Where to eat: 10 places in the UAE to dine for Eid Al Adha
Stacie Overton Johnson rounds up the best Eid Al Adha lunches, brunches, dinners and desserts (plus a bonus location to pick up a sweet treat at). Grab your friends and family — and go out to celebrate in style.
Byblos Sur Mer
InterContinental Abu Dhabi
Try the special Eid brunch at this Lebanese restaurant, which stands separate from the hotel. With vistas of the water and plenty of shisha, the brunch includes mezze served at the table, followed by a feast of Lebanese grills prepared at live cooking stations and a signature dessert station. Live entertainment will add to the celebratory vibe. September 11 to 12.
• From 12.30pm to 4.30pm. Dh190. Call 800 423 463
Jing Asia and Barouk
Crowne Plaza Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
Jing Asia’s Eid brunch, which will be served on September 11, includes ouzis, grills, salads and live cooking stations, in addition to its signature Chinese dishes. There will also a be special kids’ station. The hotel’s Lebanese restaurant, Barouk, is also hosting a celebration from September 11 to 13, with live entertainment, a percussionist, singers and a belly dancer. Highlights on the set menu include grills, kibbeh nayyeh, rakakat (cheese- and spice-filled pastry), batata harra (spiced potatoes) and more.
• Jing Asia brunch: 12.30 to 4pm Dh149; Dh70 for kids; Barouk meal: Dh200; Dh100 for kids. For both venues, call 02 656 3000
Giornotte Restaurant and Terrace
Ritz-Carlton Grand Canal, Abu Dhabi
Celebrate Eid in sophisticated style at Giornotte in this opulent hotel. The lunch will feature a lavish Arabian spread, with lamb ouzi, international dishes and live cooking stations. The restaurant will be decked out in Arabian lanterns and date displays.
•September 10, noon to 3.30pm. Dh231 with soft drinks; Dh47 for kids ages 5 to 12; Dh167 for kids ages 13 to 16. Call 02 818 8282
Armed Forces Officers Club and Hotel, Abu Dhabi
This brunch, with views of the gardens, offers dishes such as lamb machbous, shrimp jareesh and ouzi mansaf. There is also a plethora of Eid sweets, including date ma’amoul and a chocolate fountain. The play area for kids has its own special buffet.
• September 11 and 12, noon to 4pm. Dh160; 50 per cent discount for kids ages 7 to 12. Call 02 441 5900
The Address Dubai Mall
Celebrate in style at this Middle Eastern restaurant in Downtown Dubai. The Eid brunch, from September 11 to 13, includes Emirati cuisine, Arabian dishes, international plates and a range of desserts. There will be live entertainment and a dedicated kids’ area and buffet. The restaurant is also serving special Arabian-inspired Eid breakfast and dinner for Eid from September 11 to 13.
• Brunch: 12.30pm to 4pm, Dh220 with soft drinks. Breakfast: 6.30am to 11.30am, Dh145. Dinner: 7pm to 11pm, Dh190. Call 04 438 8888
The Atrium and Toshi
Grand Millennium Dubai
Try an Eid lunch at Atrium, which features an international buffet with live cooking stations, a dessert station, live entertainment and activities for the little ones. Available September 12 to 14. Or indulge in a Japanese feast at Toshi. On September 10, tuck into sushi, sashimi, maki rolls and signature Japanese dishes. Or try sushi and sashimi on September 11, which also includes cold and hot appetisers and a range of hot dishes.
• The Atrium: noon to 4pm, Dh179; 50 per cent off for children ages 6 to 12. Toshi: 7pm to 11pm both nights, Dh165. For both restaurants, call 04 429 9999
Al Safa Street, Citywalk, Dubai
The chefs at The Brass (a coffee-lover’s dream) have created two new cakes to celebrate Eid. The Nutella milk cake is a sponge soaked in milk and vanilla and then infused with Nutella. But hurry – this one will only be available from September 9 to 17. The cinnamon-infused Speculaas Lotus cake – a mildly spiced sponge cake with lotus – is a permanent addition to the menu.
• Both cakes are Dh24 for a slice, and Dh250 for a whole cake. Call 04 385 6971 for more information
Podium Level, Gate Village 05, DIFC, Dubai
This Argentinian restaurant will serve a handful of special Eid dishes. For mains, try the braised-lamb shoulder with chipotle empanadas or the oven-roasted lamb leg with polenta. The special Eid dessert is a date and pecan tart with coconut ice cream.
• September 10 to 12, noon to 11.30pm. Call 04 422 7898
The Collective and Awtar
Grand Hyatt Dubai
Try The Collective Eid brunch, which includes the best bites from the Levant Emporium, Grill Bar, Bombay Cafe and French Boutique Bakery. Expect roasted baby lamb, freekeh-stuffed quail, shawarma, pide (Turkish pizza), salt-crusted salmon, cheese kunafa,Turkish delights, sticky date pudding and more. Awtar is also serving an Eid menu, with authentic Lebanese dishes and live entertainment. The set menu features traditional dishes such as mixed grills and seafood, hot and cold mezze and a range of Arabian sweets.
• Brunch: September 11, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dh280. Awtar: 7.30pm to 3am (last order at 1.30am), Dh270. For both restaurants, call 04 317 2222
Burger and Lobster
Burj Daman Building, DIFC, Dubai
This restaurant in DIFC has a limited menu with, you guessed it, burgers and lobster dishes. It is sticking to what it knows best – but to celebrate Eid two new limited-edition combos are on offer from September 8 to 13. Each combo includes any dish on the menu, two selected beverages (different drinks offered for each combo) and a free dessert or milkshake. The burgers are made from corn-fed, Angus beef, with natural marbling, while the lobster comes from the Atlantic Ocean and is kept fresh in the restaurant’s tanks.
• Each combo costs Dh198. Call 04 275 9086 for more information
Sweet treats for chocolate lovers
Cocosia is offering a special box of chocolates for Eid, with a collection of handcrafted chocolates that feature intricate Arabic detailing. The chocolate bonbons come in a variety of milk, dark and white chocolate, with praline and ganache. They’re infused with a range of flavours including Earl Grey, jasmine and various fruits. You can handpick the chocolates to create your own box by visiting the Cocosia Boutique. Chocolates can also be personalised and engraved.
• Dh140 for a 16-piece luxury box. Dh110 for a 16-piece regular box. Cocosia is in shops 2 and 3 in the Rasis Business Centre in Al Barsha 1, behind Mall of the Emirates. Call 04 395 0977 or visit www.cocosia.ae
Published: September 5, 2016 04:00 AM