If you love Christmas lunch (us), but aren’t so keen on cooking it (also us), then this list of top turkey takeaways is worth checking out. And, if you can successfully keep everyone out of the kitchen, you could even pass the festive feast off as your own. The only repercussions of that – aside from your conscience – are that you will be setting expectations high for any future dinner parties you host in the New Year.
Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat… and it won’t be the only one.
1 Couqley French Bistro
Listen up mums who prefer their roast dinner when they haven’t had to get their hands on any giblets (yuk) because Couqley French Bistro is celebrating the Christmas holidays with turkeys, and then some.
The French bar and restaurant in JLT is offering the ultimate in Christmas roasts with mouth-watering takeaway turkey feast menus available throughout the winter holidays. Until January 15, 2020, a traditional turkey with wild mushroom stuffing, with sides including roasted Brussels sprouts topped with veal bacon, sweet potato gratin, potato purée, fresh sautéed string beans, roasted baby carrots, cranberry coulis, and rosemary turkey gravy will be whipped up to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.
Takeaway turkeys start at Dhs359. For a turkey with all the trimmings, prices start at Dhs599.
If you’re after Couqley’s new whole turkey with a truffle butter-basted skin, it’s Dhs100 more.
From Dhs359 (takeaway, whole turkey). Cluster A, JLT, www.couqley.ae (04 514 9339).
2 jones the grocer
Jones the Grocer has unveiled its wonderful range of festive treats and takeaway Christmas feasts.
Once again the popular Australian chain is offering roast turkeys complete with all the usual trimmings, plus cranberry sauce and gravy – because, well, it just wouldn’t be Christmas lunch without those. The bird is big enough to feed two families of four and if you want to add six sides as well you can get the lot for Dhs885.
Sides on offer include duck fat roasted potatoes, sautéed Brussels sprouts and chestnuts, honey glazed parsnips, cauliflower cheese and more.
Got little ones with a sweet tooth? Of course you do, silly question. In which case, you can pick up delicious mince pies, super cute macaron snowmen and reindeer brownies from Dhs6 in store.
Prices vary. Locations across the UAE including Khalidiyah, Al Raha Beach, Dubai Creek Yacht and Golf Club and Dubai Mall www.jonesthegocer.com.
3 MÖvenpick Ibn Battuta Gate
There’s nothing quite like Christmas at home, but it’s not always as much fun for the person who spends the whole day in the kitchen. So take home a traditional Christmas turkey with all the tasty trimmings from Mövenpick Ibn Battuta and let everyone enjoy being around the table with no added stress on the chef. The classic slow roasted turkey, which comes in three sizes and can be delivered across Dubai for an additional Dhs150, comes with sprouts, cranberry sauce and turkey gravy.
From Dhs550. Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, www.movenpick.com (04 444 0000).
4 Raffles DUBAI
Celebrate the season in the comfort of your own home and let the experts at Raffles do all the hard work in conjuring up a festive feast – and all you have to do is rock up to pick it up. Think of all the washing up you’ll be avoiding too. Pre-order a juicy turkey from the Wafi-based hotel and decide whether you want to go traditional European or mix it up a bit with some Arabic flavours.
Choose a bird to feed five (Dhs730) or a bird that feeds eight (Dhs1,050) and both come with everything you need to make your lunch a huge success.
Plus if you order before Tuesday December 10, you get 20 percent off the price.
From Dhs730. Wafi, Sheikh Rashid Road, Dubai www.raffles.com (04 324 8888).
5 The Rose & Crown
The Rose & Crown does roast dinners to perfection, so it stands to reason that a takeaway turkey feast from this top British pub will taste deliciously homemade.
From December 23 to December 26 The eatery will be serving up and shipping out succulent whole turkeys – that easily feed six to eight people – complete with all the sides you’d expect including sprouts (not every child’s favourite, but they need to be there nonetheless), carrots, parsnips and crispy roasties – yum.
But it’s not just the savoury palette that is catered for, Christmas puddings and panetonnes are also included for those with a sweet tooth.
Dhs495. Mon Dec 23-Thu Dec 26. The Atrium, Al Haboor City (04 437 0022).
6 The W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island
Mums in the capital, take off your Christmas apron, grab your car keys and head to the funky W Abu Dhabi on Yas Island where tasty 8kg turkeys are being perfectly cooked to order.
All you have to do is pre-order your festive lunch – which includes all the traditional trimmings – pick it up and lay it all out on the table in your own crockery.
A feast fit for even the fussiest family members sorted.
From Dhs750. Sun Dec 8-Tue Dec 24. Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, email@example.com (02 656 0000).