Any plans for New Year’s Eve?
If you’re a lastminute.com kind of character when it comes to social arrangements like I am, and you’re at a loose end on New Year’s eve, here’s a round-up of restaurants serving à la carte in Dubai - and all with a view of this town’s extravagant fireworks. You can order what you like without any astronomically priced set menus or buffet spreads weighing you down. This selection was part of a post with a bit of a rant that I submitted for the global Expat Blog Awards competition, which, thanks to your votes, won gold in the UAE for the second consecutive year! Merci beaucoup FooDiva Friends .
- Iris Dubai – a Beirut concept, the sexy new rooftop bar-cum-lounge atop the Oberoi Dubai is offering à la carte, and many a reasonably priced cocktail. Best bit is you have a direct view across the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa and its cascading midnight fireworks. 6pm onwards. T; +971 56 9511442.
- La Serre – no surprise, à la carte once again here too from 7pm onwards. Try and bag a window table will full view of the Burj Khalifa fireworks at midnight. T; +971 4 4286969. E; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Madinat Jumeirah – this one should actually have multiple listings with four restaurants in one of Dubai’s most popular dining destinations serving à la carte. Pai Thai and Italian, Segreto with a minimum spend of 500 dirhams (US$137) per person. And another Italian, Toscana on the souk waterway, plus The Agency wine bar with 300 dirhams (US$82) minimum spend. 7pm onwards. All have direct views across Burj Al Arab so you’ll soak up the shoreline’s fireworks at midnight. T; +971 4 3666730, E; email@example.com
- Toko – this Sydney-based modern Japanese restaurant just open at Vida Downtown next to La Serre, is you guessed it serving à la carte. 6pm onwards. T; +971 52 9859449, E; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Watatsumi – another Japanese restaurant, this spot at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi is a little more intimate. Serving à la carte from 8.30pm onwards. Bag terrace seating – perfect viewpoint across Palm Jumeirah island and Atlantis for what is destined to be the world’s largest fireworks display. Yes Dubai is hoping to break Kuwait’s Guinness world record. T; +971 4 3993373, E; email@example.com
All are licensed restaurants so you can enjoy a tipple or two, but otherwise if you’re teetotal most cafes in Dubai are serving à la carte. Needless to say advanced reservations are required for all venues. If you would prefer to stay at home but not be a slave to your stove, here’s a round-up of caterers. Would love to hear what you’re up to. Have a fabulous food-filled 2014!