Eat, drink and be merry without having to live like the Crachits in January. We’ve tracked down 10 Christmas Day dinners for AED 250 or less.
Words by Ipshita Sharma
Does an organic feast of Latino-inspired eats make you happier than an elf on Boxing Day? Tribeca’s chef Sergio has whipped up such a feast. Festive fancy dress is positively encouraged, so expect to see a dancefloor full of Christmas sweaters, reindeer antlers and Santa hats. Parking is complimentary, so bring an extra gift for your designated driver.
12.30pm-4.30pm. Packages from AED 249 with soft drinks. Bookings can be made at email@example.com or 050 345 6067. JA Ocean View Hotel.
This gorgeous café in the Ritz Carlton features an international buffet with European, Asian, Middle Eastern and Indian influences for Christmas Day that’ll leave you with change from AED 100.
Packages begin from AED 95. 04 372 2323. The Ritz-Carlton Dubai International Financial Centre, Gate Village, DIFC. 12pm-3pm.
Celebrate the season with some yummy Greek food that includes all the dishes you know and love. The festive offers are available all month long, including Christmas Day, so you can eat, drink and be merry.
Starters with dessert and shisha for AED 99; starters with dessert and open house beverages for AED 180; starter, main course and open house beverage for AED 260. 04 293 3000. Century Village, Al Garhoud. 11am-12am.
The Noodle House
Popular for its fast and fresh Asian food, The Noodle House’s team have stepped up for the season and created a three-course festive menu inspired by Filipino cuisine. Available all day at its five branches around Dubai for only AED 150 per person and if kare kare is on, we’re in!
Until 26th December. Branches around Dubai. www.thenoodlehouse.com
The Duck Hook
This quirky new British restaurant offers up great views of Dubai Hills golf estates and the Downtown skyline.
On the table is duck pâté terrine and Atlantic prawn cocktail, while mains include roast butterball turkey with all the trimmings, beer-battered fish & chips and vegan burgers. Room for dessert? There’s pineapple cake, chocolate fudge Arctic roll and traditional fudge pudding, plus festive entertainment all day.
Two-course festive menu for AED 150 AED and three courses for AED 195. Dubai Hills Golf Club, Dubai Hills. 800 666 353.
Soho Bar & Grill
Get your festive meat fix with ribs and roast. Soho Grill specialises in hearty meat dishes and while they haven’t specified what’s on their festive menu, it’s sure to be a treat for carnivores.
Deals are for a minimum of six people and start from AED 169 with unlimited soft drinks, or get sharing starers and house drinks for AED 199 per person.
04 286 8520. Century Village, Al Garhoud. 12pm-1am.
Couqley French Bistro & Bar
Give Christmas a French flavour with steak frites and escargots. There’s turkey, as well as special salmon gravlax for Christmas at this JLT venue. Special prices for grape add the special je ne sais pas to this deal.
Couqley’s two-course festive set menu is available until the end of January (excluding 31st December).
AED 189 – add AED 21 for a glass of grape and AED 99 for a bottle. Cluster A JLT. 04 514 9339. 12pm-12am.
Stick to soft drinks and a feast of Italian flavours is yours for only AED 195. Segreto’s Christmas Day brunch lets you choose from starters, pasta, mains and desserts. With Caprese salad, arancini, stuffed turkey breast and proper Italian desserts on the menu, you’ll no doubt have a molto buono afternoon.
AED 195 for four courses, including soft beverages. 12-4pm. Madinat Jumeirah. More details on www.festivefunderland.com. 04 432 3232.
There is also a great option for those who want to end the year in true Middle Eastern style. This fantastic Lebanese restaurant has a four-course set festive menu including mezzeh, kebabs, kofta, shish taouk and more, all complemented with delectable Lebanese desserts.
AED 210 per person for a four-course menu. 12pm-3pm. 04 432 3232. Ground Level, Right Wing, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah. Also available at Emirates Towers location, DWTC area.
Liwan Play House Brunch
This family-friendly brunch gets a seasonal make-over, with themed dishes and a host of festive touches, including presents for the little ones. Santa, gingerbread and a traditional carvery with all the trimmings are sure to delight.
12.30pm-4pm. AED 215 for adults, children aged 6-12 pay half and under fives dine for free. 04 293 3000. Swissôtel Al Ghurair, Omar Bin Al Khattab Road, Al Rigga Road, Al Rigg
Perry & Blackwelder’s
Tuck into a two-course dinner that features turkey delicacies, BBQ meat loaf, Cajun spiced blackened salmon and stuffed bell peppers. All come served with traditional sides and afterwards there’s dessert and mince pies.
At AED 250 including a selected mocktail, it’s a Perry good deal from the American smokehouse.
Grand Millennium Barsha Heights
A grand buffet of international dishes, cinema for little ones, singer with a penchant for the festive and a visit by the man in red and white should make for a spectacular Christmas afternoon at The Atrium – December 25
From 12.30pm to 4pm. AED 195 with soft beverages and AED249 with three hours of free flowing house beverages. Kids below 12 years get 50 per cent discount. Barsha Heights. 04 423 4170.