As the festive season kicks off with tinkling bells and the aroma of ginger bread cookies, nothing seems like a better idea than a family gathering with a crackling fire and a feast that tastes of Christmas cheer. Don’t know where to dine out during the festive season? Vogue Arabia rounds up some of the best festive meals on offer within Dubai right now. These special culinary events are worth gathering with friends and family for as we make our way towards the new year.
Christmas by the Beach at Piatti by the Beach, Raffles The Palm Dubai
Instead of going down the white Christmas route, why not celebrate the festive season with a twist? Piatti by the Beach brings Christmas to the seaside with a special beach bash from 1pm to 5pm on December 25.
AED 540 for a meal with soft beverages, AED 920 with bubbles.
Christmas Day Brunch at Le Jardin, Raffles The Palm Dubai
Set in a classical Italian ambience that gives the impression of a terrace overlooking a garden in a French palace, Raffles The Palm Dubai offers a spread of festive treats, along with a raw sushi bar and seafood on ice at Le Jardin as part of its Christmas Day brunch. Hosted on December 25 from 12:30pm to 3 pm, the restaurant will bring prime cuts, an international cheese selection, and festive desserts forward in a theatrical experience accompanied by live entertainment and a magic show.
The theatrical experience is priced at AED 625 for food only, AED 795 including soft and house beverages per person, and AED 297.50 for children aged 6-12. Children under the age of six eat free.
Koko Bay, West Beach Palm Jumeirah
Running along the coast of the West Beach in the heart of Palm Jumeirah, Koko Bay will transform its tropical beachside experience into a cozy treat along the glittering ocean with its lineup of Christmas Day festivities. Hosted on December 25 from 12pm onwards, the special brunch will include scrumptious picks including foie gras mousse on choux buns with fig-ruby port chutney, simmered shrimp cocktails and turkey Caesar baby gem cups. The menu will also offer festive maki rolls—think Scottish smoked salmon and crispy organic quinoa with asparagus—and a main course of roast turkey breast with maple-glazed Brussels sprouts drizzled with homemade cranberry sauce.
Flow Kitchen, Fairmont The Palm
Ofering a stunning panoramic view of Dubai Marina, Flow Kitchen is celebrating Christmas this year with a festive brunch, bringing holiday specialities like turkey trimmings and traditional roasts, along with festive desserts to the table. In the midst of its high energy live entertainment, Santa is expected to drop a surprise visit as part of the kids activities hosted at the Falcons Kids’ Club.
Prices start from AED 595 inclusive of soft beverages, and AED 695 inclusive of house hops, grapes, and spirits.
Great British Restaurant, Dukes The Palm Jumeirah
Bringing together timeless British signatures, the Great British Restaurant is celebrating Christmas with an international cuisine ranging from British roasts to flavorful Indian signature dishes. Brimming with Christmas joy, a live duo band will also be seen livening up the celebration. AED 295 per person inclusive of soft beverages, AED 395 per person inclusive of house hops and grapes, AED 495 per person inclusive of house hops, grapes and bubbles.
Olea Restaurant, Christmas Eve and Brunch, Kempinski Mall of the Emirates
Celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas morning with a dinner and brunch buffet by Olea Restaurant, which is celebrating Christmas with a three-piece live band and a visit from Santa for the kids. December 24 and 25 at the restaurant will witness a spread of holiday specials like turkey, roasted beef carvings, and a winter wonderland-inspired pastry counter.
AED 550 inclusive of soft drinks and spirits, and AED 250 for children ages 6-12 years.
Rumba Cuban Bar & Kitchen, The Palm Jumeirah
Indulge in a traveling buffet from Cuba this year via Rumba Cuban Bar and Kitchen’s Christmas Package. December 24 and 25 will have the restaurant lighting up with upbeat entertainment and a traditional Cuban set menu of croquetas de camaron y croquetas de papa, ceviche mixto, guacamole tradicional, smoked turkey with Rumba cranberry sauce, beef brisket with peach-pineapple barbeque, and much more. In an abundance of South American flavors, you can also expect to be treated to desserts like nougatine syrup, coconut flan, and Piña Colada ice-cream.
Isola, Jumeirah Islands Clubhouse
Add an Italian twist to Christmas 2021 at Isola’s Christmas brunch on December 24 and 25, hosted on an open-air terrace with a laidback ambience. Guests can enjoy a live cooking station of holiday roasts, oysters, and desserts, and a four-course menu of antipasti, primi, signature secondi and desserts.
AED 295 per person, and AED 150 for kids ages 4-14.
Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen Dubai, Caesars Palace Dubai
Celebrate Christmas Day at Gordon Ramsay’s famed Hell’s Kitchen from 6.30pm to 11pm with Gordon’s signature four-course holiday menu, starting with a choice of beetroot cured salmon, pan seared scallops or apple, cranberry, walnut and kale salad. Along with the festive tunes of a live band, diners can enjoy lobster risotto followed by the mains, a selection of wellingtons.
AED 495 per person for a four-course Gordon signature festive set menu, AED 695 per person for a four-course Gordon signature festive set menu with grape pairing for each course.
Cleo’s Table, Caesars Palace Dubai
Nothing beats a unique Christmas Eve dinner, other than an Almafi Coast-inspired open-air dining experience with Cleo9’s Table, which brings together a four-course menu of Italian classics, with a festive beverage in hand upon arrival. Starting with a trout crudo, leading into Fregola Sarda lobster, and roast turkey as a main course, guests can enjoy a lively evening with seasonal music in a cozy setting.
AED 495 per person including a four-course menu and a festive beverage.