For non-Muslims who are not fasting during the Holy Month there are several options for discreet daytime dining options
25°55° Café Bistro This café is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. During June and July, the venue is also offering a special lunchtime promotion. Diners will get a soup of the day, plus a sandwich with fries and a side salad, and a soft drink for Dhs85. Dhs85 (two courses). Sun-Thu noon-4pm. Dubai Marina Yacht Club (04 362 7900).
Armani/Deli During Ramadan, this casual Italian eatery at the Burj Khalifa continues to offer its ‘pronto’ lunch deal. As the name suggests, it is a speedy business lunch package that includes a selection of authentic Italian cooking, with a display of fresh bread, cheese and more to choose from. Dhs130 (two courses), Dhs160 (three courses). Daily noon-3pm. Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3888).
Asha’s Remember the catchy ‘Brimfull of Asha’? Well this particular restaurant is founded by the same Indian superstar that the song is about – Asha Bhosle. The restaurant is open for lunch this month, during which you can sample the signature kebabs and biryanis. Open daily 12.30pm-3pm. Pyramids at Wafi, Oud Metha (04 324 4100).
Avec This huge café-meets-workspace in Dubai Media City is a great place for a connected working lunch. The venue is serving its normal à la carte menu and will even be open extra late during Ramadan. Daily 11am-3am. Aurora Tower, next to Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 430 3700).
Bertin Bistro and Restaurant Expect two distinct styles of café inside one building. There is a French-Alsace bakery and bistro downstairs serving several varieties of the region’s signature ‘flammekueche’. Upstairs, there is an Andalusia-inspired Spanish-Moroccan menu of tapas, paella, tagines and more. Bertin is also serving iftar, sunset-9pm, daily. Open 8am-4am. Al Manara, next to Jones the Grocer, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 321 9239).
Choix Patisserie & Restaurant par Pierre Gagnaire Three Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire’s patisserie is open and serving afternoon tea. Although there will be no musical entertainment, you can expect the same menu of scones, pastries and fine tea. Dhs195 per person, Dhs310 per couple. Daily 2.30pm-5.30pm. InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1127).
D&A Formerly the Dhow&Anchor, this is an ideal spot for classic British grub with a contemporary twist. Expect UK favourites such as Welsh rarebit, fish and chips, roast rib of beef, bread and butter pudding and an all-British cheeseboard to finish your meal. Open daily noon-1am. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 366 5866).
E.T Sushi For those craving a Japanese food fix is this casual dining restaurant is open. For lunch, the venue is serving plates of sushi, sashimi and tempura direct from the conveyor belt. Open daily noon-3pm. The Boulevard, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 366 5866).
Flooka This beachside restaurant is serving lunch and iftar. The menu features a Levantine selection, but with a heavy emphasis on fish and seafood, so expect recipes such as seafood kibbeh, fish makanek and fish shawarma. Open noon-3pm. Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 346 1111).
Jamie’s Italian English celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s popular Italian chain is open for lunch. From sunset, the restaurant will also be serving an iftar platter for two, featuring lamb stew, chargrilled mackerel with lentil salad, truffle risotto, fresh bread made in-house, and more. Open daily noon-midnight. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 380 8890).
Jazz@PizzaExpress Fans of casual Italian dining can still get their fix at Jazz@PizzaExpress. The venue continues to serve a selection of pizza and pasta dishes at lunchtime. Open Sat-Wed noon-1am, Thu-Fri noon-2am. Cluster A, JLT (04 441 6342).
La Petite Maison Time Out Dubai’s 2015 Restaurant of the Year serves a light, fresh and summery menu of dishes inspired by the French Mediterranean. The restaurant will be closed for refurbishment from June 28-July 4, however, the venue will be open and serving lunch during the rest of the summer. Open daily noon-3pm. Gate Village, DIFC (04 439 0505).
Lamesa This Filipino buffet restaurant serves its selections of Filipino and Asian favourites throughout the month. Daily noon-3pm. Asiana Hotel, Salahuddin Road, Deira (04 608 2160).
Little More This little off-shoot of Dubai’s best-known Dutch chain keeps two of its branches open for lunch – Business Central Towers and Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority (DAFZA). Open Sun-Thu 8am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-7pm. Business Central Towers, Dubai Media City (04 297 7550). Other location: DAFZA (04 297 7550).
Loca This Mexican restaurant boasts a menu that ticks all the standard boxes of burritos, quesadillas and more. It’s open for lunch, and after this re-opens for dinner at sunset. Open daily noon-3pm. Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 346 1111).
M’s Seafood Bistro The seafood restaurant is open all day, every day this month, so if you’re looking for a fish fix with international flair, look no further. Open daily 12.30pm-11pm. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Airport Road, Garhoud (04 702 2455).
Nofara This lovely little neighbourhood eatery in JLT remains open. Here, you can sample an interesting menu of café favourites with a twist, such as paleo banana pancakes made with organic quinoa, or organic sweet potato nachos. Open daily 8am-6pm. Swiss Tower, Cluster Y, JLT (04 432 2023).
Perry & Blackwelder’s Original Smokehouse The newest addition to Jumeirah’s repertoire of restaurants is this Deep South-inspired smokehouse. The menu is a distinctly American list that includes smoked beef brisket, chicken wings, classic American sandwich combinations (Reuben on rye, for one) and some seriously indulgent desserts such as s’mores in a jar. Open daily noon-midnight. Souk Madinat, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 5866).
Plaj This beachside venue is a great option for al fresco dining if you can handle the heat. The venue serves lunch and snacks. Open daily 11am-8pm. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0444).
Rhodes W1 Gary Rhodes’ pretty, butterfly-strewn British restaurant serves afternoon tea from Wednesday to Saturday. The deal offers a classic British selection of cakes, scones and sandwiches. The restaurant will then open as normal for dinner each day at 7pm. From Dhs195 per person. Wed-Sat 2.30pm-5pm. Grosvenor House Dubai, Tower Two, Dubai Marina (04 317 6000).
Roberto’s This popular Italian restaurant and lounge in DIFC is open on weekdays for lunch. On the menu, you’ll find a glamorous selection of Italian cooking, including recipes such as lobster and chanterelle mushroom risotto or the Roberto’s signature pizza topped with Angus beef carpaccio, parmesan, rocket and black truffle. Open Sun-Thu noon-4pm. DIFC (04 386 0066).
Salero Tapas & Bodega This Spanish tapas bar offers coffee each day from 11am and lunch from noon. On the menu, you’ll find the usual classics of tapas and paella. Open daily 11am-1am. Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 409 5888).
Solo Bistronomia At Time Out Dubai’s Best New Restaurant, choose from a selection traditional Italian dishes, with an element of originality in each recipe. Open daily 12.30pm-3.30pm. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 370 8999).
TOMO One of the city’s most authentic Japanese restaurants, if you are looking for a swanky sushi option, there is really no other answer to your question. The scallop sashimi here is a game changer. Open daily noon-3pm. Raffles Hotel Dubai, Oud Metha (04 357 7888).
Tortuga This casual Mexican haunt welcomes diners for a signature Mexican mix of fajitas, tostadas, ceviches and also guacamole that is freshly made in a volcanic-stone bowl. Open daily noon-midnight. Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 5866).
TRE by Roberto Rella This brand-new Italian venture by local restaurateur Roberto Rella serves its normal menu, as well as a promotional business lunch, too. Dhs105 (two courses), Dhs125 (three courses). Open daily noon-midnight. Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 404 7700).
Urban Bistro This café with a sustainable and local philosophy offers the usual menu as well as its weekend brunch deal. On Mondays there will be a special breakfast deal, with dishes costing just Dhs15, alongside a free cup of coffee. Open daily 7.30am-6pm. CNN Building (Building 2), Dubai Media City (04 362 4330).
Wagamama The Sheikh Zayed Road branch of this pan-Asian chain is open, serving the same collection of noodle- and rice-based bowls. Open Sun-Wed noon-midnight, Thu-Sat noon-1am. Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (800 276 963).
Wavebreaker Dine on barbecue grills or specialities such as fresh Canadian lobster plucked straight from the tank. Sports will be screened on plasmas and there will be board games and more for entertainment. Open daily 11am-midnight. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort, The Walk, JBR (04 318 2319).
Zuma Time Out Dubai’s Best Japanese Restaurant serves lunch daily. The venue also serves its award-winning and excellent value business lunch deal on weekdays, too. Dhs130. Sun-Thu 12.30pm-3.30pm. DIFC (04 425 5660).
Essential dos and don’ts during Ramadan
- Don’t eat in public – indoors or outdoors – during daylight hours. - Don’t drink in public – including water. - Don’t smoke in public – cigarettes, shisha and midwakh are all forbidden during daylight hours. - Don’t swear. It is considered offensive throughout the year, but especially during Ramadan. - Don’t sing, whistle or dance. All are considered disrespectful during Ramadan. - Do dress modestly to avoid causing offense.