Ramadan 2019: iftars to try in Dubai

From majlis tents to luxurious restaurants, a guide to this year's finest iftars in Dubai

Ramadan Cafe at The Palace Courtyard, One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai.
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Throughout the holy month, restaurants and lounges in Dubai will be offering stunning iftar spreads. From mezze selections in opulent tents, to Emirati restaurants and pop-up iftar experiences, here we round up where to break your fast in Dubai...

Al Khaima, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa

Gather loved ones at Al Khaima this Ramadan. The outlet is offering a selection of chicken or lentil soup, then tuck into cold and hot mezze, including hummus, tabouleh, spinach fatayer, falafel and more.  For the main course, highlights include shish taouk, grilled prawns and daweood basha. Finish off the feast with an array of desserts, including awamat, halawet el jibn, assorted baklawa and more. From Wednesday to Saturday there will be an oud and tabla player to entertain guests.

Iftar served daily throughout Ramadan from 8pm-1am, Dh190 per person, Al Khaima, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai, 04 316 5550, alkhaima-dubai.com

Al Mashowa, City Walk 

Al Mashowa, the authentic Emirati restaurant located in City Walk, is marking this Ramadan with an extensive menu presenting all locally-sourced produce and spices. Guests will be welcomed with  traditional cold drinks and dates to break their fast, followed by a selection of cold and warm mezze, including vegetable and cheese sambousak, hummus, moutabel, fattoush and bakora. For the mains, the eatery will offer dishes such as harees meat, arseyah diyay, vegetable salona and marak khodar.

Iftar served daily throughout Ramadan from sunset, Dh132 per person, Al Mashowa, City Walk, Dubai, 04 590 5455

Bytes, Grand Plaza Movenpick Media City

At the newly opened Grand Plaza Movenpick Media City, guests can partake in a traditional iftar feast with a wide range of Arabian and International dishes, live cooking stations and desserts for Dh149.

Iftar served daily throughout Ramadan from sunset until 9pm, Dh149 per person, Bytes, Grand Plaza Movenpick Media City, Dubai, movenpick.com

Chival, La Ville Hotel & Suites

Chival is offering an iftar menu of family-style sharing dishes served at guests' tables. Starting with a selection of traditional cold mezze, followed by a variety of soups and hot mezze dishes, including spinach fatayer and wood-fired manakish. Main dishes include chicken biryani, lamb shish barak and a mixed grill. To top iftar off, there will be a selection of Arabic sweets and a delicious chocolate fountain.

Iftar served daily throughout Ramadan from sunset, Dh239 per person, Chival, La Ville Hotel & Suites, City Walk, Dubai, 04 403 3111, livelaville.com

Dish, Warehouse Four, Al Quoz

Throughout the Holy month, the team at Dish will be serving a contemporary iftar inspired by flavors of the Middle East. From light, flavorful starters including sweet potato and red lentil soup to signature main courses, such as the slow braised lamb shoulder in Middle Eastern spices. Vegetarian and kids’ menus are also available.

Iftar served daily throughout Ramadan from sunset until 9.30pm, Warehouse Four, Dh200 per person, Sheikh Zayed Road (Exit #43), Al Quoz, Dubai, dish.ae/ramadan-nights/

Hell's Kitchen, Ceasars Bluewaters Dubai 

Take a different approach to Ramadan this year at Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen. Expect a lavish selection of local flavors as the restaurant serves up the same combination of show-stopping theatre and world-class cooking with an Emirati twist. Savor a menu of sharing mezzes and a la carte mains featuring signature dishes and Middle Eastern favorites including a slow-cooked lamb shank tagine or delicious crispy salmon along with a selection of flame-grilled sides such as lamb chops, koftas and shish kebabs. For dessert, opt for a decadent sticky date pudding or tuck into the Middle Eastern classic, umm ali or go all out with Hell’s Kitchen peanut butter fudge cheesecake drizzled with salted caramel and topped with whipped cream.

Iftar served daily throughout Ramadan from sunset until 8.30pm, Dh300 (early bird discount), Dh350 after, Hell’s Kitchen Dubai, Ceasars Bluewaters Dubai, 04 556 6466, email dine@caesarsdubai.ae

Iftar will be served at Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen. Courtesy Ceasers Bluewaters Dubai 
Iftar will be served at Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen. Courtesy Ceasers Bluewaters Dubai 

Khyber, Dukes The Palm, a Royal Hideaway Hotel

At the Palm Jumeirah hotel's Khyber restaurant, guests enjoy sharing a family-style meal, set within a palatial ambience. The meal will feature traditional Indian dishes.

Iftar served daily throughout Ramadan from sunset until 9pm, Dh185 per person, children six to 12 Dh95, Khyber, Dukes The Palm, a Royal Hideaway Hotel, 04 455 1111

Lima Dubai, City Walk

Peruvian restaurant, Lima Dubai, is serving a Peru-inspired iftar feast, offering an alternative way to break the fast this Ramadan. A carefully curated Iftar menu showcasing a selection of Lima's signature dishes. A feast priced at Dh199 welcomes guests with traditional dates and bread basket, served at the table, after which guest will be treated to seven delicious dishes designed to share. Highlights include lamb seco (slow cooked lamb shoulder served with Peruvian pumpkin puree) and the dessert texture of chocolate, a heady mix of dark chocolate mousse, white chocolate ice cream and crunch chocolate ‘soil’.

Iftar served daily throughout Ramadan from sunset until 8.30pm, Dh190 per person, Lima Dubai, The Square, City Walk, limadubai.com

Majlis Al Mulook at the Queen Elizabeth 2 

The QE2's Lido restaurant will present an endless selection of international dishes at the extensive buffet, serving Arabic live stations, grills, salads and hot and cold mezze as well as a full English roast carvery offering Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes and all the trimmings.

Iftar served daily throughout Ramadan from sunset until 11pm, Dh195 per person (50 per cent off for children below 12), The Lido, Queen Elizabeth 2, 04 526 8888, dining@qe2.com

Nikki Beach Resort and Spa Dubai 

This Ramadan, Nikki Beach Resort and Spa Dubai is serving a collection of fresh, wholesome dishes come iftar. Ramadan beverages and handpicked dates will commence the meal, followed by a collection of regional chilled and hot tapas, UAE-caught fresh seafood and a variety of main courses complemented with side dishes and sauces.

Iftar served daily throughout Ramadan from sunset, from Dh220 per person, Celebrations Ballroom and Cafe Nikki, Nikki Beach Resort and Spa Dubai, dubai-bc.nikkibeach.com

Qwerty, Media One Hotel

Media City’s Media One Hotel is hosting an iftar, with artworks on show by local artist Sarah Jackson. Admire the art as you break your fast with your choice of a starter, main course and dessert from the Qwerty menu. Sarah Jackson’s art on show features Art Deco-style images of Dubai. The pieces will be showcased from May 4 until May 31.

Iftar served daily throughout Ramadan from sunset until 10pm, Dh99 per person, Qwerty, Media One Hotel, mediaonehotel.com

Serdaal Ballroom, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi 

This Ramadan, break your fast at Serdaal Ballroom in Dubai Marina's The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina. Iftar ill be served as a traditional buffet, with an array of Middle Eastern dishes such as traditional hot and cold mezze items, succulent mixed grills, a dedicated shawarma corner and lamb ouzi. There are also European and Indian selections on offer, plus a sushi and pasta station. Save room for a dessert of Arabic sweets, including a dedicated Turkish delight corner and a Turkish ice-cream station.

Iftar served daily throughout Ramadan from sunset until 9.30pm, Dh155 per person, Dh55 for children under 12, Serdaal Ballroom in Dubai Marina's The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, 04 511 7373

Sloane’s, Grosvenor House

Families breaking their fast this Ramadan can enjoy an international feast at Sloane’s, Grosvenor House. Dishes on offer include a selection of traditional Arabic mezze, tasty roasted meats, salads, sushi and sashimi. There will also be a live shawarma and saj counter, pasta station, tandoori ovens and lava stone grill, guests can truly indulge in a wholesome meal after a full day of fasting.

Iftar served daily throughout Ramadan from sunset, Dh260 per person, Sloane’s, Grosvenor House, sloanes-dubai.com

Tagine, One & Only Royal Mirage 

Enjoy a Moroccan iftar experience at Tagine. The restaurant offers a mixture of buffet and a la carte options, including Moroccan salads, lentil soup, chicken tagine with lemon confit and olives, and sherry fish charmoula, complemented by the sounds of traditional oud and tablah.
Iftar served daily throughout Ramadan from 7pm-11.30pm, Dh230 per person, Tagine, One & Only Royal Mirage, 04 399 9999, email restaurants@oneandonlyroyalmirage.ae

The Atrium, Grand Millennium Dubai

Barsha Heights hotel, Grand Millennium Dubai's The Atrium restaurant is serving a traditional iftar buffet which rotates every week and includes tasty juices, delicious soups and salads, hot and cold starters, main course and desserts. The buffet includes more than 60 items to choose from, live cooking stations will be serving a wide variety of freshly prepared dishes. There will also be live musicians, a kids play area, cinema room for children to watch their favourite movies.

Iftar served daily throughout Ramadan from sunset until 10.30pm, Dh199 per person, children aged between five and 10 for Dh89, The Atrium, Grand Millennium Dubai, 04 423 4170, fbreservations.gmhd@millenniumhotels.com

The Bay, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai

Located steps away from the beach, the recently opened, brasserie-style restaurant, The Bay at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai is inviting guests to celebrate the holy honth with a menu curated especially for iftar dinner and late night Suhoor spreads. The spirit of Ramadan comes alive at The Bay with diners experiencing authentic flavours from an impressive line-up of international and Arabic buffet with live cooking stations from May 5 to June 4.

Iftar served daily throughout Ramadan from 7pm-9pm, suhoor from 9pm-2am, Dh265 per person, The Bay, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai, www.mandarinoriental.com 

The Loft, Dubai Opera

The Loft at Dubai Opera is offering a Gold and Honey iftar this holy month. Guests will break their fast at sunset, as the eatery transforms into "a palatial candle-lit Arabian experience." Located on the roof-top of the iconic Dubai Opera, in the heart of Downtown Dubai, The Loft offers sweeping views of Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain. There will be host of live cooking stations serving a selection of Levantine and Khaleeji favourites.

Iftar served daily throughout Ramadan from sunset until 10pm, Dh265 per person (Dh125 for children aged six to 11), The Loft at Dubai Opera, 04 362 7312, loftatopera.com

The Gold & Honey iftar at The Loft at Dubai Opera. Courtesy The Loft 
The Gold & Honey iftar at The Loft at Dubai Opera. Courtesy The Loft 

Toro + KO, City Walk 

Barcelona-inspired tapas restaurant, Toro + Ko is serving a Spanish-style iftar at The Square, City Walk. Sit down for a three-course feast of traditional Spanish fare, starting with a plate of Toro Tapas to share. For main course guests can enjoy Catalonia-style paella made with saffron rice and seasonal vegetables. And to finish there will be a choice of three mouthwatering desserts including churros.

Iftar served daily throughout Ramadan from sunset until 8.30pm, Dh199 per person, Toro + Ko, The Square, City Walk, torodubai.com


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