One of the best parts about Ramadan in Dubai is the countless number of Iftar tents that populate the city. But, as well as the more traditional fare, Dubai is also home to many non-arabic and unusual Iftars that are to as often referred to as 'Non-Traditional Iftars'. So why not break your fast with with an all American feast, or even an authentic French spread?
We've put together a list of some of our favorite interesting and unconventional Iftar ideas in Dubai for 2017.
1. Ramusake For the month of Ramadan, Ramusake has decided to embrace the spirit of sharing by coming up with a delightful and alternative Iftar set menu for at least 4 that is sure to satisfy any Japanese cravings you may have during the month. The set menu will include 4 sharing starters, 4 Sushi sharing plates, a platter of signature Chicken Ginger Gyoza Dumplings, served just before the Robata Grill dish is served with steamed rice, finished with 2 sweets to share.
The set menu will be offered every night from 7:00pm until 9:30 and will be priced at AED 199 per person. Note that there is minimum booking of 4 people required.
2. Firebird Diner by Michael Mina Offering an unusual twist to traditional Iftar offerings, Firebird Diner will host an all-American feast. Iftar is presented as sharing platters for friends and family, chosen from a set sharing menu of gourmet interpretations of wholesome American favorites: chicken wings, rib sliders, New York style cheesecake and more.
Iftar will be available from 7:00pm until 12:00am and will be priced at AED 185 per person (inclusive of soft drinks, water, tea and coffee), and for an extra AED 50 unlimited shakes and mocktails.
3. Ruya If you're craving Turkish food for Iftar, the wildly popular, Ruya in Marina, is offering a lavish Iftar set menu this Ramadan. The menu includes a number of their most popular dishes including grilled seabream, marinated baby chicken, cheese pide, adana kebab, and a handful of tasty starters and soups.
The set menu at Ruya will cost AED 195 per person and be offered daily from sunset to 9pm.
4. Wakame Go for an authentic modern Asian experience this Ramadan at Wakame. The curated menu will feature some of Wakame's most popular dishes and desserts inluding the 'Wakame Flame Maki' and the 'Fig & Date Sticky Toffee Pudding'.
The set menu will be offered daily from Sunset, and along with an a la carte menu will be served until 1 am. The price per person will be AED 170.
5. Burger & Lobster Every evening, Burger & Lobster is offering two very unique Iftar menus designed for both individuals, and also friends and families.
The individual set menu cost AED 119 and includes a cheeseburger, mini lobster roll, soup of the day, a half pounder with chips, Tres Leches, and a milkshake or soft drink of choice.
Good for 5 people, the Family/Group costs AED 995 and comes with a few extras including the bite sized Lobster Popcorn and the Lobster Casserole served with chips and salad.
6. Catch To celebrate the month of Ramadan, Catch Dubai has created an eclectic menu featuring dishes like lobster rolls, short rib tacos, Korean fried chicken, and their 48 hour braised short ribs.
The set menu will cost AED 200 per person and be offered daily from 7pm to 9pm.
7. Hakkasan During the month of Ramadan, Hakkasan will be featuring their Ramadan Iftar menu. The meticulously crafted 4 course set menu will allow guests to try a number of Hakkasan's specially created dishes and beverages as well as some unique Ramadan sweets.
The Ramadan Iftar menu will be available daily from sunset to 12:30 am and will cost AED 298 per person.
8. Boca For the month of Ramadan, Boca has come up with its own special Iftar set menu. Featuring a wide variety of starters and main courses, the set menu is sure to satisfy any Ramadan craving. A main focus of the menu is their daily dishes which will change according to the market's daily products.
The set menu is available daily from Sunset to 8:30 pm and will cost AED 175 per person.
9. Le Cirque This Ramadan, Le Cirque wants Iftar to be a "secret between you and the chef", by offering a bespoke set menu. The 3-course meal will feature dishes such as the ever popular burrata, carpaccio, and filet as well as a as few wild cards that will be created by the chef based on customer preference.
The set menu will cost AED 245 per person and be served daily from sunset to 8:00pm.
10. Bazxar Bazxar, one of the hottest restaurants in DIFC right now, is offering their own interpretation of a Ramadan set menu. The set menu mimics the style of the restaurant, with cuisines from all around the world rather than focusing on one specific region. The menu will give diners the opportunity to sample Pakistani, Asian, American, and Mediterranean dishes in one sitting.
Bazxar's set menu will be offered Saturday through Thursday for Iftar, priced at AED 150 per person.
11. Rang Mahal This year, Rang Mahal by Atul Kochar will be hosting a decadent Iftar with 11 dishes that celebrate the heritage of Indian cuisine, with a modern twist. The Iftar menu, with its varying flavors, will impress everyone from fine dining connoisseurs to lovers of traditional Indian cuisine, providing a feast for the senses.
Iftar at Rang Mahal will be priced at AED 325 per person from sunset until 8pm.
12. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse During the month of Ramadan, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is offering not one but three specially curated set menus, all themed around the life of the restaurant's founder- Ruth Fertel. Each one tells a story, "The Happy Jack" for example is named after Ruth's birthplace of Happy Jack Louisiana.
The set menus will be offered daily for Iftar and prices range in price from AED 260 to AED 350 and offer a wide variety of choice cut steaks and main courses. For those who can't choose between the three set menus, they also will be offering "The All Inclusive" priced at AED 650 per person pulling out all the stops to experience the finest of what Ruth's has to offer.
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