DINING

A Christmas to remember

Pull up a chair as we present the latest news, reviews and must-try menu highlights from Dubai and Abu Dhabi’s most talked about restaurants, bars and cafés 

Palazzo Versace Dubai 

The palatial surrounds of Palazzo Versace Dubai create the perfect setting for a memorable holiday season. All through December, the hotel’s venues will bring exciting dining experiences, designed for the entire family to enjoy. The signature restaurant, Giardino, will host Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day brunch with a choice of set menus or a buffet selection. The Italian venue, Vanitas, will also offer a four-course menu featuring popular Mediterranean delicacies. 04 5568805  

Fairmont Dubai

The holiday season is not to be missed at Fairmont Dubai. Celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with a special four-course menu at The Exchange Grill, packed with all the festive favourites. Succulent cuts of roasted prime ribs and a masterful take on a slow-cooked turkey, carved tableside, are accompanied with trimmings, including roasted potatoes, chicken chipolatas, roast vegetables, cranberry sauce, gravy, herb and onion stuffing and turkey bacon.  04 3118316  

Mandarin Oriental Jumeira

Enjoy a lavish festive celebration by the seaside at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai. A canopy of fairy lights and seasonal decorations will create the perfect atmosphere all through the season. From December 5, the hotel’s Noor Lounge will transform into a winter wonderland, offering a special afternoon tea featuring holiday-themed scones, finger sandwiches and cakes. Beautifully decorated Christmas cakes and gingerbread houses will also be on offer at The Mandarin Cake Shop. 04 7772223  

Karat at Address Dubai Mall

Karat will host an exquisite holiday-themed afternoon tea featuring artisanal teas and delectable treats. Colourful decorations will add to the ambience while festive tunes will bring the spirit of the season alive. And with easy access to The Dubai Mall, the venue serves as the ideal spot to fuel up for a holiday shopping spree. Packages start from AED185 per person. 04 8883444  

Coya Abu Dhabi

For a Christmas menu with a Peruvian touch, head to Coya Abu Dhabi. In celebration of the season, the restaurant has launched a special menu brimming with a delicious selection of traditional festive favourites from Peru along with contemporary dishes. The menu features whole roast aji-spiced chicken, grilled beef flank with chimichurri sauce and lamb shoulder with beans. 02 3067000  

Café Bateel

A menu packed with comforting treats takes centre stage at Café Bateel this winter. Inspired by Mediterranean flavours, the venue introduces wholesome dishes, ideal for sharing with friends and family for lunch or dinner. Take your pick from a tuna salad, quinoa and cranberry salad, mushroom linguini and teriyaki beef ribs. Delight your sweet tooth with pecan praline pastries as well as mango and chocolate crémeux.  

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