Dubai’s quirkiest Christmas foods 2018

Tired of a turkey dinner already? If you’re after something more adventurous this Christmas, check out some of the quirkier dishes around the city

Dubai’s quirkiest Christmas foods 2018

Tired of a turkey dinner already? If you’re after something more adventurous this Christmas, check out some of the quirkier dishes around the city to whet your festive appetite.

Butter turkey at Carnival by Trèsind
Funky Indian restaurant Carnival by Trèsind is serving up a special festive set menu this Christmas with plenty of tasty-sounding dishes (including an Indian risotto and quinoa biryani). What catches our eye is the butter turkey. A popular Indian favourite is given a festive twist for the occasion, and we can’t wait to try it. There’s also a range of festive desserts to get stuck into, too.
Prices vary (served as part of festive set menu). Burj Daman Building, DIFC (052 242 4262).

Build-your-own roast turkey bao
Our Best Casual Newcomer at the 2018 Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards, BB Social Dining, has come up with an inventive festive menu full of fun bites including veal bacon and sweetcorn croquettes and a spicy turkey katsu bao. You can even try a build-your-own roast turkey bao, with all the trimmings including chestnut stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy and two steamed baos for Dhs155.
Dhs155. Gate Village 8, DIFC (04 407 4444).

Festive cupcookies at SugarMoo

Sweet tooth? This Christmas cookie-cupcake combo will be right up your festive street. They come with both Christmas tree and mistletoe toppings (not literally). The tree version has a red velvet sponge cake on top of cookie dough, and lashings of green icing, while the latter comes piled with vanilla mousse. Plus, if you buy five, you’ll get one free. Meanwhile if you want to embrace the trend for dodgy jumpers, opt for the Ugly Christmas Sweater cake. It’s made from the cake company’s signature red velvet and comes in Dhs295. Looking for something a little prettier? Then try the Rudolph Red Velvet Cake (Dhs225).
From Dhs19. (800-SUGAR).

Gingerbread house at Baker & Spice
A former winner of our Best Café category, this chain has a range of treats this December. Dishes include pumpkin pie, pecan pie and festive cookies. This gingerbread house, however, is a treat for any age (and saves you the embarassment of trying to create your own baked-good masterpiece).
Prices vary. Various locations including Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 425 2240).

Jingle Bells turkey baguette at Kad Ché

This cool café in Business Bay is a top spot to spend your pre-Christmas lunchbreak in. The name, derived from the Arabic slang word for “bite”, has a heap of dishes to sink your teeth into. The best of the bunch is this Jingle Bells sandwich. A crispy brown baguette is stuffed full of roasted turkey, grilled carrots (slightly rogue choice but we’ll go with it), spinach, caramelised pecan nuts, crispy onions and cranberry sauce. If you’re more of a beef fan, then try the Here Comes Santa Claus, where a fluffy brioche bun is packed with four cheese cream, mushrooms and roast beef (Dhs28). Round it all off with chocolate cake topped with chocolate mousse and raspberries (Dhs35). Because calories don’t count in December (ahem).
Dhs36. Bay Square, Business Bay (04 338 8243).

Turkey dinner sandwich at The Carving Board
This one’s on the menu year-round, so if you find yourself with a hankering for a Boxing Day-style sarnie in July you’ll still be happy. However, it’s prime time to dig in now, so head on down to City Walk to get your chops around this massive carbfest. Herb-roasted turkey is layered with home-made stuffing, grilled onions, turkey gravy and dried cranberries on toasted sourdough. The best news? It’s served with an extra side of gravy for dipping, and comes in at just Dhs40.
Dhs40. City Walk, Al Safa Street (04 272 0516).

Turkey bao buns at Miss Tess

Love turkey but bored of the standard roast? Quirky Asian eatery Miss Tess has a tonne of poultry dishes with a twist. Dishes include turkey tempura with tensuyu dipping sauce (Dhs58), turkey Thai green curry (Dhs68) and turkey katsu curry (Dhs68). There are even two types of turkey sushi – turkey katsu maki, with mango, avocado, tonkatsu sauce (Dhs58) and grilled turkey maki with asparagus, cucumber, cream cheese and avocado (Dhs58). Our pick? The turkey bao bun. Marinated turkey is served with char siu sauce in a steamed bun. A turkey sarnie, with an Asian twist? We’re on board.
Dhs58. Available Dec 24-26. Taj Dubai, Business Bay (050 498 8505).

Turkey burger at Tranzeet
Travelling home this Christmas? Get your pre-flight festive dinner at Tranzeet at DXB International Airport. This family-friendly restaurant has some special dishes and some deals for Christmas. There are some top combo offers including a tasty turkey burger alongside a red velvet candy cane milkshake for just Dhs99 or, for those with a sweeter tooth, there’s the festive cake and smores hazlenut hot chocolate twosome for just Dhs59. What a festive bargain.
Dhs59 (cake and hot drink), Dhs99 (burger and milkshake). Until Jan 10, 2019. Concourse B, Terminal 3.

Turkey fajitas at Loca
If you’re looking for a turkey dish with a Latino twist, stray no further than Loca. This popular Mexican restaurant and bar has a whole menu of treats. Highlights include tostadas pavo pipian – blue corn tortillas filled with roasted turkey, poblano peppers, coriander sauce and black bean purée (Dhs72) and huarache de pavo – corn masa topped with roast turkey, black beans and tomatillo sauce with avocado and cheese (Dhs78). Our pick? Turkey fajitas for Dhs110. Grilled turkey comes with chipotle cream, flour tortillas and guacamole. Stuff them full, wrap them up and devour. And in even better news all dishes are served with a free glass of festive mixed drink.
From Dhs72. Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 346 1111),

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