A round up of some of the best iftars to try this Ramadan in Abu Dhabi...
Jones the Grocer
A relaxed Ramadan environment. Choose from a la carte dishes that are available from sunset until 1am.
INFO: A la carte. Sunset-1am. Various locations, including Al Muneera (02 558 9808).
A delicious iftar buffet with a wide range of Arabic food, ouzi, Arabic mix grills and a selection of
iftar juices, dates and water.
INFO: Dhs220, 7pm-9pm, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers (02 811 5666).
The iftar buffet at Khayal is heartily prepared amid a traditional ambience where Arabian warmth and hospitality come to life. There will also be a suhour tent offering à la carte meals, too.
INFO: Dhs170 (per person), Dhs70 (kids). Daily 6.30pm-9pm. Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Al Forsan Village (02 201 4131).
Layali Al Baa
Traditional Arabic hospitality including freshly baked Saj bread and traditional Arabic coffee.
INFO: Dhs175 (inclusive of still & sparkling water, coffee, tea & Ramadan juices), 7pm-9pm, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers (02 811 5666).
Butcher & Still
The popular 1920s Chicago steakhouse-inspired venue will be offering a sizzling three-course menu, featuring a choice of starters, garden greens, truffle poutine and Caesar salad, and main course dishes including Kansas City strip steak, grilled prawns and mushroom Wellington, plus show-stealing desserts, including New York cheesecake.
INFO: Dhs250. Timings to add. Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 333 2222).
The stylish eatery, which serves up a healthy blend of Californian cuisine with a Afghani twist, will be showcasing its best flavours in a bumper buffet. A host of delicious desserts will cap off the meal, including date and baklava cakes and a special Ramadan cake.
INFO: Dhs175. Noon-11pm. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (800 66 587).
The new Pearl Rotana hotel will be hosting its very first iftar this year. From sunset, guests can indulge in a plentiful selection of international and Middle Eastern specialities, and an array of sweet desserts to share at Saffron, the hotel’s all-day dining spot.
INFO: Dhs165 (soft drinks and iftar beverages). Daily sunset-9pm. Pearl Rotana Capital Centre, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 307 5555).
Classy Chinese restaurant Hakkasan will be offering its own tasty take on the iftar feast. This year’s brand new iftar menu will combine the restaurant’s signature dishes with a few authentic Arabian touches. Culinary delights to savour include Peking duck, steamed dim sum, five spices Wagyu beef ribs and chicken fried rice. The four-course meal will start with traditional Arabian sweets.
INFO: Dhs228. Daily sunset to 8pm. Emirates Palace, West Corniche Road (02 690 7739).
Silk Route Café
The iftar here includes a buffet with live stations serving traditional dishes, lamb ouzi and shawarma. There are international dishes, too.
INFO: Dhs125, Dhs65 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). Sunset-10pm. Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi, Dhafeer Street (02 487 4888).
The restaurant will be showcasing its extensive menu of global tastes with an Emirati influence during Ramadan, with the kitchen team utilising the boldest and freshest ingredients to make for a memorable Ramadan meal time.
INFO: Dhs275. Daily from sunset-11pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (02 674 2020).
The classy seafood spot, overlooking the lush Eastern Mangroves, will be serving up lots of fresh flavours during Ramadan. A wide variety of healthy Mediterranean dishes will be showcased in a buffet offering.
INFO: Dhs165. Daily sunset-8.30pm. Eastern Mangroves Promenade, Dhafeer Street (02 441 8244).
The all-day dining restaurant will transform into a Middle Eastern oasis, offering a daily iftar buffet as well as international dishes.
INFO: Dhs199, Dhs99 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). Park Rotana Abu Dhabi, Khalifa Park area (02 657 3333).
Barfly by Buddha-Bar
The sleek Venetian Village spot will be presenting an iftar menu full of delicious cuisine, while shisha will be available on the second floor and friends and family can also gather to play board games as they break their fast.
INFO: Prices vary (a la carte menu). Daily sunset-11pm (iftar menu), venue open until 2am. Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal (050 315 0770).
The iftar buffet at Giornotte features family favourites from the region including Lebanese, Egyptian and Emirati dishes and refreshing Ramadan beverages in Oriental-inspired décor with lanterns, dates displays and traditional fabrics. The menu changes daily, so you’ll discover new flavours throughout the month.
INFO: Dhs235 (per person), Dhs120 (kids aged six to 11), free (kids aged five and under). May 15 to Jun 14, sunset-9pm. Khor Al Maqtaa (02 818 8888).
A special iftar menu will be available alongside a la carte dishes such as caramelized onion soup, crispy goat cheese pastille, seared cod fillet and grilled striploin steak served with French fries and mixed green salad.
INFO: Dhs100. Daily 7.30pm-midnight. Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal (050 315 0770).
Todd English’s Olives
The classy Mediterranean-inspired restaurant will be cooking up an iftar set menu during Ramadan. Diners can enjoy family-style starters, like spiced chick pea soup and olives mezze platter, alongside more substantial feeds such as grilled skirt steak tandoori and seafood risotto.
INFO: Dhs120. Open daily noon-midnight. Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal.
For an iftar that’s full of variety and flavours, Sheraton’s Flavours restaurant will be serving up Middle Eastern, Asian and Indian delicacies including vegetarian options, Arabian desserts, fresh fruits and more, including garlic-coriander shrimps and everyone’s favourite Arabian dessert Umm Ali.
INFO: Dhs174 (per person), Dhs87 (kids aged six to 12), free (kids aged five and under). Daily sunset-9pm. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche Road (02 677 3333).