Ramadan 2018: Iftars in DIFC and Sheikh Zayed Road you need to try

During this special period, there are plenty of places to visit

Ramadan

If you're in DIFC or on Sheikh Zayed Road, there are plenty of options for iftar during Ramadan 2018.

Some are offering traditional Middle Eastern cuisine while others feature contemporary and fusion twists on the traditional iftar meal.

Traditionally, the fast is broken with dates and a small drink of either water, juice or Arabic coffee, before prayers are undertaken, following which iftar is served.

The meal usually starts with soup – such as shorbat (lentil soup) – before mains are brought out, featuring rice, salads, grilled meats and more, and finally a selection of sweets treats for dessert.

Often, Emirati families put on big evening meals for all their family and friends – you’ll sometimes see iftar tents pop up outside big villas – though many also dine out at restaurants across the city which host special events.

Al Dana Restaurant and Jumeirah Ballroom
There’s a range of options to break fast at this Sheikh Zayed Road location, plus deals for the kids.
Dhs165 per person, half price (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (800 276963).

Al Nafoorah
A buffet featuring a variety of mezze, salads, main courses, desserts and traditional Arabic beverages.
Dhs195 per person, Dhs95 for kids aged six-12, free for kids under six. Daily, sunset-8.30pm. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 319 8760).

Andalusia Restaurant
Serving up an enticing array of Spain’s southern coast favourites with a mix of traditional mezzes, with special themed nights.
From Dhs60. Daily from sunset-9pm. Al Manara, Opposite Times Square Sheikh Zayed Road (056 509 0189).

Ballarò
Traditional iftar with Arabic dishes and sweets all served with market fresh flavour alongside traditional live music.
Dhs175 (adults), Dhs88 for kids under 12, free for kids under six. Daily from sunset-9pm. Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 444 7444).

Burger & Lobster
This US-style restaurant is serving up both individual and family-style set menus, starring burgers and lobster.
Dhs149 (individual set menu), Dhs995 (family set menu for four to six people). Daily from sunset-9pm. Burj Daman Building, DIFC (04 514 8838).

Capital Club Dubai
A traditional iftar for groups, offering of hot and cold mezze, classic dishes such as mixed grill as well as an Indian menu.
Dhs160 per person (50 people and above), Dhs170 (30-49 people), Dhs180 (20-30 people). Daily from sunset. Building 3, Gate Village, DIFC (04 364 0111).

Cascades
The only indoor Ramadan tent on Sheikh Zayed Road features a daily rotating selection of 26 salads, 17 main courses and an art exhibition surrounded by water.
Dhs180 per person, Dhs90 for kids aged six-12, free for kids under six. Daily from sunset-9.30pm. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 311 8316).

Dunes Café
An array of Middle Eastern specialities, as well as a variety of Arabic sweets and desserts.
Dhs180 per person. Daily, sunset-8.30pm. Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 405 2703).

Dusty's
Dusty's will be offering a three-course set menu featuring Middle Eastern classics.
Dhs150 per person. Sun-Wed sunset-midnight; Thu-Sat sunset-2am. Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC (04 354 5435).

Dusit Thani Hotel Dubai
Enjoy traditional Arabic and Thai cuisine, alongside natural coconut water.
Dhs159 per person, Dhs139 (for group bookings for 20 people and above). Daily from sunset. Sheikh Zayed Road (04 317 4515).

Eat & Meat
Traditional delicacies are paired with modern touches for a lavish buffet spread. Salads, live cooking stations, grilled meats and traditional Emirati dishes are stars of the show.
Dhs160 per person, Dhs80 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). Daily from sunset. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8623).

Flavours on Two
Traditional iftar buffet offering seasonal favourites from the Middle East, including a selection of starters, mains and desserts.
Dhs139 per person. Dhs70 for kids aged six-12, free for kids under six. Daily from sunset-8.30pm. Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 343 8000).

Flow
This iftar honours the culinary traditions of nomadic Arabia. The healthy sharing menu features meats, seafood, salads, mezze and desserts.
Dhs85 per person. Daily from sunset-8.30pm. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 319 8767).

Fogo De Chão
This new Brazilian steakhouse offers its churrasco dining experience with Middle Eastern flavours.
Dhs189 per person. Daily from sunset-9pm. Central Park Towers, DIFC (04 343 8867).

Gaucho Dubai
Sociable and laid back three-course menu consisting of sharing dishes adding a Taste of Argentina.
Dhs199 per person (minimum 2 people). Daily from sunset-9pm. DIFC (04 422 7898).

Godolphin Ballroom
This glamorous, traditional iftar takes place in the Goldolphin Ballroom at Jumeirah Emirates Towers.
Dhs205 per person. Daily from sunset-8.30pm. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 432 3232).

Hakkasan
This iftar offers hot & sour soup, Peking duck, steamed dim sum, stir-fry tiger prawns, Wagyu beef ribs, olive & chicken fried rice and homemade sorbet.
Dhs228. Daily from sunset-8pm. Jumeirah Emirates Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 384 8484).

iKandy ultralounge
Book a private Ramadan tent with air conditioning, televisions and a menu of delicious bites, traditional beverages.
Dhs1,500 minimum spend per tent, maximum of 10 people. Daily from sunset-7pm. Shangri-La Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 405 2703).

Intersect by Lexus
This trendy DIFC restaurant offers an iftar made up of flavourful international cuisine with an Arabic twist and refreshing drinks.
Dhs250 per person. Gate Village 7, DIFC (04 355 9524).

Jones the Grocer
An interactive gourmet food market featuring a tick-box menu with categories such as cheese, charcuterie and desserts. Ramadan specials also available.
Prices à la carte. Daily from sunset-1am. Various locations including Dusit Thani Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 335 7769).

MINA Brasserie
MINA Brasserie will serve a delicious four course sharing menu to see in the sunset in a beautiful setting in the heart of DIFC.
Dhs210 per person. Daily from 6pm-8pm. Four Seasons Hotel, DIFC (0 4 506 0000).

Mint Leaf of London
A contemporary “British-Indian”-themed seven-course Ramadan set menu. Highlights include yoghurt chaat and keema kaleji shepherd's pie.
Dhs180. Daily, noon-1am. DIFC (04 706 0900).

Moka Café
Traditional iftar buffet including hot mezze, ouzi, traditional Ramadan drinks and desserts. Book before Thursday May 10 for a buy two, get one free deal.
Dhs139 per person. Dhs99 (per person for bookings of eight people and above). Daily from sunset-10pm. Villa Rotana, Shekih Zayed Road (04 321 6111).

NINIVE Dubai
Set menu with a wide range of starters, mains and desserts plus live entertainment from kanun and oud players.
Dhs250 per person, plus VAT. Daily 7pm-9pm. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 326 6105).

Penrose Lounge
Feast on delicious savoury and sweet treats with the creative “iftar-noon tea” which will be on offer at Penrose Lounge at Four Seasons Hotel DIFC.
Dhs179 per person. Daily from sunset-11pm. Four Seasons Hotel, DIFC (0 4 506 0200).

Peyote
A Mezze-style menu is accompanied by a specially curated mocktail at this Mexican restaurant.
Dhs125 per person (including five starter plates and a desert), Dhs198 (full menu including main course). Gate Village 2, DIFC (04 521 6300).

Royal China
A set menu featuring traditional Cantonese starters, sharing mains and dessert, including a welcome Orient-inspired mocktail and date.
Dhs268 per person. Daily from sunset-closing. Building 4, DIFC (04 354 5543).

Samaya Ballroom
International buffet featuring live stations including Arabian appetisers, main courses and desserts.
Dhs199 (weekdays), Dhs149 (weekends), half price for kids aged six-12, free for kids under six. Daily from sunset-9pm. The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC (04 372 2323).

Sheraton Grand Hotel Dubai
Varied selection of Arabic and international cuisine available from live cooking stations. Book before Tuesday May 8 for a 30 percent discount.
Dhs210 per person. Daily from sunset. Sheikh Zayed Road (04 503 4309).

The Majlis
Arabic-International buffet, featuring soup, cold mezze, hot mezze, mains, desserts, and refreshing beverages.
Dhs160 per person, Dhs85 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). Daily from sunset-8.30pm. Za’abeel Hall 6, Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 308 6322).

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