The lowdown on where you can eat during the holy month
Devina Divecha and Becky Lucas
Bussola: Between the beach and the Westin, Bussola is a haven for good Italian food. It’s also open for dinner from 7pm to 10.45pm, but their rooftop pizzeria will not be serving during Ramadan so you’ll just have to stick to the lush beachside ground floor instead. Westin Dubai (04 399 4141). 12 noon-2.45pm daily.
Ravi’s: You can’t go there for a midday meal, but this Pakistani institution does open at 4pm. It’s popular for a reason – the food tastes simply amazing and still costs next to nothing. Satwa (04 331 5353). 4pm-3pm daily.
Lime Tree Café: If you haven’t heard of Lime Tree Café you must have only just arrived in the city. Lime Tree serves fantastic cake, good coffee and fresh food, and is a frisbee throw from the beach. Unlike previous years the café itself will be open, although you’ll probably have to use the back entrance. There’s also a takeaway service. Jumeirah 1, next to Jumeirah Mosque (04 349 8498). 7.30am-6pm daily.
Knowledge Village Food court: So a food court sounds boring. But it serves its purpose – and it’s open during the day through Ramadan. Choices abound from KFC to the vegetarian Puranmal. If you’re working in the area and want a quick bite during the day before late September, this might be your best bet.
Sezzam: Pairing a view of the iconic Ski Dubai with an interesting concept has proved to be a winner for Sezzam. Divided into self-explanatory ‘steam’, ‘bake’ and ‘flame’ sections, it offers a wide variety of cuisines to satisfy your palate. A hot joint with good food, even during the day, Sezzam offers something for everyone. Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates (04 409 5999). 11.30am-11.30pm daily.
Circle: Some touted this bagel spot as ‘the new Lime Tree’ (see below) when it opened earlier this year. But, although the food is good – especially the pumpkin salad and, of course, the bagels – its muted mall setting means it will never match the powers of ‘la Lime’. Perhaps fortunately, then, Circle is serving its dishes to takeaway during the Holy month. Be sure to call them an hour in advance for delivery – especially if you want food delivered to Media City. Beach Park Plaza, Beach Road (04 342 8177). Open 8am-12 midnight. Orders taken at any time.
Counter Culture: It’s not surprising if you have no clue where Counter Culture is. Hidden away in the Marina, this homey café offers simple and appetising fare. Look at the menu options but also take a peek behind the counter as you will probably find specials galore. It will remain open 24 hours a day throughout Ramadan. Summary, in two words? Affordable and yummy. The Harbour Hotel and Residence, Dubai Marina (04 319 4000). 24 hours.
Al Qasr and Mina A’ Salam: The popular (and pricey) brunches at Al Qasr and Mina A’ Salam will be available during Ramadan, albeit without alcohol. A quiet atmosphere, superb views and great food – what else do you need? Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730). 12.30pm-4pm daily. Dhs250 per person.