• Fancy an iftar out? Oasis Living has put together a list of some of the eclectic offerings around the capital and Dubai

    ABU DHABI


    1. Abd el Wahab, Al Maqtaa

    You can find the true spirit of Ramadan at this Lebanese restaurant. The featured menu comprises a rich spread of traditional Arabic specialties with a contemporary twist including Jallab, Kamar el din and Laban for beverages.

    Main courses serve a variety of dishes spanning hot and cold such as Kebbeh Kras, Chicken Liver and Makaneh to name a few. There is also a choice of daily dish or mixed grill on offer.

    Iftar: The set menu is priced at Dh150 per person
    For bookings and reservations call 02 677 2238.

    2. Azzurro Restaurant, Souk Qaryat Beri

    If you are in the capital and fancy opening your fast with a scrumptious Italian meal then head to Azzurro where you'll find a three-course meal on offer featuring appetisers including lamb soup and sweet peppers as well as a hearty salad option.

    For mains, patrons will have a choice of Stewed Lamb Shank or meatballs drizzled with tomato lentil sauce. End on a sweet note with the traditional Um Ali, for a traditional flair.

    Iftar: The full three-course menu is priced at Dh120 per person including a beverage

    For bookings and reservations call 02 575 9993.

    3. Flooka, Eastern Mangroves

    Enjoy a Mediterranean-inspired seafood selection at Flooka with an array a delectable seafood dishes, hot and cold mezzes and fresh fish featuring traditional Mediterranean flavours with a Lebanese twist. An a la carte option is also available for those looking to craft their own menu.

    Iftar: Dh165 per person

    For reservations call 02 441 8244

    4. Hiltonia Beach Garden, Hilton Abu Dhabi

    The Hala Ramadan tent returns this year in the hotel's Hiltonia Beach Garden; with the ability to seat up to 150 guests, the air-conditioned tent has become a favourite among the capital's residents.

    It'll serve an iftar buffet featuring traditional Arabic delicacies along with a free-flow of Ramadan drinks. Highlights include chicken moghrabieh, fish moussaka, lamb makloubeh and Dawood basha as well as dessert favourites like cheese kunafa, Um Ali and mahalabiya.

    Iftar: Dh210 for adults and Dh85 for children aged six to 12

    For bookings and more information, please contact 02 692 4247.

    5. Te Galleria, Al Maryah Island

    A number of fine-dining restaurants are housed under this Arabic-style glass building, serving an eclectic mix including two highlights: Japanese Zuma and Californian Afghani Nolu's.

    The former will offer an Ebisu menu featuring a variety of signature dishes such as Miso Marinated Black Cod and Roasted Boston Lobster, while the latter will be serving a unique blend of Western and Asian cuisine. Be sure to taste their Ramadan desserts like the Date Cake, Cardamom Cheesecake, Baklava Cake, Pistachio Alfajor and a special Ramadan Cake.

    Iftar: Prices differ according to order made.

    For more information call 02 616 6999.

    DUBAI


    6. Besh Turkish Kitchen, Sheraton Mall of the Emirates Hotel

    Enjoy an authentic Turkish iftar filled with traditional dishes starting with the ekşili anadolu çorbası, Turkish lentil and barley soup, which is ideal for breaking fast. There is also an assortment of light hot and cold mezze and salads including a selection of pide; Turkish flatbread. Then, there's the kömür (Turkish grill) served up a number of charcoal grilled meats and fish.

    Sweet treats include a plethora of Turkish delights and other delicious desserts, served with Turkish tea.

    There is also a Ramadan bazaar nearby where you can shop Turkish jewellery, clothing, home décor and even food produce.

    Iftar: Dh111 per person

    Call 04 377 2353 or email besh.dubai@sheraton.com for reservations.

    7. Common Grounds, Mall of the Emirates

    This one is for all the vegans out there! No more analytically perusing the menu looking for something you can order or customise. This specialty coffee shop will be serving up a vegan iftar this Holy Month and features quite the healthy menu where you'll find free-range eggs, acai bowls and even green tacos.

    Iftar: Prices vary according to order.

    Visit commongroundsdubai.com for more information or to make a reservation.

    8. Kishmish, Dar Al Wasl Mall

    Bringing a Majlis style set-up to add to its rustic interiors, Dubai’s first gourmet Afghan street and soul food restaurant will be celebrating the Holy Month with authentic Afghan soul food, served both at the main venue and the majlis.

    While traditional Afghan music plays in the background, patrons will break their fast with dates, water, and the soup of the week, prior to indulging in the unique fare found in South, West and Central Asian cuisines.

    Iftar: Prices vary according to order.

    For more information visit kishmish.ae or call 04 349 6665.

    9. Ramusake, Double Tree by Hilton Hotel

    To mark the Holy month, Ramusake will be offering a lavish set-menu available from 6.30 to 8pm daily, consisting of a four-course sharing menu that can be enjoyed by gatherings of two or more. Guests will get to sample a wide variety of 14 dishes including some of their award-winning signature plates such as Tuna Sashimi Pizza, Nasu Dengaku and Steamed Seabass. Free flowing VOSS sparkling and still water will also be included.

    The regular a la carte menu will also be available for those who want to opt for the full-menu instead.

    Iftar: Dh199 per person

    To make a booking, email reservations@ramusake.ae or call 04 559 5300.

    10. Weslodge Saloon, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel

    A choice of customary harira or lentil soup options kick-start iftars at this North African-cuisine restaurant, where guests can indulge in an array of appetisers such as southern fried chicken with Tabasco honey, ranch, and house pickles or spice-rubbed lamb ribs with grilled lime and cilantro.

    For a heartier option, Weslodge offers delicious mains including grilled seabass with jalapeno relish, lemon, drizzled in olive oil; a fine cut of prime sirloin and pastrami short rib with roast cauliflower is also available, or a grilled broccolini with chilli, lemon and garlic sides.

    Desserts include a double-down hazelnut brownie or the maple brulee.

    Iftar: Dh235 per person

    For reservations or more information, call 04 560 1700.

    11. WOK BOYZ, Al Durrah Tower

    Serving authentic flavours from the Far East, WOK BOYZ offers customers the option to customise their plates according to there palates. With Ramadan rolling in, the restaurant is peddling Ramadan deals in an effort to make this cuisine a viable option for iftars and suhoors.

    Patrons will have an option of prawn or rice crackers, along with sweet corn soup, street tofu or spicy Korean wings, a customisable wok combo and a beverage. If you're looking for a healthier option, you can even pick quinoa as a base instead of traditional carb options.

    Iftar: Dh39++

    For more information visit wokboyz.com or call 04 330 0060.

    12. Homestead Restaurant and Bakery, The Yard

    This contemporary homegrown eatery will be serving a diverse set-menu prepared using local, organic and sustainably-sourced ingredients, and combining Middle Eastern, Indian and Persian cuisines.

    Expect a warm and cold mezze spread that includes hummus, moutabel, tabbouleh, muhammara and Arabic lentil soup. For the mains, guests can choose from six signature dishes including butter chicken, grilled chicken with freekeh, harees as well as kanaad machbous - the famous fried kingfish served with traditional Emirati spiced rice.

    Iftar: Dh105 per person

    For reservations or more information, call 800 HOMESTEAD.

    13. Cocoa Kitchen, City Walk

    Adding an innovative twist to the classic iftar, Cocoa Kitchen pairs traditional dishes with chocolate to enhance flavours, meaning you'll find options such as balsamic slow-cooked lamb shank with roasted Romano peppers enhanced with 70 per cent premium chocolate from Cuba and served with herbed ancient grains; blackened salmon with 65 per cent Peruvian, Alto el Sol dark chocolate miso; or butternut squash and 100 per cent cocoa ravioli with ricotta, pine nuts, Parmesan and cocoa nib tuilles.

    Iftar: Dh129 per person

    For reservations or more information, call 04 343 2506.

    *All prices are subject to change.