If you are looking to go out with family or friends this Ramadan and are bored of the same usual menu/experience, here is a list of four unique Iftars in Dubai. These are offerings from around town where you can break your fast. Each Iftar is in a different part of town with a different menu.
A new authentic Ethiopian restaurant that is very promising. This is their first year presenting an Iftar to customers. Traditionally, the style of eating is with one’s hands so don’t be shy about doing so. One of the newest Iftars in Dubai via a rare cuisine.
The food: A rustic buffet consisting of dried fruits, nuts and dates to start you off. Fried items such as samosas and spring rolls, hearty soups such as lentil and lamb along with rice, roasted chicken, misir wot which is a traditional spicy lentils dish. And breads including buticha bites and the traditional injera.
Ambience: Great space with a tall ceiling with hanging handcrafted Ethiopian carpets, warm colors of brown and beige throughout the restaurant, with a bar on one end, a platform on one side with tables. Nothing specific to Ramadan.
Location: Club Vista Mare on Palm Jumeirah.
How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/97R8QEP2yg22
To Make a Booking: Call 04 5542665
Price: AED 175 per person
Skye & Walker
Keeping with a theme of Middle Eastern cuisine with some modern flair, Skye & Walker are hosting an Iftar for the Holy month of Ramadan that includes Arabic dishes and sweets and classic beverages, all with a healthier preparation that doesn’t compromise on flavour. From all the Iftars in Dubai, this is one of the more healthy options for sure.
The food: Great buffet of delicious dishes on display. The day we visited the buffet had a bit of a Middle Eastern theme with a some modern Asian dishes as well. It consisted of a soup and various salads. The mains had a bit of everything, Kuwaiti Murabien, a saffron rice with shrimp and a tomato gravy on the side, lamb chops on a bed of polenta with a blue cheese sauce, chicken with spinach and baby corn and creamy dory with Thai dressing with a chili potato coating along with garden vegetables and baked potatoes. Also part of the buffet were some popular fried items such as kibbeh, vegetable spring rolls and falafel.
The desserts: There was a variety of fruits to start you off. For your sweet tooth they had chocolate mousse cake, chocolate covered mamoul, baklava, seedless dates, basboussa, legemat and mamoul.
The drinks: The tables all had a large bottle of water. There were juices as well including the popular ones that are had during this time; Amar Al Din and Tamer Hindi. They were perfectly sweet and delicious. Also available was laban and cocktail juice.
Location: Ground floor of the Marriott Executive Towers in Deira.
How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/1vkUhAjLnTq
To Make a Booking: Call 04 2131221
Price: AED 110 per person, AED 55 for children between 5-12 years, free for children below 5 years
Ramadan Nights by Dish
A pop-up space that serves a culinary Iftar experience. Dish Catering has taken over an Al Quoz warehouse and transformed it into a makeshift restaurant. The space was decorated with Moroccan themed furniture and tables lit with candles. It’s a cosy, somewhat romantic setting and definitely something different to try out this Ramadan. Iftars in Dubai tend to take place in tents and closed spaces due to the heat, but Ramadan Nights makes you feel like you are out in the open.
The food: The menu varies every day, so this is just what we had when we visited. They started us off with a selection of dates, followed by a roasted butternut squash and red lentil soup topped with toasted almonds, chili and argan oil. We were then presented with a delicious green olive hummus with pistachio, sesame and olive oil served with artisan bread and crisp flat bread. The salads included a grilled peach and green bean salad, rocket and orange blossom dressing, torn falafel salad with fried cauliflower, pine nuts, sumac and tahini dressing and a salt-baked beetroot with zaatar, sesame, mint and harissa labneh. The mains consisted of slow braised shoulder of lamb in Middle Eastern spices, a tartar style salmon with coriander, fennel, walnut and radish, a chicken dish, charcoal chicken marinated in rose and pomegranate with a parsley and almond salsa.
The desserts: We were served two desserts. The first was a pink grapefruit curd with citrus mousse, caramelized pink grapefruit and shredded pomelo. The second was a milk chocolate and coconut cremeux with chocolate soil, passionfruit and vanilla compote.
The drinks: Dish served two drink options. The first was a fresh green apple, cucumber, lemon, elderflower, basil drink. The second was a lychee, Middle Eastern rose drink. There were bottles of water on the table which were constantly refilled. They also offered coffee and tea after the meal.
Location: Warehouse Four in Al Quoz
How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/LurnCsjsS5A2
To Make a Booking: Call 056 1283247 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Price: AED 195 per person
The popular fine dining experts are back yet again under the guidance of Chef Pradeep Khullar. This Iftar they bring a brilliant Iftar menu of innovative Indian cuisine. With a set menu showcasing dishes with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, this is one of the Iftars in Dubai to definitely try this Ramadan.
The food: The pre-starters were ‘Textures of Dates’ which are stuffed dates with rice crisps, dark chocolate & coated with coconut milk powder & feuilletine and an amuse bouche of their popular ‘Macaron Chaat’.
The ‘Lamb Haleem’ is one option of the three hot starters you can choose from. Other options include the ‘Kolivada Prawn, with Wasabi Beetroot Dip’, a tempura prawn fried till crisp & tossed in onion chilli masala with curry leaves served with a beetroot wasabi sauce, ‘Beef Kofta with Strawberry Chilli Chutney’ beef in a pâté-like consistency wrapped in kataifi and fried, topped with a strawberry and green chilli chutney. We also got to try another option which is on their vegetarian menu, the ‘Red Quinoa & Wild Mushroom Tikki’, a wild mushroom tikki that is coated with red quinoa then flash fried. To finish off the starters there was a cold starter of ‘Red Kidney Bean Hummus with Mandarin Skin. This was served with Toasted Bread’.
The palate cleanser of ‘Mango, Cranberry & Kaffir Lime Sorbet’ was tangy, sweet and icy. Mains included the options of ‘Ghee Roast Mutton Boti with a Dosai Crisp’ and ‘Shredded Chicken Meatball with Makhani Sauce’. There was also their usual ‘Faux Dal Makhani’ and ‘Chur-Chur Kulcha’ which is stuffed with cottage cheese, onions and cumin. There was also a side of chicken biryani.
The dessert: ‘Mango 2 Ways, Cheesecake & Kulfi’ and a ‘Sticky Burfi, Banana Barrel with Cinnamon Ice Cream’.
The drinks: We tried a mango and passionfruit mocktail with a touch of chilli.
Location: Roda Murooj Rotana in Downtown Dubai.
How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/pNB8GcDiBRG2
To Make a Booking: Call: 04 3559846 or make a reservation on Zomato: http://bit.ly/IftarAtJodhpur
Price: AED 199 per person including water.
A special mocktail menu is available with drinks priced at AED 40 each.
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