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10 Dubai Restaurants That Will Take Your Iftar Plans to a Whole New Level

When it comes to Ramadan and its endless iftar plans, you can never have enough dining options. To that end, Vogue Arabia is bringing you 10 more Dubai restaurants to check out this week.


Photo: Courtesy Babylon

For an experience seeped in opulence, head over to Babylon where your evening will be exalted with an electrifying new performance. The a la carte menu features spiced harissa soup, roasted suckling lamb shoulder, smoked aubergine, chicken pastilla, and a whole lot more. This night of indulgence is expanded by a collection of signature mocktails including The Invincible No ABV, Wide Awake, Midnight Sky No ABV, Rising Sun, and a number of other expertly crafted concoctions., 04 352 7750


Photo: Courtesy of Olea

For a more authentic iftar, head to Kempinski Mall of the Emirates where Olea is presenting a buffet that is bound to satisfy even the most discerning gourmand. With a wide array of delicacies to choose from, guests will be spoiled for choice. From Arabic specialties as appetizers to main courses including tantalizing options such as local catch of the day, lamb shakriya, or chicken maqlooba, and an Indian corner, this is a buffet you don’t want to miss. Not to mention the desert counters offering sweet delights such as kunafa, umm ali, mamoul mad pistachio, and more. The menu also changes three times a week allowing diners to find something new on every visit., 04 409 5999

Up by 3Fils

Photo: Courtesy Up by 3Fils

This new rooftop dining concept blends premium Japanese ingredients with Middle Eastern flavors to create a culinary journey unlike any other. Offering idyllic views over the Arabian Gulf, Up by 3Fils presents two unforgettable six-course set menus this Ramadan. From zaatar Tai snapper and A5 wagyu tacos to crab croquette atop harissa orzo or Hokkaido scallops served in the shell, chef Shun Shiroma has ensured that every step towards the main course is tantalizing, to say the least. For the main event, guests will be served A5 wagyu with mashed potatoes or truffle tagliatelle wraps followed by dessert., 04 333 4003


Photo: Courtesy of Jun’s

Having ranked on ‘MENA’s 50 Best Restaurants’ this progressive Asian-American restaurant is certainly a gastronomic delight. Helmed by renowned chef Chef Kelvin Cheung, every offering from Jun’s is simply unforgettable and their Ramadan menu is no different. The evening begins with miso butternut squash soup, dates, and a refreshing drink to break the fast. What follows is a truly distinctive experience prioritizing familial bonds and unique flavors. Both the delectable mezze platter offering classic bites and the main courses –Malaysian Wagyu Short Rib Mandi Clay Pot Rice, Sweet and Sour Snapper, and Braised Lamb Neck Congee, and more – are meant to be shared by everyone on the table., 04 457 6035 


Photo: Courtesy of Coya

Dubai residents must have a taste for vibrant Latin American cuisine, how else does one explain the immense popularity of Coya? The longtime Peruvian favorite is once again ready to please our palates with a specially crafted iftar menu.  At sunset, guests are offered sweet sukkari dates and a bowl of the iconic guacamole followed by a choice between creamy sweet potato and barley miso soup. The appetizers for the evening include delectable light bites bursting with spices and flavors. For the main course, guests can choose from an array of palatable options including salmon fillet with stir-fried quinoa, beef ribs, Chilean sea bass rice hot pot, and more. In the end, there is a tribute to local traditions with the ‘Delicia de Luna’ – an indulgent Ramadan dessert featuring dates crémeux, rosewater, pistachio, apricot, and camel milk ice cream., 04 316 9600


Photo: Courtesy of Onze

Japanese-Peruvian restaurant Onze is commemorating the holy month with a menu representative of its one-of-a-kind flavor profile. With stunning views of the Dubai Creek guests can break their fast by enjoying traditional Ramadan delights followed by a wide range of savory appetizers including spicy tuna maki, wagyu taquitos, and a whole lot more. The selection of the main courses ranges from a fried rice platter with mushrooms and eggs, a mouthing-watering steak to an organic baby chicken platter, and more. Of the four desserts on the menu, one has been created especially for Ramadan: the tres leches rose kintsugi – a super moist three-milk rose delight soaked in a rich rose-flavored sauce and topped with pink whipped cream., 04 250 6567


Photo: Courtesy of Alaya

For this avant-garde dining concept, Ramadan is all about celebrating culinary traditions and the people you share them with. This is why the iftar menu is constructed around these very ideas. From a selection of appetizing mezze to the main offerings –tender Chicken Fakhara, traditional Lamb Ouzi, succulent Tiger Prawns, and Shish Kofte, all served with Maqluba & Vermicelli Rice and satisfying Potato Harra – every dish is a celebration of the gustatory senses. The wholesome iftar ends on a sweet note, as Alaya serves a choice of beloved Levantine desserts., 04 570 6289

Piatti by the Beach & Kalian Lounge 

Photo: Courtesy of Piatti

Located within the decadent Raffles The Palm Dubai, this beachside restaurant provides an ambiance exuding the unmistakable charm of the Southern Italian Coast. With waves lapping gently in the background, this is a meal meant to inspire limitless gratification. Nourishing dates followed by a hearty Soup of the Day set the scene for everything that follows. The burrata DOP with datterino tomatoes and basil along with the Italian mixed salad tantalizes the tastebuds before the main course is brought out – risotto ai porcini, crispy calamari, and vegetable tempura or wagyu meatballsEnd the meal with Piatti’s classic tiramisu or head to Kalian Lounge for a selection of masterfully crafted mocktails., 04 248 8889


Photo: Courtesy of Gaia

This refined Greek taverna pays tribute to the holy month and the flavor of Greece with a selection of specially curated Ramadan dishes to compliment their a la carte menu. Guests breaking their fast will be offered an assortment of dates followed by a nourishing red lentil soup. Light Grecian bites satiate the day’s hunger just before the main courses are brought out. Choose from morels pasta featuring seasonal spring mushrooms, plevrotous mushrooms prepared in a rich truffle sauce and chicken jus, the greek mixed grill, or the king crab stew. For dessert, Greece’s famed ekmek kataifi – enticing kataifi pastry, with rich chantilly & semolina cream, crowned with crushed pistachios – is highly recommended., 04 241 4242


Photo: Courtesy of Farzi

Catering to the gourmet diner, this modern Indian bistro combines traditional Indian flavors with contemporary and often experimental techniques. This means that Farzi offers something you are unlikely to find elsewhere which is why their elaborate sharing-style feast is a must-try this Ramadan. The innovative affair kicks off with a refreshing kale and mango salad and an avocado bhel puri. Next, there are smaller bites such as murgh tikka, lentil risotto arancini, and more followed by the highlights of the menu – main courses such as the new palak paneer croquettes or afghani pista korma amongst others. The culinary experience comes to an end with freshly made rasmalai soaked in syrup., 050 407 5590

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