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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 20 November 2018

A guide to the UAE's festive and Christmas menus 2017

We put together a list of the seasonal fare on offer from some of the best dining spots in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

Festive feast at the Address Boulevard
Festive feast at the Address Boulevard

Le Petite Maison Dubai and Abu Dhabi

What: Le Petite Maison will feature a special festive menu throughout December. Guests will experience dishes inspired by the réveillon, a feast traditionally marked by sharing food with loved ones. The menu features festive dishes cooked "á la minute”, such as truffles, foie gras, oysters, caviar and whole black leg chicken. The dessert menu features 13 creations and they will also be serving the popular cheese, Mont d’Or

When: Available throughout December. Lunch: Noon to 3pm (Dubai 3.30pm) ; Dinner 7pm to 11pm (Dubai 11.30pm).

Where: Abu Dhabi: The Galleria, Al Maryah Island; Dubai: Gate Village, Dubai International Financial City For Abu Dhabi reservations, call 026929600 or email info@lpmabudhabi.ae. For Dubai. call 04439 0505 or email info@lpmdubai.ae

DUBAI

The Address Boulevard

Jingle Bells Afternoon Tea

What: Attend an afternoon tea in The Lounge to sample a selection of festive sweets and canapés presented uniquely in a small white chest of drawers. You will be welcomed with a seasonal drink, and can then choose between tea and coffee.

When: December 6 to 26; 3pm to 6pm

Price: Dh170 per person; Dh240 per person including a glass of bubbly

Where: Address Boulevard, Dubai. For reservations call 04 888 3444, email dine@emaar.com or visit www.myfestivedubai.com

Season’s Sparkle Dinner

Enjoy a Christmas Eve dinner in the elegant setting of The Restaurant at Address. A five-course set menu will be served to your table, which includes a variety of fine plated dishes from beef tartare to poached guinea fowl breast.

When: December 24, 2017; 7pm onwards

Price: Dh450 per person including soft beverages; Dh695 including house beverage pairing; Dh224 for Children (6 to 12 years); free for children who are 5 and below

Time: 7pm onwards

Where: The Restaurant at Address Boulevard, Dubai. For reservations call 04 888 3444, email dine@emaar.com or visit www.myfestivedubai.com

Jolly Festive Brunch

A three-course set menu, which includes a selection of dishes such as Scottish smoked salmon and slow roasted rack of lamb. Desserts will be available at the interactive counter featuring festive sweets from yule logs to stollen cake. Additionally, a 5kg panettone will be going around in a trolley and served to each table.

When: December 25, 2017; 1pm until 4pm

Price: Dh325 per person including soft beverages; Dh425 including house beverages; and Dh525 including bubby.

Where: The Restaurant at Address Boulevard, Dubai. For reservations call 04 888 3444, email dine@emaar.com or visit www.myfestivedubai.com

Jolly Boxing Brunch

A three-course set menu that includes a variety of festive dishes from winter squash gratin to guinea fowl roulade served to your table, while desserts can be picked from the interactive counter. A band will also be playing to keep the season’s mood going.

Date: December 26; 1pm until 4pm

Price: Dh325 per person including soft beverages; Dh425 including house beverages; and Dh525 including bubby

Where: The Restaurant at Address Boulevard, Dubai. For reservations call 04 888 3444, email dine@emaar.com or visit www.myfestivedubai.com

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Courtesy Raffles
Courtesy Raffles

Raffles Christmas Eve Dinner

What: Celebrate Christmas European style – the night before with a feast at Azur. A variety of live carvery and grill stations will be offering cuts of meat and fresh fish including slow-roasted goose, classic beef Wellington, traditional turkey and salmon en croute. A selection of gourmet favourites including home-cured gravadlax salmon, freshly shucked oysters, a vast cheese stall and an incredible array of cakes and desserts will also be on available.

When: December 24; 7pm to midnight

Prices: Dh345 per person, inclusive of soft drinks; Dh545, inclusive of house beverages. To reserve, call 04 324 8888, email dining.dubai@raffles.com or visit raffles.com/Dubai

Where: Raffles Hotel, Wafi, Dubai

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Christmas Day at Bleu Blanc

What: Chef David Myers’ team will prepare a festive brunch complete with the traditional French chapon (rooster), along with other Bleu Blanc festive delicacies. There will also be a professional mixologist on hand to make you customised drinks.

When: December 25; 12pm to 4pm

Price: Dh499 per person with grape, hops and house pours.

Where: Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai; Visit http://bleublanc-dubai.com/ to make your reservation

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Exotic treats at Armani Ristorante

What: Chef Alessandro Salvatico will create a pair of seasonal six-course bespoke degustation menus. Festive headliners include a Parmesan and truffle crème brûlée, glazed spiced veal cheek, grilled Angus beef tagliata, a black truffle gratin or turbot, and symbolic seasonal take on the signature Sfera dessert.

When: December 24 and 25; 6pm to 11pm

Price: Dh550 per person, inclusive of soft beverages. To reserve, call 048883666 or visit www.armanihoteldubai.com

Where: Armani Hotel Dubai

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Amal, Burj Khalifa

What: The Indian restaurant's festive four-course tasting menus were designed to be shared. Savour tradition with an Indian twist on turkey roulade and watercress shorba, or travel the country with Chettinad-spiced seared scallops, Rajasthani-style slow-braised lamb and masala-scented stuffed Spanish peppers.

When: December 24 and 25; 7pm to 11pm

Price: Dh450 per person inclusive of soft beverages

Where: Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard

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Courtesy Palazzo Versace
Courtesy Palazzo Versace

Versace's Christmas Day Brunch with Santa

What: Take your brunch in a fashion-inspired venue with a jungle theme. The brunch includes a choice of international favourites, including a turkey with all the trimmings.

When: December 25; 1pm to 4pm

Price: Dh350 per person, including soft beverages; Dh550 person with selected house beverages; Dh690 per person for the sparkling package. A group of 10 or more adults enjoy 15 per cent off on the total bill.

Where: Palazzo Versace, Culture Village

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Fork & Cork Christmas Day Brunch at Anantara Dubai

What: A brunch at Crescendo featuring international cuisine including a traditional Christmas feast of turkey with all the trimmings, live entertainment and a visit from Santa.

When: December 25

Price: Dh445 per person, including soft beverages; Dh655 per person, including house beverages and sparkling wine.

Where: Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort. Call 04 567 8310 or email crescendo.dubai@anantara.com

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Sheraton Christmas Brunch

What: A roast topped with all the trimmings, including beef Wellington and yule logs.

When: December 25; 1pm to 4pm

Price: Dh395 for the soft drinks package, Dh545 for the house drinks package; and Dh695 for the sparkling package. Children between 7 and 11 will get 50 per cent off on the soft drinks package; kids under 6 dine for free.

Where: Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road. To make a reservation, call 04 503 4444

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Courtesy Lapita
Courtesy Lapita

Christmas Day brunch at Lapita

What: Head to Kalea restaurant for a Christmas day brunch extravaganza with a unique island-themed ambience. The festive buffet will offer Christmas staples including a turkey-carving station and a dessert spread featuring homemade basler läckerli, mince pies, baked stuffed apples and vanillekipferl. Other delicacies include homemade pâté and rillettes, freshly shucked oysters and live Polynesian poisson cru and grill stations. The brunch will also feature live entertainment, a dedicated buffet for kids – including a live s’mores station – and a visit from Father Christmas.

When: December 25; 1pm to 5pm

Price: The soft beverage package is Dh295; and the house beverage package is Dh395.

Where: Lapita hotel, Dubai Parks and Resorts.To make reservations, call 04 810 9421, access experiencelapita.com or email lapita.restaurantreservations@autographhotels.com

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Iris

What: Iris has a Christmas Indie-themed menu throughout December with special live carving sessions taking place from December 20 to 25. Choose between traditional turkey, stuffed and served with cranberry sauce, and slow roasted beef tenderloin and pepper sauce on the sharing menu.

When: Throughout December. Special carving sessions to take place From December 20 to 25th.

Price: Dh299 per person

Where: Iris, Yas Marina. Call 055 160 5636 or email reservations@irisabudhabi.com

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ABU DHABI

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Courtesy St. Regis
Courtesy St. Regis

Oléa Christmas Day Brunch

What: This brunch features live cooking stations like the Mongolian barbecue, and tandoori ovens, the Italian pentolo and carving stations, a large seafood corner, a cheese room, and a large spread of desserts.

When: December 25; 1pm to 4pm

Price: Packages start at Dh500

Where: The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. To make a reservation, call 02 498 8888 or email reservations.saadiyat@stregis.com

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Courtesy The Hilton
Courtesy The Hilton

Hilton pre-Christmas Festive Turkey Menu

What: For those who cannot wait for Christmas Day, head to the Hilton for a full turkey dinner at Hemmingway's or Vasco's.

Price: Vasco's prices start at Dh90 while Hemmingway's starts at Dh60

When: 11-23 December 11 to 23

Where: Hilton Abu Dhabi. For reservations, call 02 681 1900 or email abudhabi.info@hilton.com

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Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri's festive offerings

Bord Eau's French Christmas

What: Guests can enjoy a carefully-crafted five-course menu featuring classic French recipes prepared with a contemporary twist, including festive savouries upon arrival and appetisers to share, followed by a beef broth with winter roots. The set menu includes slow-cooked Poularde de Bresse and oven-baked organic turkey breast, along with an incredible selection of desserts. Those looking for something traditional with a French twist can opt for the four-course duck menu including duck rillette to grilled foie gras and oven-roasted duck breast.

Price: Five-course set menu: Dh450, four-course duck degustation menu: Dh390, additional grape pairing Dh300

When: December 24 and December 25; 6.30pm to 11.30pm. For reservations call 02 509 8555 or email restaurantreservations.slad@shangri-la.com

Where: Bord Eau (Level 3), Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi

Hoi An

This four-course menu offers Christmas food with an Asian twist. It features a trio of crab starter followed by a sea cucumber soup. Grilled sea bass fillet and the five-spice braised duck are the choices of mains on the festive menu which is completed with the popular Vietnamese dessert of grilled sticky rice banana served in coconut milk

Price: Dh258 (Additional Soft Beverages AED 60, Additional House Beverage Package: Dh120)

When: December 24 and December 25; 6.30pm to 11.30pm. For reservations call 02 509 8555 or email restaurantreservations.slad@shangri-la.com

Where: Hoi An (Level 1), Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi