We've been scouring Dubai's fine-dining scene for more great Iftar and Suhoor options to break the fast this Ramadan! From traditional Arabian and Lebanese cuisines to funky Jamaican and contemporary Indian, we think these five options pack a serious culinary punch. And if you need even more variety, then we've also got you covered with more Iftars in Dubai, as well as some seriously luxurious Ramadan Tents. Happy dining!
Mazaher, World Trade Centre
This joint is our new favorite place for anything and everything Lebanese! The food is beyond fantastic thanks to their emphasis on keeping it as real as possible, with pretty much everything on the menu using authentic recipes and presentation. The staple cuisine is Lebanese, but there're also a few other Middle Eastern dishes in their too, just to spice things up. We're particularly partial to the diverse selection of mezze on offer; wholesome, simple and super delicious, they really are an ode to Levantine eating and makes this eatery stand out from the competition.
We like the venue too! Divided into three different areas, you can choose to eat in the main dining room that has a classic feel with white clothed tables, the rustic cafe or al fresco on the outdoor terrace. The food offering has a heavy emphasis on mezze done in an authentic manner, which has resulted in a large GCC following looking for Lebanese food done right. For Iftar they're offering a traditional set menu featuring lamb ouzi, mixed grills and Ramadan-themed desserts. Mazaher's Iftar menu is available from sunset to 9pm and is priced at AED135++ per person.
Giardino, Palazzo Versace
If you haven't checked out the Palazzo Versace yet then this place needs to be on your hit-list. Opulence combines with class at this unique hotel that's decked out in some serious Versace design. For Ramadan their classically Italian themed restaurant Giardino is pulling out all the stops for Iftar. Mosaic patterned walls, elegant pillars and colorful touches in the form of a light leaf print wallpaper, inspired by Jennifer Lopez’s dress of the Grammy Awards in 2000, keeps things interesting.
Now onto the food; mezze will be served to your table when the fast breaks, and this will be quickly followed by some seriously sublime buffet-style eating. Four live cooking stations, including a fresh juice area, a kebab, rotisserie and meat grill station, a salad bar and a lamb ouzi station will be complimented by an array of mezze platters. And as if that wasn't enough, guests will also be able to get table-side servings of achurrascaria-style meat and kofta.
Giardino's Iftar is available from 7pm to 9pm and is priced at AED220++ per person and AED110++ per child aged 6-12 years old.
Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor
Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor is offering up its avante-garde menu that combines Indian classics with contemporary dishes for Iftar this Ramadan. The food is a reflection of Chef Sanjeev Kapoor’s unique culinary style that utilizes authentic techniques, preparation and traditional ingredients mixed in with modern twists. The butter chicken, cooked with lemongrass, is a great combination of modern and classic taste, and the lamb biryani’s presentation makes it easy to see why this place has a reputation for food that tastes delicious and looks amazing. One of our favorite items is the saffron fried ice cream, studded with popping candy!
The venue itself is simple and modern, with low lighting and comfortable seating. They've also got an outdoor terrace area that will be available during Ramadan and is serving shisha! Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor's Iftar menu is available from 7pm to midnight and is priced at AED149 per person++.
Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek
The Radisson Blu down at Deira Creek are switching it up this Ramadan and uniting the entire second floor of restaurants at the hotel into one giant Iftar buffet! There's pretty much every kind of food you could possibly imagine, with Arabic classics, European favorites and Japanese delicacies all available. It's a double whammy for them as they're also celebrating their 40th anniversary!
With 8 restaurants to choose from and over 200 dishes, this is a Ramadan experience not to be missed. The Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek is available from sunset to 10pm and is priced at AED169++ per person.
Switch up the usual Middle Eastern Iftar cuisine for some chow from this fabulous restaurant. As Dubai's first home-grown Jamaican eatery, they'll be bringing a unique twist to Ramadan with their all-you-can-eat Iftar menu featuring a range of traditional Caribbean cuisine. Executive Chef Craig Wong combines his Jamaican-Chinese culinary heritage with years of experience working at Michelin-starred restaurants such as Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée and Heston Blumental’s Fat Duck, to create the concept behind Ting Irie, so expect great things!
The Iftar menu features some delicious sounding starters, including items such as their “watamelon” salad; cubed watermelon, pickled rind, cherry tomato, basil served with coconut dressing and scallion oil, and the “punkin’” kale; roasted pumpkin, quinoa, chili crystallized pumpkin seeds served with peanut punch vinaigrette. Main courses also sound very tasty - we're very tempted by their “spitfayah” jerk chicken; rotisserie roasted chicken served with Jamaican coleslaw and mango scotch bonnet salsa, and the Jamaican curry goat; cooked with island spices and served with wilted pak choi. Ting Irie's Iftar menu is priced at AED130++ and is available from unset till late.