With the holy month just around the corner, take a look at some of the city’s top iftars and suhoors to try.
1. Al Fanous Lounge: The Dubai Ballroom at JW Marriott Marquis will transform into an oriental lounge designed with lavish white, gold and jewel tones for the holy month of Ramdan. Also lavish at the lounge is the iftar buffet that will consist of over 200 dishes mixing international and Arabic flavours, some of which guests can experience via specialty stations such as a dedicated smoked salmon stand. The lounge will also feature a live Oud player.
Iftar: AED199 per person from sunset to 8.30pm
Suhour: A la carte from 9pm until 3am. Entry is only 21 years and above
2. The Courtyard: This indoor/outdoor venue is one of our favourites for Ramadan dining thanks to its Arabian-inspired decors. Located at Al Manzil Downtown, it will offer a well-priced iftar menu that will also feature a buffet. Following iftar, shisha is served.
Iftar: AED 180 per person from sunset till 9pm
3. Gaucho: If you’re looking for a modern iftar, head down to Argentinian restaurant Gaucho. Known for its diverse meat selection, Gaucho is the perfect spot for a good steak. But its iftar menu will include much more, such as slow cooked lamb shoulder with dates and prawn skewers with garlic.
Iftar: AED199 per person
4. Coya Dubai: Up for an iftar with a Peruvian twist? Coya Dubai will be serving a signature menu designed by Middle East award-winning Executive Chef Benjamin Wan that will include a four course menu with dishes such as edamame, avocado maki and grilled skewers. Desserts will include the Ramadan Sticky date toffee cake complemented with camel milk ice cream.
Iftar: AED270 per person from 7pm to 8pm
5. Al Bahou: Break your fast to the backdrop of 88 Arabic lanterns at Al Bahou in the Movenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate. Its iftar buffet is inspired by Ibn Battuta’s travels through India, Italy, Morocco and Asia. Dishes include lamb ouzi, fatteh and mixed grills. Guests will also be able to enjoy their meals to the soothing sounds of traditional Oud.
Iftar: AED185 per person from sunset to 9pm
6. Hakkasan: Hakkasan Dubai will be offering a four-course set menu comprising favourite Japanese dishes including Hakka steamed dim sum platter and crispy duck salad as well as wok-fry assam prawn with okra and stir-fry lily bulb and garlic shoot.
Iftar: AED298 per person for a three-course Ramadan set menu served from 7pm to 1am
7. The Terrace at The Clubhouse: Located at the Trump International Golf Course Dubai, The Terrace will serve a four-course sharing set menu, which will change every two days, for the duration of Ramadan. The latter is meant to provide a different experience for visitors. However, a la carte is available upon request. Shisha will also be available at the club’s Assana rooftop lounge, which boasts views of the golf course.
Iftar: AED175 per person from sunset to 11pm. Kids up to 5 years old eat for free, while kids aged 6 to 11 can avail a 50% discount
8. Boulevard Ballroom: Located in the heart of Downtown Dubai, the ballroom at the new Address Boulevard will offer guests an iftar experience over a long communal table (with a set menu) to emphasise the sharing aspect of the holy month.
Iftar: AED 250 per person for groups of 8 guests and above from sunset to 9pm
9. The Restaurant at Address: Designed in ‘homely’ style with the feel of a residential apartment, The Restaurant at Address offers good ambience for a family suhoor. It has living-room-style setting indoors as well as an al fresco terrace. The Restaurant will serve an à la carte menu complemented by shisha on the terrace.
Suhoor: À la carte from 9pm to 12am