RAMADAN FOR FOODIES
Being an expat in any country comes with it’s cultural insights. Over the next month Ramadan will be taking place, which means Dubai and the rest of the UAE will be in intense prayer, peace, and fasting mode. Every evening at dusk the fast is broken with an Iftar - a grand feast shared with loved ones and the community. Whether or not you are an observer of Ramadan or simply interested, Iftars are a beautiful and fulfilling experience, and there are plenty of them happening all around the city! During Ramadan, many restaurants and outlets will be closed during the day, but have no fear! For those not fasting, there are plenty of venues open for day-time feasting. That being said, you should take great care to be respectful of those fasting.
Our list of “can’t be missed” Iftars & brunches available over the next month, include:
IFTARS IN DUBAI
Accents, Intercontinental Marina
The beautiful Accents Restaurant at the Intercontinental Marina, offers a delicious Iftar buffet at an incredible price every evening. On top of the mouthwatering dishes, you can participate in the daily raffledraw for a staycation!
This will be Palazzo Versace’s first celebration of the holy month. The menu includes a variety of traditional Arabic and international dishes including mezze’s, live cooking stations offering kebabs and grilled meats. Chicken tagines, lamb ouzi, salads and fresh juice stations surround guests as they over look Dubai Creek.
This seafood favourite will break the fast with dates, warm soup and a delicious mezze platter. These will be followed by options such a Korean fried chicken, lobster rolls, and of course plenty of seafood.
Lalezar, Zabeel Saray Hotel
For a more traditional iftar with a modern and innovative twist, head to Lalezar, where their mouth-watering dishes and Turkish décor will make you feel as though you are dining in the Ottoman era. A three-course meal not to be missed!
BRUNCHES DURING RAMADAN
Enjoy what Dubai has to offer while allowing others to observe their quiet religious time. The brunches this month will have everything you’ve come to love about brunches – minus the live entertainment.
With over 140 locations, Ruth’s Chris has stood the test of time by never compromising on quality ingredients, service, attention to detail and that special sizzle. Come by for the Meat Lover’s Brunch and sizzle away with USDA prime steak.
The YUM Brunch
It’s not called Yum for nothing. Innovative Mediterranean fare, a laid-back attitude, and a cocktail list made up of dreams! Why not try a Lost & Found for dessert – a blend of Whiskey, fig jam, nutmeg and vanilla cream.
Tribeca, Jumeirah Beach Residence
Modelled after the trendy neighbourhood of NYC, this bar & restaurant serves up organic meats, healthy grains and plenty of vegetables. It’s cool, casual, & perfect for a pre-cocktail detox.
This award winning Japanese restaurant has created delicious ‘O’ style small plates such as ginger salmon sashimi, or a Wagyu taco that combines steak tartar, avocado, spring onion and a sweet sesame-soy with a corn taco shell crisp. Let’s not forget fuji apple tart at the end.
Mixing it up with a late-night brunch, this street-food inspired menu takes you on a journey through London’s cultural culinary map. Chicken Tikka tenders with mango chutney or Crack ‘N’ Cheese balls (yes, CHEESE balls) can be washed down with an ice-cold beer.
Prime 68, The JW Marquis Marriot
Foie Graw Lollipops? Short Rib Pretzel bites? It must be Prime 68. Voted one of the top steak houses in Dubai and located on the 68th floor, this restaurant is a must-try for carnivores and view chasers.
To see a more extensive list, check out InBrunch, which allows you to search venues, invite your friends and pay online. Hassle free brunches and iftars at: www.inbrunch.com