22 October 2016Last updated

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Iftar round-up

End your fast with style and culinary brilliance at these eateries that promise to take you around the world

10 Jun 2016 | 12:00 am
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Anise, InterContinental Dubai Festival City

Awide-ranging variety of cuisines that ensure there’s something to please the fussiest palates is what Anise is serving up this Ramadan. There’s an elaborate iftar spread with eight live cooking stations, fashioned after the eight points of a star anise, including everything from Mediterranean to Indian curries. But traditionalists needn’t worry, there’s plenty of Arabian fare – think stuffed vine leaves with lamb chops, sweet cheese rolls, halawet al riz (rice, cheese and cream), a huge date pyramid and a chocolate fountain.

Dh215 per person with Ramadan juices, tea, coffee and soft drinks, Dh105 for kids ages six to 12. For reservations, call 04 701 1127/28 or visit

Market Kitchen, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi


Ending your fast at Market Kitchen is a truly multicultural experience that best defines the UAE. A modern American dining experience, it’s been crafted by French celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The multi-award-winning restaurant is serving a four-course tasting menu for Ramadan and a fusion feast awaits within its soft gold bistro-like interiors. You’ll sample rhubarb compote, crispy halloumi with blood orange and roasted baby beets, sautéed jumbo shrimps with Persian lime labneh, lamb kofta pizza, roasted corn-fed chicken breast with freekeh risotto, Scottish salmon with tahini nut crust and the delightful zaatar and Parmesan fries. Dessert is just as decadent and well-rounded with offerings like Arabian shortbread, kunafes and delicious halwa ice cream sundae.

From Dh200 per person. Call 02 6950 300 or email

Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar, JW Marriott Marquis


It’s not just the huge carved wooden pillars or the pleasant orange lighting that will leave you slack-jawed at this Indian fine dining restaurant. The fabulous menu too will leave you wide-eyed and eager to tuck into the exciting mix of regional favourites and traditional Indian must-haves, which are the highlight for iftar and suhoor during Ramadan.

While celebrity chef Atul Kochhar’s stylish eatery has already made its mark on the culinary landscape of Dubai, the menu has been given a twist for this month. Classic Indian dishes such as lamb shorba, and dal bukhari, and a mouth-watering mixed grill platter, among others, are part of 11 special dishes that feature on the special iftar menu available alongside a là carte dishes.

With impeccable service and a pleasant staff on hand to explain the menu, there are few better places across the city to enjoying a relaxing meal.

Dh325 per person from sunset until 8pm. To book call 04 414 0000.

The Address Montgomerie Dubai


For a distinctive way to end your fast, and if you prefer your iftars away from the bustle of the city and surrounded by lush greenery, book into The Address Montgomerie Dubai, snuggled in the beautiful environs of Emirates Hills. And there’s no need to worry about the heat and humidity in the lawns when you tuck into a sumptuous iftar buffet here – you’ll be ensconced in a glass tent, which opens out to the property’s exquisite golf course, so you’ll have some splendid views as you eat. Football fans, listen closely – you can also watch Euro 2016 here.

Dh170 per person with house beverages, Dh90 for children aged four to 11. Call 04 363 1237 or visit

Mamemo Majlis, the Ritz-Carlton Dubai


The Mamemo Majlis at The Ritz-Carlton’s lavish ballroom is back by popular demand. The Arabian-meets-contemporary space, decked in white and pastel blues and award-winning art, will be divided into 11 separate majlis enclosures, serving traditional, healthy, wholesome delicacies from across the region. Coffee lovers rejoice; there’ll also be special creations from Lavazza and De’Longhi. The multitude of buffet stations offer Indian, Emirati, Moroccan and Syrian cuisines and include shawarmas, lamb ouzi and barbecues. Oud players will provide soulful entertainment to go with your sumptuous meal for the night. Additionally, Euro 2016 will also be televised on big screens here.

Dh220 per person with Ramadan beverages and water, Dh110 for children ages five to 12. Call 04 318 6646 or email

Olea, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates


The Levant has more to offer to a dinner table than just street favourites like shawarma and falafel. Olea, the glamorous Levantine restaurant at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, will put misconceptions about the region’s cuisine to rest with its iftar buffet in an air-conditioned terrace marquee. Heap plates with both heritage and flavours with Jordan’s chicken freekeh soup and mansaf laham (lamb in dried yoghurt), Palestine’s famous upside down dish of magloba daja (pot-cooked meal of veggies, meat and rice) and a whole host of delicacies from Syria and southern Turkey too. Traditional favourites like oven-fresh pitta bread, and quenching Ramadan juices of jallab and amareddin are also a part of the buffet, but it’s the cheesy kunafa, the baked vermicelli and clotted organe cream dish of osmalieh and baklava that steal the show.

Dh175per person, half-rate for children aged six to 12. Email

PierChic, Madinat Jumeirah Al Qasr


As far as exceptional iftars go, you can’t beat the experience of dining over the water, watching the sun set over the waves as the nearby Burj Al Arab’s sparkly lights come on. Where else but at the iconic Pierchic can you do it?

For Ramadan, the award-winning restaurant has given sustainably sourced seafood a finger-licking good Arabian spin. Setting the marine mood with fishnet-like chandeliers, every dish on the set menu has a quirky seafood-fusion element to it, starting with the decadent fattoush with baby squid and cuttlefish ink, and the massive grilled tiger prawns with sumac, garlic aioli and lime. The hummus mixed with pine nuts and tuna belly and baba ganoush are no run-off-the mill either. Perfectly cooked and delicately spiced mixed seafood grill and seafood machboos make up the mains while the tasting dessert platter of baklava, Turkish delight, Umm Ali and sticky date and toffee pudding end a chic evening on a sweet high.

Dh270 per person. Call 04 432 3232.

Feast, Sheraton Grand Hotel Dubai


Live entertainment during iftar doesn’t get better than live cooking stations. Round up family and friends at international eatery Feast and that’s exactly what you’ll find – the fires within the industrial chic venue showcases culinary pyrotechnics! Sweeping across the globe, the expansive Ramadan buffet features Indian, Arabian, Asian and Italian delicacies. Gorge on culinary gems like Malabar fish curry, chicken noodle broths, succulent roasted chicken with sautéed rosemary potatoes, 
and cheesy eggplant and ricotta pizza from the pizza section. If the mains and starters feel like a geography lesson, wait until you arrive at dessert – that’s an atlas of mango sago, Eton mess, muhlabiya, duo namelaka and more! This is an iftar that’s as good as a world tour!

Dh199 per person. Call 04 503 4300.

Saraya Tent, Armani Dubai


What is the height of haute cuisine? It would have to be Armani hotel’s sleek and sophisticated iftars in the Burj Khalifa. As dappled light through gorgeous mashrabiya screens flit across the open setting of the elegant Saraya tent, tuck into classic dishes from the many Armani restaurants – Amal, Ristorante, Hashi and more. Featuring a daily changing menu for both iftar and suhoor, every Ramadan meal is a surprise for the palate as is the spellbinding turquoise views of the Dubai Fountain below that you simply never tire of.

Dh250 per person, suhoor Dh200 per person. From sunset to 9pm, and 10pm-3am. Call 04 888 3666 or email

Tresind, Nassima Royal Hotel


Easily one of the best Indian fine dining restaurants in the city, Tresind offers a iftar and suhoor experience this Ramadan. Presenting dishes that are synonyms for the month in the region, chef Himanshu Saini and his fabulous team give the concept of sit-down buffet dinners a fresh take with a menu inspired by traditional regional staples.

Already known for its molecular gastronomy, Tresind has spruced up the menu with a spread of Ramadan special dishes like tagines, curries, roast lamb shank biryani, lamb nihari and roast duck.

To enjoy every morsel of these delicacies, the restaurant is open from iftar until suhoor. The brand’s exquisite food presentation and dramatic interiors are an eclectic combination of the classic and contemporary, which is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the taste buds.

Dh200 per person, 6.30pm-3am. For information, call 04 308 0440.

Em Sherif, The Address Downtown Dubai


Dine in the splendid ambience of an antique-looking Lebanese mansion when you end your fast at Em Sherif. The Address Downtown Dubai spot is set against a stunning backdrop of the Dubai Fountain, and whether you’re catching up with friends or dining out with colleagues, the Diwan-style lounge or the formal dining area will cater to all needs. The iftar menu consists of traditional Middle Eastern dishes with a twist, from the ever-popular lentil soup and fattoush with eggplant to bourghol banadoura, moutabbal, kebbe sajiyeh and a main course that changes daily, served along with freshly made Ramadan beverages jallab and amar el dine. End with some exquisite sweet treats such as maamoul b jebne and umm ali.

Dh335 per person, Dh175 for kids between three and 10 years. From sunset to 9.30pm. To book call 04 424 3000.