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Arcadia cheese and grape night Features 15 varieties of cheese, alongside free-flowing grape. Dhs149. Thu 6pm-9pm. Ongoing. The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8888).
Crossroads’ barbecue night Sample an international barbecue selection, including Arabic, Balinese and Caribbean dishes. Dinner is served on the patio, which offers cosy armchairs, a pagoda, views of the Botanical Garden and a ‘shisha sommelier’. Prices vary. Thu 9pm-midnight. Until April 30 2013. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 324 8888).
Gaucho’s mini masterclass The venue now offers complimentary grape lessons with the sommelier for guests who are dining at the restaurant. Free for diners. Thu-Fri 11.30am-2am. Ongoing. DIFC (04 422 7898).
Kempinski’s Argentinian barbecue This barbecue event offers seafood, spit-roast lamb, ribs and steaks. Dhs185 (food only). Dhs275 (house beverages). Thu-Sat 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah, The Crescent West, Palm Jumeirah (04 444 2501).
Le Méridien Village Terrace’s barbecue promotion Among this venue’s regular weekly al-fresco events, Thursday night is barbecue night, with an international selection that includes tandoori and teppanyaki stations. Dhs219 (house beverages), Dhs259 (premium beverages). Thu 8pm-11pm. Ongoing. Méridien Village Terrace, Le Méridien Dubai, Garhoud (04 702 2449).
Links’ bavette night Enjoy the French classic of bavette beef, with fries and a drink. From Dhs130, including a house beverage. Mon 7pm-10.30pm. Ongoing. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills (04 390 5600).
Mazina’s cheese and grape night Cheese connoisseurs can savour unlimited cheese and condiments. The deal also includes two glasses of selected beverages. Dhs130 (includes two glasses of grape). Thu 6.30pm-9pm. Ongoing. The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).
Rococo’s bespoke tasting menus Choose from the à la carte menu to create a bespoke tasting menu of up to eight courses. From Dhs170 (three courses), from Dhs250 (with grape pairing). Thu 7pm-11.30pm. Ongoing. Sofitel JBR (04 448 4860).
Barasti’s big breakfast Enjoy a full English breakfast, or one of the healthy options. Prices vary. Fri-Sat 9am-noon. Ongoing. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina (04 318 1313).
Boardwalk’s weekend breakfast A buffet selection of hot and cold breakfast dishes, with views of the creek. Dhs80. Fri-Sat 7am-11.30am. Ongoing. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 295 6000).
Chef’s House’s seafood night Take your pick from the buffet, including catch-of-the-day options. Dhs180 (soft drinks), Dhs225 (house beverages). Sun-Fri 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).
Creekside Festive Market This outdoor market features chalets with festive delicacies and Santa appearances in the evenings. Free. 12pm-11pm on weekends; 4pm-11pm week days. Until December 27. Jumeirah Creekside Hotel (04 230 8571).
Ember Grill & Lounge’s churrasco nights Try traditional Brazilian churrasco: a selection of grilled beef and seafood skewers carved at the table, plus there’s also a Brazilian band. Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs265 (selected house beverages). Fri 7pm-11.30pm. Ongoing. The Address Dubai Mall (04 438 8999).
Falls Lobby Lounge’s 12 days of Christmas A festive afternoon tea including cookies, mince pies, seasonal sandwiches and spiced teas. Dhs80. Daily 2pm-5pm. Until December 26. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, JBR (04 449 8888).
Hukama yum cha Enjoy Chinese teas, along with deliciously unique dim sum. Dhs145. Fri noon-3pm. Ongoing. The Address Downtown Dubai (04 436 8928).
Jigsaw’s steak night Enjoy all-you-can-eat steak, with your choice of trimmings. Dhs125 (soft drinks), Dhs155 (house beverages). Fri 6.30pm-11pm. Ongoing. Mövenpick Deira (800 33472).
Make Business Hub’s ReCaf breakfast The venue offers a selection of single-origin coffees for the price of the usual cup. Dhs16 per cup. Fri 10am-2pm. Ongoing. Al Fattan House, JBR (04 392 9216).
Pachanga’s capoeira night See performances of this Brazilian art of combative dance, while enjoying churrasco – aka barbecued meat – for dinner. Dhs210. Fri 6.30pm-midnight. Ongoing. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR, Dubai Marina (04 318 2530).
Rivington Grill’s barbecue Try a selection of British barbecue favourites with a contemporary twist on the restaurant’s terrace. Dhs150 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages). Fri-Sat 12.30pm-4.30pm. Ongoing. Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6464).
The Irish Village’s barbecue Choose from a range of meats – from chicken to steak – and get a free hop or short beverage with each order. Dhs50 (includes one drink). Fri, Sat noon-4pm. Ongoing. The Irish Village, Garhoud (04 282 4750).
Armani/Hashi’s izakaya night A casual dining experience of Japanese bar food matched with an exotic beverage selection. Try dishes such as yellowtail carpaccio and wagyu beef tataki. Dhs300 (food only), Dhs420 (beverage pairing). Sat 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. Armani Hotel Dubai, Downtown Dubai(04 888 3444).
Beachcombers’ barbecue special Chill out by the shore at this relaxed event. The selection of barbecued seafood and fish dishes on offer follows a primarily Asian theme. Dhs230 (including tea, coffee and water). Sat 6.30pm-11.30pm. Ongoing. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah (04 406 8999).
Double Decker’s laid-back barbecue A relaxed affair in the garden, serving classics such as steaks, ribs, burgers and chicken. Dhs169 (house beverages). Sat 3pm-7pm. Ongoing. Al Murooj Rotana (04 321 1111).
Kambaa’s Christmas carols The lobby café will host carol singing by the Jumeirah Music Centre choir. Free entry. Sat-Sun 6pm-7pm. Until December 23. The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).
Nezesaussi’s brekky for lunch Wake up late at the weekend and enjoy breakfast at lunchtime. Dhs65. Fri-Sat noon-4pm. Ongoing. Al Manzil Hotel, Downtown Dubai (04 428 5888).
Nobu’s Sunset Saturdays Enjoy sundowners and canapes in Nobu’s garden. Dhs450 (food and mixed drinks). Sat 6.30pm-10.30pm. Ongoing. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Ripe market The weekly farmers’ market offers locally sourced fresh produce as well as crafts. Prices vary. Sat 9am-1pm. Ongoing. The Courtyard, Al Quoz (04 380 7602).
The China Club’s dim sum deal Try dim sum, noodles, and plenty of rice dishes. Dhs99. Daily 12.30pm-3pm. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek (04 205 7333).
The Ritz-Carlton Dubai’s gingerbread class A Christmas-themed children’s cookery class. Kids can learn to decorate a gingerbread house, and enjoy an afternoon tea. Dhs225. Sat 2pm-6pm. Ongoing. The Library Bar, The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, JBR (04 318 6150).
The Terrace’s barbecue Unwind with a hearty selection of barbecue dishes, alongside salads, cheese and charcuterie. Dhs190 (soft drinks), Dhs280 (grape and hops). Sat 1pm-5pm. Ongoing. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira (04 602 1804).
The Track Restaurant’s barbecue A family-friendly barbecue deal, offering a grill, two side dishes, a dessert and three house beverages for each guest. Dhs150. Fri noon-5pm. Ongoing. Meydan Golf Clubhouse, Meydan Racecourse, Al Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba (04 381 3780).
Kiza’s Swagger Sunday Enjoy an African-themed set menu. Dhs165 (three courses), Dhs265 (three courses with grape pairing). Sun 7pm-3am. Ongoing. Al Nasr Leisureland (04 334 4159).
Links’ Sunday roast Guests can feast on an English roast with all the trimmings while watching live sport, including football matches from the English Premier League. From Dhs75. Sun 6pm-10.30pm. Ongoing. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills (04 390 5600).
Pool Bar’s barbecue A rooftop barbecue with an à la carte choice of dishes such as tiger prawns with chilli and lime, beef sirloin steaks and Mediterranean vegetables. Dhs60 per dish. Daily 6pm-10pm. Until March 31 2013. Ongoing. Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira (04 227 1111).
Rosso’s Italian barbecue Enjoy grilled fish and meat prepared on the terrace, overlooking the Arabian Gulf. Dhs189 (soft drinks). Sun 8pm-10.30pm. Ongoing. Amwaj Rotana, The Walk at JBR (04 428 3088).
Thai Kitchen’s hot pot ‘Juhm jihm’ is a speciality from Esarn (Chef Suppatra’s home province). Dhs150 per person, minimum two people. Sat-Mon 7pm-midnight. Ongoing. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira (04 317 2222).
The Meat Co’s all-you-can-eat ribs This deal, available at both locations, does what it says on the tin. Dhs185. Sat-Sun noon-11pm. Until February 17 2013. Madinat Jumeirah (04 368 6040). Souk Al Bahar (04 420 0737).
Pyramids film nights at Wafi The rooftop garden hosts free film screenings, with popcorn and hotdogs. Free entry. Sun 8.30pm-11pm. Ongoing. Wafi, Oud Metha (04 324 4100).
Z:ONE’s bento box deal Choose from an extensive variety of Japanese bento boxes, which include salads, fried rice and a hot dish. You can also try the Asian influenced plates. A great option for an express lunch. Dhs48. Sat-Thu noon-4pm. Ongoing. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
Armani/Amal’s tandoori night An evening of tandoori specials, cooked at live stations. Dhs390 (soft drinks and half a bottle of grape). Mon 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. Armani Hotel Dubai, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
Benihana all you can eat and drink Feast on Japanese dishes including nigiri, sushi, sashimi and makimono, or Benihana’s signature teppanyaki. Dhs249 (soft drinks), Dhs125 (children aged six to 12). Sat and Mon 6pm-midnight. Ongoing. Amwaj Rotana, JBR (04 428 3089).
Bistro Madeleine’s seafood platter Sample lobster, tiger prawns, oysters, mussels and crab. Dhs160 per person; Dhs300 per couple. Fri-Wed 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1127).
Café M’s Ole Tapas night Sample hot and cold tapas with grape and Spanish beverage. Dhs149 (selected beverages). Sat-Mon 6pm-10pm. Ongoing. Media One, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
Glasshouse’s Dhs1 beverage deal Order a combination of any two main courses and enjoy drinks for Dhs1 each. From Dhs150 (two main courses). Mon 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira (04 212 7550).
Legends’ shabu shabu barbecue Guests can prepare their own dishes at the individual grilling tables, or let the chefs do the cooking for them. Dhs155 (food only). Mon-Sat 7pm-11.30pm. Ongoing. Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club (04 295 6000).
Splendido’s la bella risotteria A promotion offering an à la carte choice of traditional and specialist risotto dishes. From Dhs100 per person. Mon 7pm-11.30pm. Ongoing. The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 318 6150).
Amala’s vegetarian menu The chance to try a range of Indian vegetarian specialities. Dhs180. Tue 6pm-1am. Ongoing. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0444).
Amika’s meal deal A three-course special deal, with separate prices for women and men. Dhs125 (women), Dhs195 (men). Sun-Thu 8pm-3am. Ongoing. The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 4005).
Café M’s CW cheese and grape night Sample fine cheeses and cheesy dishes (fondue, soufflé and hot fried cheese), which can be enjoyed with a quality grape selection. Dhs149. Tue-Thu 6pm-10pm. Ongoing. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
Nezesaussi’s ladies’ night food deal Ladies can enjoy a free main course up to the value of Dhs100 when they spend Dhs50 on beverages. Tue 6pm-9pm. Ongoing. Al Manzil Hotel, Downtown Dubai (04 428 5888).
Oeno’s grape deal Buy two glasses of grape and get the rest of the bottle free on Tuesday evenings. Prices vary. Tue 6pm-1am. Ongoing. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi (04 511 7136).
Pachanga’s unlimited churrasco The South American venue offers this Brazilian barbecue speciality, including seafood and steak. Other South American and Mexican specialities are also on offer during the evening. Dhs195. Tue 6.30pm-11.30pm. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, Dubai Marina (04 318 2530).
Sicilia’s Sicilian night Offers seasonal specials of antipasti, breads, pizza and pasta dishes. Dhs139 (soft drinks), Dhs199 (sparkling grape). Tue 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate, The Gardens (04 444 5613).
Sushi Sushi’s evening special Tuck into unlimited sushi and sashimi, as well as an extensive set menu of Japanese dishes, such as salads, noodles and rice. Dhs189 (house beverages). Sat and Tue 8pm-11pm. Ongoing. Century Village, Garhoud (04 282 9908).
Ongoing daily deals
Armani/Ristorante’s signature dining Start the evening with a mocktail at At.mosphere on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa, before heading to Armani/Ristorante for a four-course meal of Italian dining. Dhs500. Daily 7pm-11.30pm. Until December 30. Armani Hotel, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
Asado grape tasting classes Sample one of the largest collections of Argentinian grape in the Middle East, with the help of Asado’s master sommelier. Minimum six people. Advance reservations essential. Dhs220. Daily 6pm-11.30pm. Ongoing. The Palace, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3828).
Bateaux Dubai’s dinner cruise Enjoy a four-course dinner on board this high-end floating restaurant, while cruising down Dubai Creek and seeing the sights of Old Dubai. Dhs245 (welcome drink and four courses). Dhs345 (grape, hops and four courses). Daily 7.45pm-11pm. Ongoing. Dubai Creek, opposite British Embassy, Bur Dubai (04 399 4994).
Channels’ theme nights A week of themed dining: Mexican on Tuesday, Mediterranean on Wednesday, Asian on Thursday and Friday, English on Sunday and sushi on Monday, plus a Pacific Islands event on Saturdays. Sat-Wed Dhs145 (soft drinks), Dhs189 (house beverages), Dhs199 (premium beverages). 7pm-10.30pm. Thu-Fri Dhs155 (soft drinks), Dhs209 (house beverages), Dhs219 (premium beverages). 7pm-10.30pm. Ongoing. Media Rotana, TECOM (04 435 0201).
Chutney’s chef’s table Enjoy an evening of Awadh cooking, with cuisine from northern India. Dhs95 (soft drinks), from Dhs165 (grape and hops), Dhs210 (beverages). Daily 7pm-11.15pm. Ongoing. Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments, Bur Dubai (04 310 4340).
Mango Tree’s ‘Pair and Dine’ promotion A five-course pairing menu featuring a range of Thai flavours matched with grape. Dhs250 (vegetarian menu), Dhs295 (non-vegetarian menu). Daily 6.30pm-11pm. Ongoing. Souk Al Bahar (04 426 7313).
Ruth’s Chris Steak House’s early-bird deal Get a deal on two courses when you dine before 8pm at both venues of the steakhouse. Dhs149 (two courses). Sun-Wed 6pm-8pm. Ongoing. The Address Dubai Marina (04 501 8666); The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8666).
Terra Firma Steakhouse’s tomahawk challenge Devour 2kg of rib-eye steak and 300g of chips within 60 minutes, and you’ll dine free and enter the hall of fame. Free if you complete the challenge; Dhs690 if you don’t. Daily 7pm-midnight. Ongoing. InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1127).