Easter never goes out of fashion. Fact! So. the trendy Armani army in Dubai will be offering tastes of the season throughout Easter week. And, never fear, the kids won’t be left out either. Gourmet and degustation sharing menus are on offer at Armani/Ristorante and Armani/Deli, with signature takes on flavours of the month. Armani/Mediterraneo will have a two-day Easter buffet menu, featuring sophisticated dishes such as poached white asparagus, stewed rabbit leg and Eggs Benedict. Armani/Lounge will be getting in on the fun with a special twist on their classic afternoon tea and the culinary team will be hard at work creating a menagerie of chocolate bunnies and handcrafted, decorated Easter eggs. Save the date for April 14 for a fantastic Friday brunch so big that it needs both Armani/Lounge and Armani/Mediterraneo to cover its ten live cooking stations, plus games for the kids and a live band.
Armani/Mediterraneo: Dhs250 (Easter lunch buffet), 12.30pm-3pm. Dhs350 (Easter dinner buffet), 6.30pm-10pm). Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3888).
The Easter celebrations will be egg-stended at the luxury Raffles hotel. Kick off the festivities on Friday at the Easter brunch held at Azur restaurant. Tuck into an array of traditional holiday dishes (think piles of roast meats) and desserts with a special Easter twist such as classic hot cross buns and a free-flowing chocolate fountain. With lots of entertainment, a host of live cooking stations and al fresco terrace seating, overlooking lush greenery, rolling into Raffles sounds a great idea. The kids can look forward to an Easter egg hunt, brush up on their painting and try their hand at balloon bending. After they’ve tired themselves out (it will happen eventually), they can enjoy the kids’ buffet and juice station. The five-star hotel is taking a more relaxed approach to Easter Sunday. Let your hair down at the Fashion Afternoon Tea hosted at Raffles Salon. Indulge in a savoury selection that takes in salmon and cream cheese roulade on pumpernickel bread, and thyme-scented chicken and spinach pinwheel sandwiches. This is followed by freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam, and a decadent selection of Easter cakes and pastries including lemon tart, chocolate nest with marshmallow and cake pop bunny blusher.
Raffles Easter Brunch: Dhs300 (soft drinks), Dhs450 (house beverages), Dhs150 (kids under 12), free (up to two kids under six per two paying adults); 1.30pm-4.30pm. Fashion Afternoon Tea: Dhs249 (two people), Dhs449 (two people with glass of bubbly each). Fri Apr 7-Sun Apr 16. 2pm-7pm. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 324 8888).
Besh Turkish Kitchen
Maybe we’ve just got chocolate on the brain this time of the year, but a bit of Turkish delight would go down a treat. Plot a course for Besh Turkish Kitchen for a fantastic Friday foodie feast for all the family. Go on a culinary journey through the Anatolian journey, with only a knife, fork and a spoon needed to make the trip. A tantalising selection of meats and seafood will be on offer at this huge brunch, while there will be a dedicated corner just for the kids. Keep your eyes peeled as there will be a visit from a very special guest bearing sweet gifts.
Dhs165 (soft drinks), Dhs225 (house beverages), Dhs99 (kids). Fri Apr 14. 1pm-4pm. Sheraton Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 377 2353).
Falcon Kids Club
The club is pulling out all the stops with a three-day Easter kids celebration programme. Youngsters aged three and above can unleash their creativity with Easter-themed arts and crafts sessions. Your little ones can try out face painting, decorate cookies, go on an Easter egg hunt and be spellbound by a magic show.
Thu Apr 13: Dhs150. 4pm-6pm; Fri Apr 14-Sat Apr 15: Dhs200. 4pm-6pm; Sun Apr 16: Dhs60 per hour (10.30am-7.30pm). Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3331).
Flow Kitchen will be choc-a-bloc with Easter activities to keep all ages entertained. The Fairmont The Palm venue is not only serving up a massive brunch, but staff will also be laying on an Easter egg hunt and a petting zoo for little animal-lovers. The mouth-watering gourmet brunch will be packed with plenty of Easter time foodie favourites, such as spring leg of lamb, roast beef and a juicy roast chicken from a live carvery station. If that’s enough to fill your plate, then peruse the signature culinary dishes on show, including a sumptuous selection of sushi, sashimi and seafood and a dedicated salad bar and as many slices of pizza as you can get your hands on. There is even a separate kids’ corner crammed with entertainment, right next to the delicious dessert station featuring chocolate truffles, ice cream and much more. Yum! For brunchers and their brood, the traditional Easter Egg Hunt kicks off at 2pm, with children free to roam the restaurant’s gardens in search of hidden edible treasures. Once they’ve pinned down their targets, little ones can enjoy getting their faces painted and being up-close with cute bunny rabbits and other loveable animals at the Poshpaws mini petting zoo from 1pm-4pm.
Dhs355 (soft drinks), Dhs495 (house beverages), half price (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under six). Sun Apr 16. 12.30pm-4pm. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah(04 457 3457).
Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Beach
Two of Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Beach’s top outlets are joining force for a grand Easter. Start the day in style by tucking into brunch at BiCE or Oceana before enjoying a host of family activities, such as face-painting, an Easter egg hunt, a magic show and even the odd bouncy castle thrown in for good measure.
From Dhs295. Fri Apr 14, 1pm-4pm. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Beach, The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 318 2999).
Manzil Downtown Dubai
Boulevard Kitchen at the five-star hotel invites you to its family-friendly feast, which features a giant international buffet spread, as well as kids’ activities and an exciting Easter egg hunt. All your favourite treats, traditionally served at this time of year, will be on offer with a gourmet twist. Get ready for a culinary adventure like no other.
Dhs195 (house beverages), Dhs295 (sparkling), free (children under 12). Sun Apr 16, 1pm-5pm. Manzil Downtown Dubai, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 423 8899).
Get your just desserts at elegant Dubai Marina eatery, Mazina, but fill up on the rest of the lavish spread first. The Easter brunch will showcase seasonal roast dishes and international favourites prepared before your eager eyes at five show kitchens. It is Easter after all, so no expense has been spared for the dessert station. The chocolate buffet corner will be doing some brisk trade, we’re sure. Best of all, the kids can tag along, too. There will be a basketful of activities to keep the kids entertained at the supervised children’s area, including Easter egg painting, an egg hunt, face-painting a magician and a few other surprises up the sleeve.
Dhs315 (soft beverages), Dhs440 (house beverages), Dhs595 (house beverages and bubbly), half price (kids aged six to 11), free (kids under six). Fri Apr 14, 12.30pm-3.30pm. The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).
Reform Social and Grill
Brit-inspired gastropub Reform Social and Grill will be focusing on the social aspect this Easter by cooking up a day of family fun for free. Round up the children, and even bring the grandparents along, for the venue’s annual Easter family fun day. Kids will be jumping for joy when they see the big bouncy castle, while plenty of creature comforts will be in store at the petting zoo. There’s also face painting and, of course, an egg hunt to boot. If all that action builds up a hunger, check out the tasty treats hot off the barbecue.
Free entry (barbecue menu prices vary). Sat Apr 15. Noon-6pm. The Lakes, Emirates Living (04 454 2638).