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Stuck for Xmas lunch ideas? Here’s a few top picks…

The festive season is upon us, and here in Dubai, we are spoilt for choice. Here, with a little help from our sister website, www.dubaiweek.ae, we select a range of options for all budgets and tastes – but be quick, it might be too late to book!

Peyote
Peyote Dubai, the fine-dining modern Mexican restaurant in Dubai International Financial Centre is celebrating the festive period with themed menus and brunch offers.
You can enjoy a festive brunch at Peyote on both Friday, December 22 and Monday, December 25 from 12:30pm until 4pm. The Festive Brunch offers guests a mix of sharing dishes and à la carte options. The menu is an infusion of both modern Mexican cuisine and traditional festive dishes and ingredients. Dishes include turkey tacos, brussel sprout salsa, chicken and mole blanco, and mashed potato. Desserts include ginger cookies, eggnog pavlova and churros. To enhance the festivities, Christmas-themed face painting is on offer.
In addition to festive brunch, Peyote is also offering a special festive season menu throughout December. Delectable dishes, both traditionally festive and truly Mexican, make up the varied menu: roast turkey mole, pumpkin cream soup, and white risotto to name a few.
Brunch AED 375 – 475. Children under 5 eat free of charge, 6- to 12-year olds AED 175 + 10% DIFC Fee.
Call 04 521 6300 reservations@peyoterestaurant.ae

Links, Address Montgomerie
The Address Montgomerie has some gorgeous dining venues, and you might even be able to slip in a round in – on the course or the bar – before lunch or dinner.
Festive Brunch at the Links offers a full day of activities for the kids, including face painting, bouncy castle, pony rides, balloon bending and a visit from the big jolly man himself. As children receive festive gifts, the adults can indulge in the lively atmosphere with live music and beverages.
December 25, 2017, 12.30pm to 4pm
AED 450 – AED 590. AED 220 for children between 5 and 11 years
Call 04 8883444 dine@emaar.com

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Nineteen, Address Montgomerie
Nineteen’s festive brunch offers traditional festive dishes, live seafood and roast stations and views of the stunning golf course. Treat yourself and the family to the perfect seasonal celebration as live music completes this magical time of year.
December 25, 2017, 12.30pm to 4pm
AED 245 – AED 345. 50% discount for children between 5 and 11 years
Call 04 8883444 dine@emaar.com

Royal China
Royal China Dubai, DIFC, invites patrons to indulge in delicately designed menus to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve in extravagant style. Two seasonally inspired three-course set menus will be available from December 24 until January 1, taking patrons on a culinary journey to the Far East with an array of mouth-watering starters, main courses and desserts.
Highlights include crispy aromatic duck, fresh lobster, deep-fried fillet of dover sole, together with popular favourites including mixed seafood in bird’s nest, lotus leaf rice and sautéed chicken with red chilli sauce.
Three-course seafood gourmet menu, AED 418 per person for a booking of two or more
Three-course house dinner menu, AED 250 per person for two or more
Call 04 3545543 www.royalchinadubai.com

Hoi An
Vietnamese tapas might not sum up the spirit of the festive season for some, but Hoi An at the Shangri-La is offering unlimited made-to-order Vietnamese tapas, which sounds like a deal to us.
You can feast for three and a half hours on the likes of Canadian lobster, wok-fried golden garlic prawns, seared Black Angus beef tenderloin and much more, served by super friendly staff.
12.30pm-4pm. AED 230 per person for food only, drinks packages from AED 350.
04 405 2703 or f&breservations.sldb@shangri-la.com

The Irish Village
Garhoud’s Irish Village is offering a huge festive buffet on December 25, laden down with all your favourites, including a carvery, turkey, and all the trimmings. And, to truly take advantage of the stunning weather, it’s outside. A festive soundtrack is sure to have everyone rocking around the Christmas tree and Santa will be dropping by to give out presents.
AED 199 for adults (excluding beverages). AED 99 for children under 12. 12pm-4pm.
Reservation essential.
Call 04 282 4750 www.theirishvillage.com

The Carving Board
Ok, it might not be as festive as a hotel meal, but City Walk newcomer, The Carving Board, knows its sandwiches, and if you’re on a budget, or at work, why not get into the spirit of things with an AED40 turkey dinner in a sandwich? These Californian bread masters have really nailed it with a ‘turkey dinner’ sandwich: herb roasted turkey, stuffing, grilled onions, turkey gravy, and dried cranberries on toasted sourdough with an extra side of gravy for dipping, this festive favourite comes with all the trimmings, and you can eat it with your hands, without being told off!
Call 04 2720516 www.eattheboard.com

Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf
Seriously committed to over-indulging this year? Want to make the most of the festive food before hitting the gym again in January? We’ve found the answer!
This hotel is offering a fabulous 10-hour plus buffet spread of everything from salads to seafood, plus all the festive favourites, covering breakfast, lunch and dinner (plus dessert). Once you’ve finished delivering all those presents, you can find it at The Market Place at this affordable Oud Metha hotel.
A DJ will take to the decks for three of those hours and Santa Claus promises an appearance too.
11.30am-10pm. The Market Place – Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf Dubai, Oud Metha. AED 169 per person including soft beverages (AED 269 with house beverages).
Call 04 317 7777

Lock, Stock & Barrel – JBR The Walk
Staying in town for the festive season? If you’re longing for a taste of home, don’t bother cooking a turkey dinner…Lock, Stock & Barrel has got you covered. Tuck into a proper festive roast, complete with stuffed turkey and all the trimmings. For those in need of rocking festivities, there’s a festive brunch every Friday all throughout December, featuring three rounds of seasonally inspired mouth-watering dishes to get stuck into with your friends and family. Mulled grape and mulled apple will also be available all month.
Festive roast of the day (every Saturday & Sunday): AED 129
Festive brunch: AED 199 with soft beverages / 299 AED with house beverages
Call 04 520 0049 info.jbr@lsbdubai.com

Royal Mirage
DRIFT — the newly-opened, beachfront destination at One&Only Royal Mirage, will be offering something extra special this holiday season, with a festive lunch on December 24 and 25.
Indulge in DRIFT’s idyllic location by spending the day relaxing on the beach or kicking back by the stunning infinity pool. Gather your friends and enjoy a stylish festive set menu at DRIFT’s superb Provençal style restaurant, from 12 noon until sunset.
Package details: Christmas set menu and a la carte beverages (a la carte menu will also be available)
Price: AED 450 per person (entrance is limited to those aged 16 and above)
Call 04 315 2200

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