Where: Dubai Mall, Fashion avenue
What: Enjoy a set iftar menu with views of Downtown Dubai and the Dubai Mall Fountain. Expect to arrive to a table already laid for you, full of cold Turkish mezze dishes including fresh honey, dates, dried fruits, milk-jam, cheeses, vegetable muhamara babaganuj, mashed grilled eggplants, probably the most requested dish at The Market, as well as a toasted bread basket. In addition to a table full of food, you get to choose between tomato and lentil soup. This course is then followed by warm appetisers like a cheese and leak pide and baked stuffed mushrooms (a sure winner). The Ramadan mains will include Turkish steaks, Kasap Kofte a mixture of ground beef and lamb seasoned with spicy peppers, tomatoes and Kuzu Pirzola, which are lamb chops with herbs, rice and vegetables. Finally, for dessert you’’ get two to share, including the Irmik Helvasi, a traditional semolina dessert, and the dessert enjoyed at weddings and birthdays, the Firin Sutlaç rice pudding with ice cream and pistachios.
Timing: 7pm to 2am
Price: Dh187 per person
Where: Fairmont Dubai, Shaikh Zayed Road, Trade Centre Area
What: Opa offers a hearty Ramadan menu that begins with a selection of soups and dates followed by breads and dips as well as a soup of the day, which changes daily. The Ramadan menu includes soft breads served with traditional Greek dips of Tzatiki, hummus, fava dip and the spicy feta dip. The cold appetizers include a Greek salad and tuna tartare, while the hot starters feature grilled halloumi, spinach pie, and lamb kebab. You then get to choose your main from a selection of dishes like the Lamb Gyros, Australian Waygu striploin with oregano jus served with crispy homemade potato chips, a sea bass fillet served with rice pilaf or the imam bayildi made with aubergine in a tomato sauce and yogurt with a spicy twist. End your iftar with the Athenian pie, pistachio cake, or the more traditional loukoumades.
Timing: 7pm to 8.30pm
Price: Dh195 per person
Where: La Mer
What: It’s a new restaurant offering Uzbek cuisine. Their iftar menu offers dishes from Middle East and Central Asia like moutabel and Osh, a dish of spiced rice, lamb and sautéed vegetables, and Chak Chak a fried honey cake. Other Middle Eastern dishes include kofta, hummus, saffron milk cake and khubz. The more adventurous eaters shouldn’t miss the mixed samsa, crunchy and flaky triangular pastries (similar to sambousek. OSH is a great place to enjoy a culturally diverse iftar.
Timing: 7pm to 9pm
Where: Jumeriah Beach Hotel
Kitchen Connection is offering an international buffet with dishes from around the world complemented with Arabic accents. Enjoy a selection of hot and cold appetisers, mains and a dessert buffet for people of all ages.
Timing: 7pm to 8.45pm
Where: Dubai Mall, Fashion Avenue What: Why not try progressive Lebanese cuisine for iftar? The special set menu, offers comforting at-home style dishes that are filling but not too heavy. Once you take a seat, you will be offered a choice of soups, salads, main courses, cold talatas, hot talatas and beverages. Once you get through the first portion of your iftar, you can choose your main. The options are lamb with rice siyyadieh and chicken freekeh. Both are tender and taste just like home. Bebabel is located in Fashion Avenue, so it offers terrace seating with views of the city and the Dubai Mall Fountain.
Price: Dh120 per person
Timing: 7pm to 12am