Celebrate Burns Night in Dubai

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We are getting ready to party likes it’s 2014, Burns Night, Australia Day and also the Chinese Year of the Horse.

Perhaps you’re currently flagging after the festive blow out? Or perhaps you’re feeling a little lost with the lack of celebrations to look forward to after the advent build-up. Good news then, because we have several impending cultural celebrations up our sleeve for you, starting next week. First up is Burns Night, taking place on Saturday January 25. This Scottish national day honours the country’s most famous poet Robert Burns. And in the poet’s honour, new British eatery Reform Social & Grill, located in the Lakes Club. will be introducing, for one night only a selection of Scottish-inspired recipes, which will appear as blackboard specials.

The following day, on Sunday January 26, the Aussies are at it too, celebrating Australia Day. Urban Bistro in Dubai Media City will be getting into the spirit of things by serving a ‘Down Under’ inspired menu that day. Priced at Dhs89, the three-course menu available for both lunch and dinner will feature dishes such as barbecue chicken salad, slow-braised Australian lamb shank with purple potatoes, root vegetables and thyme jus and Lamington cake with vanilla ice-cream for dessert. Just before, you can also join in one of the Australian-themed brunches taking place on Friday January 24 at venues such as the Sheraton Mall of the Emirates, and also at Yalumba. Yalumba will be hosting an Australian barbecue on the day, teamed with Australian grape, bubbly and there’ll be a DJ on hand, too. And then there’s Chinese New Year. Among other Dubai venues planning a party for the Year of the Horse, Atlantis The Palm is going all out this year, with Yuan, Saffron and Asia Republic, between January 30 and February 7.

Yuan will be serving a special à la carte menu, as well as a themed lunch on January 31, while Saffron and Asia Republic will be offering guests a traditional ‘humbao’ gift. Kaleidoscope and Saffron will also be serving congee, tea eggs and vegetable pickles as part of the usual breakfast menu. The party schedule will feature a fireworks display on Thursday January 30 and performances of traditional lion dances, taking place throughout the hotel for three days.

Hakkasan’s Chinese New Year offering is a five-course menu at Dhs488 per couple available for lunch and dinner from January 26 through to February 7. Including a themed mixed drink, the special sharing menu features pipa duck, abalone soup, seabass and a trio of desserts, taking inspiration from both Asian and European recipes.

Meanwhile, Blue Jade at the Ritz-Carlton JBR is celebrating all month. During January, the restaurant is hosting a daily dim sum happy hour, a Chinese-inspired, four-course set menu, a drinks reception on January 22, a Chinese cooking class on January 24 and a four-course dinner special running January 23-25. Phew!

Until next week, bon appétit!

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