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Christmas Day in Abu Dhabi

Lunches, brunches and dinners on December 25

2017-12-06

By Time Out Dubai Staff

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UNDER DHS100

Aqua
The all-day dining restaurant if offering a Christmas brunch and dinner buffet on December 25. Expect plenty of festive dishes and nibbles.
Brunch: Dec 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Dhs400 (soft drinks), Dhs600 (bubbly), Dhs175 (kids aged six-12). Dinner: Dec 25, 6.30pm-10.30pm. Dhs99 (buffet only), Dhs79 (house wine package), Dhs99 (sparkling package). Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 813 5550).

Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant

The quaint Irish pub is dishing up a cosy Christmas Day brunch. There will be turkey with stuffing and gravy. If you prefer seafood over meat, then that’s available, too.
Dec 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Dhs89 (soft drinks), Dhs189 (house beverages), Dhs50 (kids aged five-ten). Oryx Hotel, Al Khalidiya (02 692 2218).

Roberto’s
The Italian restaurant is serving set menus with a welcome mocktail to start and petit fours to end the festive meal.
Dec 25, noon-3pm. Dhs85 (two courses), Dhs119 (three courses), Dhs250 (per person, sharing menu). The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 627 9009).

DHS100-199
Al Wahda
The all-day-dining restaurant is hosting a Christmas Day dinner buffet with plenty of roast turkey.
Dec 25 (call for timings). Dhs190 (soft drinks). Grand Millenium Al Wahda, Hazza Bin Zayed Street (02 495 3915).

Bistro
A truly international brunch serving pizza, pasta, meat and barbecue dishes, with festive desserts.
Dec 25 (call for timings). Dhs175 (soft drinks), Dhs275 (house beverages), Dhs85 (kids aged six-12). Courtyard by Marriott, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street (02 698 2222).

Cafe 302

The cool café is offering a three-course set menu.
Dec 25, noon-11pm. Dhs150 (food only). Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street (02 610 6666).

Cafe Milano
The Italian restaurant is serving a festive version of its brunch.
Dec 25, noon-4pm. Dhs190 (soft drinks), Dhs250 (house beverages), Dhs480 (bubbly), Dhs60 (kids aged six-12). Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 333 2222),

Cho Gao

Looking for a Christmas feast with a twist? Celebrate with this evening do that is laced with tantalising Asian flavours. The conveniently-located downtown restaurant’s four-course set menu offers its greatest hits including its famous wasabi seared shrimp, wok-fried noodles and plenty more. And if you’re feeling a little generous this season, its easy-on-the-pocket prices mean you can take your favourite friends along for a treat.
Dec 25, 6pm-11pm. Dhs160 (soft drinks), Dhs220 (house beverages), Dhs80 (kids aged seven-12), free (kids six and under). Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street (02 616 6124).

Filini
The Italian restaurant is teaming up with neighbouring space Assymetri is hosting a festive brunch on Christmas Day. There will be an Italian-inspired spread with plenty of seafood available throughout the venue and the newly-opened Filini Garden.
Dec 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs255 (house beverages), Dhs375 (premium beverages). Radisson Blu Hotel Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (02 656 2000).

Heroes
There’s a full British-style carvery available all day long at this cosy pub.
Dec25, noon-11pm. Dhs150 (food only). Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street (02 616 6124).

Kuzbara

The family-friendly spot is turning on its festive spirit and will host a special Christmas brunch on December 25 with all the traditional dishes. There’s roasted turkey with all the trimmings, fresh seafood, desserts and lots more.
Dec 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Dhs190 (food only), Dhs280 (house beverages), Dhs70 (kids 12 and under). Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (02 047 777).

Olive Tree
Carveries, seafood and more at this festive buffet brunch.
Dec 25, 1pm-4pm. Dhs120 (soft drinks), Dhs160 (house beverages), Dhs252 (sparkling). Next to Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, Aloft Al Ain (03 713 8888).

Parmigiana
The restaurant is serving a four-course festive dinner menu with Italian flavours.
Dec 25, 7pm-10.30pm. Dhs165 (food only). Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, Corniche Road East (02 813 7777).

Pepper Restaurant
The all-day dining restaurant offers a Christmas lunch buffet this year, with flavours from around the world.
Dec 25, noon-3.30pm. Dhs115 (food only), Dhs58 (kids aged six-12), free (kids six and under). Novotel Al Bustan, Rabdan Street (02 501 6086).

Selections
A lavish festive spread will be served at this international Christmas brunch.
Dec 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages). InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdulla Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (800 423 463).

Silk Route Cafe
A traditional Christmas lunch served buffet-style, with a carving station, three-metre yule log and Santa popping in.
Dec 25, 12.30pm-3.30pm. AED 199 (house beverages), Dhs99 (kids aged six-12), free (under sixes). Book before December 15 to get 15 percent off. Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi (02 657 4856).

Spaccanapoli
The Italian restaurant is serving a three-course set menu throughout Christmas Day. Dishes include tomato tartare with burrata and Angus grilled beef. Cheese and grape evening will also be held on the night.
Dec 25, noon-11pm. Dhs170 (grape, antipasti and cheese), Dhs140 (soft drinks), Dhs200 (mixed drinks). Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street (02 616 6124).

The Garden
There’s a festive buffet and a visit from Santa Claus, too.
Dec 25, noon-4pm, 7pm-11pm. Dhs140 (soft drinks), Dhs240 (mixed rinks). Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street (02 616 6124).

The Sportsman's Arms

The family-friendly pub is hosting a sharing menu for its December 25 brunch. Start with a bowl of New England clam chowder before moving on to beetroot and goats’ cheese salad and duck carpaccio. Mains include roast turkey with all the trimmings, herb-crusted salmon, roast beef, roast butternut squash risotto or a whole roast turkey for the table. The dessert platter includes cream pie, apple crumble and cheese.
Dec 25, Noon-3pm. Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages), Dhs345 (Italian bubbly), Dhs85 (kids aged eight-14), Dhs55 (kids five-eight), free (kids four and under). International Tennis Center, Zayed Sports City (02 447 1066).

Victor’s
Tuck into a three-course meal including roast turkey with all the trimmings and three drinks. There’s also complimentary mulled grape and hot chocolate all day.
Dec 25, 1pm-8pm. Dhs140 (three-courses and three drinks). Hilton Capital Grand Hotel, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (02 665 508).

DHS200-299

Abu Dhabi Golf Club
The golf club is putting on a festive carvery and buffet. There will also be live entertainment to keep the kids happy.
Dec 25, noon-4pm. Dhs299 (members), Dhs350 (guests). Call for full details of packages and kids prices. Sas Al Nakhl (056 536 2230).

Afyä
Make the holiday season sizzle with a beachside barbeque at Traders Hotel venue, Afyä. Diners can soak up the sun during an afternoon or evening meal.
Dec 25, noon-3.30pm, 6.30pm-11.30pm. Dhs238 (soft drinks), Dhs267 (house beverages). Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri (02 509 8555).

BiCE
The Italian restaurant is serving a three-course festive menu that’s accompanied by live entertainment.
Dec 25 noon-3.30pm. Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs500 (bubbly). Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Corniche Road West (02 811 5666).

Brasserie Flo
The classy French brasserie is serving a three-course special menu for Christmas Day.
Dec 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Dhs265 (including hot drinks), Dhs55 (kids aged seven-12), free (kids aged six and under from regular menu). Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Al Maqta (02 404 1931)

BU!

Book three days in advance and the kitchen will prepare a turkey to feed eight with all the trimmings.
Dec 25 (call for timings). Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages). The Hub at The Mall at World Trade Center Abu Dhabi (02 666 8066).

Byblos Sur Mer
The Middle Eastern restaurant is serving a festive brunch for all the family.
Dec 25, 1pm-5pm. Dhs279 (house beverages). InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdulla Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (800 423 463).

Café Palmier
An excellent international buffet spread with live carolling, entertainers and a visit from Santa.
Dec 25, 1pm-4pm. Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs350 (house beverages), Dhs450 (bubbly). Le Royal Méridien, Shaikh Khalifa Street (800 101 101).

Corniche Restaurant
The international restaurant is serving a buffet spread of meat, seafood and more at lunch time and dinner. Santa Claus will also be turning up for the kids.
Lunch: Dec 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Dhs215 (soft drinks and one house beverage), Dhs325 (house beverages). Dinner: Dec 25, 7pm-11pm. Dhs245 (soft drink), Dhs325 (house beverages). Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, Corniche Road East (02 813 7777).

Dine

From roast beef and turkey, to Christmas pudding and cake, the team here are keeping things simple and traditional.
Dec 25, Noon-3pm. Dhs200 (soft drinks), Dhs265 (house beverages). Aloft Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (02 654 5193).

Fairways

Book a table at Fairways for its festive brunch and toast the occasion with your favourite people. There will be live stations and music.
Dec 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Dhs516 (soft drinks), Dhs636 (house beverages), Dhs756 (bubbly), Dhs366 (kids aged six-12). The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, Sas Al Nakhl (02 616 9999).

Flavours

A resident band sets the mood as diners dive into seasonal favourites. From fresh lobster and oysters, to carving stations slicing up turkey, lamb and beef. There’s also a dedicated play area for the kids who can expect a visit from Santa Claus.
Dec 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages), Dhs550 (bubbly), Dhs130 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche Road (02 677 3333).

Hoi An
The Vietnamese eatery is celebrating Christmas with an Asian twist in its four-course menu packed with delicacies such as a trio of crab starter, grilled seabass and five-spice braised duck.
Dec 25, 6.30pm-11.30pm. Dhs258 (four-course set menu), Dh60 (additional soft drinks package), Dhs120 (additional house beverage package). Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri (02 509 8555).

Inakaya
The Japanese robata restaurant is offering a six-course menu designed especially for Christmas Day.
Dec 25, 6pm-11pm. Dhs250 (food only), Dhs100 (two-hour drinks package). Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 404 1921).

Ingredients

Walk around carving stations as you fill up on traditional dishes on the day. Young ones are catered for and get their own Kids’ Club corner, where they will be entertained.
Dec 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Dhs280 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages), Dhs140 (kids aged five-12). Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara, Salam Street (02 656 1000).

Khayal

The feast at Khayal is more family-friendly. The offering will be traditional and will include turkey with all the trimmings, a fine selection of succulent cuts of meat and a international dishes.
Dec 25, 6.30pm-10.30pm. Dhs299 (soft drinks), Dhs399 (house beverages), Dhs499 (sparkling), Dhs599 (bubbly), Dhs100 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). Marriott Hotel Al Forsan Abu Dhabi, Khalifa City A (02 201 4131).

KOI Abu Dhabi
Why not try something different for your Christmas Day brunch and head to this stylish Japanese restaurant?
Dec 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages), Dhs445 (sparkling), Dhs495 (French bubbly). The Collection at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort (02 678 3334).

Latest Recipe

Turkey with all the trimmings, prime cuts of meat and a seafood corner. Resident band Once Duo will keep the festive hits coming. Make sure you save some room for dessert, too. The afternoon will end with a visit from Santa Claus who will bring gifts.
Dec 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs350 (house beverages), Dhs400 (bubbly), Dhs125 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Tourist Club Area (02 644 6666).

McGettigan's

The Christmas Day brunch sounds perfect for those who get overwhelmed by rooms of food. Instead, it comprises a three-course meal that you can tuck into with friends and family. The deal also includes five drinks, too.
Dec 25, until 7pm. Dhs279 (five drinks). Al Raha Beach Hotel and Resort, Channel Street (02 652 4333).

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club
The golf club is putting in a festive carvery and buffet. There will also be live entertainment for kids and grown-ups.
Dec 25, noon-4pm. Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs325 (house beverages). Sheikh Khalifa Highway, Saadiyat Island (02 499 8100).

Sambusek

The Middle Eastern restaurant is serving up a taste of the Levant this Christmas Day.
Dec 25, 12.30pm-3.30pm, 7pm-12.30am. Dhs225 (set menu). Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 813 5550).

Savannah
Christmas dinner on Sir Bani Yas Island is a special occasion. Here you can tuck into an African-themed carvery and traditional dishes.
Dec 25, 6.30pm-10.30pm. Dhs220 (food only), Dhs350 (soft drinks), Dhs150 (kids aged four-12). Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts (02 801 5400).

Shang Palace
Experience authentic Cantonese cuisine with a five-course feast, including a dim sum, three kinds of soup, plus a selection of main courses served family-style as well as sweet pastry and coconut pudding for dessert.
Dec 25, 6.30pm-11.30pm. Dhs295 (five-course menu), Dhs120 (additional house beverage package). Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri (02 509 8555).

Sofra BLD
The Santa Coming Home Brunch offers flavours from around the world.
Dec 25, 1pm-4pm. Dhs285 (food only), Dhs60 (soft drinks package), Dhs120 (house beverage package). Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi (02 509 8555).

SushiSan
A Yuletide-themed Omakase brunch (think sushi Christmas tree). The fun of an Omakase dinner is that you never know what to expect. The chef prepares a special meal depending on the fresh and seasonal ingredients available on the day. So, if you’re looking for something beyond of turkey and sprouts, you know where to go.
Dec 25, 12.30pm-3.30pm. Dhs299 (house beverages), Dhs99 (kids aged seven-12), free (kids six and under). Book and pay before Dec 15 and get 15 percent off. Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi, Dhafeer Street (800 78 744 726).

The Foundry

At Santa’s Favourite Christmas Brunch you can expect sensational steaks in addition to some festive grub. And if that isn’t enough, Santa will be stopping by, too.
Dec 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Dhs249 (soft drinks), Dhs319 (house beverages), Dhs369 (bubbly), Dhs125 (kids aged six-12), free (kids five and under). Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Al Mina (02 818 4888).

Todd English's Olives
Expect a classy Mediterrannean mix of dishes.
Dec 25, noon-4pm. Dhs225 (soft drinks), Dhs325 (house beverages), Dhs425 (bubbly). Discount of percent if booked before December 25. Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Al Maqta (02 404 1941)

DHS300-399

Bord Eau
The classy French restaurant will be serving an inventive set menu on Christmas Day, including savouries upon arrival and appetisers to share, followed by a beef broth with winter roots. The set menu includes slow-cooked Poularde de Bresse and oven-baked organic turkey breast, and a selection of desserts. There is also a four-course duck menu including duck rillettes, grilled foie gras and oven-roasted duck breast.
Dec 25, 6.30pm-11.30pm. Dhs390 (four-course duck menu), Dhs450 (five-course set menu), Dhs300 (grape paring package). Shangri_La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi (02 509 8555).

Intercontinental Abu Dhabi
The hotel’s glittering collection of restaurants – Cho Gao Marina Walk, Circo and Chamas Churrascaria & Bar – will give guests a memorable afternoon. Stations include pan-Asian, Italian and Brazilian flavours. There will be a special playroom for the little ones with a visit from Santa Claus himself. And, since it is Christmas, there’s a special two-for-one offer on the soft drinks and house beverages packages.
Dec 25, Noon-4pm. Dhs335 (soft drinks), Dhs399 (house beverages), Dhs495 (bubbly), Dhs150 (kids aged five-13), free (kids under five). InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdulla Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (800 423 463).

Origins

Apart from the food, guests can expect Christmas crackers, mulled grape, and plenty of cheer. Kids will be kept entertained in a play zone that includes face painting. And we hear Mr Claus will also make a visit.
Dec 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Dhs350 (soft drinks), Dhs450 (house beverages), Dhs650 (bubbly), Dhs195 (kids aged five-12). Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (02 656 0700).

Rosewater
A Christmas Day brunch with international dishes as well as traditional fare. There’s a visit from Santa, too.
Dec 25, 12.30pm-3.30pm. Dhs375 (food only), Dhs550 (bubbly). Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Corniche Road West (02 811 5666).

Stills
Christmas day Funch includes house beverages all day (and mulled grape pong). As well as brunch and an after-brunch party, there will be festive beats supplied by musical elves alongside a host of games, such as rodeo bull, giant hops pong, table tennis, massive twister, giant Connect Four and more. That’s a lot of oversized fun. Join for food or for a party, or join for both and pay a special combo price of just Dhs450.
Dec 25 12.30pm-4pm (brunch), 4pm-8pm (post-brunch party). Dhs350 (house beverages), Dhs250 (after-brunch beverage package). Crowne Plaza Yas Island, Yas Island (02 656 3000).

The Terrace on the Corniche

Outside of the festive season, Friday brunch at The Terrace on the Corniche is a fun occasion. So, the team are bound to crank up the enjoyment levels at this time of year. The food will showcase the season’s finest ingredients (just see the main picture on pages 18 and 19 for proof). and there’ll be plenty of festive drinks and cheer for to the occasion.
Dec 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Dhs350 (soft drinks), Dhs470 (house beverages), Dhs580 (bubbly). The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Tower, Corniche Road (02 694 4444).

DHS400+

Aqua
You’re in for a memorable experience at Rosewood Abu Dhabi’s Christmas Family Brunch. The plush restaurant boasts impressive views of the Arabian Gulf and Al Maryah Island and a delicious spread of culinary eats and treats to go with it. Savour special festive recipes and traditional fare as you toast to the season.
Dec 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Dhs400 (soft drinks), Dhs600 (bubbly), Dhs175 (kids aged six-12). Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 813 5550).

Butcher & Still
The Chicago-style steakhouse is serving a three-course festive dinner.
Dec 25, from 7pm. Dhs550 (food only), Dhs250 (kids ages six-12). Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 333 2222),

Cipriani

This Italian-themed adults-only festive do could be the answer. The sophisticated event includes a jazz band as well as classic board games. Highlights include eggs Benedict with an Italian twist, fresh burrata with soft polenta, calamari fritti and ravioli all Piemontese. The showstopper will be the Christmas turkey with duchess potatoes.
Dec 25, 2pm-6pm. Dhs600 (house beverages). Yas Marina, Yas Island (02 657 5400).

Crust

There’ll be something to suit every palate and taste at the festive-themed buffet, including a carving station. This one will be held on the terraces of Butcher & Still, Al Meylas and Zsa Zsa. There’s plenty to keep the kids occupied, including a magician and Santa himself.
Dec 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Dhs300 (soft drinks), Dhs400 (house beverages), Dhs650 (bubbly), Dhs125 (kids aged six-12), Dhs50 (kids five and under). Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 333 2222).

Giornette

With no fewer than 30 live-cooking stations, there will be turkey roulade with all the trimmings, slow-roasted wagyu beef with cranberry sauce and Yorkshire pudding, fresh seafood and plenty more. And make sure you stop by the Dolce dessert room.
Dec 25, 1pm-4pm. Dhs445 (soft drinks), Dhs545 (house beverages), Dhs645 (bubbly), Dhs222 (kids aged six-11), free (kids five and under). The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqtaa (02 818 8282).

Hakkasan
A sharing menu filled with exquisite Cantonese food. It includes favourites from the regular menu and dishes created especially for the festive season.
Dec 25, 7pm-12.30pm. Dhs588 (soft drinks), Dhs688 (house beverage and grape pairing). Emirates Palace, Corniche West (02 690 7739).

Le Vendome

If you plump for their Christmas lunch, sit back and relax as you enjoy all the traditional Christmas fare along with plenty of international favourites.
Dec 25, 12.30pm-3.30pm. Dhs450 (soft drinks), Dhs600 (house beverages), Dhs700 (bubbly). Emirates Palace, Corniche West (02 690 7999).

Li Jiang
The Asian restaurant is serving five courses with dishes from Vietnam, China, Malaysia and Singapore.
Dec 25, 7pm-11pm. Dhs400 (soft drinks), Dhs650 (house beverages), Dhs200 (kids aged fix-11), free kids five and under). The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 818 8282)

Olea

Live stations will include a Mongolian barbecue, tandoor, Italian pentola, a seafood corner and a carvery. Leave room for dessert.
Dec 25, 1pm-4pm. Dhs500 (soft drinks), Dhs600 (house beverages), Dhs700 (bubbly), Dhs250 (kids aged six-12), free (kids five and under). The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort (02 498 8443).

The Forge
A five-course menu including foie gras, roasted duck breast, scallops and other incredible ingredients.
Dec 25, 7pm-11pm. Dhs650 (soft drinks), Dhs950 (house beverages), Dhs325 (kids aged six-11), under sixes not permitted. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 818 8282).

The Park Bar & Grill

Head here for a special festive afternoon. There will be a barbecue buffet offering classic and contemporary dishes. The party will also have a visit from Santa, fun stalls, crafts and prizes.
Dec 25, 1pm-4pm. Dhs420 (house beverages). Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas, Saadiyat Island
(02 407 1234).

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