Ultimate New year's Eve feasts

Time Out Dubai lists the best culinary celebrations happening around town

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Deira, Oud Metha & Bur Dubai

Dhs100-299
Harry’s Place: The venue will be dishing up a ‘sparkling’ set menu. Dhs199 (two selected beverages and a glass of bubbly).
8pm-3am. Crowne Plaza Dubai, Salahuddin Road, Deira (04 262 5555).

Vintage: Offering a cheese and ham buffet.
Dhs175 (food only). 8pm ’til late. Pyramids, Wafi (04 324 4100).

Dhs300-399
Asha’s:
Exquisite Indian dishes, and a convivial atmosphere.
Dhs395 (selected house beverages). 8pm-midnight (party continues until 3am). Pyramids, Wafi (04 324 4100).

Carter’s: Enjoy a night of celebration with plenty of Brit-style food and the resident DJ counting in the New Year.
Dhs395 (selected house beverages). 8pm-midnight (party continues until 3am). Pyramids, Wafi (04 324 4100).

Medzo: Celebrate with a four-course Italian menu.
Dhs395 (selected house beverages). 8pm-midnight (party continues until 3am). Pyramids, Wafi (04 324 4100).

Rock Bottom Bur Dubai: ‘Dance ’til you drop’ to the sounds of DJ Josh Anderson.
Dhs399 (set menu and selected house beverages). 7pm-3am. Regent Palace Hotel, Bur Dubai (055 200 9375).

Seville’s: New Year’s Eve, Spanish style.
Dhs395 (selected house beverages). 8pm-midnight (party continues until 3am). Pyramids, Wafi, Oud Metha (04 324 4100).

Thai Chi: Celebrate with Chinese and Thai dishes.
Dhs395 (selected house beverages). 8pm-midnight (party continues until 3am). Pyramids, Wafi, Oud Metha (04 324 4100).

W Grill: Mark the end of 2011 with succulent steaks.
Dhs395 (selected house beverages). 8pm-midnight (party continues until 3am). Pyramids, Wafi, Oud Metha (04 324 4100).

Dhs400-499
Glasshouse:
Greet 2012 with a four-course menu. After dinner, see in the new year with a complimentary glass of bubbly at SkyBar, then join the DJ in Issimo.
Dhs495 (food only), half price for children under 12. 7pm-10.45pm. Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira (04 212 7551).

Spice Island: Welcome 2012 with a big bang and dance the night away with a live DJ from 10pm at Tiki Bar.
Dhs499 (selected house beverages), Dhs599 (bubbly), Dhs199 (children aged six to 12 years). 8pm-midnight (party lasts until 3am). Crowne Plaza Dubai, Salahuddin Road, Deira (04 262 5555).

Dhs600-699
Table 9:
Join chefs Nick and Scott for a 10-course dinner before heading up to SkyBar.
Dhs695 (food only and a complimentary glass of bubbly in SkyBar). 7pm-10.45pm. Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira (04 212 7550).

Dhs700+
Bateaux Dubai:
A spectacular six-course gourmet menu with unlimited bubbly.
Dhs995 (selected house beverages and glass of bubbly), Dhs395 (children aged five to 11). 8.30pm-1am. Dubai Creek, opposite British Embassy (04 399 4994).

Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel: Gala five-course dinner and countdown party with live jazz duo in lounge till 3am. Groups of six get a free bottle of premium bubbly.
Dhs750 (set menu dinner). 9pm-midnight (party lasts until 3am). Bur Dubai (04 377 1111).

Dhs1,000+
Al Dawaar:
Bring in the New Year with an incredible international buffet at the city’s famous revolving restaurant.
Dhs1,299 (free flowing bubbly), Dhs1,199 (unlimited house pours), Dhs999 (soft drinks), Dhs499 for children between six to 12 years. 8pm-1am. Hyatt Regency Dubai & Galleria (04 317 2222).

Fire & Ice: A special menu featuring dishes such as duck consommé.
Dhs1,125 (includes a welcome glass of bubbly and selected house beverages). 7pm-2am. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 324 8888).


Downtown Dubai & DIFC

Dhs100-299
Conservatory:
Featuring international favourites such as coq au vin, seafood thermidore, pilaf rice with roasted almonds, ginger panacotta and apple strudel.
Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs345 (selected house beverages). 6.30pm-11.30pm. Southern Sun Al Manzil Hotel, Downtown Dubai (04 428 5888).

Nezesaussi Grill: A meal served in true Southern Hemisphere style – you’ll also be able to see the fireworks at midnight at the Burj Khalifa.
Dhs199 (food only), Dhs295 (selected house beverages). 6pm-2am. Southern Sun Al Manzil Hotel, Downtown Dubai (04 428 5888).

Dhs500-599
Cabana:
Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style at Cabana’s White Night. Enjoy the barbecue and dance the night away by the poolside.
Dhs550 (selected house beverages), Dhs5,000 (private cabana with butler service). 8pm-2.45am. The Address Dubai Mall (04 888 3444).

Ember: There will be a five-course meal.
Dhs550 (soft drinks), Dhs850 (selected house beverages). 8pm-2.45am. The Address Dubai Mall (04 888 3444).

Rivington Grill: Expect a night to remember, with a seasonal menu, music and merriment.
Dhs550 (food only; 6pm-8.30pm), Dhs770 (food only; 9pm-midnight). 6pm-8.30pm, 9pm-midnight. Souk al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 423 0903).

Dhs600-699
Blue Rain:
Mark New Year’s Eve with Chef Sawai’s seven-course degustation menu and a glass of bubbly.
Dhs650 (selected house beverages). 8pm ’til late. The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC (04 372 2323).

Dhs700-799
Asado:
A four-course set menu and a live Argentinian band. The fun then continues over in Ewaan until 2am.
Dhs750 (soft drinks), Dhs900 (selected house beverages). 7pm-midnight. The Palace, Downtown Dubai (04 428 7806).

At.mosphere Lounge: Enjoy canapés and great views.
Dhs750 (non-window seat, two glasses of bubbly), Dhs1,000 (window table, two glasses of bubbly). 8pm-midnight. Burj Khalifa (04 888 3444).

Center Cut: The steakhouse will be serving a six-course degustation menu, complemented with a glass of bubbly at midnight.
Dhs750 (selected house beverages). 8pm ’til late. The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC (04 372 2323).

Diamond Ballroom: Buffet, bubbly on arrival, a live violinist, belly dancer and an international DJ.
Dhs750 (soft drinks), Dhs950 (selected house beverages). 8pm-2.45am. The Address Dubai Mall (04 888 3444).

Ewaan: An Arabian-inspired celebration, featuring an international buffet, with a resident DJ and belly dancer.
Dhs700 (soft drinks), Dhs800 (selected house beverages). 7pm-midnight. The Palace, Downtown Dubai (04 428 7806).

Fazaris: Dinner inside or out, with views of the Burj Khalifa. The party continues at Calabar.
Dhs700 (soft drinks), Dhs900 (selected beverages). 7pm-1am. The Address Downtown Dubai (04 436 8799).

Hukama: An eight-course meal served in a vibrant atmosphere. After dinner, festivities will move to Neos.
Dhs700 (soft drinks), Dhs900 (selected house beverages) 7pm-1am. The Address Downtown Dubai (04 436 8799).

Thiptara: A delicious four-course Thai set menu in view of the fountain and fireworks. Continue the revelry until 2am at Ewaan.
Dhs750 (soft drinks), Dhs950 (selected house beverages). 7pm- midnight. The Palace, Downtown Dubai (04 428 7806).

Dhs1,000+
At.mosphere Grill:
Try a five-course set menu with breathtaking views of the city.
Dhs1,750 (with bottle of bubbly), Dhs2,450 (with premium bubbly). 7pm-11pm. Burj Khalifa (04 888 3444).

BiCE Mare: Try tasty seafood dishes such as slow-cooked Dover sole, or carnaroli risotto cooked with white Alba truffle and gold flakes.
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).

Karma Kafe: Five-course dinner including premium beverages with a live performance by Lebanese composer and musician Guy Manoukian and Mario Reyes – The Gipsy Man.
Dhs1,800 per person. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 423 0909).

Zeta: Five-course seafood meal and a vibrant atmosphere.
Dhs1,100 (soft drinks), Dhs1,400 (selected house beverages). 6pm-2.30am. The Address Downtown Dubai (04 436 8799).

Zuma: The beloved Japanese venue hosts its annual masquerade ball, with a cocktail reception followed by dinner.
Dhs1,550 (plus 10 per cent authority fee). 8pm ’til late. DIFC (04 425 5660).


Dubai Marina, Dubai Media City & TECOM

Dhs300-399
Bussola Pizzeria:
Enjoy a three-course set menu on the al-fresco deck. There’s also a Dhs250 all-you-can-drink deal at Bussola Lounge from 11.30pm-2.30am.
Dhs350 (food only), Dhs200 (children aged six to 12). 7pm-1am. The Westin Dubai (04 511 7139 ext 7139).

Dhs400-499
Aquara:
Guests can enjoy great views of Dubai Marina, an extensive buffet and a party atmosphere to celebrate the new year.
Dhs400 (soft drinks), Dhs650 (selected house beverages). 8pm-midnight. Dubai Marina Yacht Club (04 362 7900).

Dhs500-599
Atrium:
Grand Millennium presents the Purple Haze dinner party to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
Dhs525 (glass of grape or hop and unlimited soft beverages), Dhs777 (selected house beverages). 9pm-2am. Grand Millennium Dubai, TECOM (04 429 9999).

Horizon: A spread of international buffet dishes.
Dhs500 (soft drinks), Dhs600 (selected house beverages), Dhs250 (children aged six to 12). 8pm-2am. Amwaj Rotana, JBR (04 428 3087).

Melrose Ballroom: The Mövenpick is hosting a lavish black-and-white gala dinner, with a four-piece band.
Dhs500 (soft drinks), Dhs900 (selected house beverages). 8pm-2am. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, JBR (04 449 8888).

The Talk: Sample a Latino dinner, followed by salsa dancing, or simply kick back in the chic cabanas.
Dhs500 (soft drinks), Dhs900 (selected house beverages), free for children aged 12 and under. 8pm-2am. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, JBR (04 449 8888).

West Beach Bistro & Sports Lounge: The line-up includes food, festive drinks packages and big screens playing the best of 2011.
Dhs500 (selected house beverages). 6pm-2am. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, JBR (04 449 8888).

Dhs600-699
Al Nada Ballroom:
The Radisson is hosting a buffet of culinary treats featuring live cooking stations, bubbly and deluxe canapés. A live band and DJ Allan will host the countdown.
Dhs695 (bubbly). 8pm-2am. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).

Certo: A five-course set menu with a glass of bubbly.
Dhs600 (food and entry to Tamanya Terrace), Dhs850 (bubbly and entry to Tamanya Terrace). 8pm ’til late. Radisson Blu, Media Cit y (04 366 9111).

Opera: There’s a choice of menus, with free-flowing drinks, a band and a DJ.
Dhs600 (three-course set menu and bar seating, with selected beverages), Dhs750 (five-course set menu and dining room seating, with selected beverages), Dhs950 (five-course set menu and dancefloor seating, with premium beverages). 9.30pm-4am. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina (04 318 1398 ext 2398).

The Hub: A casual way to welcome 2012 – a special New Year’s menu and live entertainment.
Dhs600 (selected house beverages). 8pm-3am. Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach (04 448 4848).

Bussola: Taste a seven-course set menu in Bussola’s main restaurant.
Dhs850 (food only), Dhs400 (children aged six to 12). 7pm-1am. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi (04 511 7139 ext 7139).

Dhs800-899
Sofitel Dubai Enjoy a buffet and live music. The New Year’s Eve countdown will take place at Infini Pool Lounge.
Dhs850 (soft drinks), Dhs1,200 (selected house beverages). 8pm-3am. Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach (04 448 4870).

Dhs900-999
Benihana Celebrate the new year with all you can eat and drink.
Dhs900 (selected house beverages), Dhs450 (children aged six to 12). 8pm-2am. Amwaj Rotana, Jumeirah Beach Residence (04 428 3089).

Rock Bottom: TECOM Welcome 2012 with bubbly.
Dhs999 (per couple; set menu and a bottle of bubbly). 7pm ’til late. Ramee Rose Hotel, TECOM (055 600 5810, 055 600 5596).

Rosso: A four-course gourmet set menu accompanied by sounds from the resident DJ.
Dhs900 (selected house beverages). 8pm-3am. Amwaj Rotana, Jumeirah Beach Residence (04 428 3088).

Dhs1,000+
BiCE:
Chef Cosimo Danese serves a five-course meal including oysters, lobster, wagyu beef mignon and dark chocolate fondant.
Dhs1,200 (one glass of bubbly). 8pm ’til late. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, The Walk at JBR (04 399 1111).

Hilton Dubai Jumeirah: New Year’s Eve gala dinner with a buffet, free-flowing beverages and fireworks.
Dhs1,400 (selected house beverages). Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, The Walk at JBR (04 399 1111).

Rococo: A glamorous seven-course dinner with entertainment.
Dhs1,100 (per couple; soft drinks). Dhs1,500 per couple; welcome drink). 8pm-3am. Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach (04 448 4860).

Sanabel: Party the night away to the sound of the DJ, with a midnight bubbly toast at the rooftop Sanctuary Pool Bar.
Dhs1,000 (selected house beverages). 8pm ’til late. The Pullman Hotel, Mall of the Emirates (04 702 8000).

Serdaal Ballroom at The Westin: This gala dinner features Chinese acrobats and a kids’ corner.
Dhs1,650 (selected house beverages), Dhs575 children aged six to 12). 7pm-1am. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi (04 511 7139 ext 7139).

The Westin: Enjoy a New Year’s Eve buffet at Blue Orange, Hunters and Spice Emporium.
Dhs1,450 (selected house beverages), Dhs450 (children aged six to 12). 7pm-1am. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi (04 511 7139 ext 7139).


Sheikh Zayed Road & Barsha

Dhs300-399
Teatro:
Try a special gala set menu and new year’s special menu. Music will be provided by the five-piece band.
Dhs375 (selected house beverages). 8pm’til late. Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 343 8000).

Luigi’s: The venue will be offering a four-course set menu.
Dhs380 (selected house beverages and one welcome drink). 8pm-midnight. Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 316 9847).

Dhs400-499
Flavours On Two:
Extended gala buffet with DJ, countdown and balloon drop. Dhs450 (selected house beverages).
8pm ’til late. Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 343 8000).

Spectrum on One: An extensive international buffet.
Dhs450 (food only), Dhs895 (bubbly). 8.30pm-12.30am. The Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 311 8316).

Dhs500-599
The Exchange Grill:
Finish 2011 with a six-course menu featuring USDA Angus, wagyu beef, foie gras and seafood.
Dhs695 (food only), Dhs1,095 (grape). 8pm-12.30am. The Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 311 8316).

Level 43: Offering great views of Dubai’s firework displays, with plenty to eat and drink.
Dhs800 (selected house beverages). 9pm-midnight. Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road (04 316 9847).

Dhs1,000+
The Californian:
Enjoy a buffet with great views.
Dhs1,200 (table for two with beverages and bottle of bubbly), Dhs2,300 (for four with two bottles of bubbly), Dhs3,450 (for six with three bottles of bubbly), Dhs4,400 (for eight with four bottles of bubbly). 7pm-midnight. Dusit Thani Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 317 4515).

Nine at The Fairmont: This outdoor rooftop lounge will offer caviar, wagyu beef foie gras and bubbly.
Dhs1,250 (includes bubbly). 9pm-1am. The Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road 04 311 8316).

Balcony Bar: Enjoy an exclusive a la carte menu with caviar, foie gras and smoked salmon as well as a variety of special cocktails, wines, spirits and champagnes.
A minimum spend of Dhs2,012 per couple is required. Shangri-La Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 405 2703).

KGrill: Seven-course dinner with entertainment from the Red Door Bank followed by fireworks at midnight from the terrace.
Dhs1,650 per couple (dinner and soft beverages), Dhs2,012 (dinner and house beverages). 8:30pm till late. Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates (04 341 0000).


Arabian Ranches, Emirates Hills, Ibn Battuta & Meydan

Dhs400-499
Palermo:
Ring in the new year at Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club.
Dhs495 (selected house beverages), Dhs595 (selected house beverages and half a bottle of bubbly). 7.30pm-2am. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club (04 361 8111).

Dhs600-699
Aquaviva:
Enjoy an international gala dinner by the pool, with a live band to entertain you throughout the evening.
Dhs695 (selected house beverages). 7pm-2am. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills (04 390 5600).

Dhs800-899
Nineteen: A special gala dinner and fireworks.
Dhs895 (selected beverages). 7pm-2am. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills (04 390 5600).

Al Bahou: Enjoy free-flowing bubbles and a buffet in the grand hall.
Dhs899 (bubbly). 7pm-3am. Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel (04 444 5613).

Dubai Festival City & Garhoud Dhs100-299
The Irish Village:
Food stations and festive specials coupled with music from everyone’s favourite The Maplejacks and DJ Marky Mark and midnight fireworks.
Dhs200 in advance (entry and food), Dhs250 at the door. Aviation Club, Garhoud (04 282 4750).

Millennium Airport Hotel: Expect a wonderful traditional countdown party with the Millennium team.
Dhs180 (soft drinks), Dhs250 (selected house beverages), Dhs300 (bubbly). 8pm-3am. Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai (04 702 8844).

Dhs400-499
Zaytoun:
Celebrate new year on the outdoor deck, with great views, a barbecue and DJ.
Dhs495 (selected house beverages). 8pm ’til late. Zaytoun at Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City (04 701 1127).

Dhs500-599
Bistro Madeleine:
Enjoy an ‘Evening in Paris’ – a Parisian-themed dinner, before counting down to 2012 at InterContinental’s Countdown Party.
Dhs595 (selected house beverages and entry to Countdown Party). 8pm ’til late. InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1127).

Dhs600-699
Anise:
Enjoy an international buffet with live cooking stations, a cheese counter and desserts to die for.
Dhs695 (selected house beverages and entry to InterContinental’s Leisure Deck Countdown Party). 8pm-late. InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1127).

Terra Firma: Have a hearty meal at the InterContinental’s newest dining hotspot, then join the Leisure Deck Countdown Party to welcome 2012.
Dhs695 (selected house beverages). 7pm-late. InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1127).

Dhs1,000+
Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire:
Feast on an indulgent dinner, before the Leisure Deck Countdown Party.
Dhs1,212 (food only) or Dhs2,012 (premium beverages). 7pm ’til late. InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1199).


Jumeirah Beach Road & The Palm Jumeirah

Dhs500-599
Ginger:
Six-course set menu at the new Ramada in Jumeirah.
Dhs599 (selected beverages). 8pm-2am. Ramada Jumeirah, Al Mina Road (04 702 7000).

Dhs800-899
Waves:
Enjoy a New Year’s Eve buffet.
Dhs850 (selected house beverages), Dhs425 (Children aged six-12). 7pm-1am. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina (04 318 1398 ext 2398).

Dhs900-999
Kaleidoscope:
Enjoy a special set menu and entertainment.
Dhs980 (selected beverages), Dhs735 (under 18s). 7.30pm’til late. Atlantis The Palm (04 426 2626).

Rostang: Enjoy a special set menu and entertainment.
Dhs980 (selected house beverages), Dhs735 (under 18s). 7.30pm ’til late. Atlantis The Palm (04 426 2626).

Saffron: Sample the set menu, with live entertainment.
Dhs980 (selected house beverages), Dhs735 (under 18s). 7.30pm ’til late. Atlantis The Palm (04 426 2626).

Dhs1,000+
Atlantis:
The ‘Under The Stars’ gala dinner will start with pre-dinner apéritifs around the Zero Entry Pool.
Dhs2,750 (selected beverages), Dhs2,065 (children aged 12 to 17). 7.30pm ’til late. Atlantis The Palm (04 426 2626).

Burj Al Arab: A bubbly reception in the world’s tallest atrium, followed by a gala dinner in either Al Falak Ballroom, Al Mahara, Al Muntaha, Al Iwan or Bab Al Yam.
Dhs7,450 (selected beverages); Dhs2,500 (children aged four to 11). 6.30pm ’til late. Burj Al Arab Hotel (04 301 7600).

Levantine: A special set menu and celebrations.
Dhs1,900 (selected beverages), Dhs1,425 (children under 18). 7.30pm ’til late. Atlantis The Palm (04 426 2626).

Nasimi Beach: Enjoy a set menu beside the beach.
Dhs1,900 (selected house beverages), Dhs1,425 (children aged 17 years and under). 7.30pm ’til late. Atlantis The Palm (04 426 2626).

Ronda Locatelli: Sample an Italian set menu with a celebratory atmosphere.
Dhs1,900 (selected house beverages), Dhs1,425 (children under 18). 7.30pm ’til late. Atlantis The Palm (04 426 2626).

Nobu: Sample Japanese cuisine and ring in the new year.
Dhs2,300 (selected house beverages). 7.30pm ’til late. Atlantis The Palm (04 426 2626).

Ossiano: Celebrate the last night of the year at this sleek Palm venue.
Dhs2,300 (selected house beverages). 7.30pm ’til late. Atlantis The Palm (04 426 2626).

Seafire: This New Year, try the meaty set menu at this award-winning Palm Jumeirah steakhouse.
Dhs1,900 (selected house beverages), Dhs1,425 (children under 18). 7.30pm ’til late. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).

West 14th: This 1920s-themed party features a great jazz band and a celebratory five-course dinner. Good times.
Dhs999 (selected house beverages), Dhs1,599 (bubbly). 7pm-3am. Oceana Beach Club, The Palm Jumeirah (04 447 7601).

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