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The Budding Gourmet

10 celebrations for Christmas!

Looking for a showstopping Christmas meal, but without all the faff and with all of the fun? Allow the region’s leading culinary destination to wow you with its overwhelming host of festive dining options for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Turkey with all the trimmings? Yes, you’ll find that, but you’ll also be treated to so much more. Leave Christmas dinner to the professionals this year with one of the many options at Atlantis, The Palm.

Ossiano

Foodies of the world rejoice: Dubai’s award-winning underwater restaurant, Ossiano, is inviting you on a captivating journey guaranteed to thrill all of the senses. Surrounded by the breathtaking views of The Ambassador Lagoon and its mesmerising ocean life, guests will indulge in a Mediterranean-inspired seafood menu devised by Atlantis, The Palm’s very own celebrity chef, Gregoire Berger. The 49 Best Chef in the World as of this year’s Best Chef Awards, Chef Gregoire utilises only the highest quality ingredients, with highlights of the bespoke menu including Gillardeau oysters with caviar, lobster and black truffle, and expertly prepared organic quail. To top off the experience, the amazingly talented singer-songwriter Clarita DeQuiroz will provide the soundtrack to the evening, performing nostalgic festive classics on the piano.

Christmas Eve Lunch at Ossiano – 24 December

  • Time: 12:30pm – 2:30pm
  • “The Journey’ set menu for AED540 per person
  • Young gentleman & lady menu for AED200 per person
  • Ages 10 years and above
  • A la carte menu will be available
  • Entertainment: Clarita DeQuiroz

Christmas Eve Dinner at Ossiano – 24 December

  • Time: 6:30pm – 10:00pm
  • Six course set-menu for AED 995 per person– excluding beverages
  • Wine pairing AED500 per person
  • Non-alcoholic pairing AED180 per person
  • Ages 10 years and above
  • Entertainment: Clarita DeQuiroz

Christmas Day Lunch at Ossiano – 25 December

  • Time: 12:30pm – 2:30pm
  • “The Journey’ set menu for AED540 per person
  • Young gentleman & lady menu for AED200 per person
  • Ages 10 years and above
  • A la carte menu will be available
  • Entertainment: Clarita DeQuiro

Nobu

Sprinkle some magic on your Christmas celebrations with a truly unique dining experience at Nobu. Infusing the menu with Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s cutting-edge Japanese Peruvian style together with Arabian influences to create a distinctly urban experience, this Christmas brunch is a far cry from your traditional roast turkey dinner – and all the more memorable for it. Look forward to savouring Dubai’s best sushi and sashimi as well as Nobu’s internationally-acclaimed signature dishes. Ticking all the boxes for a fun and festive feast, the menu is paired with sake and refreshing cocktails, while the resident DJ will be crafting an extra special celebratory mix.

Christmas Day Brunch at Nobu – 25 December

  • Time: 12:30pm – 4:00pm
  • AED650 with champagne and selected house beverages
  • AED585 with sparkling and selected house beverages
  • AED395 with the non-alcoholic package
  • Entertainment: Resident DJ

Hakkasan

Hakkasan celebrates the holiday season with a special festive menu available from 21 -26 December. Families and friends are invited to indulge in a bespoke menu featuring many of the restaurant’s most sought-after dishes. Guests can start with Xiao long bao, broth-filled Shanghainese steamed dumplings, crispy ladyfish in sweet plum sauce and scallops with an apple puff before moving onto wok-seared tiger prawns with truffle, garlic and sesame chicken and wagyu beef with pied bleu mushrooms. And because it wouldn’t be Christmas without ending things on a sweet note, Hakkasan is serving their own unique spin on a Viennese Sacher slice – a sinfully rich chocolate layered slice.

Christmas Eve Dinner at Hakassan – 24th December

  • Time: 6:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Festive set menu AED498 per person excluding beverages
  • A la carte menu will be available
  • Children below 10 years can dine from 6pm to 630pm
  • Entertainment: Resident DJ

Bread Street Kitchen & Bar

As you might expect from a restaurant that champions all things British, guests can enjoy a glorious festive celebration with a distinctly Brit steer.at the world-renowned Bread Street Kitchen & Bar. With a menu that references traditional favourites with Gordon Ramsay’s signature spin, diners can savour turkey wellington, Scottish smoked salmon with caviar, as well as the newest sweet edition this festive season, the dark chocolate wellington with spiced berries. An especially great venue for families, Santa will make an appearance on Christmas Day bearing gifts and surprises for the little ones.

Christmas Eve Dinner at Bread Street Kitchen – 24 December

  • Time: 6:00pm – 10:30pm
  • Three course set-menu for AED275 per adult /AED115 per child– excluding beverages (Children under the age of three dine for free) – excluding beverages
  • A la carte menu will be available
  • No age limit

Christmas Day Brunch at Bread Street Kitchen – 25 December

  • Time: 12:30pm – 4:00pm
  • AED475 including selected alcoholic beverages
  • AED105 per child aged 4 – 11 years old (Children under the age of three dine for free)
  • Live entertainment with Bread Street Kitchen’s Busker as well as an appearance from Santa
  • No age limit

Ronda Locatelli

At Ronda Locatelli guests will be transported this Christmas to a charming and romantic Italian town, in an inviting space filled with holiday cheer. Giorgio Locatelli’s team have created a special two, three or four course set-menu for the occasion, including Italian festive favourites such as chestnut and spelt soup, homemade pappardelle with chicken liver, beef tenderloin with wild mushroom, and an artisanal panettone with peaches for dessert. To ensure a truly authentic experience, Ronda’s Chef de Cuisine, Salvo Sardo, sources 95 per cent of his ingredients from Italy, with pizzas and pasta made fresh in the kitchen. Vegan and gluten free options also available.

Christmas Eve Dinner Menu at Ronda Locatelli – 24 December

  • Time: 6:00pm – 10:30pm
  • Two/three/four course set-menu for AED190/AED240/AED290 per adult– excluding beverages
  • A la carte and children’s menus available
  • No age limits

Christmas Day Lunch Menu at Ronda Locatelli – 25 December

  • Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Two/three/four course set-menu for AED190/AED240/AED290 per adult– excluding beverages
  • A la carte and children’s menus available
  • No age limits

Seafire Steakhouse & Bar

Seafire Steakhouse & Bar is the perfect location to spend a memorable Christmas with friends and dear ones. From Christmas Eve to Christmas Day, guests can tuck into a sumptuous five course set-menu comprising salmon rillettes, a festive roast with all the trimmings, and a punchy Christmas pudding for dessert. Ensuring the occasion is made even more joyful, Soul Trio will perform three sets of old school classics from 8pm onwards.

Jazzy Christmas Eve Dinner at Seafire Steakhouse & Bar – 24 December

  • Time: 6:00pm – 11:30pm 
  • Five course set-menu for AED310 per adult – excluding beverages
  • A la carte and children’s menus available 
  • Special festive Christmas cocktails and the full beverage list will be available
  • No age limit
  • Entertainment: Soul Trio

Christmas Roast Lunch at Seafire Steakhouse & Bar – 25 December

  • Time: 12:30pm – 4:00pm 
  • Five course set-menu for AED395 per adult – excluding beverages
  • A la carte and children’s’ menu available
  • Special festive Christmas cocktails and the full beverage list will be available 
  • No age limits
  • Entertainment: Festive music

Christmas Dinner Menu at Seafire Steakhouse & Bar – 25 December

  • Time: 7:00pm – 11:30pm 
  • Five course set-menu for AED310 per adult – excluding beverages
  • A la carte and children’s’ menu available
  • Special festive Christmas cocktails and the full beverage list will be available
  • No age limit
  • Entertainment: Festive music

Ayamna

Tuck into authentic Lebanese delicacies this Christmas Eve at Dubai’s celebrated restaurant, Ayamna. Executive Arabic Chef, Ali El Bourji will serve dishes crafted from recipes handed down over generations with a set menu including a selection of hot and cold mezze, an Ayamna mixed grill platter, and an Arabic- inspired chocolate Christmas ball with spiced cherry nectar for dessert.

Christmas Eve Set Menu at Ayamna – 24 December

  • Time: 6:30pm – 11:00pm 
  • Sharing set-menu for AED235 per adult /AED117.50 per child (Children under the age of three dine free) – excluding beverages
  • A la carte menu also available
  • Live entertainment

Wavehouse

Having hit the jackpot in creating the perfect blend of entertainment and dining options for all generations, family-friendly Wavehouse will be serving its all-encompassing a la carte menu with a side of bowling, arcade games and a wave machine.

Christmas Eve Dinner at Wavehouse – 24 December

  • Time: 12:00pm-1:00am
  • A la carte menu will be available
  • Entertainment: Wave machine, Bowling alley, Soft play, Levels arcade

Christmas Day Brunch at Wavehouse – 25 December

  • Time: 12:00pm-1:00am
  • A la carte menu will be available
  • Entertainment: Wave machine, Bowling alley, Soft play, Levels arcade

Saffron

Enjoy a sizzling seasonal feast with Saffron’s Christmas favourites. The overwhelmingly impressive buffet selection is perfectly complemented by a festive music set presented by the restaurant’s resident DJ. The jolly old man will also be a part of the revelry, so diners should make sure their wish list is prepared.

Christmas Eve Dinner at Saffron – 24 December

  • Time: 6:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Buffet menu for AED330 per adult /AED165 per child (Children under the age of three dine for free) – excluding beverages
  • New world wine selection and the full beverage list will be available
  • Entertainment: Santa Claus giveaway, Christmas themed music

Christmas Day Party Brunch at Saffron – 25 December

  • Time: 12:30pm – 4:00pm
  • AED535 with selected alcoholic beverages
  • Buffet style
  • New world wine selection and the full beverage list will be available
  • For ages 21 and above only

Christmas Day Dinner at Saffron – 25 December

  • Time: 7:00pm – 11:00pm 
  • Buffet menu for AED275 per adult /AED165 per child (Children under the age of three dine for free) – excluding beverages
  • New world wine selection and the full beverage list will be available
  • Entertainment: Santa Claus giveaway, Christmas themed music

Kaleidoscope

Add a dash of sparkle to your seasonal revelry with the different flavours and styles at Kaleidoscope, enhanced with a festive touch. With palate-pleasing displays with dishes running the gamut from Mediterranean to Northern Africa, India and the Levant region, diners have the opportunity to traverse the gourmet globe. The restaurant’s inviting environment makes it perfect for families and guests can expect an appearance from Santa Claus on Christmas Day.

Christmas Eve Buffet Lunch at Kaleidoscope – 24 December

  • Time: 12:30pm – 3:30pm 
  • Buffet menu for AED230 per adult /AED115 per child (Children under the age of three dine for free) – excluding beverages
  • Full beverage list will be available

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner at Kaleidoscope – 24 December

  • Time: 6 pm – 10:30pm
  • Buffet menu for AED330 per adult /AED165 per child (Children under the age of three dine for free) – excluding beverages 
  • Full beverage list will be available
  • Entertainment: Santa Claus

Christmas Day Buffet Lunch at Kaleidoscope – 25 December

  • Time: 12:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Buffet menu for AED230 per adult /AED115 per child (Children under the age of three dine for free) – excluding beverages
  • Full beverage list will be available 
  • Entertainment: Santa Claus

Christmas Day Buffet Dinner at Kaleidoscope – 25 December

  • Time: 6:00pm – 10:30pm
  • Buffet menu for AED330 per adult /AED165 per child (Children under the age of three dine for free) – excluding beverages
  • Full beverage list will be available 
  • Entertainment: Santa Claus

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