Your guide to Ramadan with iftars, suhoors and cultural events
Daytime dining in Ramadan
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Stuck for lunch? Fear not! Even though it’s Ramadan, a number of restaurants are operating discreetly and respectfully throughout the day, serving food to non-Muslims. We take a look at some of the best – the rest you’ll find later in our Eating Out directories or www.timeoutdubai.com.
Ember’s ‘Healthy Glow’ lunch menu features a selection of (healthy) gourmet dishes, such as tuna salad, spinach and truffle risotto wagyu beef burger and Scottish salmon.
Dhs99. 12.30pm-3.30pm. The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Burj Khalifa (04 438 8999).
Those who find themselves in the Mall of the Emirates need only head to The Pullman’s all-day dining restaurant, Sanabel, which will be serving a special ‘Ramadan Lunch Buffet’ throughout the Holy Month. Expect dishes such as artfully constructed chicken tikka from the à la carte menu or dive into the jaw-droppingly extensive salad bar.
Dhs120. Noon-3.30pm. Sanabel, The Pullman Dubai Mall Of The Emirates (04 377 2000).
The Walk needn’t be a wasteland of lunchtime options – pop up to The Talk in the Mövenpick and tuck into one of the many buffet options on offer – there’s a wood-fired pizza oven, live pasta station and rotisserie, salads, cold meats and sushi.
Prices vary. Noon-3pm. Mövenpick, JBR (04 449 8888).
Dinner at Café Arabesque will be replaced by an iftar buffet, but breakfast and lunch will continue to be served throughout Ramadan. Try traditional starters such as tabbouleh and hummus, as well as the mixed grills and fish dishes.
Prices vary. 6.30am-11am, noon-4pm. Park Hyatt (04 602 1234).
Cucina at Courtyard by Marriott is serving its Quick Bite Lunch from Saturday to Thursday throughout August. The lunch buffet will feature sumptuous Italian specials such as wood-fired pizza and a variety of traditional anti-pastas and salads. Furthermore, there will be a range of home-made pastas and risottos. While the selection is large, the cost is not.
Dhs49. Noon-3pm. Courtyard by Marriott Green Community (04 885 2222).
Situated on the mezzanine level of Grosvenor House Dubai, Sloane’s will be open 24 hours a day during Ramadan, affording you the opportunity to take lunch while taking in views of Dubai Marina.
Prices vary. 24hrs. Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina (04 317 6000).
The Market Café
The Market Café is putting on a dry brunch every Friday throughout August. Diners have a choice of cuisines from five different kitchens and there’s a sizeable children’s entertainment area. Elsewhere in the Grand Hyatt, Wox will still be serving great-value Asian fare from noon until 11.30pm, and Panini will be open daily from 8am to 1am.
Dhs190, Dhs95 (kids aged six-12), children under six eat for free. Friday 12.30pm-4pm. Grand Hyatt Dubai (04 317 2222).
La Petite Maison
Fans of French fare needn’t panic over Ramadan – the winner of Time Out’s Best Newcomer in the 2011 Restaurant Awards is open for business as usual throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan, meaning that the denizens of DIFC have somewhere hip to head come lunchtime.
Prices vary. Noon-3pm. DIFC (04 439 0505).
One of Dubai’s newest and coolest restaurants will be open for lunch throughout August, serving up high-end Brit grub such as salmon fish cakes, shepherd’s pie and kedgeree.
As always, booking in advance is highly recommended.
Prices vary. Noon-3pm. Jumeirah Emirates Towers (04 319 8767).
Top lunch spot Zuma (winner of Best Business Lunch in the 2011 Time Out Restaurant Awards) is open from noon every weekday during Ramadan. Diners can enjoy the Ebisu menu (named after one of the seven Japanese gods of wealth), which offers a choice of two or four courses of delectable Japanese fare.
Dhs62 (two courses), Dhs120 (four courses). Sun-Thu Noon-3pm. DIFC (04 425 5660).
Diners can still enjoy Glasshouse’s special lunch menu, which features sustainable products. What’s more, there’s a guarantee of being served all three courses in under 45 minutes. Speedy and tasty. Spot on.
Dhs75 (two courses), Dhs95 (three courses). Sun-Thu 12.30pm-3.30pm. Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira.
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