Time Out profiles some of the most unique iftars in Dubai, including pop-ups in Al Quoz, cinemas, luxury tents, golf clubs, a la carte and desert safari
From the top of Burj Khalifa to the hidden warehouses in Al Quoz, there are a multitude of ways to break fast across the city. Here we take a look at some of the more unique.
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Nobu needs no introduction. This globally renowned brand from Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa is consistently excellent the world over, especially here in Dubai, and you simply must visit. The restaurant at Atlantis the Palm is a hotspot for tourists and residents, and there’s a great bar for a pre-dinner drink, too.
Famous for its black cod, this is one menu item not to be missed. Nobu can be credited for the surge in popularity of the dish, after Hollywood star Robert De Niro tried it, loved it and told the world about it. And you’ll agree with De Niro. The buttery, flaky fish is a pure joy to eat. It’s rich, decadent and every bit as good as the hype.
The jalapeño yellowtail is also another stunner. The citrusy, delicate fish is tangy and light, and the chilli gives a warming kick. All the sushi is worthy of a try and for mains the grilled lobster is meaty and perfectly charred. Shrimp fan? Order up the prawn tempura, which are huge, juicy and not at all greasy – some of the best we’ve tried.
Dishes are also really healthy, as Nobu uses minimal sugar in his cooking, preferring to use the Chinese monk fruit – a zero calorie natural sweetener, so there’s no excuse not try them.
Nobu may be on the expensive end of the scale, but its popular for a reason and you shouldn’t miss it.
The bottom line
World-class Japanese dishes that are a must-try.
If you manage to make it past the rather excellent bar area and into the dining room, you’ll find an upmarket “saloon” – stag horns jostle for space on the walls with 19th century portraits, while classic leather sofas stand toe-to-toe with deep-set comfy chairs. It’s certainly one of the best-looking venues in town. The view from the 68th floor of the JW Marriott Marquis is also pretty spectacular. When it comes to the food, the lobster roll is exceptional, the Southern-fried chicken is brilliant, too. In fact, all the food we’ve tried is super. It tastes good, looks good and is thoroughly enjoyable.
Described as an “American Meatery”, The Hide (like cow hide, geddit?) is more than just a steakhouse – however, the dry-aged American black Angus rib-eye and Irish salt moss cave-aged beef that hang in full view of the dining room are superb. Small plates include a delicious steak tartare, towering onion rings and excellent Californian hamachi. If you’re not in the mood for steak, try the “Manwich”, a beast of a butty with smoked brisket, two fried eggs, Iberico beef, cheese, dill pickles and mustard leaf. There is plenty to please everyone (okay, maybe not vegans).
Dining in the world’s highest restaurant will never be anything less than thrilling. Thankfully the food wows as much as the setting. A business lunch option offers real value while on an evening set menus are the order of the day. The menu is European based in classic French cooking, using top ingredients. Everything looks excellent, the produce is the very best quality and the tastes are incredible. Service is also good. It might be a once-a-year treat for most people but it is a brilliant night if so.
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