Buro 24/7 Middle East's weekly iftar guide: Ritz-Carlton DIFC, Al Fanous, Suq
Indulge in a smorgasbord of iftar classics these next seven days as Buro 24/7 Middle East shares the top spots for a luxe Arabic iftar. From the world's tallest hotel to two iconic fashion-inspired destinations and a stupa-tipped resort on The Palm, these are the must-try gastronomic spots for a Middle Eastern iftar to remember.
Ritz-Carlton DIFC Ramadan Majlis
Embark on a Middle Eastern culinary journey with live cooking stations and classic dishes at this must-visit majlis. Expect Levantine's own cheese shanklish, a UAE favourite lamb harris, the ubiquitous Lebanese mixed grill alongside Turkish delights such as arnavut cigar and ispanak tartar. For a touch of the contemporary, the luxury hotel also offers an Arabian sushi station, a hummus fountain and fusion food, falafel waffle.
For reservations, call +971 4 372 2323.
Palazzo Versace Dubai
It's a feast for both the eyes and the tastebuds at Palazzo Versace Dubai's signature restaurant, Giardino. Watch master chefs in the open kitchens prepare authentic Arabic dishes from Syria and Morocco to the UAE and Turkey. Must-trys include the hammour taraboulssi, chicken tagine and kuzu haslama accompanied by mezze, kebabs and the lamb ouzi.
For reservations, call +971 4 556 8840.
While the fashion-centric hotel provides a host of cultural iftars to try – European fare at Armani/Deli and Italian classics at Armani/Ristorante and a buffet at Armani/Mediterraneo – head to Armani/Amal for a regional four-course menu alongside the omnipresent mezze. As well, the Armani/Ballroom has been transformed into an iftar haven with live music and a menu that changes everyday.
For reservations, call +971 4 888 3666.
Crescendo at Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
If ambience ranks as high as flavours, then Crescendo at Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort is your go-to iftar spot. With its al fresco terrace that offers unrivalled sunset views alongside a master musician playing the Syrian instrument kanoun, the restaurant offers the perfect setting to indulge in a buffet that includes your favourite Middle Eastern dishes such as sambousek, jebnih, mutabal, shawarma and umm ali.
For reservations, call +971 4 567 8304.
Suq at Four Seasons Resort
The delectable aromas fill the air at Suq courtesy of its focus on live cooking, including a BBQ station. Start from the freshly baked breads before tasting the culinary highlights that include a variety of koftas, watermelon carpaccio with smoked halloumi cheese and beetroot salad with avocado labneh foam.
For reservations, call +971 (4) 270 7777.
Feast at Sheraton Grand Hotel
The must-try iftar buffet at Feast is an homage to the best of regional gastronomy. From baba ghanoush, beetroot labneh, muhammara to the host of Arabic desserts, Feast provides the ultimate Middle Eastern indulgence for your sunset meal.
For reservations, call +971 4 503 4444.
Al Fanous at JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
The stunning décor, complete with royal colours of white, gold, blue and purple, provide the perfect backdrop for a traditional iftar experience, created by the hotel's award-winning team of chefs. The highlight of the lavish spread is the dessert station that serves kunafa and luqaimat. Savour the sweet treats to the accompaniment of soothing sounds by a live oud band.
For reservations, call +971 4 414 0000.