (04 399 4000).
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).
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).