The best Christmas Day brunches in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
CHRISTMAS DAY BRUNCH AT BUSHMAN’S RESTAURANT & BAR
Feast on the finest meats and seafood in the laidback atmosphere of Bushman’s. Exchange gifts as the Anantara choir sing festive favourites and Santa joins the fun.
INFO: Book before Dec 15 and get 25 percent off, original price Dhs325 (soft beverages), Dhs425 (house beverages), Dhs199 (children aged 6-11), Anantara The Palm, Dubai, 04 567 8312, anantara.com
REFORM SOCIAL & GRILL
Have yourself a very merry Christmas with British touches that will transport you back to the motherland. Get a big gang of people around for this one because it’s big. Feast on a four-course Christmas brunch with roast turkey with all the trimmings. Finish off with mince pies, chocolate yule log and a cheese board. There’s also a kid’s menu and a special appearance from the man in red himself!
INFO: 12pm-3pm with a 4-hour drinks package, Dhs400 (4 course brunch with unlimited soft drinks), Dhs530 (4 course brunch with hops and grape), Dhs660 (4 course brunch with bubbles), Dhs195 (kids’ Christmas menu, 8-14 years), Dhs55 (kids under 8 years), Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, Dubai, 04-454 2638, email@example.com, reformsocialgrill.ae
CHRISTMAS BRUNCH AT ST.REGIS
Swing to the festive tunes of the live band while indulging in a decadent spread at French Kitchen & Bar. Featuring traditional favourites as well as an impressive fresh seafood and oyster bar, live beef carving station and an extensive selection of gourmet desserts, it’s the perfect festive feast to enjoy with your loved ones.
INFO: Dec 25, 12.30pm-3.30pm, Dhs495 (soft beverages), Dhs595 (house beverages), Dhs695 (bubbly), children under age 12 dine at 50 percent off, kids under 4 dine for free, St. Regis Dubai, 056 662 0303
Celebrate the day with a selection of juicy roasts, a whole smoked salmon or Christmas turkey with stuffing. Little ones with a soft spot for puddings will be spoilt for choice with mincemeat tarts, Pannetone bread pudding, festive gingerbread cookies and eggnog crème brulée all on offer.
INFO: 12:30pm-3:30pm, Dhs395 per person, Dhs195 per child between 6-12 years, free dining for children up to 5 years, The Fairmont Palm Hotel and Resort, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 457 3388, Fairmont.com
SEAGRILL RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE
Fancy a dip in a temp-controlled pool on Christmas Day? Of course you do! After you have filled up on a 3-course lunch make the most of access to the venue’s private beach and four temperature-controlled pools. Instagram selfies are a must.
INFO: 10am-7pm, Dhs300 per person inclusive of pool and beach access, Dhs195 per child between 6-12 years, children up to 5 years dine for free, The Fairmont Palm Hotel and Resort, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 457 3388, Fairmont.com
CHRISTMAS DAY BRUNCH AT H HOTEL
Looking for a glamorous Christmas? Then head over the the Hollywood Brunch at Delphine Restaurant.
You’ll be treated to a full festive buffet including seafood, cold cuts, pastas, international hot dishes, salads, dessert buffet and, of course, a traditional roast with all the trimmings. A live singer will entertain while a visit from Santa will keep the kids amused. Plus, if you book two Christmas Day brunches, you’ll get a complimentary night stay for two in a Deluxe Room. Score!
INFO: 12pm – 4pm, Dhs425 (bubbly), Dhs265 (soft drinks), H Hotel, Trade Centre Area, 04 501 8230
CHRISTMAS DAY DINE AROUND BRUNCH
Why tie yourself down to one location on Christmas day? Head over to JW Marriott Hotel to experience the best of The Market Place, Bamboo Lagoon and Hofbräuhaus. You’ll be treated to live stations, carvery, turkey roast and exquisite holiday desserts. With fun games for the little ones, a visit from Santa and a choir, you’re guaranteed to feel all warm and cosy inside.
INFO: 12pm-4pm, Dhs275 per person (inclusive of soft beverages), Dhs375 per person (inclusive of house beverages), Dhs75 per child between 6-12 years, JW Marriott Hotel Dubai, Deira, 04-607 7977, marriottdiningatjw.ae
Don your stretchiest pants and prepare to load up on turkey at this three-course roast which is accompanied by half a bottle of grape.
INFO: 12pm-10pm, Dhs180 per person, happy hour from 12pm-8pm with selected grapes starting from Dhs25 per glass and Dhs100 per bottle
Enjoy traditional roast turkey at Graze, LaVille’s meaty restaurant. Choose from a variety of yummy extras such as potato gratin, roasted baby veggies, mashed cauliflower and gnocchi with creamy mushroom sauce. Remember to leave room for the dessert, aka most important part of the meal.
INFO: Dhs450 (for 2, half a turkey), Dhs750 (for 4, full turkey), 04-4403311, livelaville.com
EWAAN, PALACE DOWNTOWN
Overlooking the glittering Burj Khalifa, Palace Gardens and the vibrant poolside, this spectacular festive dinner can be enjoyed in palatial splendour with friends and family. A yummy buffet featuring traditional roasts, pies, pastries and more, complemented by exquisite beverages, will make it a celebration to remember.
INFO: 7pm-12am, Dhs295 (soft beverages), Dhs395 (house beverages), 50 percent discount for children aged 6 to 12, children aged 5 and below dine for free, 04 888 3444, addresshotels.com
JOLLY FESTIVE BRUNCH AT THE RESTAURANT, ADDRESS BOULEVARD
Step into The Restaurant at Address Boulevard on the most joyous day of the season to feast on a delectable buffet featuring international and traditional delicacies. Enjoy your meal in the main dining area or on the outdoor terrace looking towards Burj Khalifa. A lively festive ambience and tunes of a live band will complete the experience.
INFO: 1pm-4pm, Dhs325 (soft beverages), Dhs425 (house beverages), Dhs525 (bubbly), 04 888 3444, addresshotels.com
FESTIVE CHRISTMAS DINNER AT ADDRESS MONTGOMERIE
Indulge in the sumptuous festive à la carte menu at Nineteen where you’ll enjoy traditional festive dishes, accompanied by views of the stunning greens.
INFO: 7pm-11pm, 04 8883444, themontgomerie.com
FESTIVE DAY BRUNCH AT DUBAI POLO & EQUESTRIAN CLUB
Spread the cheer of the festive season with friends and family over a long and leisurely brunch at Palermo. Kiddies will be kept entertained with activities such as pony rides, bouncy castle and much more. Surrounded by all your favourite people and immersed in the glow of our warming atmosphere, it is the perfect way to celebrate this glorious festive day.
INFO: 1pm-4pm, Dhs375 (soft beverages), Dhs475 (house beverages), 04-3618111, poloclubdubai.com
IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME
Pull yourself a cracker and make sure everyone is wearing the paper hats, because Christmas at Al Bahou is a traditional and fun affair. Savour all the festive favourites, including traditional turkey with all the trimmings (brussel sprouts are optional, thank goodness) Not a turkey lover? There will be a variety of delicious meats on offer, including roast beef and leg of lamb.
INFO: Dec 25, 12.30pm-4pm, Dhs99 for kids aged 3 to 6, Dhs225 for kids aged 7 to 12, Dhs449 (soft beverages), Dhs599 (house beverages), Dhs799 (bubbly), 04 444 5613, movenpick.com
FESTIVE BRUNCH AT DUBAI OPERA
Enjoy a sophisticated festive day at Sean Connolly, the contemporary brasserie at Dubai Opera. Perfectly positioned within Downtown Dubai’s hub of culture, this classy venue will serve a four-course set menu featuring succulent meats and fresh seafood.
INFO: 12pm-10:30pm, Dhs450 per person (12 years and above), 04-4408888, dubaiopera.com
FESTIVE DAY PICNIC AT VIDA DOWNTOWN
Take your festivities outdoors with an Urban Picnic in the heart of Downtown Dubai. Pick up a picnic basket and fill it with goodies from a family-style buffet of delicious festive fare, before relaxing at your grass-covered picnic table or outside by the pool.
INFO: 1pm-5pm, Dhs295 (soft beverages), Dhs345 (house beverages), 3-in-1, Vida Downtown, 04-8883444, vida-hotels.com
NUTCRACKER CHRISTMAS BRUNCH AT CROWNE PLAZA
Enjoy the ultimate Christmas Day brunch in the renowned Jumeirah Ballroom with an array of seasonal favourites from roast turkey to salmon Wellington, lobster, king crab and tiger shrimps and a host of festive puddings. Keep the kids entertained with everything from a bouncy castle to face painting, play stations, movies and a visit from Santa. What more can you ask for?
INFO: 1pm-4pm, Dhs299 (soft beverages), Dhs399 (selected grape and hops), Dhs499 (bubbly). Early bird offer of 20 percent off if booked before Dec 10, children under 6 eat for free; children 7-12 receive a 50 percent discount, 04-3311111, ihg.com