Ramadan is here, bringing with it an onslaught of delicious and luxurious iftars to choose from, perfect for those days where you just don’t have the energy to whip up a hearty and nutritious meal. Rather than re-heat last evening’s leftovers, why not break your fast at one of the many restaurants in Dubai offering delicious dining options and specially curated iftar menus? From a beachside majlis to an iftar under the stars, six gastronomic experiences to check out in Dubai this week if you don’t feel like cooking…
With a carefully curated sharing-style menu by Head Chef Gökhan Çökelez, friends and family can expect to indulge in an array of exquisite dishes prepared with the finest ingredients, such as borek with feta cheese, halloumi mixed leaf salad, pide, grilled sea bass, marinated baby chicken, and succulent adana kebap.
Price: 280 AED per person
Priced at AED 350 per person, the four-course set menu promises a blend of exquisite Nikkei (a blend of Peruvian and Japanese) dishes including appetizers and small bites, a main course, a dessert, as well as dates upon arrival, obviously. The curated iftar menu features an array of delectable dishes that include Prawn Apaltado Maki, Tori Lemongrass Skewers, as well as Misoshiro soup. As for the main course, options include Robalo Concolon Rice and Niku Udon. Just make sure to leave some room for dessert, which includes kunafa cheesecake.
Price: 350 AED per person
Majlis by Mandarin Oriental
This Ramadan, the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira has unveiled its first majlis concept, a bespoke space that brings guests together for iftar and suhoor whilst paying homage to the incredibly rich heritage of the UAE. Designed with utmost luxury in mind, guests will enjoy a truly exceptional beachside dining experience, merging the very best of Middle Eastern cuisine with signature creations from Netsu by Ross Shonhan and Tasca by José Avillez. To enrich the experience, Emirati artist Yasmin Al Mulla teamed up with the Mandarin Oriental to create a gallery that features a creative and contemporary interpretation of seven mosques, each representing a specific Emirate.
Price: 335 AED per person
Enjoy a selection of tantalizing dishes with a serene sea view at Myrra this Ramadan. Overlooking the Palm Jumeirah, the restaurant offers a mouth-watering selection of hot and cold starters and main courses, that includes spinach pie, crispy calamari, three dishes of mixed seafood paella fideua, marinated baby chicken, and josper-roaster sea bass. For dessert, guests can complete their dining experience on an extra sweet note with torrija, Myrra’s famous Spanish-style french toast, or milopita – a crispy pastry topped off with refreshing vanilla ice cream.
Price: 230 AED per person
Bab Al Shams
Those who want to switch it up a bit this Ramadan can opt for an iftar under the stars during an unforgettable evening at Al Hadheerah at the Bab Al Shams Desert Resort. Guests can enjoy an authentic Middle Eastern gastronomic experience, with a traditional Arabic feast, while a spectacular display of dancers, musicians, falconers, and camel riders are sure to entertain.
Price: 299 AED per person
The newly-opened venue has introduced a delectable menu for Ramadan that begins with a miso butternut squash soup, dates, and a refreshing welcome drink to break the fast. Guests can then indulge in a delectable mezze platter to share, put together especially for the holy month, including classic bites such as vine leaves, hummus, Chinese lumpia, and more, all presented with Chef Kelvin Cheung’s creative touch. For the main courses, options include succulent dishes such as the Malaysian wagyu short rib mandi clay pot rice, sweet and sour snapper, and braised lamb neck congee, among others.
Price: 200 AED per person