Five affordable Christmas Day lunches to book in Abu Dhabi

Dining out on Christmas Day doesn't have to break the bank

The Scene by Simon Rimmer will be serving a five-course Christmas Day lunch. Courtesy The Scene by Simon Rimmer
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If you're staying in Abu Dhabi this Christmas, you might be thinking about heading out for your festive feast.

And while many of the capital's restaurants will be hosting opulent turkey banquets, dining out on Christmas Day doesn't have to cost the Earth. If you are looking for something closer to the Dh300 mark, here are five options to book.

Cho Gao, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi

If you fancy a break from the turkey tradition, Cho Gao at the Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi on Hamdan Street will be offering something a little different, and for under Dh100. For your Christmas Day lunch, you can enjoy a sushi platter and a glass of sparking grape for Dh99.

Wednesday, December 25; 2pm-1am; Dh99; Cho Gao, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan Street; 02 616 6149,

The Belgian Cafe Yas Island will be serving all-you-can-eat roast, featuring festive turkey. Courtesy Belgian Cafe Yas Island

Belgian Cafe Yas Island

The Belgian Cafe at the Radisson Blu Yas Island will be serving an all-you-can-eat Christmas roast for just Dh125. Choose from turkey, free-range chicken, slow roast beef or sirloin steak, served with all the traditional roast dinner trimmings. For Dh199, you can enjoy the roast plus unlimited house beverages. The offer is also available on Boxing Day.

Wednesday and Thursday, December 25 and 26; 1pm-5pm; Dh125, Belgian Cafe Yas Island, Radisson Blu, Abu Dhabi; 02 656 2000,

W Abu Dhabi, Yas Island

The newly opened W Hotel Abu Dhabi will be ringing in its first festive season with a Christmas Day brunch at its Garage restaurant. From Dh395, guests will be able to indulge in a festive turkey buffet with all the trimmings and unlimited house beverages. There will also be a very special guest in red.

Wednesday, December 25; 1pm-4pm; Dh395; Garage, W Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, 02 656 0000,

The Scene by Simon Rimmer, Yas Island

Indulge in a traditional five-course feast at The Scene by Simon Rimmer. The British chef’s Yas Island eatery will be serving starters such as brie and camembert, beetroot salmon and froi gras parfair, before moving on to a main course of Christmas roast turkey with all the trimmings, topped off with a selection of desserts including Christmas pudding. Soft packages start at Dh275, while for Dh475, guests will also be able to enjoy unlimited Christmas-themed house drinks. There will also be a visit from Santa and his elves. Children under 6 eat for free.

Wednesday, December 25; from 12pm; prices starting at Dh275; The Scene by Simon Rimmer, Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi; 02 565 1330,

La Brasserie at Abu Dhabi's Venetian Village will serve a four-course lunch. Courtesy Venetian Village 

La Brasserie, Venetian Village

Celebrate Christmas with your loved ones with a French twist. For Dh255, La Brasserie at Abu Dhabi’s Venetian Village will be offering a four-course Christmas Day feast featuring traditional festive dishes and seasonal favourites, paired with complementing drinks.

Wednesday, December 25; 12pm-3.30pm; Dh255; La Brasserie, Venetian Village, Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi; 02 404 1940,


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