Gastronomy overload: Dubai's festive food offerings

Gastronomy overload: Dubai's festive food offerings

Five seasonal hot spots

Editor: Faizal Dahlawia

These are the months of indulgence and we've found five flavoursome hot spots that are brimming with gastronomic secrets for the festive season...

From mouthwatering mains to delectable desserts and even a cooking masterclass, Buro 24/7 Middle East has the best food spots for you to check out as we say hello to a brand new year.

A New Year's Ever dinner at MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill

The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill, Dubai's home-grown seaside brasserie is throwing the mother of all parties this New Year's Eve. What could be better for your last meal of the year than demolishing a seafood tower piled with snow crab legs, shrimps, freshly shucked oysters and scallop ceviche? Sample a variety of classic brasserie dishes, like their signature burrata with summer tomatoes, prime beef carpaccio and rib eye steak topped with seared foie gras for a main.

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The Maine is located at the DoubleTree by Hilton, JBR. For reservations, call +971 4 457 6719.

Be a master chef at Culinary Boutique

Conquer the kitchen at the newest opening in Jumeirah, Culinary Boutique. The gourmet café and restaurant, which features a culinary school has a custom-built kitchen with top of the range equipment, along with a team of professional chefs who make learning to cook a dynamic experience. With over 100 classes on offer, ranging from the art of Emirati cuisine or Peruvian specialties, to technique tips and basic home cooking skills, the culinary school caters to all levels of ability. Hello, New Year's Resolution!

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For more information, visit Culinary Boutique.

Must try: Celebirty favourite, Serendipity 3

Dubai will be home to the first Serendipity 3 outlets outside of the US, come January. The iconic New York eatery, and celebrity hot spots, serve up whimsical desserts including that Frrrozen hot chocolate. Celebrities that have patronised the place include Andy Warhol, Beyonce and Kim Kardashian. One of the highlights in the history of the restaurant is its 50th anniversary celebration in 2004 when it whipped up an ice-cream sundae aptly named the Golden Ouplence, which was sprinkled with 23K gold leaf and topped with an exclusive dessert caviar. The price? A record-breaking Dhs3700.

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Serendipity 3 is set to make its international debut at City Walk 2 and Dubai Festival City January, 2016. 

Indulge in a new menu at Angelina

Luxury Parisian tearoom and patisserie Angelina welcomes the festive season with a special menu. Up until the last day of the year, you can savour seasonal duck confit croquettes served with root vegetables and goats cheese, accompanied by dollops of red currant and carrot ginger coulis. Meanwhile, braised lamb chops add a meaty flair to the occasion, served with black garlic croquettes, baby carrots, beetroots, morels and chanterelles. In addition, you can order special bottles of hot chocolate and chestnut cream dressed in white and adorned with golden snowflakes. They make the perfect present.

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Angelina is located at The Dubai Mall and Mall of The Emirates.

Immerse in the festive spirit at Madinat Jumeirah's Annual Souk Festive Market

Madinat Jumeirah will host its annual festive market this December at the recently refurbished Fort Island. Seasonal food on offer will include roasted chestnuts, gingerbread treats and festive beverages while afternoon tea will be served daily at Al Samar Lounge in Jumeirah Mina A'Salam and Al Fayrooz Lounge at Jumeirah Al Qasr. To make this festive celebration even sweeter, you can take part in cooking classes with Lindt Master Chocolatier Matthew Muller.

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