Handpicked: The Best Iftars Across The UAE
With this many options, a girl needs a little guidance!
Throughout the holy month of Ramadan, Atlantis The Palm invites you to break your fast at celebrated Lebanese restaurant Ayamna with a delicious set menu hand-selected by Beirut-born Chef Ali.
Not only will you dine in a setting beloved amongst Arab celebrities and royalty the world over, but also enjoy a set menu offering a wide variety of Lebanese dishes. Diners can feast on Chef Ali’s signatures including lentil soup, hot and cold mezze, a selection of meat dishes such as slow-cooked lamb shoulder, mixed grill, as well as fish tagine, baked ouzi, and shrimp kunafa. Sumptuous desserts include date cheesecake with baklava ice cream, katayef, and opera cake.
Ayamna, Atlantis The Palm, sunset – 8:30pm, AED 210 per person, 04 426 2626, @ayamnadubai
Calling all Bollywood fans! Break your fast at Bol Gappa, a desi playground with a fun fusion set menu for iftar. It includes Indian favourites and treats we can’t wait to taste, such as Rose Sherbet.
Begin with a choice of starters from a selection of Soya Khurana, Chicken Tikka Ala Re, and Chicken Khurana. Mains include Indian fan favourites such as Butter Chicken, Chicken Tikka Masala, Paan Singh Tomar Masala, Paneer Khurchan, Dal Makhani, Daal Tadka, and a Biryani of your choice (all mains are served with Naan and Roti on the side). Complete the meal with a mouthwatering traditional Indian dessert.
Bol Gappa, Wasl Opal Building, Umm Hurair Road, sunset – late, AED 59 per person, 04 335 5144, @bolgappa
Carnivores, this one’s for you – be transported to the land of Ottoman cuisine with the exclusive Ramadan menu at BABA. From traditional mezze to the sizzling BABA mixed grill, speciality borek, and authentic Turkish sweets and tea, look no further for the most decadent way to break your fast. And with its lush interiors, this is the perfect iftar to bring your significant other.
BABA, The Westin Mina Seyahi, Sunset – 8.30pm, AED 225 per person, 04 511 7373, @BABADubai
Italian restaurant Bella is offering a special iftar menu, perfect for those looking for a touch of sparkle to their experience. Bella’s delicious menu will engage all senses and make those taste buds tingle.
Start the meal with its in-house speciality Pane E Frutta Secca (sourdough bread with dried fruits and nuts with date butter) followed by starters including Zuppa Di Borlotti (borlotti bean soup), Riso Croccante E Datteri (puffed white rice, dates, and spices), and Mousse Di Ceci (chickpea and peanut hummus).
Mains include a delicious selection of rice dishes including Riso Orientale E Agnello (pilaf rice, capsicum, pistachio, raisins, saffron, and confit lamb leg) or Riso Orientale E Baba Ganush (pilaf rice, capsicum, pistachio, raisins, saffron, and eggplant baba ganoush). Save room for dessert with a delicious Galeto Al Latte Di Cammello (camel milk ice cream, cherries, almond crumble).
Bella, Grand Millennium Hotel, Business Bay, sunset – 1am, AED 250 per person, 04 873 3377
Recharge and detox with this one-of-a-kind iftar at the newly opened Bounty Beets outpost that features pink hues, botanical touches, and a huge flamingo mural. Not only is this iftar super healthy, but it’s also a highly Instagrammable haunt.
The Recharge and Detox iftar offers a revitalising four-course meal including a choice of soup, sharing appetisers, main course, and dessert. A much-needed welcome detox juice or tea and unlimited water are also included.
Sharing-style appetisers include beet hummus toast, harissa-roasted cauliflower with grapes, chickpeas and Persian feta, and mezze. The choice of soups are Healing Goodness (slow-cooked chicken) or I Carrot About You! The main course won’t disappoint with the likes of Loco Taco Shawarma (zucchini taco shell and spiced beef) and You’re The Masala To My Chai (spiced chicken tikka masala) on the menu. No meal is complete without a flavoursome dessert, and this offering serves up some serious treats – What’s Popping (cashew cheesecake, salted caramel, and popcorn) and date cake!
Bounty Beets, Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud, Airport Road, sunset – 10pm, AED 129 per person, 04 702 2455, @bountybeets
Between the stunning art deco interiors and being able to people-watch as they zip around Dubai Marina, we’re big fans of Café Society. This Ramadan, enjoy a family-friendly set menu with traditional Arabic dishes. Enjoy the 1920s vibes of Café Society and choose from a selection that’s priced at a wallet-friendly AED 199, perfect for two adults and two children under six.
Café Society, Dubai Marina, sunset – 9pm, AED 199 for 2 adults and 2 children under 6, 04 318 3755, @cafesociety
CÉ LA VI
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know about CÉ LA VI, the most Instagrammable restaurant in all of Dubai – we’re certainly guilty of taking a picture from the swing overlooking the Dubai skyline. Now, it’s launching an iftar menu to break your fast in style, with delicious food, stunning views, and an atmosphere like no other. This hotspot ticks every box!
Watch the sun disappear over the Downtown skyline and enjoy a three-course menu in the lounge, which includes starters such as Baby Gem Lettuce Salad (with radicchio, radish, edamame, puffed rice, ginger sesame dressing) or Winter Squash Soup (with date cream and pomegranate). Mains include a selection of mouth-watering dishes such as Roasted Black Cod with sweetcorn pudding and miso beurre blanc and Grilled Baby Chicken Satay (with coconut rice and coriander), and Thai Basil And Peanut Satay Nage. Finish your meal with a healthy assortment of fruit.
CÉ LA VI, Address Sky View Hotel, sunset – 8pm, three-course meal for AED 250 per person OR go al fresco with three courses and shisha for AED 350 per person, 04 582 6111, @célavidubai
Ewaan, Palace Downtown
Add a touch of authentic charm to your Ramadan experience and delight in a generous Iftar at Ewaan. This signature restaurant at Palace Downtown echoes the classic style of the luxury that Dubai is renowned for, with a sumptuous spread on offer. Savour the generous Middle Eastern and international buffet while blissful oud music fills the air and adds a sense of enchantment. Just be sure to deck yourself out in your most elegant Ramadan outfit for this incredible iftar experience!
Ewaan, Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai, sunset – 9pm, AED 260 per person, 04 428 7961, @palacedowntowndubai
Nothing – and we mean NOTHING – screams luxury and opulence like Palazzo Versace Dubai.
Experience magical Ramadan nights in the fashion-inspired surroundings of Giardino this Ramadan. The jungle-themed restaurant offers a wide selection of traditional Middle Eastern and international dishes, featuring live cooking stations offering kebabs, rotisserie, and grilled meats as well as salad and fresh juice stations. The centerpiece of the restaurant offers mezze dishes and tempting desserts.
Giardino, Palazzo Versace Dubai, sunset – 8:30pm, AED 230 per person, 04 556 8805, @giardinodubai
Take a trip to the Mughal era and enjoy a family-style feast offering unique and lavish North Indian cuisines. Award-winning restaurant Khyber welcomes you to indulge in a mystical iftar experience full of mouth-watering Indian delicacies.
Enjoy a selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, including Doodhiya Kalmiya and juicy Keema Seekh Kababs, hearty mains featuring Handi Lazeezand classic Daal Makhani and, for dessert, unique takes on Ras Malai and Shahi Turka. With intricately decorated interiors and an exceptional view of the wondrous Dubai Marina sunset, this is an experience like no other.
Khyber, Dukes The Palm, sunset – 11pm, AED 140 per person, kids below 6 eat free, 04 455 1111, @dukesthepalm
We are (still) obsessed with luxury dining institute Marea and its Italian twist on the traditional iftar. Marea offers a four-course menu featuring some of its best-sellers. Start with a mezze platter and Italian soup, followed by melt-in-your-mouth Burrata and a main course of hearty handmade rigatoni pasta and Wagyu beef bolognese. Finish the meal on a sweet note with an explosion of chocolate goodness thanks to the delicacy dessert, Cioccolato.
Marea, DIFC, sunset – 7.30pm, AED 249 per person, 04 583 6366, @mareadubai
Looking for a family-friendly iftar for you and the whole family? Mina’s Kitchen, a fun food hall concept, takes you all around the Middle East to Asia with a delicious buffet that welcomes second and third helpings! While the kids are entertained inside with the festivities, the adults can chill on the balcony and enjoy shisha.
Mina’s Kitchen, The Westin Mina Seyahi, sunset – 10pm, AED 155 per person and AED 55 for kids, 04 511 7373, @minaskitchendubai
We don’t know what we love more about OSH – its location (hello beach views), the interiors, or how just darn Instaworthy it is! Either way, it’s a must-try this Ramadan. Located on the shores of Dubai’s trendy beach destination La Mer, enjoy a scrumptious spread (six dishes per person to be exact) of all your favourite Uzbek dishes.
OSH, La Mer, sunset – late, AED 149 per person, 055 963 6756, @OSHdubai
Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel
We love venturing down to old Dubai (thanks to the metro, of course) and immersing ourselves in the heart of the city’s historic district. Break your fast at Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel and feel a sense of old-world charm while enjoying a buffet featuring authentic Arabic recipes and international dishes – all while overlooking the Arabian Gulf.
The iftar buffet will include special Ramadan mocktails, juices, dates, salads, bread, mezze, soup, and a live Ouzi station as well as Ramadan favourites, soft beverages, and a spread of tasty sweets and desserts.
Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel, sunset – 10pm, AED 119 per person, while groups of 4 only pay for 3 people (AED 89 per person) when booking before April 12, 04 377 1163, Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel
Calling all vegans, vegan-ish, or vegan curious! This is the perfect iftar for you. As soon as you walk into SEVA Table, you are transported out of Dubai and into a lush garden that exudes positive vibes.
SEVA Table has created some delicious à la carte vegan dishes exclusively for the month of Ramadan. Dishes include Curry Rainbow Salad (cooked quinoa, green peas, red cabbage, carrot, cashews), No Tuna Salad (cooked chickpea, mustard, nori flakes, mayo, sweetcorn, celery, lemon juice, green peas, oat bread), Masala Chai Porridge (millet, cinnamon, cardamom, clove powder, date paste, almond milk, banana slices), and Matcha Tiramisu (an amazing non-dairy dessert made from cashew, maple syrup, lemon juice, and coconut milk).
SEVA Table, Villa 5 1/B, Street 27B, Jumeirah 1, Jumeirah Beach Road, sunset – 9pm (closed Tuesdays), Prices start from AED 33, 058 543 5888, SEVA Experience
Looking for the most picturesque iftar in Dubai? Look no further! Combining urban chic with an energetic waterfront beat, The Courtyard offers some of the most memorable views of the Dubai skyline in an al fresco Ramadan-themed setting.
Enjoy the cool breeze at sunset as it serves some of the most loved Oriental dishes to break your fast. And thanks to the ever-rotating menu featuring the famous Lamb Ouzi, Dawoud Basha, and Fish Harra, you can return every week.
The Courtyard, Vida Creek Harbour, Dubai Creek Harbour, Dubai, sunset – 9pm, AED 190 (AED 165 for the first week), 04 428 8888, Vida Creek Harbour
Tiffin & More
Want to enjoy breaking your fast in your PJs alongside Netflix and comfort food? We’re loving the iftar delivery option from Abu Dhabi-based Tiffin & More. For only AED 36.50 (yes, really), break your fast with a delicious three-course set menu of authentic Indian dishes.
Start with fresh and dry fruits to break your fast, Malabar-spiced Chicken Cutlets and Aloo Bonda to whet your appetite, deliciously spiced Bread Pakoda, Tiffin & More’s special Chicken Biryani with Raitha to tone down the heat, Papad, mineral water and some refreshing Lemon Mint Juice to wash it all down.
Tiffin & More, Abu Dhabi, Order direct through Zomato, Deliveroo, Talabat, sunset – Late, AED 36.50 per person, 02 444 9980, @tiffinandmore
Any expat worth their weight in hummus knows and has frequented the OG of iftars at Yalumba – even this writer’s first ever iftar happened here 10 years ago!
There’s more than 100 hundred menu items available, ranging from traditional Middle Eastern and Mediterranean household dishes of soups, salads, hot and cold mezze platters and, most notably, Lamb Makboos and Chicken Tagine – all at the incredible price of AED 169 per person.
Yalumba, Le Meridien Dubai, sunset – 10:30pm, 04 702 2455, AED 169 per person, AED 99 kids ages from 6-12 years old, free for kids under the age of 5 & below, Yalumba Dubai