Ramadan is well and truly underway this year, and that means some serious eating after a long day of fasting. We've already covered where to go to find the best Ramadan tents in Dubai, and pointed you in the right direction on where to find some delicious Iftars in 2016, but we have to eat every night right? So here's another round of where we like to go when the sun sets and the feasting can begin!
Jean-Georges, Four Seasons Resort Jumeirah Beach
Jean-Georges is upping the gourmet level this Ramadan with its Michelin-starred dining experiences for Iftar and Suhoor. Michelin-starred chef and celebrity restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten is the man behind this snazzy eatery, where the food is seriously gastronomic. The food offering combines contemporary dishes and signature plates full of Chef Jean-Georges' style that is responsible for New York-based sister restaurant’s three Michelin stars.
Iftar will be served in G Kitchen, which is one of several dining areas at Jean-Georges, and a pretty unique space. The casually chic café atmosphere is designed by Gwenael Nicolas, combining wood textures, stone and white shells for a contemporary finish. There's an open kitchen where you can watch the chefs do their thing, a pretty luxurious lounge and a great view of the landscaped terrace area. Jean-Georges Iftar is served from 6:30pm to 8:30pm and is priced at AED248++ per person, and an a la carte Suhoor is also available.
KRIS with a View, Park Regis Hotel
Feel like Iftar with a view? Then this is the place for you! Located up on the 19th floor, KRIS with a View has one of the most impressive, uninterrupted views of Dubai, as well as a reputation for some of its best Pan Asian cuisine. This Ramadan they're offering an Iftar to remember, with a food offering that combines specialty dishes from China, Thailand, Malaysia, India and Arabia. The exotic cuisine gives importance to flavor and texture combinations; tangy dressings, hints of ginger, chili and tamarind, and some interesting sweet, salty, sour and hot combinations make for a delicious dining experience.
But it doesn't stop there! The whole venue has been converted into a Ramadan themed space for the whole month. KRIS with a View's Iftar is available from sunset to 11pm and is priced at AED130++ per person. The venue is offering an early bird rate of AED109++ per person till the 12th June 2016, so make sure to book early and grab a nice discount!
The Maine Oyster Bar & Grill
One of our favorite restaurants is open as usual throughout the whole month of Ramadan. Tucked away in the Dubai Marina, this brasserie has a retro-vintage themed dining room that serves an outstanding selection of seafood dishes from around the word. Headed up by Montreal gastropreneur Joey Ghazal and Head Chef Liam Breen, the menu consists of North American classics such as Clam Chowder and Key Lime Pie.
The food offering has some serious culinary edge with a range of contemporary dishes, including an excellent Foie Gras Terrine and Drunken Scallop Ceviche. Besides the seafood, there's some steaks, chops and pot roasts, as well as a fantastic raw bar that serves seafood towers, fashionable crudo and, obviously, oysters. The Maine Oyster Bar & Grill will be open from 12pm to 12am daily, extending to 1am on Thursdays and Fridays, and their full menu and beverage list is available throughout Ramadan.
KAFTAN Turkish Cuisine & Fine Art
KAFTAN is bringing an Ottoman and Turkish twist to Iftar this year with their interesting mix of traditional dishes, contemporary interpretations and fusion plates. For Ramadan they've got a serious buffet going on that includes a mix of Ottoman, Turkish and Middle Eastern cuisines. Some of the dishes we're excited about are the Testi Kebab; natural fed and mountain grown beef meat cooked with organic farm tomatoes in special clay pot sealed with fresh dough, and the Tandir Kuzu Kol; roasted and then braised fresh lamb shoulder served on Turkish rice with grilled tomatoes and chilies.
The decor is contemporary and focused around the Turkish Kaftan in a minimalist way, which is tastefully done, while the interior is spacious. KAFTAN's Iftar buffet is available from sunset to 2am and is priced at 175AED++ per person, and the Suhoor is an a la carte selection.
Iris, The Oberoi Hotel
Get away from the chaos of the city and escape to this tropical rooftop hideaway this Ramadan! Perched on the 27th floor of the Oberoi Hotel, Business Bay, Iris is an ingenious concept offering a 'lounge in the clouds' with excellent international eats, mocktails and unbeatable views of the Burj Khalifa and Dubai city skyline. For Ramadan they'll have a serious Football set-up, with several large screens to watch the Eurocup 2016. There's going to be a great atmosphere, special food and beverage packs.
Executive Chef Olivier’s menu delivers some great global delicacies, a raw bar and light cocktail nibbles, putting an equal amount of importance on quality, substance and culinary flair. The raw bar’s creative selection includes novelties such as Wasabi salad (diced fresh salmon and squid served with green Ebiko), Seaweed salad (tossed with citrus ponzu sauce) and a tempting selection of Sushi, Maki and Sashimi.