Take a load off this Christmas Day by ordering in a festive feast or dining out with the family.
IN A NUTSHELL: An elegant Christmas whether you’re dining out or at home.
HOW MUCH? Dhs800 for an 8-10kg turkey; from Dhs495 for a dine-in festive brunch with soft drinks.
THE LOWDOWN: Seeking an opulent Christmas lunch, but unsure whether you can be bothered getting out of your pyjamas? Fear not, Palazzo Versace has you covered. Choose from their turkey takeaway deal, which feeds between five and eight people, for Dhs800 for an 8-10kg turkey, or their Christmas Day Festive Brunch with Santa. The brunch will be held at Giardino, the hotel’s international dining venue, and you’ll get pool access for the day too.
BEST FOR: Those seeking day-long decadence.
Palazzo Versace, Al Jadaf, Dubai, 12pm-4pm, tel: (04) 556 8888, palazzoversace.ae
FAIRMONT THE PALM
IN A NUTSHELL: Family-friendly festivities.
HOW MUCH? Dhs495 for a takeaway turkey, Angus beef or honey-roasted ham, or from Dhs395 for brunch at Flow Kitchen.
THE LOWDOWN: If you don’t have it in you to cook this Christmas, Fairmont The Palm has plenty of options. Have the kitchen prepare a turkey, Angus beef or honey-roasted ham with all the trimmings for you to collect. Or, if you really don’t want to lift a finger, book a table at Flow Kitchen’s Christmas brunch featuring all the holiday favourites, a visit from Santa, and the Fairmont Falcons Kid’s Club to keep the little ones entertained.
BEST FOR: Families with little ones on the run.
Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 12.30pm-3.30pm, tel: (04) 457 3388, fairmont.com/palm-dubai/
IN A NUTSHELL: A departure from tradition.
HOW MUCH? Dhs249 per person.
THE LOWDOWN: If you’re looking for an alternative to your traditional Christmas roast, look no further than Atelier M in Pier 7. The French fine-diner is offering an affordable four-course menu for just Dhs249 a head, including a festive cocktail, all while taking in sweeping views of Dubai Marina. Though you will find turkey on the menu, you’ll also be able to choose from options like beef wellington, pan-seared John Dory, and roast eggplant, plus festive-inspired starters and desserts.
BEST FOR: Those seeking something a little different to the typical Christmas buffet.
Atelier M, Dubai Marina, 6pm-2am, tel: (04) 450 7766, atelierm.ae
JONES THE GROCER
IN A NUTSHELL: Entertain like a pro at home.
HOW MUCH? Dhs129 for a box of 12 canapes; Dhs395 for platters; Dhs635 for a takeaway turkey; festive packages start at Dhs945.
THE LOWDOWN: Need to impress fussy family members? Gourmet provedores Jones the Grocers will help you pull off a stress-free soiree at home, offering everything from quality canapes for cocktail parties to turkey feasts with sides and sweet pies for your Christmas Day banquet. They’ll also deliver platters of cheese, charcuterie or seafood that are ideal for festive get-togethers.
BEST FOR: Those who are keen to host friends and family at home, without lifting a finger.
Jones the Grocer, various locations in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. To order, email: [email protected]
SHERATON GRAND HOTEL
IN A NUTSHELL: Turkey on the go with all the trimmings.
HOW MUCH? Dhs690 for 8-10 servings; Dhs850 for 11-13 servings.
THE LOWDOWN: Catering the Christmas lunch at home this year? Don’t even bother turning on the oven – forgo the stress and just pick up a ready-roasted turkey instead. As long as you order more than 48 hours in advance, [email protected] Cafe will have a turkey waiting for you whenever you need it, complete with your classic stuffing and roast vegetables, plus extras such as dips and a variety of sweet pies.
BEST FOR: A trad roast turkey without lifting a finger.
THE LION BY NICK AND SCOTT
IN A NUTSHELL: A hearty feast for vegans and vegetarians.
HOW MUCH? From Dhs295 for house beverages.
THE LOWDOWN: Vegans and vegetarians normally draw the short straw on Christmas Day, but they no long have to settle for a plate of roast vegetables. The Lion will be serving two Christmas menus this year: one for vegans, and one for vegetarians. Expect gourmet dishes such as thyme, onion and mushroom pudding, buckwheat blinis, Christmas pudding, and mince pies.
BEST FOR: Vegans and vegetarians who want their Christmas roast with all the trimmings too.
The Lion, H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai, choose a two to three hour slot, tel: (04) 359 2366, theliondubai.ae
IN A NUTSHELL: An affordable dine-in or takeaway option.
HOW MUCH?: Dhs549 for a 5-6kg turkey; Dhs199 for brunch at Besh.
THE LOWDOWN: Christmas Day is an affordable affair at Besh. Pre-order a roast turkey with brussels sprouts, potatoes and sauces and have it delivered to your door, or pop into their festive brunch on the big day. Besh promises plenty of ways to entertain the kids, including face painting, games, and a visit from Santa. If you’ve forgotten a present or two, you’ll find yourself conveniently right beside Mall of the Emirates, too.
BEST FOR: A wallet-friendly feast for the family.
Sheraton Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai, 1pm-4pm, tel: (04) 377 2006, malloftheemirates.com/hotels
REFORM SOCIAL & GRILL
IN A NUTSHELL: The quintessential British Christmas.
HOW MUCH? Platters from Dhs150; brunch, Dhs450.
THE LOWDOWN: Reform has a chock-full festive calendar this year, and it’s all set to culminate in a fantastically British Christmas Day. Long considered one of the best spots in Dubai to get a home-cooked British roast, Reform has a couple of options for the big day. Either indulge in the midday brunch, which includes a four-course menu and four-hour drinks package, or choose something a bit more low-key for Christmas night with a festive platter and mulled beverage.
BEST FOR: Those craving classic British comfort.
Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, Dubai, brunch 12pm-3pm, platters until 11pm, tel: (04) 454 2638, reformsocialgrill.ae
IN A NUTSHELL: A meaty festive menu for the carnivorous.
HOW MUCH? From Dhs295 for lunch at Seafire. Takeaway turkey from Dhs800 for 6-10 people.
THE LOWDOWN: Christmas Day is all about indulgence, so why not push the boat out with a meaty feast at Seafire in Atlantis, The Palm? The six-course Christmas lunch will feature short rib croquettes and a show-stopping roast beef, as well as classic roast turkey and Christmas pudding. If you’d rather dine at home, order a festive turkey with trimmings and desserts from the Atlantis, The Palm kitchens.
BEST FOR: A beefy twist on the Christmas feast.
Seafire Steakhouse, Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, 12.30pm-4pm, tel: (04) 426 2626, atlantisthepalm.com
TUB OF BUTTER
IN A NUTSHELL: Canapes, hampers and top-notch turkey.
HOW MUCH? From Dhs650 for a turkey with all the trimmings to feed six people.
THE LOWDOWN: Want someone to take care of the finer details at home, right down to the table setting? Tub of Butter will make this your most stress-free festive season yet thanks to their Decked Out Catering Set Up, complete with a three-course feast, glassware and silverware. Alternatively, if you’d like to pretend you’ve whipped everything up yourself, book a turkey takeaway 48 hours in advance to serve at home, and stock up on delicious presents in teh Gourmet Gift Shop.
Call (04) 343 8884 or visit Tubofbutter.com