With the Holy Month of Ramadan approaching, it’s time to start thinking about how and where you will be enjoying your socially-distant iftars this year. Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions in the UAE, Ramadan will unfold differently from the usual large-scale festivities. However, some restaurants are taking great care to ensure that small groups can still have a safe and pleasant Ramadan with their new mouth-watering menus, with some even delivering meals straight to your door.
Read on for our selection of the best iftars in the UAE to indulge in this month.
Four Seasons at Jumeirah Beach
The Four Seasons at Jumeirah Beach is offering three exquisite Ramadan experiences.
Iftar at Suq is inspired by the Sultan’s terrace in an Arabian palace and served buffet-style, while at Folia, a la carte plant-based dishes are offered in a setting adorned with plants. To end the night, guests can enjoy a cup of tea at the Shai Salon. Inspired by the sultan’s tea room; the suhoor destination offers a la carte international delicacies and pastries to go with tea.
Price: Suq: AED 265 per person inclusive of soft beverages; AED 130 for kids aged 6 to 12 years old; complimentary for kids aged 5 and below. Folia: Dishes priced individually.
Baba, The Westin Mina Seyahi
Located in Mina Seyahi, Baba will be serving up traditional Turkish delicacies. The gastronomic experience aims to transport guests to the land of Ottoman cuisine with traditional mezze, mixed grills, and authentic Turkish desserts.
Price: AED 225 per person.
Enigma at Palazzo Versace is offering guests a family-style iftar experience with authentic Persian culinary traditions, and traditional dishes such as sabzi khordan, homemade Persian cheese, roasted Persian bread, and more. If you wish to indulge in an iftar buffet, Giardino is welcoming guests to a magical night in fashion-inspired surroundings with a wide selection of Middle Eastern and international dishes.
Price: Enigma: AED 230 per person, inclusive of water and a selection of juices. Giardino: AED 230 per person, inclusive of water and a selection of juices.
The Armani/Pavilion’s two exceptional Ramadan experiences include suhoor under the stars and iftar accompanied by traditional music. For suhoor, the Armani/Pavilion has curated a sharing style menu with global flavors while for iftar, a decadent buffet is available with signature dishes from the hotel’s five award-winning restaurants.
Price: Suhoor: AED 195 per person, food sharing. Iftar: AED 275 per person, buffet inclusive of juices.
The Abu Dhabi Edition
Market at Edition is serving a traditional iftar with contemporary dishes created by Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens in collaboration with renowned chef Mohammad Orfali. Take a seat at one of the restaurant’s private dining rooms or indulge in its live station offerings which include zaatar spice rub chicken breast, with bulgur wheat salad and pomegranate and roast cauliflower and chickpea tagine, with saffron and black rice. For dessert, the restaurant has put together a unique Arabian ice cream collection. Black in color and served in a matching, charcoal cone, it is as delectable as it is Instagram-worthy.
Price: AED 198 per person
Opa on Deliveroo
Available on Deliveroo exclusively for Ramadan, Opa has curated a Greek-feast style iftar, including some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes that will be delivered straight to your desired location. The menu ranges from appetizers such as traditional tzatziki and Greek salad, spicy feta dip, and Opa hummus, to appetizing mains, spinach pies, roasted marinated baby chicken, kleftiko, and juicy tiger prawn orzo. To end the iftar, Opa is also offering an array of Greek desserts which include a baklava sundae, and freshly-baked Opa cookies.
Price: AED 495
The Daily Restaurant, Rove Hotels
In Ramadan’s spirit of giving, Rove Hotels is encouraging random acts of kindness with their new Pass It On initiative. Those having an iftar amounting to AED 99 at any Rove Hotel in Dubai this year, will receive a free voucher for a second iftar to gift to a friend, family member, or anyone who they wish to treat. The voucher can be redeemed at any of The Daily restaurants in Rove Hotels across Dubai. The hotel’s iftar offering includes a cold buffet of salads, appetizers, hot main dishes, and desserts served directly to your table.
Price: AED 99 per person
Phoenicia, JA Oasis Beach Tower on The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence Dubai
For renowned chef Greg Malouf’s contemporary take on Middle Eastern dishes, head to Phoenicia or have the dishes delivered to your home via Deliveroo. The menu includes Malouf’s signature hazelnut falafel, musakhan seabass sayadeeya, and an eight-hour lamb ouzi. For sharing, the restaurant is offering super-sized traditional dishes including slow-cooked ouzi lamb shoulder, lamb kofta, grass-fed beef tenderloin kebab, shish tawouk, and grilled king prawn on a bed of aromatic rice.
Price: Dishes priced individually.
Chival, La Ville Hotel & Suites, City Walk
Located in a chic boutique hotel in City Walk, Chival will be serving up a family-style sharing Arabic menu. Start with appetizers such as Middle Eastern salads, cold mezze, soups, and hot mini-Lebanese mezze, and then go on to the mains which are lamb shank with ouzi rice, baked Seabream with tahini, dawood basha, and Iranian mixed grill. Desserts include a rose-scented halawa cheesecake, orange blossom scented panna cotta, and your choice of shisha in a cozy courtyard. Dishes from the Ramadan menu can always be delivered to your home via Deliveroo.
Price: AED 239 per person, including a selection of juices. AED 119.50 for kids aged six-12 (kids below six eat free). AED 169 per person for groups of 10 and more.