Read on for some of our top picks for breaking fast this Holy Month
Wyndham Dubai Marina and TRYP By Wyndham Dubai
The First Group’s acclaimed restaurants in Wyndham Dubai Marina and TRYP By Wyndham Dubai will be serving up a range of delicious fare every evening through Ramadan
Local: Break your fast with family and friends at TRYP By Wyndham Dubai’s popular rustic social eating house, Local, and savour delightful Turkish dishes prepared by the restaurant’s team of talented chefs. The casual dining venue is available for private Iftar gatherings and corporate event bookings throughout the Holy Month.
NEED TO KNOW: Iftar served from sunset to 9pm daily. AED120 per person; 50% discount for children aged 6-12; kids under five eat for free. www.localdxb.com
Alloro Ristorante: Italy meets Arabia this Ramadan at Alloro Ristorante in Wyndham Dubai Marina. The Italian eatery, which is renowned for its hearty, Tuscan-style cuisine and its popular Friday ‘family-style sharing feast’ brunch, will be serving a delicious Mediterranean-inspired Iftar buffet each evening from sunset to 9pm during Ramadan.
NEED TO KNOW: AED119 per person including Arabic juices and water; AED55 for children aged 12-16; In-house guests will also receive a 20% discount. www.allorodubai.com
The Blacksmith Smokehouse: Since its opening in 2017, the UAE’s first ‘smokehouse’ restaurant has proven a hit with meat-loving diners who appreciate delicious and original, southern-style fare. Each evening from 7pm-9pm during the Holy Month, the flagship Wyndham Dubai Marina eatery will be serving diners a selection of its most popular starters, mains and desserts all on one delicious platter.
NEED TO KNOW: AED149 per person including soft beverages. www.theblacksmithdubai.com
The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
This Holy Month, the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding will welcome residents, expats and visitors into its traditional houses located in the Al Fahidi Historic District. Guests will be invited to break their fast by dining on a range of delicious local dishes and learn more about Ramadan traditions from the centre’s Emirati presenters. They will also be provided the opportunity to tour the sikkhas of the historic district, visit the Al Farooq masjid and take part in an open Q&A session.
NEED TO KNOW: Gatherings for Iftar commences 30 minutes before the call to prayer every evening during Ramadan. The programme runs daily from 7pm-9pm with the exception of Friday. Advanced booking required. For further information, email email@example.com
Break your fast in a unique setting this Ramadan at Dubai Opera. The venue’s main auditorium will once again transform into a magnificent 2000m2 flat floor banquet hall for Iftar. Experience five-star cuisine, a sophisticated ambience and seating design in the largest venue in Downtown Dubai, complimented by the classical and oriental melodies of live entertainment.
The venue’s Iftar buffet will feature classic Arabic and international dishes, live stations, a variety of sweets and desserts and Ramadan juices.
Top tip: Why not book a private majlis seating area to make your evening even more special?
NEED TO KNOW
- Individual bookings at AED260 per person.
- Group discounts are available for bookings of 11 guests or more.
- Children under 6 years dine free of charge.
- Children between 6 and 11 years receive 50% off (AED130), while the regular price applies for children over 12.
Timings: Daily from Sunset until 9.30pm.
Atlantis, The Palm
This Ramadan, Atlantis, The Palm is offering a whole host of Iftar buffets and set menus across a number of venues, including the stunning Asateer Tent.
The talented Ali El Bourji, executive Oriental Head Chef of Ayamna, will oversee the Asateer kitchen, which ranks among the largest Ramadan tents in the UAE and has become a firm favourite among residents and tourists alike. Serving Iftar and Suhoor to more than 60,000 guests during the Holy Month of Ramadan, diners will be spoilt for choice, with a delicious selection of favourites such as lamb kebbeh, a shawarma station and an Arabic mixed grill available.
The Asateer Tent will also feature 10 dessert stations, including a traditional Arabic sweet-making live station, hot favourites such as umm ali, as well as an ice cream station and chocolate fountain. There will also be an à la carte menu on offer during Suhoor, which will include hot and cold mezzeh, soup, grilled meat and seafood, Ramadan desserts and a variety of shishas. Visitors will also be treated to live entertainment throughout Suhoor.
NEED TO KNOW
Date: May to 12th June, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Price: AED220 per person aged 12 and above – including juices and water; AED110 per child aged 4 to 11 years old – including juices and water; Children aged 3 and under dine complimentary
Every Monday and Friday during the Holy Month of Ramadan, the popular Emirati restaurant Seven Sands will host a unique Iftar that will include an intimate talk about Arab traditions during Ramadan. The cultural connoisseur Nasif Kayed from The Arab Culturalist will lead an open discussion into topics such as ablution, fasting, culture, food and the significance of Ramadan. All questions are welcomed and encouraged.
Mezze and a buffet featuring authentic Emirati main courses, a carving station and a large selection of desserts are included. Traditional highlights will include Veal Hares, King Fish Majboos, the Bedouin dish Chicken Madrouba, as well as a selection of sweet treats including a live station of Legemat.
NEED TO KNOW
Timings: Sunset until 9pm
Price: Cultural Iftar AED 255 per person; Iftar buffet AED 155 per person, including soft beverages. 50% off for children aged 6-12; Children below 5 dine for free.
Play it sweet
PLAY Restaurant & Lounge promises to bring gastronomical innovation to a variety of delicious Iftar and Suhoor classics – not to mention desserts – in its Ramadan menu.
Highlights of the menu include wagyu vine leaves, crispy duck salad and butter chicken gyoza, as well as grilled wagyu strip-loin, baby chicken with jalapeño, grilled salmon teriyaki and PLAY’s own signature fries.
PLAY’s bar will feature an extravagant range of deserts and confectionary, including a makeshift patisserie. “For the dessert bar, as well as running our whole dessert menu, we will also be adding a “PLAY Nitro Sundae”, explains executive chef Santiago Guerrero. “Expect table-side roast marshmallows and chocolate as well as a cotton candy surprise in the form of a frozen cheesecake wrapped in cotton candy.”
NEED TO KNOW: AED250 per person
Dining and entertainment at Anantara, The Palm
This Ramadan, guests breaking their fast at Crescendo, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, will enjoy a host of delicious feasting options with live kanoun entertainment.
The restaurant’s special Iftar buffet will feature mouth-watering Arabic, European and Asian cuisine, with local highlights including jallab, tamer hindi, kamer aldein, laban earan, karkadé juices, and plain and stuffed dates.
Classic Arabic family dishes of sambousek jebnih and mutabal alongside traditional oriental mixed grill including shawarma, kebab and garlic prawns will be sure to please. Guests can finish on a sweet note with date pudding, Arabic sweets, kunafa cheese and umm ali.
NEED TO KNOW: AED199 per adult inclusive of water, Ramadan juices and Arabic coffee. AED100 for children aged 6 to 11.