The list never ends. Ramadan in UAE is a time when you begin to appreciate food in a whole new light, whether you’re fasting or not.
Here are five hearty Iftars in UAE worth trying:
1. Arabian all the way: Galeries Lafayette Le Gourmet
Enjoy a daily changing Iftar selection from bespoke salads, Arabian grills, Moroccan delicacies to classic Ouzi. While having your Iftar, listen to live Oud and Quanun players that play every day after sunset.
Where: Galeries Lafayette Le Gourmet, The Dubai Mall.
When: Everyday from sunset to 9:30pm
Call +971 50 654 9388 for bookings
How much: AED 165 for adults, AED 80 for kids aged 6-11 years & free for kids under 6 years.
2. Traditional Arab Menu: Ballaro
Live cooking stations, an oud player, and a buffet spread with Arabic mezzes and main dishes, including classics such as freshly baked Sambousek, Daod Basha, and Dajaj bil Batata – What more can you ask for?
Where: Ballarò, 6th floor, Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
When: Sunset to 9pm during Ramadan
How much: AED 150 per person
3. Go Pan-Asian: Mama Fu’s Asian House
Enjoy a four-course Iftar menu with selections of Soups, Appetizers and Rice or Noodle Entrées.
Since no meal is complete without dessert at Mama Fu’s, you’ll be served with our new dessert – Banana Bites – a perfect combination of warm and crisp banana wontons served with cold vanilla ice cream.
Where: Dubai Marina, Unit B-10, Park Island Building, Blakely Tower, Marina Dubai
How much: AED 55 per person
Call +971 4 451 7735
4. Greek it out: Mr. Greek
Ready for a complete Mediterranean dining experience including Greek dishes? Get a few mates together and head down to Yas for a unique Iftar with a set menu of salads, appetizers, mains and desserts.
Where: Mr. Greek, Yas Pavillion, Abu Dhabi
When: 7pm to 9pm, through Ramadan
How much: AED 69 for menu without mains, ad AED 99 with mains
5. British doing Mediterranean: The Ivy
Renowned for it’s British cuisine, the Ivy has embraced Ramadan with warm local dishes: Moroccan Lentil Soup followed by mains with a focus on seasonal produce, such as succulent Braised Shoulder of Lamb with chermoula and sumac spiced cous cous.
Where: The Ivy, Ground Level, The Boulevard, Jumeirah Emirates Towers
When: During Ramadan (Excluding Eid) Timing: 12:00pm – 15:00 (Kitchen open continuously) a break where open for coffee, then for evening 18:00 till Midnight
How much: AED 500 for two [Approx.]
Call 04 432 3232