Food - Must Try Iftars in Dubai

The month of Ramadan is a holy month where observing Muslims fast everyday from sunrise to sunset. This fast is most commonly opened with dates followed by a number of tasty treats. This month of fasting has another aspect to it, the world of culinary delights that every home and restaurant is busy preparing for Iftars, which are done right after the fast is opened.

Muslim or non Muslim, Iftars are for everyone. The warm Oozie, soft Umali and cool Jalab are just few of the traditional dishes that many iftars are made of. These days a number of resturants have their own spin on Iftar incorporating traditional arabic elements along the way. I have sumed up few of the interesting Iftars out of the hundreds (or maybe thousands) on offer this Ramadan.

Before we go on I would like to wish a blessed Ramadan Kareem to all my readers. May this month of Ramadan shine brighter than ever. 

Iftar The 'Eatalian' Way at Eataly.

To celebrate the breaking of fast this Ramadan, Eataly has created a special set menu. 

You can choose from soup, salad and main course with a finale of Date Tiramisu for only 89aed or 119aed per person. 

I went with the Minestrone soup and Elegante salad and a buffalo mozzarella pizza for the main.

Aed 89  promotion includes..
La Zuppa

Minestrone Soup (minestrone soup drizzled with pesto sauce)

Le Insalte

Elegante (Corella pears parmigiano mixed green salad, topped with walnuts and balsamic dressing)
Insalata del Giardino (mixed green salad, cherry tomatoes, red radish, croutons, carrots and onions served with balsamic dressing)

La Pizza OR La Pasta

12 pizzas and pastas to choose from. My favourite is the Bufala (buffalo mozzarella, “Antonella” tomato sauce and fresh basil)

Aed 119  promotion includes..

La Zuppa (Soup)
Le Insalte (Salads)
LA Carne or Il Pesce 
A number of Modern and Traditional Italian seafood or meat for mains

Tiramisù con Datteri (Tiramisù with dates) and Jallab (date syrup with rosewater topped with pine nuts and raisins) is served with both the offerings on promotion.

A Mexican Iftar at Rosa Mexicano 

89 AED

SOUPS (Choice of):
Guajillo Cauliflower, loved it!

Lentil & Tomato
Red lentil, tomato and chicken broth mixed with fresh coriander and Mexican spices.

SALADS (Choice of):
Mexican Chopped Salad
Romaine lettuce, arugula, avocado, chayote, radish, red quinoa and crispy tortilla tossed in cumin vinaigrette.
Market Salad

Green mix, cherry tomato, carrot, onion, avocado, radish and orange segment tossed in honey lime vinaigrette.

MAIN DISHES (Choice of)
Crispy Stuffed Chicken, Chili con Carne (Mexican Beef Stew), Shrimps Enchilada. My favourite was the Crispy Stuffed Chicken. Accompanied with house rice and refried black beans.

Traditional Mexican doughnuts (aka Churros) served with three dipping sauces: chocolate, caramel and strawberry.

DRINKS (choice of):
Jalapeno Mint & Cucumber Yogurt, Jallab Drink, Soft Drinks

Iftar at Medley Restaurant at Pullman Dubai Deira City Centre (DCC)

If you like buffet with unending varities of soups, salads, mains and desserts then head to Pullman Hotel, DCC. The delicacies of Medley restaurant come alive for Ramadan as you discover a vast selection of pan-Arabian delights with a Moroccan twist, seasoned to perfection.

Time: 7 pm -11:00 pm

AED 115 per person (when booked before June 5)
AED 155 per person

AED 70 kids between the ages of 6 to 12 years old 
Free for kids below 6 years old 

Groups of 10 people or more can avail a special discounts starting at Aed 115 (depending on group size)

Photo Courtesy Pullam DCC 

Iftar with a Japanese twist

Chez Sushi will host alternative Iftars throughout Ramadan. From sundown until 1am, the popular restaurant will serve an exclusive bento box, loaded with authentic dishes signature to Chez Sushi.


Japanese katsu curry – fried/grilled chicken or mixed vegetables
Mixed green salad
Miso soup
Steamed rice
Date mochi – Japanese ice cream made with dates

The Iftar menu is priced at Aed 60 and Aed 45 for the chicken and vegetarian options respectively.

Photos by Chez Shushi

‘Beat the Buffet' at Pantry Café

You can indulge in an Iftar with a difference featuring a delectable 8-course menu. From sundown until 12 am, the popular eatery will be serving Iftar to patrons for Aed 115 per person. For children, a kid-friendly 3-course Iftar will be served for Aed 40.
Offering an alternative to the more ubiquitous Iftar buffet and cooked to order and served fresh to the table, the ‘Beat the Buffet’ menu will include:

Home-made crostini with beetroot humus and salmon and dill dips, a selection of soups, Marinated watermelon with feta salad along with a choice of starters and a variety of mains,

*Photo by Pantry Café
An Indian Iftar at India Palace

Chefs at India Palace have been busy selecting ingredients and fruits, to include in a specially created Iftar buffet, that aids in digestion, prevents acidity, keeps the body hydrated and helps flush out impurities.

Available across seven India Palace outlets throughout the month of Ramadan, the Iftar buffet will be priced at just AED 70 for adults and AED 40 for children.

Photo by India Palace

An All-American Iftar at Cravin’ Cajun

Diners visiting Cravin’ Cajun located in Novotel Dubai Al Barsha during Ramadan are in for a real treat. From the first day of the holy month diners can enjoy Iftar with a difference and indulge in a fully American themed feast.

From sundown, 7.30pm until 11pm they will be serving up a variety of all-American dishes, featuring a buffet prepared by the restaurant’s head Chef.

Starting at only AED 120 or AED 110 for groups of ten or more, the specially crafted menu has been prepared using signature recipes from across the fifty states, which is also home to the restaurants signature Creole cuisine. Among the favourite dishes to be served are Cravin’ Cajun’s mac n’ cheese, the famous chicken and waffles, fried shrimp and chicken.

Grand Hyatt Dubai

Enjoy a truly authentic Ramadan experience renowned in Amman, Damascus, Beirut and Cairo at Grand Hyatt

Egyptian style koshari and Syrian saj manakish sit alongside the best of Lebanese cuisine from Grand Hyatt’s own Awtar restaurant among other things.

Grand Iftar in the Ballroom is held everyday from sunset to 9:00PM. Aed 195 per person including soft drinks and Aed 95 per child aged 6-12; children under the age of six dine for free.

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