Best Dubai Iftars in Ramadan 2022
The first weekend of April marked the beginning of Ramadan – a very significant month in the Islamic calendar, which is devoted to spirituality, reflection and time with the family. Those who observe the occasion abstain from food and drink throughout the day, breaking their fast after sunset with a meal known as Iftar. This is the first Ramadan since the start of the Covid pandemic when restrictions in Dubai have been eased, allowing families and friends to come together for Iftar in a way that they haven’t been able to for the past two years. And it only seems fitting to make some of your Iftars this year just a bit more special. Here are some of the very best Iftar offerings from some of Dubai’s finest restaurants.
Couqley Bistro, Jumeirah Lake Towers
Located in the Movenpick Hotel, this gorgeous modern French bistro offers a two-course or three-course Iftar option with some dishes including Wagyu meatballs, warm goat cheese salad, rack of lamb, ratatouille, kunafa and pain perdu. All with complementary bread and dates. To make a reservation, you can contact them on 04 514 9339.
The Courtyard, Dubai Creek Harbour
The Courtyard is the signature restaurant at Vida Dubai Creek Harbour, with a terrace where you can complement your Iftar meal with unbelievable views of the sunset and the Dubai skyline. The meal is buffet-style, featuring as selection of traditional Middle Eastern dishes such as lamb ouzi, shish tawouk and sweet treats including baklava. You can reach the hotel on 04 428 8888 to make your reservation.
One of Dubai’s most stylish Italian restaurants, Roberto’s is located in the heart of DIFC. You can opt to sit in the elegant main dining room or head out to the terrace where you get a full view over the glittering Downtown skyline. The menu includes a mix of Italian and Middle Eastern-inspired dishes, including a spiced Arabic lentil soup, eggplant parmesan, baked seabass, marinated lamb chops, and a mixed dessert platter. You can contact 04 386 0066 to make a reservation.
LPM Dubai, DIFC
Considered to be the gold standard when it comes to refined Mediterranean cuisine in Dubai, LPM (La Petite Maison) is as much a sensation today as it was when it opened 12 years ago. The Ramadan menu starts off with soup and dates to break your fast, followed by dishes including butter bean hummus, burrata with cherry tomatoes, rigatoni with mushrooms, marinated baby chicken, and a date and almond cake. Book your table by calling 04 439 0505.
For the past 20 years, Sucre has been a mainstay in the fine dining scene of Buenos Aires. Having opened its doors in Dubai just last year, the restaurant brings together a mouthwatering blend of Latin American and European cuisines in a richly designed setting with beautiful architectural motifs. The Ramadan menu contains a selection of large and small plates featuring octopus, ceviche, rotisserie chicken, steak and baklava. You can call them on 04 340 0829 to book your table.
Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road
The striking twin-tower hotel has a special Ramadan event set up to be enjoyed every evening – The Terrace Between the Towers. This is an open-air majlis (informal meeting space) where families, friends and colleagues can gather to break their fast under the stars with a view over the city and the newly opened Museum of the Future. A full spread of Arabic and Levantine cuisine will be on offer, alongside traditional Arabian hospitality. Book your space by contacting the hotel on 04 330 0000.
Topgolf, Emirates Hills
Would you like to do something a little bit different for Iftar this year? Tee off as you break your fast at Topgolf – one of Dubai’s most popular entertainment destinations is offering an Iftar package this month. You can choose from the Arabic or Western package, both of which contain a selection of sharing dishes spread over three courses. And of course, you get to enjoy two hours of golf as well. You can make a booking by calling 04 371 9999, please note that there is a maximum limit of 6 guests per golfing bay.
Bombay Brasserie, Business Bay
The signature restaurant of Taj Dubai presents a contemporary Indian dining experience mixed in with some very traditional dishes. For Iftar, you can enjoy a three-course menu that is a tribute to the Awadh region of North India. The region is well known for its slow cooking techniques and well-balanced use of aromatics, producing a rich mix of kebabs, curries and desserts like shahi tukda (the north Indian version of pain perdu). You can call 04 438 3100 to arrange a booking.
Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai
Break your fast with a touch of sophistication at the Banquet Hall of the famous Dubai Opera House in the heart of Downtown Dubai. There are three separate menus available on a rotating basis, consisting of various small bites, sharing plates and mezzeh, along with carving stations. The meal is complemented by live music, playing a mix of classical European and Arabic melodies to create a truly refined ambience.
Caesars Palace, Bluewaters Island
The Roman Lounge & Terrace, set right along the beachfront at Caesars Palace, is giving you the unique opportunity to enjoy an Iftar with the most incredible sunset views. Indulge in a mix of Moroccan and Levantine dishes – the Moroccan tagines are a particular highlight – along with live Arabic music and a very relaxed atmosphere. Call 04 556 6666 for more information.
Netsu features a unique showcase of Japanese cuisine, focusing on the Warayaki style of cooking – grilling over a straw fire. The restaurant, founded by Ross Shonhan (whose extensive culinary background includes being the head chef at Nobu and Zuma) and located in the Mandarin Oriental, features a three-course sharing menu whose extensive culinary experience includes Korean fried chicken, maki rolls and special cuts of Wagyu beef, plus a special ginger and date pudding. Call 04 777 2232 to make your booking.
London import Coya is pretty much the capital of Peruvian dining in Dubai, with uniquely Latin flavours and a richly designed, nature-infused interior. The Iftar menu features intriguing dishes such as a mushroom ceviche, trio of roasted corn, tangy beef ribs, and a date dessert with camel milk ice cream. Call 04 316 9600 to make a booking.