A combination of varied flavours and seasonal treats awaits to tickle your taste buds for both brunch and dinner this Christmas in Dubai, so be ready for an incredible gastronomic trip. Expect a midday brunch experience that goes above and beyond with delectable meals like fish tacos and wagyu masterpieces. Feel the beat of Latin beats. Savour the splendour of waterfront restaurants during the evening dinner, which features classic Christmas foods paired with live carol performances, evoking a feeling of a winter wonderland. Savour creative Asian-inspired brunch fare and lively beverages to uplift your midday festivities, and at dinner, the Peruvian spirit is brought to life with genuine and expertly prepared meals. Enter a warm, winter wonderland and enjoy a lunchtime feast with French flair. Savour mouthwatering seafood towers and the comforting taste of holiday fare. Each spot invites you to a different celebration, whether it’s through the boisterous Japanese brunches or the fusion cuisine scene, transforming this Dubai Christmas into a spectacular culinary adventure full of joy and flavour, both at brunch and dinner.
COYA Dubai is going all out this Christmas to offer an unforgettable holiday brunch and invite guests to celebrate the season of enchantment with a touch of Latin America. Classic dishes, including fish tacos, XO udon, and baos con res wagyu, as well as sweets like pastels de tres leches and churros de naranja, will be available on the brunch menu.
Christmas items, such as ostras (a trio of oysters with green apple, citrus, chicha, ponzu, and tobiko toppings), pato rostizado (roasted duck with spiced honey and lavender glaze), and bife de costilla a la brassa (grilled tomahawk steak), are available to order a la carte to add to the festivities. A live DJ and dance performance will kick off the party in true COYA style. There are packages with house and premium drinks, as well as non-alcoholic choices.
Saturday, 23 December
Folly’s sharing-style brunch on Christmas Eve and Day will feature a selection of traditional Christmas favourites, including foie gras terrine, roast turkey with all the fixings, Wellington with wild mushrooms, and classic Christmas desserts like berry pavlova, vanilla custard and clotted cream, and sticky toffee Christmas pudding. Folly, which boasts views of the picturesque Madinat Jumeirah waterways, will uplift the holiday spirit with a live performance of Christmas carols.
Sunday, 24 December, and Monday, 25 December
Jun’s offers inventive Asian-inspired cuisine and a festive cocktail menu. Shareable appetisers like beef tartare, heirloom carrots that are uniquely Jun’s, salmon carpaccio, and chilli chicken are all part of the brunch menu. A variety of main courses, including roasted toothfish, garlic prawns, and prime rib, are served together with sides of Szechuan green beans, mashed potatoes, truffle mac ‘n’ cheese, and Jun’s stuffing. Desserts such as warm apple pie with cinnamon ice cream, strawberry pavlova with Szechuan peppercorn and white chocolate mousse, and dark chocolate bread pudding with vanilla bean ice cream and sea salt caramel are offered to round up the tasting. There are packages that include house beverages, bubbly, and Champagne in addition to alcoholic and non-alcoholic options. Festive drinks like mulled wine, Christmas old-fashioneds, and pumpkin pie martinis are among the options. Reserve a table on the outdoor terrace to take advantage of the cooler weather.
Saturday, December 23-Monday, December 25
Atlantis for Christmas: Chef Gastón Acurio’s meticulously chosen Peruvian cuisine is served at The Royal’s La Mar. La Mar’s signature starters, like cebiche bachiche, tostones nikkei, and empanadas de carne, are known for their authentic Peruvian flavors. The restaurant also serves flavorful main dishes on sharing platters, like grilled chicken, stir-fried quinoa, and crispy fish. A chocolate sorpresa with panettone nitro cream, dry berries, and panettone ice cream awaits as dessert, so save room. To set the festive mood, a resident DJ will be blasting music.
Monday, 25 December
At LPM Restaurant & Bar, a lovely sharing menu will be offered on Christmas Day, so you can still have a taste of the South of France. The eatery will be converted into a winter lodge with an alpine theme, complete with a spectacular seafood tower consisting of oysters, langoustine, prawns, sea bass ceviche, and king crab. A decadent lobster casserole or beef tournedos rossini with truffle jus will be served after the feast. The desserts are equally as rich, featuring a selection of apple tatin paired with Greek yoghurt and ginger ice cream or Christmas chestnut cake with orange marmalade and Hukambi chocolate mousse. You can choose to add free-flowing Deutz Champagne throughout your three-hour meal for an added touch of holiday brightness. Monday, December 25
Should you be in the mood for Japanese cuisine, Mimi Kakushi’s lively brunch is sure to please. Showcasing high-end dishes like grilled prawns kushiyaki with red kosho glaze, oysters with ikura and yuzu ponzu, and the restaurant’s famous wagyu gyoza, the brunch menu can be paired with an alcoholic package that includes house beverages, such as the bar’s signature cocktails (blood orange spritz, Kikubari, Japanese grapefruit smash), a selection of wines, Asahi beer, and Hakutsuru Junmai sake, or a champagne package that includes free-flowing Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut. The resident DJ, Samad, will be spinning the decks to cap it all off.
Saturday, 23 December; Monday, 25 December; Thursday, 30 December; Friday, 31 December
Savour a spectacular festive breakfast at SushiSamba, located on the 51st floor of The St. Regis Dubai, The Palm, to fully embrace the spirit of Christmas. SushiSamba, which specialises in fusion cuisine influenced by Brazilian, Japanese, and Peruvian cuisines, will serve a robustly flavorful brunch menu that includes a sushi and robata station with a selection of nigiri, maki, sashimi, and anticuchos, as well as shared starters like sea bream ceviche with truffle, salmon tiradito, and Peruvian corn salad. SushiSamba is recognised for its upbeat atmosphere, which will be created with live samba performances and a special visit by DJ MegaBlast. Each guest will also receive a Jo Malone festive cracker to take home.
Sunday, 24 December, and Monday, 25 December
Tasca by José Avillez will be presenting a festive brunch with Portuguese flair at its Mandarin Oriental Jumeira restaurant if you prefer your Christmas meal with a Michelin star. A selection of delectable Portuguese sangria, wines, and Champagne will accompany the menu, which features some of José Avillez’s most well-known dishes, such as garlic prawns, perfectly cooked octopus, grilled chouriço sausage, and the chef’s renowned exploding olives. The menu is inspired by the Mediterranean Sea. Finally, a flaky pastel de nata filled with custard and a sour cherry liqueur chaser will be brought to your table. Await breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf and live music. Request a table on the patio near the adults-only infinity pool for the finest seats in the house.
Monday, December 25
During the holidays, Zuma Dubai, which is located in the centre of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), becomes a dining paradise. Showcasing the artistry of Japanese izakaya-style cuisine, Zuma’s special Christmas dinner menu features standout dishes like the wagyu beef with truffle and the melt-in-your-mouth miso-marinated black fish. The restaurant exudes a lively, celebratory vibe as patrons savour the expertly prepared assortment of sushi and sashimi. The chic setting is enhanced by live music, which adds to the elegant atmosphere and makes for a memorable Christmas celebration that combines fine dining with a dash of contemporary luxury.
Christmas at Nobu Dubai is a tasteful blend of Peruvian and Japanese cuisine, all set against the breathtaking background of Atlantis, The Palm. With standout offerings like the well-known black cod miso, the delicious yellowtail jalapeño, and a Nobu-style turkey with a Peruvian twist, the Christmas dinner menu takes diners on a culinary adventure. The restaurant’s tasteful decor goes well with the views of the waterfront, providing guests with a calm and refined setting in which to enjoy the holiday season. Nobu Dubai transforms into a sanctuary where culinary innovation and breath-taking scenery join together to create an unmatched Christmas dining experience.
Pierchic, perched above the Arabian Gulf, is the height of luxury for guests looking for an unmatched Christmas dinner experience. This overwater fine-dining establishment offers a festive menu that tantalises the senses with a symphony of fresh seafood and Mediterranean-inspired meals. The romantic ambiance creates an ideal setting for a memorable Christmas celebration as guests dine under the stars and amid stunning sights. Pierchic promises an enchanted dining experience where the culinary arts and the sea’s charm collide.
With a fusion of stylish setting and contemporary steakhouse refinement, STK JBR has redefined Christmas dinner. The Christmas dinner menu is a culinary adventure with choices for seafood, seasonal delicacies, and top-quality steak cuts that will satisfy even the pickiest eater. In the midst of the chic décor and lively atmosphere, guests are treated to a delicious Christmas dinner that expertly combines fine dining with a lively and dynamic atmosphere. This makes STK JBR the ideal location for an elegant and unforgettable holiday celebration.
Explore the magical underwater world of Ossiano in Atlantis, The Palm, where the Christmas dinner experience is like no other. A distinctive Christmas celebration is created with a Michelin-starred seafood dish that accentuates the underwater views of the Ambassador Lagoon. The restaurant promises an unmatched dining experience that combines luxury, innovation, and the charm of the sea, thanks to its dedication to culinary talent and ethereal ambiance.
Experience Christmas dinner like never before at Al Muntaha, located on the 27th floor of the world-famous Burj Al Arab. The extravagant Christmas buffet, which includes holiday delicacies and food from throughout the world, matches the opulence of the scene. Al Muntaha elevates its dining experience to a whole new level by fusing fine cuisine with expansive views of the city skyline. This makes for an extravagant and one-of-a-kind Christmas party.
Christmas dinner at Boca, a Mediterranean-inspired gem tucked away in Gate Village at DIFC, embraces the essence of seasonal and fresh foods. Delicious roasted lamb, perfectly cooked fish, and flavour-bursting mezze platters are among the offerings on the celebratory menu. A festive evening when visitors may enjoy the richness of Mediterranean-inspired cuisine in a setting that exudes holiday happiness is set in motion by Boca’s warm and friendly atmosphere.
Christmas dinner at Nusr-Et Steakhouse is a spectacular and unforgettable experience rather than merely a meal. Recognised for its jaw-dropping steak displays, which feature the renowned Salt Bae steaks, the restaurant transforms into a vibrant and captivating venue for a joyous occasion. Holiday cheer is combined with culinary creativity in this setting, where diners may indulge in specialty meat cuts and exciting performances by the trained chefs.
Armani/Ristorante, tucked away inside the recognisable Burj Khalifa, turns Christmas dinner into an elegant event with a contemporary Italian flair. Exquisite pasta dishes, seafood delights, and rich desserts that embody the spirit of Italian cooking are included on the thoughtfully designed menu. Visitors to Armani/Ristorante are treated to a sophisticated and elegant Christmas celebration against the backdrop of panoramic views, where each mouthful is a monument to the restaurant’s dedication to culinary quality.
Wafi City’s French Mediterranean sanctuary, Olivier’s, serves a Christmas dinner menu that honours traditional French fare with a festive twist. Guests can enjoy the delicious flavours of coq au vin, bouillabaisse, and crème brûlée in the warm and intimate atmosphere. The restaurant transforms into a quaint haven where the delicious food and cosy decor provide the ideal environment for a holiday celebration that immerses visitors in the spirit of a classic French Christmas feast.
***Note: Make sure to contact each restaurant for specific details, reservations, and any additional festive offerings they may have during the Christmas season.****