Iftar is the meal eaten by Muslims after sunset to break their fast during the Holy month of Ramadan. It’s supposed to be shared by a community, a family or even with friends who gather to break their fast together.
In celebration of Iftars, restaurants in Dubai (and other places where Ramadan is observed) usually prepare special menus, with a wide variety of dishes that are often provided as buffets from the simplest to the most fancy that could make Iftar even more memorable.
Below are some of the Iftar offerings from restaurants and hotels in Dubai that I got to preview. I have included some of the dishes that I can recommend, along with other relevant details with links to respective websites where you can book or reserve a table or two.
CHANNELS RESTARUANT, MEDIA ROTANA HOTEL.
- It’s my first time to attend Iftar at Channels Restaurant, located at the lobby of Media Rotana Hotel in TECOM, Dubai, and I am happy to report that I was not disappointed.
- Channels’ Iftar buffet features authentic Arabic and International cuisine at a reasonable rate.
- Highly recommended dishes from the buffet spread include traditional and flavorful Lamb Ouzi, freshest seafood dishes, assorted sushi at the Japanese station, salmon gravlax, the chocolate fondue at the dessert station and a lot more! And in case you haven’t sampled it yet, do not forget to drink Rose water which is included in the Iftar buffet package, along with orange juice, lemon and mint, and other drinks.
- Cost per person of Iftar buffet : AED 180 and AED 90 (children six-12).
- For more details and reservations, kindly visit their website via this link : www.rotanatimes.com/mediarotana/dining
Freshest seafood that's not overwhelming.
Japanese sushi that's not to be missed.
Traditional Lamb Ouzi.
One of my plates I enjoyed from the buffet spread!
A glimpse of a part of the dessert section and more!
DUSIT THANI DUBAI.
- It has always been an engaging epicurean adventure when dining at Dusit Thani Dubai – whether it’s the Holy season of Ramadan or even beyond.
- The Iftar from combined restaurants of Dusit Thani Dubai, namely the Royal Benjarong, PAX Ristorante and the Californian provides a uniquely tasteful and stylish yet still traditional way of breaking the fast by fusing local Arabic, Thai, Italian, and other International cuisines in one offering.
- Consider dining at the 24th floor of this iconic hotel building with the view of Sheikh Zayed Road and the world’s tallest man-made structure, Burj Khalifa, a wonderful bonus while you feast!
- Another remarkable factor that draws a lot of patrons to Dusit Thani Dubai is the ever efficient and professional staff. They’re attentive, quick and courteous that makes gastronomic experience even better!
- Must-eat dishes apart from Lamb Ouzi are Roast beef, Peking duck, Curried dishes and noodles from Benjarong, the unlimited chicken shawarma, local favourite sweets like luqaimat and kunafa and everybody’s favourite from Dusit Thani Dubai – drum roll, please – their version of Red Velvet cake!
- Cost of Iftar per person : AED 149.
- Group Iftar starts at AED120 for a group of 50 and above.
- For more details and reservations, visit their website via this link : www.dusit.com/dusitthani/dubai/dining
Dusit Thani Dubai’s very own version of traditional Lamb Ouzi.
Unlimited Chicken Shawarma, anyone?
One of my plates : Lamb Ouzi, Fish dish and Roast beef! *burp!*
Dessert Department. Try to sample Dust’s Red Velvet Cake (not on photo).
Luquaimat. One of traditional Iftar sweets; a personal favorite too!
LEMONGRASS THAI RESTAURANT.
- Lemongrass, one of the best and favourite casual-dining restaurants in UAE, provides their patrons Ramadan Iftar set menus and lunch boxes of authentic, flavorful and affordable Thai dishes!
- They offer 3 Iftar set menus with vegetables, non-vegetables and seafood options ranging from AED 129 to AED 169 for two people.
- These tasteful and well balanced set menus are available in all Lemongrass Restaurants in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and is served for dine-in only and from Iftar to closing.
- Lemongrass Thai Restaurant in Oud Metha branch (Lamcy Plaza) also offers “Ramadan Lunch Box” for deliveries between 12pm and 5pm, where one can order online to enjoy from a choice of 6 different main courses, Thai Jasmine rice, our home-made prawn crackers and 1 Thai lemon iced tea – all for only AED 31!
- Best part of dining in Lemongrass : Staff always ask diners if they have allergies to nuts, seafood and other ingredients. One may also request for the dish to be cooked less spicy or to be extra one. That’s topnotch customer service in my books!
- Must eat-dishes are Pad Thai Goong, Peking duck, Green Curry, Kao Pad Sapparod or Pineapple fried rice, Kao Niaw Mamuang or Sweet sticky rice with mango and many more!
- For more details, to make reservations or to order online, pleas visit their website via this link : www.lemongrassrestaurants.com.
You’ll never go wrong with Lemongrass authentic Pad Thai Goong!
Peking duck on a sumptuous spread of authentic Thai dishes awaits you at Lemongrass!
Kao Pad Sapparod or Fried rice with prawns, chicken, egg, pineapple and nuts.
A variety of coolers are available but Thai Milk Tea is a favourite!
Kao Niaw Mamuang or Sweet sticky rice with mango to cap that Iftar meal perfectly!
*For more details of Lemongrass Ramadan Iftar Specials, please read :
LIWAN RESTAURANT, AL GHURAIR RAYHAAN by ROTANA.
- One of the most frequented hotel restaurants in Dubai not only during Ramadan Iftar season is Liwan Restaurant at Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana.
- Enticing open-kitchens, traditional music played live at dinner, Moroccan mint tea and local drinks serve by staff in authentic costume table by table, spacious dining area, and a wide variety of cuisines from Arabic, Persian, Indian, Moroccan, and other international dishes, friendly and quick service, make Liwan Restaurant a cut above the rest.
- The special Ramadan Iftar buffet at Liwan Restaurant in Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana with live Arabic entertainment is offered at AED 139 per person.
- Liwan is also open for Suhour Breakfast Buffet (Daily – 02:00 am to 4:00 am) for AED 69 per person.
- For more details and reservations, visit their website at https://www.rotanatimes.com/alghurairrayhaanbyrotana
A chef serving delicious and traditional Lamb Ouzi.
What’s an Iftar without Ouzi?
So many dishes to choose from, you need a room for desserts!
Moroccan mint tea, anyone?
Open kitchens of Liwan add flare to the Iftar dining experience!
This and more await you at the Iftar buffet spread at Liwan Restaurant.
METRO RESTAURANT, MILLENIUM PLAZA HOTEL DUBAI.
- I was fortunate to be invited by my good friend and fellow Dubai-based blogger, Carla of www.myyellowbells.com to the Iftar preview of Metro Restaurant at Millennium Plaza Dubai (It was favourable for me as the hotel is literally located next door to where I live).
- My palates were treated to classic favourite cuisines and to some other International dishes that aren’t as commonly offered in other Iftar buffets. Case in point was the surprisingly impressive Beef Quesadilla! If I have to single out a reason to convince you to partake in Iftar at Metro Restaurant, it’s that Beef Quesadilla, hands down!
- Long buffet spread with extensive selection will definitely challenge your appetite!
- Cost of Iftar buffet per person : AED 125.
- For details and reservations, kindly visit their website via this link : www.millenniumhotels.com/en/dubai/millennium-plaza-hotel-dubai/metro
Traditional lamps on buffet spread at Metro Restaurant.
Dates and dried nuts. A perfect start to break the fast.
Seafood corner at the buffet spread.
Local sweet treats. Always save room for desserts!
Chocolates, chocolates and more at the Iftar offering at Metro Restaurant!
OLIVE OIL RESTAURANT, JUMEIRA ROTANA HOTEL DUBAI.
- Glad that I accepted the invitation to join the preview of Iftar at Olive Oil Restaurant, located at the lobby of Jumeira Rotana Hotel Dubai.
- Surprisingly delicious special Iftar dishes from seafood, lamb, beef, chicken and more!
- There’s a modest set up of the spread, yet overall taste’s fantastic! I had to commend and congratulate the German in-house chef whom we met that evening for doing a great job on the menu. Tasted really good!
- Highly recommended dishes include Russian salad, Seafood in cream sauce, Baked mussels, Roast beef, Lamb ouzi of course, to name a few.
- Two thumbs up for taste of menu, awesome service of staff and welcoming and homey ambiance at Olive Oil Restaurant, Jumeira Rotana Hotel Dubai!
- Cost of Iftar buffet per person : AED 129, and for children between 6-12 years, AED 64, and for children younger than 6 years, dine for free. Book for 10 persons and pay only for 8.
- For more details and to make reservations, visit their website via this link : www.rotanatimes.com/jumeirarotana
Dates to start breaking the fast.
The star of the Iftar spread : Lamb Ouzi, Olive Oil Retaurant version.
Those green peas and mashed potato are a must sample at Olive Oil Restaurant!
One of my plates : Cheesy Baked Mussels, Prawn Curry and Fish in cream. YUMMY!
Fruits in season and assorted sweets to end an Iftar at Jumeira Rotana!
As the true spirit of Iftar and Ramadan brings family and friends together, I and my friends and relative are thankful to experience and to be part of Iftar celebrations although we’re non-Muslims. Special thanks to those generous and kind Public Relations, e-Commerce and Marketing managers and executives who constantly invite us to partake in such celebrations!
Iftar brought us together : My cousin, MJ, Carla & Ferald of www.myyellowbells.com.