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Ramadan 2024: 6 Traditional and Unconventional Dubai Iftars to Check Out This Weekend

Out of iftar plans for the weekend? We’ve got you covered with our roundup of Dubai restaurants serving both, unconventional and traditional meals this month.

San Beach

Photo: Courtesy of San Beach

Hidden away in Palm West, Sān Beach is an ideal spot to make the most of the end of winter and the sweet start of summer this Ramadan. To take a seat, choose from the relaxing outdoors, the cozy indoor area, or the private majlis—all washed in the restaurant’s calming hues and decked out in luxe interiors. For iftar, Sān Beach is offering up picks from its extensive à la carte menu, featuring mouthwatering dishes that highlight the freshest local ingredients, as well as special Ramadan dessert. Named Baklawa Millefeuille, the dish has been personally crafted by the restaurant’s chef, and features layers of flaky pastry infused with comforting flavors.

04 458 0499, Sanbeachdubai.com 

Reif Kushiyaki

Photo: Courtesy of Reif Kushiyaki

Renowned chef Reif Othman’s Reif Kushiyaki has curated a special menu for iftar, combining the best of Japanese and Middle Eastern flavors. The popular restaurant’s offering includes a sharing-style menu for a minimum of two people, which begins with a delectable selection of starters, including Spicy Miso Chickpea Soup, Iceberg and Avocado Salad, Salmon Tartar, Burnt Tomato Salad, Beef Gyoza, and Nagaimo Seafood Pancake. The hearty main course features Roasted Baby Chicken with turmeric ginger marinade and wasabi spring onion relish, Lamb Kushiyaki served with yuzu yogurt, and Saffron and Sansho Pepper Rice, along with Baby Marrow Kushiyaki in chili garlic butter topped with roasted almonds, and for dessert, Date Matcha Castella with coconut cream and date syrup.

AED 228 per person
04 255 5142, Reifkushiyaki.com

Asateer Tent

Photo: Courtesy of Atlantis The Palm

Atlantis, The Palm’s annual Asateer Tent is a popular must-visit every for more reasons than one. Having returned bigger than ever before this month, the venue features an elegant yet modern look combining dreamy hues of blue and white with opulent decor, and offers both, seafront and
terrace seating. Dedicated themed nights through the week mean no two days feature the same menu, as the culinary options at the buffet-style iftar range from international to Arabesque, Khaleeji, Persian, and Turkish cuisines. All meals are accompanied by a variety of refreshing Ramadan juices such as authentic Arabian hibiscus, jallab, sahlab, amar al din made using the finest dates, dried fruit, grape molasses, and apricots.

Starting from AED 270 per person
04 426 0800, Atlantis.com

Arrazuna

Photo: Courtesy of Arrazuna

For iftar with a view unlike any other, make sure to pay a visit to the relatively new The Link at the One&Only One Za’abeel, where Arrazuna is offering a special Ramadan menu. Designed by renowned chef Mehmet Gürs, the restaurant features a seamless blend of cuisines from the Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East, and Arabian Peninsula, and a number of familiar favorites, ensuring the menu has all the makings of a comforting iftar. It begins with exquisite dates and dried fruits, followed by an array of mezzeh, including Hummus, Muhamara, Lentil Soup, main courses like Shashlik, Beef Manti, and Shawarma, and Baklava and Kunafa for dessert.

AED 350 per person
04 666 1617, Arrazunadubai.com

Salvaje

Photo: Courtesy of Salvaje

Marking its first Ramadan, globally-renowned Japanese restaurant Salvaje is bringing guests a limited-time, curated dining offering for the month. The restaurant located inside the Address Opera makes for the perfect spot to indulge four-course iftar set menu either indoors or al fresco on the terrace with stunning row views of the Burj Khalifa. Curated by chef Fermín Azkue with his team of expert chefs, the iftar offering starts with  Edamame and Tomato-Kimchi Soup on the table, followed by a presentation of sharing-style appetizers of Spicy Tuna Roll, SLVJ Salad, Short Ribs Bao and Truffle Mushroom Dumplings. Main course options include Lamb Chops served with Tofu Feta Sauce and Home-made Pickled Cucumbers; Baby chicken marinated in Miso and Jalapeno; Inside Skirt Wagyu; Black Cod glazed in Japanese Plum & Chard Bed or Japanese Risotto with Truffle Paste. Guests are also spoiled for choice with desserts like Matcha Volcano paired with Coconut Ice Cream; Cacao with Milk Chocolate Mousse, Venezuelan Chocolate, Passionfruit Gel, Chocolate Cake or Yuzu & Yuzu Pie served with Pistachio Brittle.

AED 280 per person
04 570 3653, Salvajedubai.com

Ewaan

Photo: Courtesy of Palace Downtown

If your Ramadan is incomplete without a visit to an expansive buffet, Ewaan at Palace Downtown is the place to satisfy those cravings and more. Every day through the holy month, the picturesque restaurant is inviting guests to savor an iftar featuring the best of Middle Eastern cuisine against the backdrop of the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain. Accompanied by the soulful sounds of the oud, guests can dine on an extensive spread including everything from traditional Arabic bread and soups to various hot and cold mezze. The buffet also features a seafood counter, live culinary and grill stations, as well as Indian, and International main courses. The hearty meal is complemented by refreshing Arabic juices, and indulgent Ramadan desserts.

AED 295 per person; AED 150 per child
04 428 7961, Dineatpalacedowntown@palacehotels.com  

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