During Ramadan, “iftar” is the meal served at sunset to break the long day of fasting (the word literally means “break fast”). Friends and families often gather together for this meal, and many hotels and restaurants across Dubai put on a special feast for the occasion.
Even if you’re not fasting, anyone is welcome to come along and experience iftar. In fact, it’s a wonderful way to get into the spirit of the holy month.
Throughout Ramadan, we’ll be highlighting three iftars to try on a weekly basis. But if you’re hungry for more, you can check out our guide to 103 iftars in Dubai.
Here are three iftars to check out this weekend.
Dhs199: Toro + Ko
Do your taste buds a favour and check out Toro + KO’s tapas style iftar. For Dhs199, you’ll enjoy three courses of Spanish inspired dishes starting with flavourful mushroom and truffle croquettes, powerfully punchy brava potatoes and tasty salt cod fritters. Your sharing board will be followed by a choice of main course, we recommend the pulpo – delicious octopus with charred onion vinaigrette and topped crispy pieces. The final course is a choice of three mouth-watering desserts; will you opt for the traditional churros with tempting dulce de leche sauce, or the creamy hot chocolate with vanilla foam and strawberries? Either way you’ll have a fantastic iftar experience, complimented by flawless service.
Toro + KO, The Square, City Walk, daily, sunset to 8.30pm, Dhs199. Tel: (04) 590 5433. torodubai.com
Breaking away from the traditional Middle Eastern spreads, DIFC Italian Cipriani is serving up a four-course menu of its best-loved dishes this Ramadan. Designed to share, it starts with the soup of the day served individually, before an array of signature starters are delivered to the table. The mix includes their best-selling creamy burrata, crispy calamari and the fresh lentil salad. Mains change on a weekly basis, although you’ll get an impressive four dishes to share between two. It’s a brilliant balance of best-loved, homemade pasta dishes, with meatier options such as slithers of veal piccatine served alongside a pilaf of rice and tender lamb chops with mixed vegetables. The Cipriani vanilla merengue and a date ice cream finishes the iftar on a sweet – and delicious – note.
Cipriani, Gate Village, DIFC, daily from sunset, Dhs280. Tel: (04) 3470003. cipriani.com
Hakkasan is the delightfully dark Cantonese restaurant now residing at Atlantis, The Palm. World-renowned and award-winning, you’ll be treated to an elegant and sophisticated menu to satisfy your craving for Asian cuisine with their four-course iftar menu. Perfect for sharing, it features Hakkasan signature dishes such as the Peking duck, served tender and sliced and a steamed dim sum platter; delicate parcels containing fresh vegetables and seafood adorned with gold leaf and lychee. Mains include wok-fry beef rib eye and spicy sea bass and the dessert – vanilla dates ice cream – is a simple sweet note.
Hakkasan, Atlantis the Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, daily from 6.30pm, Dhs288. Tel: (04) 426 2626. hakkasan.com