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Where to dine this National Day weekend

Travel the world through your plate as you tuck into flavours from all around the world at these venues

Staying in town for the long weekend? How about taking a delicious trip around the world through your plate? Introduced just in time for the UAE National Day weekend, these splendid venues are offering up everything from seasonal specials and new menus to incredible deals that you can make the most of during your visit. 

The classic American saloon vibe comes to life at Weslodge in JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai. Promising a sense of escape to chilly North America, while still offering glamorous views of the Dubai cityscape from the 68th floor of the hotel, this standout venue is the place to be for a memorable dining experience this week as the National Day fireworks light up the skies in Downtown Dubai.

Weslodge Saloon

The restaurant is running a special “two can dine” offer available from Monday, November 30 until Wednesday, December 2, served from 5:30pm onwards. Enjoy a four-course feast of sharing dishes, including scorched Wagyu with yuzu, truffle and radish and whole seabass. There’s also a surprise dessert, served with a patriotic twist, and two complimentary beverages, all for AED150 per person.


Bringing authentic Thai flavours to the table amidst casual luxury vibes, Benjarong is a firm favourite among Thai food lovers in the city. And for good reason! No other venue in the city celebrates traditional Thai cuisine with as much splendour such as Benjarong, With classics such as tom yum soup, chicken dumplings, khao noodles, Thai curry and more, this is the place to be for a true Thai feast.


After a well-deserved lie in over the weekend, head over to the lovely Boardwalk at Dubai Creek Yacht Club for a splendid late breakfast. Located on the banks of the Dubai Creek with nautical vibes reigning supreme, this venue has all the Dubai feels with a casual Mediterranean vibe. Tuck into a breakfast menu unlike any other with cocktail oysters, avocado hummus, shakshuka-style poached eggs and more for AED98 per person. And for an additional AED98, you can add free-flowing mimosas.

Taking place on Saturday, November 5 from 12:30 to 4:30pm, Reform Social & Grill will bring together 15 of the city’s most talented and reputable chefs to collaborate for the first time. Taking place on The Lawn, each culinary rockstar will man their own stations at the venue, offering everything from unlimited street food and small bites to paired beverages. 


DIFC hotspot Gaia has launched a new menu this week featuring seasonal specials made with autumnal flavours. Designed to be enjoyed in an al fresco setting at the venue’s terrace, guests can tuck into sumptuous lunch and dinner specials under the bougainvillea throughout the season. Providing a taste of a Mediterranean autumn, seasonal salads include the kounoupidi salata and the antidi salata. Offering more delicacies from the sea, the menu features raw dishes such as the magiatiko karpatsio, yellowtail carpaccio, grilled sardines, grilled lobster and king crab linguine.

Punjab Grill

With Indian cuisine as the star of the show, Punjab Grill will add an exclusive Emirati twist to its dishes this National Day. Located within the stunning surrounds of the Venetian Village at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, this fine-dining venue will serve up dishes such as chicken trio with beetroot hummus, green pea hummus with black olives and a special ‘National Day’ dessert.


Inspired by her travels to Japan, celebrity chef Silvena Rowe has introduced a new sushi menu at her Jumeirah Golf Estates outpost. Thoughtfully created to appeal to the western palate, diners can expect classics such as tuna and salmon sushi as well as all-time favourites crazy prawn tempura and crunchy California. Chef specials include the rocky roll made and dragon maki. Vegetarian options, such as asparagus sushi and avocado sushi, are also available.


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