Welcome to yet another week of confusion. You can get your hair cut, but you can’t get your legs waxed. You can swing by the mall, but must leave within three hours. You can head out for iftar, but don’t expect to see a buffet. Long story short, the overriding opinion is still: stay home. With that in mind, we’ve put together 10 iftars that you can order in and boast something special to boot. Win-win.
Celebrity Chef Creations
If inviting a celebrity chef over for iftar is on your bucket list, you’re in luck. Hell’s Kitchen, the fiery restaurant by Gordon Ramsay at Caesars Bluewaters Dubai, is now delivering for the first time. On the menu is a selection of signature dishes that range from ‘Hell’s Kitchen Hot Wings’ to ‘Hell’s Kitchen Burger’, ‘Filet Mignon’, and more. As for the grande finale? British desserts with an upscale twist.
Ramadan Nights by Dish
We’ve long been fans of the Ramadan Nights pop-up by catering and events company Dish and, luckily for us, the ongoing pandemic hasn’t made it entirely inaccessible. While the fifth edition can’t bring its signature Moroccan décor into your living room, it can bring those divine fusion dishes to your dining table – think: sumac-marinated chicken wrapped in knafeh with mango-chili
relish, slow-braised shoulder of lamb in Middle Eastern spices, and vegan options like roast baby zucchini stuffed with peppers, smoked paprika, and vegan feta. Hungry yet?
Find more details here.
Indian with a Twist
This special offering comes courtesy of Bombay Brasserie at Taj Dubai, tracing the Indian influences in Emirati cuisine through an Indo-Emirati menu. What this translates to ‘Koftak Samak’ (Emirati-inspired fish cakes blended with Indian spices), ‘Tekat Deyay Emirati’ (tender chicken kebabs infused with mild Arabic spices and cooked in a traditional tandoor), ‘Thareed Dyay’ (Emirati home-style chicken curry), and plenty more. And would an iftar of this sort even be complete without ‘Luqaimat’ dumplings in date
syrup? Hint: no.
Place your order through Zomato, Deliveroo, Talabat, or The Entertainer.
Beachside Burgers at Home
To say the burgers at Salt are the best in the city is an understatement, but you no longer need to get into your car and drive over to Kite Beach for your fix. Enter: the ‘Salt Home Kit’ that is available in four different varieties and comes packed to the brim with just about everything you’ll need to recreate your go-to Salt feast at home – sauces and spices included. Whether you’re team beef or team chicken, this one’s a no-brainer.
New Kid in Town
As a city, we’ve developed a real fondness for Vietnamese food, and the dishes offered by this new kid on the block happen to be created by a chef who boasts not one, but two Michelin stars. Originally developed in Paris, Mission Saigon (by delivery-only kitchen Taster) serves traditional favorites made with family recipes from French-Vietnamese chef Mak Lam, so you can expect to dine on banh mi burgers, vegetable spring rolls, vermicelli noodle bowls, and more – all featuring the freshest ingredients.
LPM Restaurant & Bar
Details, Details, Details
The name LPM is practically synonymous with French-Mediterranean cuisine in Dubai, and this DIFC hotspot is now delivering. But this is no ordinary home delivery – it’s all about the details. Your meal will arrive in a hand-painted canvas tote, complete with a bottle of olive oil, a tomato, and a lemon (to make your own salad, natch) as well as freshly baked baguette and even a touch of lavender to help you escape to Provence. Choose from LPM favorites like the creamy burrata with tomatoes and basil, lentil salad, mushroom risotto, roast baby chicken, and many more before ending on a sweet note with either of the two desserts on offer.
If we had a penny for every time we’ve fantasized about the ‘Opa Baklava Sundae’ during lockdown, we’d be rich – it is the best dessert in the city, after all. So naturally, the introduction of home delivery by Opa is cause for celebration. The special menu has everything you could possibly want when you’re craving a traditional Greek feast: creamy tzatziki with cucumber and dill, freshly baked peinirli, feta-topped salads, hearty orzo with tiger prawns, and more – in addition to the divine ‘Opa Baklava Sundae’, of course. Plate-smashing optional.
Beloved Italian eatery Trattoria Toscana brings you with iftar with a side of bragging rights, courtesy of DIY cooking kits. Each contains beaf and sausage meatballs, garlic shrimp, and endive salad followed by one of four different pasta varieties and a rustic pizza dough along with a choice of four flavors: bufalina, gamberi, vegetarian, or diavola. There’s even a dedicated recipe video on Trattoria Toscana’s Facebook page. Bonus: the homemade tiramisu arrives ready-to-eat, so you can take it easy for the dessert course.
To order 800 666 353.
This year, iftar served by Address Downtown comes with a side of philanthropy as Address Hotels + Resorts is celebrating the UAE’s unsung heroes who are working tirelessly to keep us safe as part of its Thank You UAE campaign. For every iftar meal ordered for delivery – signature dishes here include ‘Lamb Ouzi’, ‘Sea Bass Charmoula’, and ‘Bamia Bil Laham’ – one iftar meal will be delivered to the workplace of a UAE hero.
To order, download The Dubai Mall app, click on Dine, and search for Address Downtown.
Reform Social & Grill
Tasted and Tested
Pair a roast dinner with traditional trimmings and some brain training, and you’ve got this. The city’s favorite gastropub has moved its Friday quiz brunch to a sunset timing with new weekly prizes up for grabs throughout the month of Ramadan – think: free entry to Publique’s Wednesday evening quiz (including food delivery), Ultra Brasserie’s two-day meal plan, and more. Hosted by radio host Aylissa Boyce, these two-hour sessions see teams challenged with general knowledge questions and interactive rounds, including Boyce’s favorite Guess This Tune round. Gather your household “quaranteam” and register by 5 p.m. the previous Thursday to take part, but remember, spaces are limited and secured on a first-come-first-served basis.
To register, call +971 (4) 454 2638.