20 iftars for under AED 200

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Iftar, and suhoor, should be time spent with family and friends luxuriating over light food and great conversation.

Words: Will Rankin

We don’t believe an iftar should be expensive, so we’ve scoured the city for what we consider to be the best food offerings, the best ambience, and the lowest prices.

Fuchsia

This has to be one of the tastiest and best value ways to break your fast. Expect a good variety of Thai dishes, such as tom yum chicken soup, papaya salad, choo chee fish, and sticky mango rice. This contemporary Thai cuisine is available for takeaway and delivery all throughout the Holy Month.

Bay Square, Business Bay or Two Towers, Barsha Heights
AED 65 per person
Daily from sunset onwards (12pm-11.30pm for takeaway and delivery)
04 4573759 (Barsha Heights), 04 4535403 (Business Bay)

 

Sikka Cafe

Sikka Cafe offers traditional Emirati and regional dishes with flair, at a great price. Serving up dishes such as mezze falafel, home-made mahi tikka and its signature karak chai, Sikka Cafe promises a vibrant, welcoming ambiance.

City Walk
AED 99 per person
Daily from sunset onwards
04 3856524

 

Eggspectation

Interesting iftar choice, given this joint’s American-influenced menu, but hey, why not break with tradition? For AED 95, you can take a starter, a main course and a dessert.

Dishes include poutine, tacos, peri-peri chicken cassoulet, garlic and parmesan sautéed prawns. Sugar rush comes courtesy of choco banana crepes, s’mores French toast and fruit.

The Beach, JBR
AED 95 per person
Daily from sunset to midnight
04 4307252

 

The Daily, Rove Hotels

The trendiest boutique hotels in Dubai, Rove, takes its guests on an exciting culinary journey with the ‘healthiest Iftar in town’ at The Daily.

Rove’s signature open-all-day casual dining spot will be offering a broad menu of healthy options including fresh juices, a salad bar and tasty main courses. Go for the quinoa, sesame seed and dried apricot, or a more traditional lentil soup and a healthy mixed grill for your main course.

Rove Downtown, Rove City Centre and Rove Healthcare City
AED 99, children over six years AED 49, free for under sixes
Daily from 6.30pm to 9.30pm

 

Carluccio’s

Go Italian this Ramadan with Carluccio’s, where you’ll be welcomed with a date and then a set menu at this hearty chain of restaurants. Enjoy two or three courses, starting from AED 99.

Various locations
AED 99 for a two course meal, AED 119 for three
Daily from sunset onwards

 

Nay, Somewhere Hotel

Somewhere Hotel in Barsha Heights welcomes diners to break their fast with a decent iftar spread and suhoor at Nay Restaurant. The iftar buffet comprises a variety of dishes across multiple courses and from hot and cold sections. Suhoor, from 9pm to 2am, brings patrons the choice of signature dishes from the a la carte menu

NAY Restaurant, Somewhere Hotel, Barsha Heights
AED 99 per person
Daily from sunset to 9pm
04 5610631

 

Farzi Cafe

Farzi Café, City Walk’s “modern spice bistro” by Zorawar Kalra, is offering a special Ramadan set menu and a chance to dine for suhoor. Expect fun, funky global cuisine with a unique Indian and Arabic twist.

The iftar menu embraces Eastern essences with modern innovative twists on classic Indian and Arabic dishes. The a la carte menu is available for suhoor.

CityWalk II
AED 125++ per adult, AED 75++ per child up to 10 years old
Daily iftar – sunset until 9pm. Suhoor 9pm until 1.30am.
04 394 2556

 

Farzi Cafe

 

Jean-Georges Dubai

Head to the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel on Jumeirah Beach Road for a sophisticated iftar from Jean-Georges Dubai. A selection of starters, choice of one main course and a selection of desserts are offered. Seating is available on the stunning terrace. You can also spend iftar dining from the a la carte menu.

Four Seasons Hotel, Jumeirah 2
AED 195
Daily from sunset
04 3436118

 

 iftar Gaucho Dubai's iftar

Gaucho Dubai’s iftar

Gaucho Dubai

This DIFC steakhouse is offering a three-course iftar with an Argentinian flair. You’ll get Latin breads and dates as well as empanadas, slow-cooked lamb shoulder, delicious cuts of steak, chicken and gambas, followed by unmissable desserts.

DIFC
AED 190
Daily from sunset to 9pm
04 4227898

 

Galeries Lafayette Le Gourmet

It’s always fun eating here, with a number of different counters offering a truly global culinary tour. Le Gourmet offers food from 11 different kitchens, and during the Holy Month, from sunset, guests can feast on a variety of fresh flavours, such as classic butter chicken, potato gnocchi with Gorgonzola, red curry beef with lime leaves and sweet basil, along with a selection of traditional iftar favourites.

Dubai Mall
AED 165 per person, AED 80 per child
Daily from sunset to 9pm
04 339 9933

 

Fairmont the Palm

Fairuz Ramadan tent at Fairmont the Palm brings all the best Arabian style together, with this huge 581 square metre ‘tent’ within the Palm Ballroom decorated in an Arabian theme.

You can break your fast with traditional delights and desserts as well as Ramadan-themed beverages, and later there’s Arabian entertainment in the form of a live oud player and the soundtrack of the international Arabian singer, Fairuz.

Fairmont the Palm
AED 175 per person, 50 per cent off for kids 6-12 years (children below six eat free)
Daily from sunset onwards
04 457 3457

 

The Courtyard

Downtown Dubai’s nod to the traditional breakfast allows guests and visitors to this boutique hotel to indulge in the Arabian ambience of the Courtyard at the heart of Manzil Downtown. Ramadan juices are also included in the buffet.

Manzil Downtown, Downtown Dubai
AED 180 per person
Daily from sunset to 9pm
04 423 8899

 

Eshak Dubai

Eshak, the charming venue with a contemporary approach to Middle Eastern and Uzbek cuisine, presents a Ramadan set menu that can be shared with family and friends. For the entire month, guests can relish the venue’s unique cuisine for a delicious meal.

Al Mustaqbal Street, City Walk
AED125  
Daily from sunset to 2.30am
04 385 5435

 

TT Custom BBQ’s iftar

TT Custom BBQ

This vehicle customisation-themed steakhouse is paying homage to Ramadan traditions. Guests are welcomed with fresh dates and a delicately designed set menu, including a flavourful soup of the day.

Hot and cold starters and salads are served directly to the table and main courses include a mixed grill platter served with bulgur rice. Finish wtih sweet treats such as gullac, a traditional Turkish dessert made with milk, pomegranate and pastry, as well as baklava, of course.

Box Park, Al Wasl Road
AED149
Daily from 6.30pm onwards
054 444 3300

 

Fortnum & Mason

Even that most British of institutions, Fortnum & Mason, is offering a unique Ramadan menu this year. Designed for the whole family to enjoy, the menu is a prepared selection of salads, entrees, mains and desserts, offering serving options of specials and sharing plates to be enjoyed together with friends and family.

Dubai Mall
AED 195 per person (Minimum 2 people)
Daily from sunset onwards
04 388 2627

 

Chival

Newcomer to this year’s iftar line-up is La Ville Hotel and Suites City Walk’s Chival. Enjoy traditional Arabic and contemporary dishes as well as traditional beverages, while listening to the tunes of a live oud player. There’s also outdoor seating.

La Ville Hotel and Suites, City Walk 
AED 175 per person
Daily from sunset onwards
054 309 5948

 

Tub of Butter

At Tub of Butter, the Sheikh Zayed Road cafe restaurant, you can mark Ramadan with a three-course set menu, featuring the likes of curried cauliflower soup, roasted figs, spiced fish with saffron-infused rice, and date truffles with fresh fruit in rosewater.

If you haven’t over-indulged, check out the pop-up Ramadan night market, and customise a fantastic foodie gift hamper for family and friends.

Al Thanya Street, Sheikh Zayed Road
AED 120 per person
Daily from sunset to 9pm
04 343 8884

 

Abyat

A very new venue serving up trusted classics. This “At Your Service”0themed iftar is all about comfort, as food is served to your table (instead of queuing at a buffet line).

The Levantine restaurant’s menu blends home-made favourites with its own twists. This includes two freshly-made soups each day, hummus, fattoush, batata harra (spicy potato cubes) and warak ennab (stuffed vine leaves).

Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah
AED 149 per person inclusive of beverages
Daily from sunset to 8pm
04 5588428

 

Almayass iftar

Almayass

Almayass, the Lebanese – Armenian restaurant at the Sofitel Downtown plays host to a traditional Iftar. The menu includes aromatic soups and cold and hot appetisers. Mains include marinated and kharouf mehshi, slow-cooked lamb.

Founded by the Alexandrian family in a charming old villa in Beirut, 1996, Almayass is now renowned as a ‘must-visit’ destination for lovers of Lebanese and Armenian cuisine around the world, with branches across the Middle East and over the pond in New York.

Sofitel Downtown Dubai
AED 185 per person (minimum of three guests)
Daily from sunset onwards
04 338 7772

 

Lima

If you want to see and be seen, maybe this is the place for you? Lima Dubai, the hot new Peruvian restaurant from Chef Virgilio Martinez, is the first venue to open at City Walk’s fine dining courtyard.

This Peruvian-inspired Iftar feast includes a four-course set menu, with stand-out dishes including hot chicken ceviche, slow cooked lamb shoulder seco, and a Peruvian suspiro dessert.

Fine Dining Courtyard, City Walk
AED 195 per person
Daily from sunset to 8.30pm
056 5004571

 

Lima’s iftar offerings

 

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