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Sally's Top Eateries in Dubai for Christmas and New Year's

Posted on 23 December 2017

by Sally Saeed

Guest Writer/ Food Blogger

@dinewithsally

 

Are you in Dubai this Christmas or New Year? Here are Sally's top eateries to spend the holidays in:

1) Gaucho 

One of my favorite eateries in the DIFC that has the best Argentinian meat would be Gaucho Dubai.

MAS BRUNCH Timings and Prices:

DECEMBER 24TH 6.00 - 11.30 PM 
DECEMBER 25TH 12.00 - 6.00 PM 
DECEMBER 26TH 12.00 - 11.30 PM

RUDOLPH THE REINDEER - AED 420* including soft drinks
SANTA CLAUS - AED 495* including soft drinks, selected house beverages
JINGLE BELLS - AED 595* including sparkling wine & selected house beverages
SNOWFLAKE - AED 695* including Laurent Perrier & selected house beverages.

Dress Code: Smart Casual

 

2) SHO CHO

One of the old and gold restaurants in Dubai that will surely have an outdoor celebration over looking Burj Khalifa on New Year's Eve.  

 

Savor on some of the finest contemporary Japanese cuisine in-town with Sho Cho’s delectable rock shrimp with creamy chili garlic sauce, marinated black cod with den miso sauce, a delicious selection of maki rolls and exotic desserts that will keep you coming back for more! Filled with the season’s festive merriment, Sho Cho Dubai is the perfect venue to celebrate with loved ones whilst sipping on some bubbly as the clock strikes 12. With an 80’s inspired theme and lively beats of DJ Monoi alongside unlimited house beverages, our guests are guaranteed to be dancing their way into the New Year in-style.

New Year’s Eve with Sho Cho (Food & Drinks)

When31st December 2017
Time: 9 p.m. - 3 a.m.

Package:

Starters – Edamame, prawn spring rolls, seared salmon with ponzu, vegetable gyoza

Main Course – rock shrimp with creamy chilli garlic sauce, marinated black cod with den miso sauce, beef tataki with sesame mustard

Maki selection – soft shell crab, salmon and avocado, California, spicy tuna, vegetable

Desserts – exotic fruits selection, yuzu cheesecake

Open bar, with a glass of bubbly

Price: AED 950

New Year’s Eve with Sho Cho (Drinks)

When: 31st December 2017
Time: 11 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Package: Open bar, with a glass of bubbly
Price: AED 550

 

3) Habtoor City

A must if you've never been.

I highly recommend visiting The Westin. 

Menu Festivo 

A Festive Season at Il Capo

Italians know their food, and they know it well. This holiday season, bring your loved ones and experience an authentic meal in a charming festive atmosphere at Il Capo. Entice your taste-buds over an intimate candlelit dinner, while enjoying the sounds of traditional carols and the best of swing music.

Date & Time: 1-31 December7pm onwards
Price: AED 300, includes a delectable set menu, tea, coffee and soft beverages

 

Natale Fra Amici 

Festive Celebrations with friends

Inspired by traditional festive delicacies from across Italy, Il Capo invites guests to indulge in a decadent festive treat paired with the finest selection of premium grape. With live carols and melodious tunes of the grand piano, experience the magic and splendor of the festive season in Italy at The Westin’s leading dining destination.

Date & Time: 25 December, 7pm onwards

Price: 

AED 399, includes a 3-course festive menu & soft beverages
AED 599, includes a 3-course festive menu, soft beverages, house cocktails, grape and bubbly

 

Il Capodanno 

New Year’s Eve, the Italian way

Prepare for an extravagant New Year’s Eve celebration, featuring all the glitz and glam of a 20’s inspired party. Swing to the upbeat tunes of the live band, while enjoying stunning views of the exquisite Dubai Canal as it lights up in celebration of the New Year.

Date & Time: 31 December, 8:30pm-1am

Price: 

AED 550, includes a decadent set menu and soft beverages
AED 699, includes a decadent set menu, soft beverages and house beverages
AED 799, includes a decadent set menu, soft beverages, house beverages and bubbly

 

IL Capo

Location: Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road,

PO Box 124405, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Telephone: 04 437 3333
Email: Ilcapo.dubai@westin.com 
Opening times:  Sunday – Tuesday from 7pm-Midnight; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5:30pm – Midnight 

 

4) If you feel like celebrating in Style and feeling some European vibes with trendy people and good food, then Chiringuito Ibiza – Dubai is a must

 

Santa Clause will be there on the 23rd or 26th December.

With dishes including traditional Turkey and all the trimmings, Chiringuito’s award-winning Paella, Christmas pudding, crackers, and plenty of Dad jokes – we guarantee memories a plenty in Dubai’s most Instagram worthy venue.

From our family to yours we wish you a Very Merry Christmas x

Reservation No: 054 449 6464 or 04 277 9180
Reservations@elchiringuito-Dubai.com 

December 23rd Brunch packages and prices -

AED495 including food, beer & wine
AED595 including food, premium bar
AED695 including food, premium bar & bubbles

December 26th Brunch packages and prices -

AED450 including food, beer & wine
AED550 including food, premium bar
AED650 including food, premium bar & bubbles

 

5) St. Regis

One of the classic prestigious hotels in Dubai is having a great festive calendar that you have to check out.

For kids, the winter garden is a great option:

Winter Garden Market

Till the 26th December 2017 
Time: 5pm - 11pm from Sunday-Thursday/ 3pm - 11pm on Friday & Saturday 
Venue: The St. Regis Dubai Garden 
Price: Complimentary entry for all; themed activities for children (food and beverage offerings will be charged separately)

For more information, please call +971 4 435 555 77 or email ahc.dining@starwoodhotels.com 

 

Located in Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road
PO Box 124405, Dubai
United Arab Emirates
For Bookings: +971 4 435 555 77

 

A Joyful Christmas Eve

J&G Steakhouse

From 7-24 December, unwrap the festivities with an unforgettable lavish festive themed menu filled with traditional holiday favorites, at the award-winning dining destination, J&G Steakhouse.  

Date: 7-24 December 2017
Time: 6:30pm-12am
Price: AED 370, includes a four-course set menu

*Children under age 12 are not permitted

BQ – French Kitchen & Bar 

Spread the cheer this Christmas Eve at the stunning BQ – French Kitchen & Bar. Bring your loved ones and relish the best of French cuisine with an extravagant festive menu. There’s no better venue to indulge your holiday cravings.

Date: 7-24 December 2017
Time: 6:30pm-12am

BQ – French Kitchen & Bar: AED 260, includes a four-course set menu

*Children under 12 years of age enjoy 50% off and children under 4 dine with our compliments 

 

Christmas Brunch at BQ – French Kitchen & Bar

Introducing a holiday-themed brunch, guests are invited to swing to the festive tunes of the live band while indulging in a decadent spread. Featuring traditional favorites as well as an impressive fresh seafood and oyster bar, live beef carving station and an extensive selection of gourmet desserts, BQ – French Kitchen & Bar makes for the perfect festive feast with your loved ones.

Date: 25 December 2017

Time: 12:30pm -3:30pm

Venue: BQ – French Kitchen & Bar

Price: 

AED 495, includes a delectable buffet and soft beverages
AED 595, includes a delectable buffet, soft beverages and house beverages
AED 695, includes a delectable buffet, soft beverages, house beverages and bubbly

*Children under 12 years of age enjoy 50% off and children under 4 dine with our compliments

 

An Exuberant New Year’s Eve Celebration

J&G Steakhouse

Ring in the New Year at The St. Regis Dubai’s signature J&G Steakhouse with an extravagant celebration, inspired by the roaring 20’s. Start the evening at the Champagne Lounge, before embarking on your dining experience. The four-course menu offers the most succulent cuts of prime meat, paired with signature appetizers and desserts that caters to every palette, making it the perfect New Year’s Eve experience.

Date: 31 December 2017
Time: 7:30pm-2am
Price: AED 695, includes a four-course set menu and a glass of bubbly upon arrival

*Additional beverage packages can be purchased for AED 250, offering free flowing house spirits from 8-11pm

BQ – French Kitchen & Bar 

A memorable celebration inspired by the roaring 20’s, BQ – French Kitchen & Bar unveils a grand New Year’s Eve experience with just the right amount of glitz and glamour. The evening begins with a glass of bubbly at the stunning Champagne lounge, followed by a lavish buffet spread at the award-winning culinary destination. Bring your loved ones and prepare for the most exciting countdown, while enjoying the tunes of the live entertainment.

Date: 31 December 2017
Time: 7:30pm-2am
Price: AED 595, includes a lavish buffet and a glass of bubbly upon arrival

*Additional packages can be purchased for AED 250, offering free flowing house spirits from 8-11pm

 

Welcome 2018 at BQ – French Kitchen & Bar

What better way to start the New Year than an extravagant culinary brunch feast at the elegant BQ – French Kitchen & Bar. Experience a medley of flavours, highlighted by the impressive fresh oyster and salmon bar, a live carving station that flaunts a premium slow-cooked cut of meat, and a dessert wonderland with the most extensive selection of sweet treats.

Date: 1 January 2018

Time: 12:30pm - 3:30pm

Price:

AED 350, includes a delectable buffet and soft beverages
AED 550, includes a delectable buffet, soft beverages and house beverages
AED 650, includes a delectable buffet, soft beverages, house beverages and bubbly

For bookings, please call +971 4 435 555 77 or email ahc.dining@starwoodhotels.com 

 

The Festive Glow at Iridium Spa

The perfect holiday retreat, Iridium Spa introduces the ‘Cinnamon & Spice’ indulgence, a 90-minute bespoke experience designed to trigger your senses, leaving you feeling revived, rejuvenated and pampered.

Date: 15 November – 31 December 2017

 

6. Sofitel The Palm

Looking for the perfect relaxing calming retreat away from the busy city? Head to Sofitel The Palm as they have come up with the perfect packages to suite your mood, amazing energy and the weather is just perfect to celebrate the month outdoors/indoors.

Christmas Eve at Vibe

When: 24th December 2017
Price: AED250* per person including mocktails, juices and soft drinks
Time: 7pm to 12am

 

Christmas Day Brunch at Vibe

Guests are invited to celebrate the special day with loved ones at the Vibe Christmas brunch. Enjoy toothsome dishes made with love at the specialist BBQ to share the spirit of the festive season. The Detox Bar will serve up a variety of healthy and nourishing salads to start the day the right way. Following this, with dishes from the Middle to the Far East, guests can devour shish taouk, rosemary lamb cutlets and lemon and garlic prawns, with sides including fresh vegetables and jacket potatoes.

8 Those looking for traditional fare can head to the carving station and opt for a traditional Christmas turkey with all the trimmings. Fresh bread and creative desserts will be served from the bakery and kids can enjoy a special menu just for them. 

When: 25th December 2017
Price: AED 250 per person including mocktails, juices and soft drinks
Time: 12pm – 4pm

 

Christmas Day Dinner at Vibe

To keep the Christmas spirit in the air, there will be a special dinner to crown the evening. Guests can help themselves to a plate of festive appetizers, along with dishes from the carving stage or the bakery, and specialist creations from the Chef including red snapper with zucchini flower and roast quail veronique style. Diners with a sweet tooth can treat themselves to a variety of desserts. In keeping with the Christmas spirit expect traditional stockings, hats and crackers for all the family to enjoy.

When: 25th December 2017
Price: AED165 per person including mocktails, juices and soft drinks
Time: 7pm – 12am

 

New Year’s Eve Gala dinner

Step into the New Year in style at the Tahiti inspired Gala dinner. Attendees will be treated to delicacies from all corners of the world – from festive appetizers to delectable sushi platters, a Teppanyaki station, carving stage, specialist cured meats, exceptional seafood, fresh baked desserts and more awaits at the magnificent poolside buffet. Entertainment will include a sensational DJ setting the tone of the night, alongside talented Hawaiian dancers. To usher in the New Year there will be countdown screens set against a backdrop of un-paralleled views of spectacular fireworks lighting up the sky at midnight across the stunning Palm Jumeirah.

When: 31st December 2017
Price: AED1500 per person including mocktails, juices and soft drinks
Book your table before December 20, 2017 and get 50% discount!
Time: 8 pm onwards

 

Orthodox Lunch at Vibe

On 7th January, guests can enjoy a traditional Orthodox Christmas dinner. Festive appetizers include a Russian salad, marinated mackerel, and gherkins, beef cubes and dill herbs. Freshly cooked pasta will be available at the Italian station as well as traditional Christmas fare from the carving stage. Chef’s special dishes for the night include an array of Fresh Gulf Water seafood, cooked in plum tomato sauce, as well as melted Gorgonzola Cheese with roasted pin seeds and freshly milled pepper. Deserts can be savoured freshly baked from the home bakery.

When: 7th January 2018
Price: AED200 per person including juices
Time: 12-4pm

For bookings and more information, please visit theretreatpalmdubai.com or call +971(0) 4 524 7777.

T&C: Rates are inclusive of 10% municipality fee or 10% service charge. Children below 6 years old will dine with our compliments, between 6 to 12 years will get 50% discount. 

  

7. The Palace Downtown 

ACROSS FROM BURJ KHALIFA

A TRUEY BREATHTAKING VIEW WITH GREAT FOOD AND AMBIANCE

New Year’s Eve at Ewaan, Palace Downtown

Ring in the New Year in ultimate style with a lavish Oriental Buffet and free flowing bubbly enjoyed against spectacular views of the stunning Burj Khalifa. With chefs preparing exquisite seafood and oriental dishes right before your eyes, and the legendary dancing fountains setting the backdrop, every moment will become a memory.

  • Fresh oriental cuisine prepared at live cooking stations
  • Breathtaking views of Burj Khalifa & The Dubai Fountain

Entertainment: A live band will set the mood for a sophisticated night of celebration

Date & Time: 31 December, 8pm-3am

Price: AED 1,600 (soft beverages and indoor seating); AED 1,800 (soft beverages and al fresco seating); AED 2,000 (bubbly and indoor seating); AED 2,500 (bubbly and al fresco seating), AED 800 (Children 6-11 years and indoor seating); AED 900 (Children 6-11 years and outdoor seating); Complimentary (Children 5 years and below)

Address & Contact: Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai, call 04 8883444, email dine@emaar.com

 

New Year’s Eve at Asado, Palace Downtown

Add a little Argentinean fiesta to your New Year’s Eve celebration in the company of friends and family at Asado. Savour an authentically prepared 5-course meal, complemented by lively music from an Argentinean duo and unparalleled views of the spectacular Burj Khalifa. Welcome the New Year with flowing bubbly and Latin spirit. A view of the Burj Khalfia and dancing fountains

  • Magnificent views of Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain
  • World-class cuisine with an Argentinian twist

Entertainment: Live music from a Latin band

Date & Time: 31 December, 8pm-3am

Price: AED 1,900 (soft beverages and indoor seating); AED 2,900 (soft beverages and al fresco seating);

AED 2,500 (premium bubbly and indoor seating); AED 3,500 (premium bubbly and al fresco seating); 50% discount (Children 6-11 years); Complimentary (Children 5 years and below)

Address & Contact: Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai, call 04 8883444, email dine@emaar.com

 

New Year’s Eve Gala at Thiptara, Palace Downtown

Make way for a fabulous start to 2018 against breath-taking views of the Burj Khalifa and the sumptuous surroundings of the celebrated Thiptara. Indulge in a 5-course feast of the finest Thai delicacies and raise a glass to the New Year.

Entertainment: Ambient music from live DJ

Date & Time: 31 December, 8pm-3am

Price: AED 1,900 (soft beverages and indoor seating); AED 2,900 (soft beverages and al fresco seating);

AED 2,500 (premium bubbly and indoor seating); AED 3,500 (premium bubbly and al fresco seating). Please note only children above 12 years of age will be admitted.

Address & Contact: Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai, call 04 8883444, email dine@emaar.com

 

An Elegant New Year at Fai, Palace Downtown

Enjoy a more intimate New Year’s Eve celebration at the relaxed FAI lounge. Gather with friends amidst the verdant gardens of Palace Downtown to reminisce the year gone by and welcome 2018 in style. As midnight strikes, sip on free flowing premium bubbly complemented by delicious canapés as you admire the spectacular fountain show at the heart of vibrant Downtown Dubai. Good music and great cocktails

  • Breathtaking views of The Dubai Fountain and Burj Lake
  • A stunning outdoor verandah

Entertainment: Ambient music from live DJ

Price: AED 1,000 (house beverages); AED 1,500 (bubbly). Only available for adults over the age of 21 years.

Address & Contact: Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai, call 04 8883444, email dine@emaar.com

 

New Year’s Eve Gala at Buhayra Lounge, Palace Downtown

Toast to a glorious 2017 as you celebrate in style with friends and family at Buhayra Lounge and Garden. Take in the glamorous ambience of this al fresco poolside lounge featuring luxurious drapery, rich adornments and the awe-inspiring views of Burj Khalifa.

As you recline in comfort in the private cabanas by the pool you can enjoy free-flowing bubbly and delicious buffet. 

  • Amazing views of the Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain
  • Al fresco private cabanas

Entertainment: The atmosphere is set by a live band

Date & Time: 31 December, 8pm-3am

Price: AED 1,800 (soft beverages), AED 2,500 (premium bubbly); AED 900 (Children 6-11 years); Complimentary (Children 5 years and below)

Address & Contact: Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai, call 04 8883444, email dine@emaar.com

 

A private luxury celebration at Al Bayt, Palace Downtown

Welcome 2018 in the private palatial luxury of Al Bayt. Secreted away in an exclusive venue just for you, savour a tailor-made menu carefully crafted by our Executive Chef. With atmospheric music from our live band, and breath-taking views of the Burj Khalifa and Lake.

  • Bespoke menu tailored to your preference

Entertainment: Live band

Date & Time: 31 December, 8pm-3am

Price: Minimum spend of AED 25,000 for 10 guests

 

New Year’s Day Brunch at Ewaan, Palace Downtown

Make the first moments of 2018 unforgettable with a sumptuous New Year’s Day brunch at Ewaan. Featuring a sumptuous gourmet buffet serving an array of international and contemporary dishes, complemented by vibrant live music from a talented band, there’s no better way to start the year.

  • Free flowing premium bubbly
  • Spectacular views of the Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain
  • Finest cuisine from around the world

Date & Time: January 1, 2018, 1pm-4:30pm

Price: AED 450 (soft beverages); AED 600 (house beverages); AED 750 (premium bubbly); AED 225 (Children 6-11 years); Complimentary (Children 5 years and below)

Address & Contact: Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai, call 04 8883444, email dine@emaar.com

 

8. AFFORDABLE DEALS FOR NEW YEARS 

RIVA BEACH CLUB, PALM JUMEIRAH

Welcome 2018 with a blast featuring an upbeat DJ performance, a live pool show and a luscious four-course set feast on the shores of Palm Jumeirah with an amazing view of the fireworks display.

TIME      7PM – 2AM
OFFER    Beverage or food and beverage packages available

PRICE     AED 500 Beverage Package for free-flowing house beveragesAED 650 Silver Package for food with soft beverages

                AED 850 Gold Package for food with house beverages

LOCATION – RIVA Beach Club – between Buildings 7 & 8 of The Shoreline, Palm Jumeirah

RESERVATIONS – Call 04 430 9466 or email reservations@riva-beach.com

 

PUBLIQUE

BURJ AL ARAB VIEW, AFFORDABLE WITH GREAT FOOD

Oh and you must try the sticky toffee pudding there!

Publique fuses a vibrant bar and restaurant together for guests to explore an authentic and unprecedented alpine experience in the heart of Dubai. With breath-taking terrace views of the Burj Al Arab and the Arabian Gulf.

OFFER    No set menu offering, regular a la carte 
OPENING TIMES- 12pm-2am (weekdays)
                                12pm- 3am (weekends)

PRICE-    Minimum spendAED 400 indoor and AED 600 outdoor

LOCATION- Souk Madinat Jumeirah

 

Enjoy your trip and Happy New Year!

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