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The Sassy Mama Guide To Where To Eat Out On Christmas Day in Dubai 2015

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Lack the time, inclination… or oven big enough for a great big bird to cook your own Christmas dinner? Fear not mamas, Dubai is definitely the right place to enjoy a festive feast or bubbly brunch out on the town! Expect everything from traditional turkey roasts to cuisines from around the world and buffet tables laden with goodies, all you gotta do is check out our list of currently available places and get booking pronto!

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Accents, Intercontinental Dubai Marina
Enjoy a casual but traditional Christmas Day lunch buffet or a la Carte dinner plus loads of entertainment for the kids including pizza making and gingerbread man decorating with a huge dollop of festive fun – then walk it off around the marina mamas (or pop upstairs to Marina Social for a cheeky tipple).
Time: 12.30 – 4.30pm for brunch and 6.30pm onwards for a la carte
Price: Buffet including soft drinks, AED 395 per person; Christmas lunch buffet including house beverages, AED 495 per person; Christmas buffet including house beverages and bubbles, AED 625 per person.  Children under the age of 12 receive 50% off and under the age of 6 eat free!
Telephone: (+971) (0) 4 446 6777

Beachcombers, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Fancy chrimbo on the beach without lugging a picnic across the sand and with all food/entertainment taken care of? Beachcombers at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel is ideal if you’re looking for a relaxed family friendly venue that guarantees fun for the kids and includes Santa, face painting, gifts and a beach to frolic (or fall asleep) on.
Time: Brunch 12.30pm – 4pm, dinner 6.30pm – 11pm
Price: AED 575 per person for brunch, including set menu and select beverages and AED 275 per person for dinner including a special Christmas Buffet.
Telephone: (+971) (0) 4 432 3232

Bab al shams

Bab Al Shams
There’s something very magical about driving into the desert for Christmas Day – and Bab Al Shams gorgeous setting in the dunes is just the ticket. The resorts’ Al ForSan restaurant is offering a family friendly Christmas Day brunch with oodles of entertainment including bouncy castle, magic show, pony and camel rides, carol singing – and of course gifts from Santa. With masses of space for the kiddos to enjoy, this is a perfect option for anyone whose children are happier running riot than sitting at a table (yes, that’s most of us!).
Time: From midday
Price: AED 425 inclusive of soft drinks, AED 585 inclusive of alcoholic beverages and AED 795 with champagne. Children aged between 5 – 12 years 50% discount, under 5’s eat free! 
Telephone: (+971) (0)4 809 6100


Casa de tapas, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
Gather the fam and head to Dubai Creek for a spectacular Christmas feast combining classic delicacies from the heart of Spain with all the traditional favorites!  And what’s a party without a little live Flamenco?! You’ll be up and dancing the turkey off in no time mamas.
Time: 12.30pm – 4pm
Price: With soft drinks AED 249, with house spirits AED 299 and with sparkling cava AED349.
Telephone: (+971) (0) 4 4161 800

CLAW
Want to celebrate Christmas in the heart of downtown Dubai with views of the Burj Khalifa? Of course you do mamas – and CLAW is just the place to do it. There’ll be a traditional spread featuring everything from Mince Pies to Mulled Wine and the halls will be fully decked with Christmas décor while the best festive tunes from the juke box will have you rockin’ around the Christmas tree. Prizes will be on offer for the best (worst?!) Christmas jumpers.
Time: 12pm – 4pm
Price: 
The Beginner, offering soft drinks priced at AED 229; The Pretender, offering house pours, grape and hops priced at AED 329 and The Professional, offering everything from the Pretender package as well as various cocktails and shooters, priced at AED 399
Telephone: (+971) (0) 4 432 2300

Dhow & Anchor, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
A traditional British festive feast gastro pub style -laid back and fun just like being in your UK ‘local’ British mamas! There’ll be plenty of opportunity to eat, drink and be merry over a delicious pre-selected menu or a la carte specialties
Time: Lunch or dinner, midday – 11pm
Price: AED 250 per person for adults and AED 125 for children (excluding drinks)
Telephone: (+971) (0) 4 432 3232

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Fümé Pier 7 and Fümé Downtown Dubai
A winning combo of great food and lots of seasonal fun for the whole family – the table sharing Christmas Brunch set menu will feature all the festive faves including turkey with all the trimmings and mince pies to follow. Or if that doesn’t jingle your bells then try tender rib eye and an atomic (!) fruit cake.
Time: From midday
Price: AED 195 per person. A comprehensive Fümé beverage package to include Italian reds and whites, Stoli, Tanqueray, Matusalem, Famous Grouse as well as Peroni and Stella is just AED 189 per person and covers a whole 4 hour period.
Telephone: Fümé Pier 7, Dubai Marina: (+971) (0) 4 421 5669
Telephone: Fümé Downtown Dubai: (+971) (0) 4 456 8784

Gaucho
5 courses of delicious Christmassy food with an Argentine twist and plenty of festive spirit. Oh and seriously good steak of course. Andale!
Time: 12pm – 4pm
Price: AED 650 per person including 5 course menu supplemented by unlimited soft drinks, wine and beer, plus selected signature cocktails.
Telephone: (+971) (0) 4 422 7898

3in1 Restaurant and Lounge, Vida Hotel
Embrace Dubai’s gorgeous winter weather and spice things up with Christmas dinner outdoors at Vida’s Urban Picnic Festive Brunch. Spend the day lounging in stylish cabanas by the pool and soaking up the sun with the fam. This is Dubai after all.
Time: 1pm – 5pm
Price: AED 365 for adults includes a selection of food and premium and bubbly beverages and AED 150 for children between the ages of 6-12, children under the age of 5 are free.
Telephone: (+971) (0) 4 428 6823

Imperium, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
Get dressed up for Christmas lunch under the Imperium’s gorgeous chandeliers – as well as a lavish buffet there’ll be a live band and a visit from Santa of course!
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Price: AED 425 per person inclusive of soft beverages AED 575 per person, inclusive of full house beverages AED 775 per person, inclusive of house beverages and free-flowing bubbly
Children between 4 and 12 years enjoy a 50% discount while children below the age of 4 can dine for free!
Telephone: (+971) (0) 4 453 0444

The Ivy

The Ivy
Whether you prefer your turkey early on or want to make a night of it – The Ivy are offering 3 sittings to choose from mamas (and as you’re likely to have been woken up by excited kids at the crack of dawn an early lunch might be just the ticket). Choose from scrummy favourites including the Shellfish Cocktail, Severn and Wye Smoked Salmon or Foie Gras for starters – Roast Turkey served with all the trimmings or Roast Beef for mains and then puds including Sherry Trifle, Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce and Chocolate Bûche de Noël. And if there’s still room for cheese (of course there is) then an unlimited selection complete with all the accompaniments awaits.
And there’s nothing wrong with an elasticated waist on Christmas Day. Just sayin’.
Time: The Ivy’s Christmas Day menu is on offer three times throughout the day starting from 11:30am to 3pm, 4pm – 7.30pm and 8:30pm – midnight.
Price: AED599 per person with soft drinks, AED 849 with house beverages and AED 949 with fine grape/sparkling.
Telephone: (+971) (0) 43198767

Kanpai
If all this talk of turkey is making you a little nauseous then why not go Japanese this year mamas? Frankly we love the sound of sushi and sharing plates plus fiery Tepan demonstrations combined with traditional Christmas décor, carol singing and gift sets for the kids. Chopsticks at the ready.
Time: From midday
Price: From Aed 249
Telephone: (+971) (0) 4 441 9262

Lakeview, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
If there’s a time to blow the diet and pile your plate high then December 25th is it. Indulge in a scrummy hand carved turkey with all the accompaniments and follow up with a huge spread of traditional desserts including Christmas pud and mince pies. YUM! Choose the decked outdoor terrace for gorgeous views and a cool breeze.
Time: From midday
Price: AED 285 for food and soft beverages
AED 430 with selected beverages and sparkling
AED 150 for children (aged 4 to 12 years)
Children under 3 go free
Telephone: (+971) (0) 4 295 6000

Le Classique, Emirates Golf Club
A luxury location combined with French ‘n festive fare plus kiddie entertainment and a guest appearance from Mr Claus himself – we say oui to that!
Time: midday – 3pm
Price: AED 460, Children (5 – 12 years) AED 95
Children under 5 Free
Telephone: (+971) (0) 4 417 9999

Marina Social, Intercontinental Dubai Marina
Dubai foodies this one’s definitely for you – book in at Jason Atherton’s latest resto for the ‘feed me’ or A La Carte menus at Marina Social on Christmas Day and expect heaps of festive delights and favourites such as ‘tea & toast’ and the ‘social dog’ (a completely delicious foie gras and duck sausage). Kick back and relax indoors or get out on the terrace for stunning panoramic views of the waterfront.
Time: midday to 9pm .
Price: Minimum spend of AED 500 per person.
Telephone: (+971) (0) 4446 6664.

Perry & Blackwelder’s
A Southern US smokehouse take on Christmas – and we mean deep fried turkey injected with creole butter for extra juiciness (this is no time to be counting calories mamas) and other treats cooked slow and low plus the kind of sides we’ve only ever read about in books – candied yams, black-eyed peas, cornbread stuffing followed by sweet potato pie or peach cobbler. Finger lickin’ good y’all.
Time: Available from 12.30pm – midnight
Price: 
AED 250 per person and AED 125 for children (excluding beverages)
Telephone: (+971) (0) 4 432 3232

Reform

Reform Social & Grill
The lakes club will come alive on December 25th with a whopping Christmas brunch and fabulously fun line up for the kids. And Santa will even be there to grace the kids with his presents (Excuse the pun!).
Time: 12pm – 3pm with a 4 hour drinks package
Price: 4 course brunch menu with unlimited soft drinks, AED 415, Beer, wine, eggnog package, AED 465, Prosecco package, AED 615
Telephone: (+971) (0) 44 542 638

The Rib Room, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
Jazz up Christmas day at the Rib Room steakhouse where a traditional set menu will be served to the mellow notes of a jazzy duo. Definitely a classy option – perfect for older kiddos.
Time: 12.30pm – 4.30pm
Price: AED 425 per person inclusive of soft beverages, AED 525 per person inclusive of house beverages. Children between 4 and 12 years enjoy a 50% discount while children below the age of 4 eat for free.
Telephone: (+971) (0) 4 4530444

Riva Beach Club
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – Christmas on the beach is cool. Fact. Dine al fresco at the RIVA Beach Club where an amazing festive feast awaits and the chance to walk it off on the sand and dip your toes in the ocean follows. Pick a tailored hamper filled with festive faves beach style (Christmas turkey pie, potato and turkey ham salad – get the picture?) The kiddos will be entertained by Santa (on his whistle-stop tour of Dubai’s brunches) and masses of fun activities plus outdoor space and sandy beach to run about and build Christmas castles in. Or if you prefer the traditional version then dine indoors and enjoy all the regulars from the a la carte menu with additional Christmas specials such as Pumpkin Soup. Sounds good, yes?
Time: From midday
Price: Tailormade packages – please call for prices
Telephone: (+971) (0) 4 430 9466

Rivington Grill

Rivington Grill, Souk Al Bahar
We love the Rivington Grill. Not only are they offering a fab traditional menu for Crimbo this year – including all of the faves (turkey and all the yummy stuff that comes with it) but also slow roasted rib of beef or whole grilled Dover Sole and then the most mouth-watering sounding starters, desserts and cheese board – we’d want it all! Oh and if you want to continue the festivities the following day (and who doesn’t) then join Rivington Grill for the ‘Rivi Recovery Package’ which includes a roast dinner and a Bloody Mary. Perfect. 
Time: Christmas Day first seating midday – 2.30pm and second seating 3pm – 5.30pm.
Price: AED 350 per person excluding beverages. Add on beverage packages start from AED50 up to AED350 and are available for 2.5 hours.
Telephone: (+971 (0) 4 423 0903
The Scene

The Scene
Christmas at The Scene is going to be a cracker – picture a long lazy lunch stuffed full with yummy food and a laid back atmosphere similar to being in your own living room (without the kiddo mess). Five courses of turkey, puddings and pies plus egg-nog and prizes for the worst Christmas Jumper and a festive tombola – yes please!
Time: From midday
Price: 5 course Festive menu with soft drinks AED 395, with house beverages AED 650 and with sparkling AED 795
Telephone: (+971) (0) 4 422 2328

Zero Gravity
This is no ordinary Christmas party mamas – Zero Gravity are transforming their ground floor into a Festive Garden filled with food stations, live music, BBQ, beach-side picnic spots and loads of Christmas entertainment for the whole fam (perfect for when the kids devour their food before you’ve even had the chance to take a sip of your first drink).
Time: 3pm – 9pm
Price: AED 420 per adult (21+) inclusive of 12 premium beverage coupons and unlimited food
, AED 320 per adult inclusive of 12 soft beverage coupons and unlimited food
, AED 220 per child aged 4 to 11, inclusive of six soft beverage coupons and unlimited food, free for children below the age of four.
Telephone: (+971) (0) 4 399 0009

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Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo, Sheraton 
This special Christmas Choir Brunch is being held at one of Dubai’s finest Italian restaurants. Head over to the Sheraton, Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers, for a Christmas brunch! As an extra treat, you can enjoy the Christmas choir performing all your favourite carols (plus there’ll be a DJ!). Music, fun, and food for the whole family!
Time: 12pm-4pm
Price: AED 319 including House Beverage, AED 259 including non-alcoholic beverages, AED 125 Children aged 6-12, Children under 6 dine for free! 
Contact: 04 207 1717 / Vivaldi.Reservations@Sheraton.com

Creekside, Japanese Restaurant, Sheraton
Looking for a Christmas Dinner with a Japanese twist? Enjoy a Christmas Day dinner buffet full of all your favourite dishes on Christmas night, once all of your gifts are unwrapped! Let’s be honest mamas, after a heavy meal of turkey, we could all do with some sashimi!
Time: 12pm-4pm
Price: AED 309 including House Beverages, AED 249 including soft drinks, AED 125 Children aged 6-12, Children under 6 dine for free!
Contact: 04 207 1750 / Creekside.Reservations@Sheraton.com

Ashiana by Vineet, Sheraton
Enjoy Christmas Lunch at One of Dubai’s oldest Indian restaurants, run by Michelin star celebrity chef Vineet Bhatia. They will be hosting a traditional Christmas lunch, paired with special bottle prices and live entertainment. Plus, they are open for lunch and dinner so us mamas can take our pick!
Time: 12pm – 3.30pm and 7pm – 11pm
Price: A la carte menu prices
Contact: 04 207 1733 / Ashiana.Reservations@Sheraton.com

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