The best places to break your fast in DIFC and Sheikh Zayed Road
Time Out Dubai staff
Al Dana A traditional iftar buffet, plus dried nuts, fruits, juices and an à la carte option. Dhs160 per person, half-price for kids aged six-12, free for kids under six. Daily from sunset-10pm. Al Dana Restaurant, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (800 276 963).
Al Nafoorah Enjoy a traditional iftar buffet at Time Out Dubai’s Lebanese Restaurant of the Year. Dhs195, Dhs95 kids aged six-12, free kids under six. Daily 7pm-9pm. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 432 3232).
Andalusia There’s a set menu for Ramadan, while an à la carte menu is also available. Drinks, soup, tapas, grill, Arabic sweets and fruit platters are all available, as is shisha and traditional Arabic coffee. Dhs99 per person. Daily sunset-8.30pm. Above Bertin Bistro, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 321 9239).
Azur Azur serves an array of authentic iftar dishes including hot and cold mezze, fresh salads, lamb ouzi and Arabic mixed grills, as well as dedicated shawarma, manakish, soup and carving stations. For dessert, sample a range of Arabic sweet delicacies including Umm Ali, kunafa and sticky date pudding, as well as traditional pastries, sweets and nuts. Dhs195 per person, Dhs98 for kids aged six-12, free for kids under six. Daily from sunset-9pm. Raffles Dubai, Sheikh Rashid Road, www.raffles.com/dubai (04 324 8888).
Ballarò A family-friendly iftar. Shisha is also available at the neighbouring Purobeach Urban Oasis. From Dhs160 per person. Daily from sunset-9pm. Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.conraddubai.com (04 444 7111).
Burger and Lobster Break your fast with an array of in-house specialties and beverages in this alternative iftar. Expect cheeseburgers, mini lobster roll, warm soup of the day served with brioche and a half-pound of lobster. Wash it down with a range of milkshakes. Extra dishes included for groups of five or more. Dhs119 per person. Sat-Wed sunset-midnight, Thu-Fri sunset-2am. Burj Daman Building, Al Sa’ada Street, DIFC, www.Burgerandlobster.com (04 514 8838).
Cascades A specially designed, 150 person-capacity indoor tent will be installed under the hotel's soaring atrium. Guests will be treated to traditional lamb ouzi, Lebanese mixed grill, chicken shawarma, shrimp biryani, Arabic fish with spicy sauce, and Umm Ali. Live oud entertainment will also feature Dhs210 adults, half-price for kids aged six to 12, free for kids aged five and under. Daily sunset-9.30pm. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.fairmont.com/dubai (04 311 8316).
Catch Expect an alternative slant on iftar at this restaurant renowned for its freshly caught fish and seafood dishes. But it’s not just seafood here, tuck in to beef short rib, Korean fried chicken and a whopping-great s’mores pizza for dessert – topped with burnt marshmallow, ice cream and dark chocolate. Dhs200 per person. Daily from sunset-9pm. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 357 1755).
Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge A special set iftar menu will be available, as well as Cavalli’s usual à la carte menu. Dhs299 per person. Daily 6.30pm-3am. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.cavalliclubdubai.com (04 332 9260).
Dana Ballroom Iftar will feature an extensive Arabian buffet, including traditional Ramadan juices. Entertainment comes from live oud and tabla performers, with after dinner Arabian coffee services. Dhs210 per person, half-price for kids aged five-12, free for kids under five. Four Seasons Hotel DIFC (04 506 0000).
Delphine Restaurant & Bar Traditional delicacies are infused with modern Arabia to bring you a lavish buffet spread. Salads, live cooking stations, meats and traditional Emirati dishes are waiting. Dhs150 adults, Dhs75 kids under 12, free for under fives. Daily sunset-9pm. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.h-hotel.com (04 501 8623).
ET Sushi Enjoy an unconventional Iftar option at ET Sushi with a three-course menu with Japanese favourites such as gyozas, chicken skewers, miso lamb and mocha ice cream. Dhs135. Daily 6.30pm-8.30pm. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 432 3232).
Firebird Diner Firebird Diner will offer iftar with a unique twist in an all-American diner setting. Treat yourself to unlimited milkshakes and mocktails for just an extra Dhs50. Dhs185 per person. Daily sunset-midnight. Four Seasons Hotel DIFC (04 506 0000).
Flavours on Two A buffet selection offering seasonal favourites from the Middle East, including a selection of starters, salad, soup, main courses, desserts and juices. Arabic coffee and dates will also be served Dhs139 adults, half-price for kids over six, free for kids under six. Daily sunset-8.30pm. Towers Rotana Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.rotana.com/towersrotana (04 312 2202).
Gaucho This stylish steakhouse will be offering a three-course menu featuring traditional appetisers, as well as dishes such as empanadas, rib eye steak, spatchcock chicken and date and pecan. Dhs199 adults, half-price kids aged six to 11, free for kids under six. Daily sunset-9pm. Gate Village 5, DIFC, www.gauchorestaurants.com/restaurants/dubai/ (04 422 7898).
Godolphin Ramadan Tent The Godolphin Ballroom at Jumeirah Emirates Towers will be providing a traditional Arabian buffet as well as live oud entertainment and shisha. Dhs205 per person. Daily from sunset-8.45pm. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 432 3232).
Hakkasan In this three-course set-menu offering, guests can enjoy soup, followed by a Hakka steamed dim sum platter and crispy duck salad to start before moving onto wok-fried Assam prawns with okra and stir-fried lily bulb and garlic shoot. A mandarin mousse with almond nougatine completes the offering. Dhs298 per person. Daily from sunset-1am. Hakkasan Dubai, Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road, email@example.com (04 384 8484).
Le Cirque Le Cirque Dubai will be offering diners a choice of signature dishes from a pre-set menu for iftar, with three starters, main dishes and desserts to choose from. Serving up classic French fare with an Italian twist. Dhs245 per person. Daily from sunset-11pm. The Ritz-Carlton DIFC, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 372 2444).
Le Patio Le Patio will feature modern and traditional Arabian fare and different hot and cold mezze and salads, specialty juices, lamb ouzi, mixed grill, shawarma, kabsa and a wide assortment of dried fruit, dates and nuts. Plus ice creams, chocolate cake, éclairs and a chocolate fountain for those with a sweet tooth. Dhs225 per person. Daily from sunset-9pm. St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road, AHC.Dining@starwoodhotels.com (04 435 5577).
Metropolitan Hotel Dubai Traditional Ramadan dishes to break your fast, indoor and outside dining areas, with shisha and entertainment ongoing throughout the month. Dhs119 per person. Daily sunset-10.30pm. Corner of Al Thanya Street, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.metropolitanhoteldubai.com (056 522 6145).
Millennium Plaza Dubai An extensive buffet for iftar featuring Middle Eastern and international cuisine. Guests can choose from a spread of traditional dishes or flavours from further afield. Upload a picture of your family to Facebook quoting #ramadanatmillennium for a chance to win a complimentary iftar dinner for four. Dhs125 per person. Daily from sunset-10.30pm. Sheikh Zayed Road, DIFC (04 387 7128).
Penrose Lounge Penrose Lounge will be serving a selection of traditional Arabic dishes including hot and cold mezze, mixed grill and desserts. Also enjoy shisha on a large outdoor terrace with views of the Burj Khalifa. Dhs185 per person. Daily sunset-midnight. Four Seasons Hotel DIFC (04 506 0000).
PizzaExpress On arrival at the restaurant, dates and laban will be served to break the fast. Choose from a set menu for two, four or six people, including dough balls, a variety of main courses such as polpette Bolognese and pizzas, plus desserts and soft drinks. From Dhs150 for two people. Daily from sunset. Locations across Dubai, including Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.pizzaexpress.ae.
Seasonal Tastes A traditional majlis feel surrounds this indoor venue, with private dining areas available. Authentic iftar buffet includes a variety of mezze platters, appetisers, salads, seasfood, manakeesh, lamb ouzi. Guests can also enjoy live food preparation counters for noodles, Indian cuisine, roast beef, ckicken and lamb. Plus traditional desserts, fresh juices and Arabian coffee. Dhs185 for adults, Dhs95 for kids aged five-12, free for kids under five. The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road.
Tresind A modern, Indian fine-dining iftar experience featuring a range of biryanis, curries and kebabs. Set menu options as well as à la carte options are available. From Dhs150 per person. Daily from sunset-11.30pm. Nassima Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 308 0440).
Tub of Butter As well as a traditional buffet featuring curried cauliflower soup, roasted figs, spiced fish with saffron-infused rice – plus date truffles with fresh fruit in rosewater – customers can also pick up a full selection of dishes to take home to host friends and family. Dhs120 per person. Daily from sunset-9pm. Al Thanya Street, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.tubofbutter.com (04 343 8884).
Zahira Dishes on the menu will include a selection of mezze including hazelnut falafel, homemade ma’hanie sausages with harissa potato salad and pickled fried chillies. Main courses will range from slow-cooked spiced lamb to salmon tarator. Desserts include halawa, baklava and a knife and fork ice cream. Dhs190 per person. Daily from 7pm-9.30pm. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8606).