6 table service Iftars in Dubai
If the thought of a traditional buffet style iftar seems a tad overwhelming, or if queuing for your food makes you want to stamp your foot in frustration, then we’ve got it covered. Here’s the ShortList of restaurants serving mouth-watering iftars without a salad bar or food station in sight.
What: A set menu offering generous portions of authentic Lebanese cuisine and Arabic juices in a setting reminiscent of Arabian nights - think calming water fountains, high ceilings, dark wood carvings and regal colours.
Price: From AED215
Time: Sunset to 8.30pm
Where: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, The Palm
Contact: 04 453 0444, Website
What: Enjoy a set menu of traditional oriental dishes with a twist in the charming vintage setting of Em Sherif, designed to look like an antique Lebanese mansion. Choose from old fashioned lentil soups and moutabbal, tasty Ramadan desserts including Um Ali, and a main course that changes daily.
Time: 7pm onwards.
Where: The Address Downtown
Contact: 04 4243000, Website
What: Michelin starred Chef Atul Kochhar and the Rang Mahal team have designed an iftar of 11 dishes designed to provide a feast for the senses. Rang Mahal is known for its traditional Indian food with a contemporary flair – the iftar will include mezzeh, Indian and Arabic mix grill, stewed chicken, lamb stew, desserts and much more.
Time: Sunset to 8pm
Where: JW Marriott Marquis
Contact: 04 414 300, Website
What: This high-end Arabic iftar’s menu, put together by Michelin starred chef Greg Malouf and the Cle Team, offers classic Middle Eastern fare infused with a Western touch. The menu will include appetisers, ‘Malouf’s Ouzi, traditional Arabic desserts and more.
Price: From AED180
Time: 7 to 11.30pm
Where: Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC
Contact: 04 352 5150, Website
What: The Dubai based gourmet café and delicatessen is offering an eight-course iftar this Ramadan. Not your typical iftar, the menu includes dishes such as home-made crostini with beetroot humus, sweet potato soup, watermelon and feta salad. And for the mains choose from roasted organic baby chicken, pan seared salmon and Wagyu beef.
Time: Sunset to 12am
Where: Al Wasl Square in Jumeirah and Bay Square in Business Bay
Contact: 04 388 3868/04 558 7161, Website
What: Junoon is a Thai style iftar serving traditional South Asian meals. The selection of dishes includes rice, bread, vegetables, home-style fish curry, chicken and lamb. Enjoy a gala-style menu of these modern Indian dishes, which will be continuously served to the table throughout the meal.
Time: 6.30pm to 12.00am
Where: Shangri-La Hotel
Contact: 04 405 2716, Website