Top daytime dining options in Dubai during Ramadan
Chic, discreet locations open for non-fasters
La Petite Maison
The highly regarded French eatery is open for business as usual during the month of Ramadan – and that means lunch hours too. Excellent cuisine in an exquisite restaurant; with a simple menu on which everything is worth trying.
Situated on Marble Walk in DIFC but still open for business as usual in terms of a fast delivery service, Sushi Art is our go-to place for deliciously fresh fish any time of the day. Visit its website for more information.
Also serving excellent sushi – and so much more – is DIFC stalwart, Zuma. Its business lunch is fabulous value, and the haunt is open, albeit a little more subdued of course, as usual.
A relatively low-key option for lunch in Dubai, based in Jumeirah Lakes Towers, this really isn't your ordinary Pizza Express – and its earned itself quite the cult following when it comes to regular visitors. With dim lighting, exposed brickwork and a relaxed but classy feel, it reflects its predecessor in London's Soho, and contiunes to stay open from 12 noon.
Wheeler's of St. James DIFC
A definite Buro 24/7 Middle East favourite, Wheeler's is a contemporary British restaurant located in the culinary heart of Dubai's financial district – helmed by Marco Pierre White. An absolute must visit for late lunches that somehow roll into the afternoon in a heartbeat.
Dubai Offshore Sailing Club
Watch the sun go down and the yachts bobbing around over a lazy lunch at Dubai Offshore Sailing Club on Jumeirah Beach Road, any day of the week. The location's clubhouse is a great, little known hideaway and we recommend you find it. Visit its website for more information.
Flooka is another hidden gem, this time at the Dubai Marine Beach Resort, also on Beach Road. It's Mediterranean – mainly fish orientated – menu is one of the freshest we've found, and the location is understated with a beautiful, beachside view.
Located at Kempinski, Mall of the Emirates, Aspen is worth visiting year-round for breakfast and brunch – with a comprehensive menu and perfect eggs and coffee. However we are particularly pleased it will be business as usual for the next few weeks.
The Gourmet Deli Co 1762
"It's all about the food" is the mantra of The gourmet Deli Co 1762 where it’s got to be fresh, tasty, flavourful and homemade. Its deli shops are rustic, warm and homely; somewhere to escape the heat and enjoy a wholesome luch
Rule The Roast by Tom & Serg
Quite the hero of Dubai's lunch scene, Tom & Serg will be open for takeaway from 8am-3pm every day during Ramadan – serving up a selection of fresh salads and sandwiches. However post-Iftar, the pop-up concept 'Rule the Roast' opens at the cafe nightly from 7pm, offering roasted meat and fish with all the trimmings.
Cafe Arabesque at the Park Hyatt Dubai
This celebrated Middle Eastern restaurant presents culinary delights from the Levant region, influenced by the flavours of Jordan, Lebanon and Syria and is open daily from noon to 4pm.
The Boardwalk, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club has announced the re-opening of the iconic Boardwalk restaurant, located at the Dubai Creek Marina, following an extensive refurbishment which includes a striking fresh seafood display reminiscent of a Mediterranean market. Open noon until 1am each day.
La Serre at Vida Downtown Hotel
A beautiful bistro that is relaxed and family-friendly, yet a sophisticated French restaurant all at once. La Serre is still serving delicious and fresh French-Mediterranean fare throughout the day, daily from noon to 3pm.
The Pavilion, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai
Open daily from 10am to 1am, The Pavilion is where imaginiative food meets modern art. With its unique, airy interior, polished concrete flooring and light wooden tables, it's just the place for a business lunch or time spent with friends.