Eid Al Adha Special - Our Selection of Where to Celebrate

02 Oct, 2014 / Posted By Mayuri

Eid Al Adha is just around the corner, and it is that great time of the year where families get together for fabulous feasts, lots of laughter, and merry-making. 

The following is our handpicked selection of the places you should spend quality time with your loved ones on this holy festivity.


Movenpick BrunchFriday Sparkling Brunch in Al Bahou

Location: Mövenpick Hotel, Ibn Batuta Gate
Cuisine: International
Price per person: From AED 95 to AED 395

Renowned for its exceptional Friday brunch buffet, Mövenpick is the ideal place to start your Eid celebrations with your family.

An extensive display of lavish dishes from all over the world will cater to the tastes of your contemporaries and your seniors, as well as wow the youngest of your party.

Whether you prefer traditional Arabic fare, or your palate is partial towards far East Asian cuisine: the endless tables groaning under the weight of the piles and platters of savouries and sweets, and the chefs at their live counters will accommodate the most particular needs of your choosiest family member.

What sets this banquet (buffet sounded too humble to our ears) apart from its counterparts is its refusal to compromise on quality despite its alarmingly large variety.

We recommend you make reservations as soon as possible if you have a big family whom you look forward to spending a pleasant and relaxing Friday morning with.




Location: Raffles Hotel, Wafi Mall, Oud Metha
Cuisine: Moroccan fusion
Price per person: AED 250

Qbara is one of the newest members of Dubai’s Arabesque culinary family and it is the ideal place to splurge on this special occasion with your spouse and other fellow young couples.

With a modern twist on palate-awakening Moroccan fare, a vibrant yet relaxing atmosphere, and a surprisingly unpretentious and friendly service, this restaurant has become a firm favourite with our team.

While the spread in Movenpick was described by us as abundant and moreish, the courses in Qbara are delicate, petite and on the finer side. An ode to extravagant Levantine creativity, each morsel will tantalise your taste buds and intrigue your mind. Some of their signature dishes – such as their chicken tagine and their spicy lamb cutlets – are a staple and we would not advise you to ignore them. However, we strongly recommend you get experimental with some of their outrageous concoctions: the lobster kibbeh starter and the “milk and honey” dessert won us over.



IndegoIndego by Vineet Bhatia

Location: Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina
Cuisine: Indian
Price per person: AED 250

Indego is a jewel of Indian food excellence in Dubai, and what better way to explore this jewel than in the advent of a family celebration. Make reservations to spend an evening with your loved ones feasting on Vineet Bhatia’s masterpiece courses.

Largely well known for comfort grub at reasonable rates, Indian food receives an overhaul at this modern, fusion eatery. Fine dining connoisseurs will agree that while the food is true to its roots – hearty, wholesome and satisfying – there is a delicate subtlety to the spices and the ingredients used in this restaurant.

Peruse through Vineet Bhatia’s sharing suggestions for friends and families if you wish to share with a large group, or book a tasting menu for two if your celebration consists of a more intimate affair. If you are, however, free-styling through the menu, we insist on the Kesari Murgh Rezana (saffron chicken), the lamb Gucci Korma (the lamb stew with truffle oil) and their signature chocomosas – chocolate samosas!



EugenieEugenie, Les Gourmandises 1856

Location: Souk Al Bahar, Downtown.
Cuisine: French patisserie
Price per person: AED 50

Eid is usually linked with indulgent devouring of excellent food over large banquets. However, this festival is often spent with families and friends in the comforts of one’s home. In this case, many people prefer to go out for an afternoon tea before their dinner, or grab a bite of a delectable dessert after a party at home.

Eugenie in Souk Al Bahar provides that perfect alternative: fresh French pastries accompany specialty teas and coffees. These sweet delicacies are made in-house, the teas and coffees are exclusive to Eugenie and with the Dubai fountains in the backdrop, we could think of no better way you should spend the afternoon catching up with your friends before you head home for a celebratory family dinner.

We are partial to the creamy coffee and vanilla choux, which we washed down with a dainty cup of the Elysees palace hot chocolate. Délicieux! 



Pascal TepperPascal Tepper French Bakery

Location: Media City
Cuisine: French
Price per person: AED 100 (a la carte)

This Parisian bakery is accommodating and yet intimate, which makes it an ideal place to bring your children to for an exciting Eid morning.

Pascal Tepper hosts an event every Friday called “Le Petit Pascal”, where alongside a sumptuous Friday brunch buffet with live stations, the café hosts an interactive baking class for your little ones. At the end of the day they are awarded certificates for their participation and get to take their own pastries home. 

If you are not keen on a buffet, and would rather opt for an a la carte experience, then we suggest you place an order for a full breakfast meal – complete with coffee and fresh orange juice: when we ordered ours, we devoured our eggs Benedict with much gusto. For the tiny tots, we recommend the Croques Monsieurs, and a Bonjour smoothie. And to finish off? A generous helping of creamy, crunchy Mille Feuille. Rest assured, Pascal will be a winner amongst every member of your family this Eid morning.



Almaz by MomoAlmaz by Momo

Location: Harvey Nichols, inside the Mall of the Emirates, Barsha
Cuisine: Moroccan & Arabic
Price per person: AED 200 

Almaz means diamond in Arabic, a fitting name for this restaurant in the Mall of the Emirates, which will sparkle and stand out from its tamer Maghrebi culinary counterparts.

The décor is kitsch and a tastefully eclectic blend of opulence and tradition; the ambience, nevertheless, is relaxed and carefree: it is an ideal place to bring your entire family to for a festive and lavish Eid evening.

The menu is an extensive list of a medley of Northern African and Arabic flavours. You will encounter hearty portions of grilled meats and stews, complemented by crisp salads and fluffy breads, and accompanied with cool, fresh juices and virgin cocktails.

End your evening splendidly with a fruity shisha by your side and a selection of traditional desserts on your table; we fell in love with their saffron crème brulee and the Ghriba with coconut. All in all, we believe you will have an outstanding time in Almaz with your nearest and dearest. Eid Mubarak!


By Mayuri Gidwani
Content editor for RoundMenu


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