Buro 24/7 Middle East's weekly iftar guide: Thanani, Giornotte, Olea
As Ramadan reaches it's second week, the sunset meal doubles as the perfect reason for an intimate yet luxurious gathering amongst family and friends. These next seven days, travel out of Dubai and explore the must-try iftars around the UAE as well as a special offering in Bahrain.
Thanani, Al Zorah, Ajman
Newly opened Thanani has curated a special iftar menu that focuses both on well-being as well as the concept of sharing. With the creek and mangrove forest providing a picturesque backdrop, diners can indulge in signature dishes such as Harissa chicken salad, goat's cheese croquettes and grilled bronzini that's been marinated with chermoula. For dessert, try the lemon and ginger crème brulee or coconut parfait.
For reservations, call +971 6 573 3109.
Sofra, Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi
Helmed by two Michelin-starred Executive Chef Mansour Memarian, Sofra brings the authentic flavours of the Middle East to one place. Taking the spotlight is the ouzi station while the sumptuous buffet spread promises the perfect taste for every taste bud.
For reservations, call +971 2 509 8555.
Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island
A host of restaurants at the Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island are offering their very own exclusive Ramadan specials, from a three-course steak menu at Buther & Still to an all-Italian fare at Café Milano and Al Meylas' authentic four-course Arabic iftar.
For reservations, call +971 2 333 2222.
Olea, St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
Centred around Mediterranean cuisine, Olea offers an iftar buffet spread that fuses continental classics with Arabian tastes. Take your pick from tagliatelli and pan seared sea bream to poached prawns and the iftar must-haves: hot and cold mezzeh.
For reservations, call +971 02 498 8443.
Giornotte, Ritz-Carlton, Abu Dhabi
It's a smorgasbord of Arabic delights at Giornotte during iftar as the all-day dining hot spot serves up a varied mix of Lebanese, Egyptian and Emirati cuisines. With a daily changing menu, diners can savour a host of flavours all through Ramdan, while taking in exquisite views of the iconic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
For reservations, call +971 2 818 8888.
Flavours, Hilton, Al Ain
Tradition comes to the fore at Flavours restaurant with live cooking stations that prepare seasonal classics such as shawarma, manakish and lamb ouzi. Served alongside are traditional desserts including um ali, while a chocolate bar offers a different option for those with a sweet tooth.
For reservations, call +971 3 706 7015.
Ramadan tent, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, Bahrain
Step inside the luxurious tent at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay and savour the exquisite culinary offerings created by Executive Chef Stefano Andreoli and Pastry chef Imad Bouklu. From shish tawouk and kofta kebab to Moroccan tagine and manakish zatar, the choices are endless, all topped off with a chocolate fountain as well as a waffle station.
For reservations, call +973 1 711 5000.