1 Asha’s This feast is great value, considering the exquisite contemporary Indian offerings inspired by Indian singer and culinary entrepreneur Asha Bhosle. What’s more, drinks are included. Happy New Year indeed. Dhs395 (selected beverages). 8pm-midnight (party continues until 3am). Pyramids, Wafi, Oud Metha (04 324 4100).
2 Blue Rain Chef Sawai has prepared a seven-course degustation menu featuring delights such as crab, marinated chicken, panang curry with wagyu beef, and sorbet or Thai basil with chocolate mousse for dessert. Dhs650 (glass of bubbly and selected beverages). 8pm ’til late. The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC (04 372 2323).
3 Table 9 Chefs Scott Price and Nick Alvis are putting on what they describe as an ‘all-singing, all-dancing’ New Year’s Eve gala dinner, though it’s doubtful the two chefs will have any time to sing and/or dance – they’ll be in the kitchen preparing a 10-course meal. Yum. Dhs695 (food only, plus a glass of bubbly in SkyBar). 7pm-10.45pm. Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira (04 212 7550).
4 Exhcange Grill The renowned steakhouse will be dishing up a six-course menu featuring prime USDA Angus and wagyu beef, foie gras and seafood, combined with grape selected by the sommelier. Dhs695 (food only), Dhs1,095 (grape). 8pm-12.30am. The Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 311 8316).
5 Asado Try the four-course set menu at this Latin American restaurant, featuring dishes such as pigeon with creamy polenta, scallop ceviche with caviar and shallot salad, and grilled tenderloin with foie gras, wild mushrooms and tapioca. Dhs750 (soft drinks), Dhs900 (selected beverages). 7pm-midnight. The Palace, Downtown Dubai (04 428 7806).
6 Hukama This eight-course banquet is fit for a Ming emperor. Expect dishes such as deep-fried prawn wasabi, crystal lobster dumplings, and Beijing duck with home-made pancake. Dhs700 (soft drinks), Dhs900 (selected beverages) 7pm-1am. The Address Downtown Dubai (04 436 8799).
7 Bice Mare As well as offering first-class views of the Burj Khalifa fireworks from its balcony, BiCE Mare will be serving seafood delicacies including Italian sushi-style oysters, Caledonian blue tiger prawns, tuna tartare, smoked salmon carpaccio and caviar, and slow-cooked Dover sole. Dhs980 (indoor seating; welcome drink and bubbly toast), Dhs1,200 (outdoor seating; welcome drink and bubbly toast). 7.30pm-1am. Souk Al Bahar (04 423 0982).
8 Reflets Par Pierre Gagnaire Chef Olivier Biles whips up on an indulgent dinner at Time Out Dubai’s 2011 Restaurant of the Year. Expect plenty of fantastic French food with a special New Year’s Eve twist. Dhs1,212 (food only), Dhs2,012 (premium beverages). 7pm ’til late. InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1199).
9 Zuma This long-standing Dubai favourite is promising to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a selection of new Japanese dishes, including lobster carpaccio, wagyu rib-eye, and ginger and fresh chilli with Korean black bean sauce and pickled shiitake. Dhs1,550 (plus 10 per cent authority fee). 8pm ’til late. DIFC (04 425 5660).
10 Toro Toro This pan-Latin-American restaurant and lounge will be offering a six-course sharing menu laced with lashings of bubbly. Dhs1,900 (glass of bubbly and selected beverages). 7.30pm-3pm. Grosvenor House, Tower Two, Dubai Marina (04 317 6000).