Ramadan 2019: Savoir Flair’s Guide to the 10 Best Suhoor Spots in Dubai

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With Ramadan now hours away, most people are excitedly planning which iftars to try around town – but why should the sunset meal get all the love? The start of a fast can feel just as festive as the break of one, which is why Savoir Flair rounds up the top ten places to have suhoor in Dubai, each with a distinct personality of its own.

1

Culture Quest

Kulture House

There’s just something about suhoor hosted by a duo known for their underground supperclubs – particularly if the duo in question are Buthaina Al Mazrui and Alamira Noor Bani Hashim of No.57 fame. This time around, they’re taking over Kulture House, a new space where specialty coffee and killer food, gorgeous décor elements from around the world, a florist, an art gallery, and a concept store reside under the same roof.

From May 10 to 18, you can dine on the cool, contemporary likes of ‘Zaatar Burrata Kachapuri’ alongside wood-fired pizza and No.57’s legendary ‘Toffee Skillet Cookie’ – without a single TV screen nor oud player in sight.

Time: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Tel: (+971) 55 523 4894
www.no57.co

2

Change of Pace

Play Restaurant & Lounge, The H Dubai

Because why should your suhoor options be any less experimental? If you’re looking to take a breather from Ramadan staples, the always playful Play Restaurant & Lounge at The H Dubai hotel is shaking things up with dishes like mini Wagyu bao burgers, tomato tartare, black cod croquettes, and chicken katsu maki taking up residence across its ‘Cold Mezze’ and ‘Hot Mezze’ options. But it’s seafoodies that are in for a real treat as the ‘Seafood Platter’ promises to be heaped with everything from grilled Omani lobster and tiger prawns to stuffed squid and teriyaki salmon.

Time: 9:30 p.m. to 3 a.m.
(+971) 4 336 4444
www.playrestaurants.com

Photo: Courtesy of @PlayRestaurant
3

Girls' Night Out

Andiamo!, Grand Hyatt Dubai

Italian eatery Andiamo! at Grand Hyatt Dubai will transform into Hia, a ladies only suhoor, for the month of Ramadan – now this is the kind of gender discrimination we can get behind. The pop-up will feature both à la carte and set menus, alongside plenty of extras like shisha, cards, live entertainment, and more.

Time: 8:30 p.m. to 3 a.m.
(+971) 4 317 2221
www.hyatt.com

4

New Kid on the Block

Suhour Tent, Fairmont The Palm

While iftar at Fairuz Ramadan Tent – now in its third year – is practically an annual tradition for many, Fairmont The Palm has introduced a brand new venue for the pre-dawn meal this time around: Suhour Tent. Taking the place of the property’s Arabian Courtyard, this cozy, air-conditioned space will serve tea and Middle Eastern mezze delights until the early hours – alongside shisha, of course.

Time: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
(+971) 4 457 3457
www.fairmont.com
5

In the Picture

Gulf Photo Plus

Suhoor has come to mean more than a decadent pre-dawn meal. It now spans activities like playing boardgames, meeting friends for coffee, slowing down with shisha, or even indulging in a spot of retail therapy.

This year, Gulf Photo Plus is giving participants a chance to fuel up with snacks while experiencing the colorful neighborhood of Karama through a photo walk entitled Suhoor Strolls. You’ll be given night-photography tips to capture images that depict Ramadan alongside a special tandoori chai stop, insights on local history, discovery of hidden gems, and feedback on your work.

Time: 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.
(+971) 4 380 8545
www.gulfphotoplus.com

naif by night walk unseen trails old dubai
Photo: Courtesy of @UnseenTrails
6

A Taste of Italy

Gia, The Dubai Mall

A shakshouka-centric take on pizza, an antipasti platter featuring the likes of halloumi bruschetta, a classic Italian soup with a mix of white and red beans – Italy meets the Middle East at Gia in The Dubai Mall, where an à la carte menu will be served daily for suhoor. Oh, and we must insist that you linger long enough to indulge in dessert. The one to start with? That rather aptly named ‘La Dolce Vita’, which consists of a chocolate dome with saffron-cardamom sponge cake, pistachio ricotta cream, and fresh berries.

Time: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
(+971) 4 234 9986
www.facebook.com/gia.dubai

7

Journey Back

The Courtyard, Manzil Downtown

Manzil Downtown has mastered the art of Arabian hospitality, which is why its Mediterranean restaurant The Courtyard lands a spot on this list. It will be serving chef’s specials inspired by the legendary Silk Road, so expect to dine under the open sky on cuisines from Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Time: 10:30 p.m. onwards
(+971) 4 888 3444
www.vidahotels.com

8

Mother Knows Best

Inked, Alserkal Avenue

Each edition of INKED dinners brings with it plenty of new surprises, but we’re celebrating the return of Tawlet Souk El Tayeb this Ramadan. Tawlet is a “mom’s kitchen and table” concept based in Beirut that entails cooks coming in from different regions of Lebanon on a daily basis to share home-cooked favorites drawing on their own heritage.

What this translates to is plenty of opportunities to hear their stories and savor the traditional dishes of their villages, all freshly prepared in INKED’s kitchen. There will be two sittings daily from May 7 to 13 and, while the second sitting isn’t exactly being billed as suhoor, it still gets our vote.

Time: 9:30 to 11:30 p.m.
(+971) 50 845 1359
www.inked.ae

tawlet iftar inked dubai 2018
Photo: Courtesy of Inked
9

All That Glitters

Gold on 27, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah

If you’re looking to do suhoor with a side of sparkle, Gold on 27 is where it’s at. The new – and entirely gold leaf-bedecked – nightspot located on the 27th floor of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah will serve a menu of savory bites, creatively crafted mocktails, and shisha to the tune of magnificent skyline views.

Time: 19:45 p.m. to 2 a.m.
(+971) 4 301 7600
www.jumeirah.com

10

Damascus Bound

Sah El Nom

Pop culture references, elements of nostalgia, and a menu rife with dishes you won’t see anywhere else – enter: Sah El Nom, a cheery Syrian eatery that serves a truly refreshing take on Damascene cuisine. Suhoor at the Bluewaters Island outlet will entail both an à la carte and set menu, both of which will feature the restaurant’s greatest hits – think: ‘Lamb Manti’, ‘Chicken Harissa’, and ‘Udoli Dolma’.

Time: 9 p.m. onwards
(+971) 4 587 7096
www.sahelnom.com

Photo: Courtesy of Sah El Nom
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