Buro 24/7 Middle East's weekly iftar guide: Ruya, A La Turca, Le Cirque
It's the final stretch of Ramadan and we've round off the blessed month with one final round of luxury iftars to experience in the UAE. From traditional tents to a majlis, Japanese as well as Turkish cuisine, these are the top culinary spots to break your fast in the last week of Ramadan.
One of Dubai's premiere Turkish restaurants welcomes diners with a wide selection of Anatolian fare, served in an intimate setting that elevates the concept of sharing. Expect to indulge in culinary classics such as muhammara, citir kalamar, borek and pide as you take in views of the marina.
For reservations, call +971 4 3999 123.
The stage is set for your sunset meal as Dubai's iconic opera house is transformed into a luxurious banquet hall fit for the senses. Indulge in fine culinary fare as you are serenaded with live classical Arabic tunes by a masterful trio on the harp, flute and percussion.
For reservations, visit dubaiopera.com.
After a quick breaking of the fast with dates, baklava and laban, a special four-course Cantonese menu awaits the food connoisseur at Hakkasan that includes favourites such as wild mushroom soup, a dim sum platter, duck salad and assam prawns. For dessert, a mousse with almond nougatine will be served.
For reservations, call +971 4 384 8484.
Mamemo Majlis at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai
Fusing art with gastronomy, the Mamemo Majlis is the go-to place for an all-round cultural experience. The displayed art pieces, which were handpicked, are complemented masterfully by the food souq that offers Middle Eastern food fare as well as global flavours from Italy and Turkey to Asia and Latin America. Rounding off the sunset meal are the live musicians who play mood-perfect music.
For reservations, call +971 4 318 6646.
Ramadan Nights by Dish at Warehouse 4
It's private catering with a twist at Warehouse 4 as industrialism and an arts vibe gets mixed in with fine food fare for a memorable iftar. The specially curated three-course menu, served within a Moroccan-inspired setting, features green olive hummus, torn falafel salad, charcoal chicken and the signature slow braised shoulder of lamb in regional spices.
For reservations, call +971 56 128 3247.
A La Turca at Rixos The Palm Dubai
The signature Turkish restaurant takes you on a culinary journey to the Ottoman Empire with period decor to match. On the lavish buffet expect iskender kebab, lahana samasi and uzbek pilav. For dessert, satisfy any sugar craving courtesy of the decadent carrot slice baklava.
For reservations, call +971 4 457 5454.
Layali tent at Kempinski Hotel and Residence Palm Jumeirah
The Layali tent invites diners for a traditional Arabic iftar experience as the live cooking stations serve up regional favourites such as shawarma, manakish, lamb ouzi, Arabic mezze. As well, one of the must-trys is the signature baked hammour. Then there's the sweet treat, umm ali.
For reservations, call +971 4 444 2501.
Savour the taste of the Orient at Dubai's newest Japanese hot spot Katsuya. With an interior fashioned by famed designer Philppe Starck, diners can experience gastronomic creations by renowned Chef Katsuya Uechi including wagyu fillet with foie gras, seared tuna with Japanese salsa as well as the Dubai exclusive dish, edamame hummus.
For reservations, call +971 4 419 0676.
Let Le Cirque's Head Chef Wesley Tyron Berghoff tantalise your tastebuds with a unique personalised menu according to your mood. A quick chat on food preferences with the waiter upon arrival will see the team of highly skilled chefs curate a customised three-course menu complete with dates and soup on the side. Prepare for a culinary experience to remember.
For reservations, call +971 (0) 4 372 2444.