#thisisnotabuffet If the idea of dashing to and from the buffet, piling your plate high with mismatched flavours fills you with dread, then this is the iftar for you. #ThisIsNotABuffet made its debut this week in trendy Al Quoz and Time Out loves the chilled-out warehouse vibe. Break your fast with a light date jelly before choosing between two options, an à la carte or a tapas-style menu, both created by Elements. Highlights include a seared rare tuna starter and a tasty take on tradition with a parmesan-crusted lamb with sweet potato cumin custard for main. We also rec...
The Hide One for the dedicated carnivores out there. If you’re looking for a juicy cut of lamb, grab two friends and head to The Hide. Renowned for its hefty portions, the meatery is celebrating its first Ramadan by offering a feasting tray of a whole lamb shoulder between three, for just Dhs225. The main event comes with traditional sides, from roasted parsnips to fluffy potatoes and honeyed carrots. Dhs225 (for three people). From sunset.
Asateer With twinkling Ramadan lights and traditional Arabic dancers this is THE iftar to go to if you’re after an authentic, albeit incredibly glamorous, experience. Traditional dishes on the extensive buffet include hot and cold mezze and a range of grilled meats. Make sure you leave room for dessert; Time Out loves the macaron and baklava towers and couldn’t resist the chocolate fountain. Dhs205. Daily, sunset 8.30pm.
Platinum Heritage 1950s desert iftar Here at Time Out we love to try out something different and a trip to a Bedouin camp in a 1950s Land Rover sounds right up our street (or open expanse of desert). The lamb ouzi is prepared as it would have been (by cooking in the ground, hygienically, of course) and for the more culinary adventurous there’s a camel stew. Chill out, gaze and the stars and listen to heritage stories before heading home. Dhs350 (UAE residents). Daily. Meeting points include Oasis mall (5.30pm) Dubai Outlet Mall (6pm) and Dubai Desert Conservation...
Brighton Rock Creative caters Ghaf Kitchen have come up with a novel pop up iftar in Café Rider, inspired by the retro rock period of 60s and 70s Brighton. Surrounded by vintage motorcycles, diners can enjoy British dishes with a twist, including prawn and monkfish curry, roast chicken and the classic Ghaf Kitchen quinoa dog. Don’t miss the seaside-inspired dessert platter complete with candyfloss, doughnuts and toffee apples to transport you back to the British coast. Dhs180. Daily 7pm-9pm. Café Rider
Ramadan Nights A laid-back, friendly vibe and a dimly lit warehouse setting makes for a special iftar. Dish Catering has transformed a warehouse into a sparkling, modern space ready to break the fast with friends. A series of sharing platters include a smooth but tangy lemon hummus, the most orange-blossomy infused chicken kebabs we’ve ever tasted, an eight-hour slow roasted spiced shoulder of lamb with saffron labneh all alongside a range of great sides, our favourite being the dukkha spiced cauliflower with sumac tahini yoghurt. Dhs195. Daily, sunset-9.30pm.
At.Mosphere If you have a head for heights an iftar 122 levels up in the sky could be the one for you. At.Mosphere in the Burj Khalifa is offering a sharing menu comprising European and Middle Eastern flavours including organic heirloom tomato and burrata, harira soup, wagyu kepta and of course Umm Ali. Dhs680. Daily, 7pm-11pm.
Firebird A newcomer on the Dubai dining scene Firebird by Michael Mina has powered its way into the unusual iftar list by providing an All-American style offering. If nachos, chicken wings and popcorn shrimp are your thing, then you won’t be disappointed with the Firebird iftar. Dhs200. Daily, sunset-2am.
Weslodge A saloon-inspired restaurant boasts a special sharing menu throughout Ramadan. The “After 8” menu includes the restaurant’s most popular dishes in bite-size portions including southern fried chicken and lobster poutine. Prices vary. Daily, 8pm-2am.
Nobu The world-famous Japanese restaurant takes on twist on the traditional iftar, but still features the culinary star of Ramadan, slow cooked lamb. Other offerings include rock shrimp and mochi icecream. Dhs270. Sat-Wed 7pm-11.30pm, Thu-Fri 7pm-12.30am.
The Address Montgomerie It’s unlikely you’ll see Tiger Woods or Rory Mcllroy, but you can still enjoy the golf course vibe thanks to a special glass ifar tent set up nestled in the heart of Emirates Hills. The tent overlooks the championship course and offers a traditional buffet and shisha this Ramadan. Plus fours not compulsory.