Where to Break Your Fast When You’re So Over the Usual Suspects

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The culinary offerings at Ramadan tents are the regional equivalent of your favorite fast food: always there, always reliable, always delicious. But what if you’re ready for a complete detour from all things hummus-moutabbal-mixed grill? From Peking duck to Catalonia-style paella, Savoir Flair shows you how to journey to Spain, Turkey, China, and beyond for iftar without ever leaving Dubai – visa stamps not included.

USA: Clinton Street Baking Company

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Breakfast at Clinton Street Baking Company is a family favorite, so why should breaking the fast here be any different? The American eatery is serving a special Ramadan set menu from sunset until 1 a.m. The mains are hearty and comforting – everyone’s favorite fried chicken and waffles included – but it’s the choice of desserts that you can look forward to most. While you can’t really go wrong with the “pancake of the day”, we recommend giving the date cake with warm maple butter a try.

Price: AED 152.25 per person
(+971) 4 428 1331
www.clintonstreetbaking.ae

Peru: Coya Dubai

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The popularity of Peruvian cuisine is still going strong, which means iftar at Coya Dubai promises to be a crowd-pleaser. The four-course menu will kick off with a selection of soups such as corn gazpacho, Peruvian bean, and cream of Peruvian corn. These will be followed by starters like seabass croquettes, beetroot causa, and chicken anticucho – all leading to star attractions like spicy short ribs, salmon fillet, and plenty more. Word to the wise: you’ll want to keep room for the date and honey pudding that wraps it all up.

Price: AED 289 per person
(+971) 4 316 9600
www.coyarestaurant.com

Italy: GIA

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Contemporary Italian cuisine awaits at GIA, located at the new ‘Fashion Avenue’ in The Dubai Mall. The focus here is fresh ingredients – some imported directly from Italy – so you’re bound to welcome this chic and airy eatery to your iftar bucket list. On the set menu reside appetizers such as crispy artichokes and baked eggplant, while mains include hearty options such as spinach fettuccine, pan-seared Norwegian salmon fillet, and spicy beef salami with buffalo mozzarella.

Price: AED 139 per person
Tel: (+971) 4 234 9986

Turkey: Kaftan Turkish Cuisine & Fine Art

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A generous spread of traditional Turkish dishes in an air-conditioned tent with stunning views of the Burj Al Arab – you can’t really go wrong with this one. Located on Jumeirah Road, Kaftan delivers exactly what it promises – Turkish cuisine and fine art – so you can expect to break your fast in an elegant setting that serves dishes such as ‘Testi Kebab’ (natural-fed beef cooked with organic farm tomatoes in a special clay pot sealed with fresh dough) and ‘Kuzu Kol Tandir’ (eight-hour lamb cooked to perfection).

Price: AED 190 per person
(+971) 4 338 9688
www.kaftan-restaurant.com

Japan: Ramusake

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Miso soup and edamame instead of fattoush and falafel? Sign us up. Ramusake is joining the Ramadan spirit with a lavish, four-course menu designed for sharing. There’s a total of 14 dishes waiting to be sampled, including the restaurant’s award-winning signature plates: ‘Tuna Sashimi Pizza’, ‘Nasu Dengaku’, and ‘Steamed Seabass’. And the grand finale? ‘Kinako Doughnuts’, of course.

Price: AED 199 per person
(+971) 4 559 5300
www.ramusake.ae

China: Hakkasan

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A sumptuous four-course iftar menu in seriously sumptuous settings? Win-win. At Hakkasan, you’ll be greeted with hot and sour soup followed by Peking duck and a selection of dim sum. Over on the mains side, the restaurant is serving the likes of stir-fried tiger prawns in a spicy lemongrass sauce, Wagyu beef ribs, seasonal vegetables, and chicken fried rice – one fork-full and you’ll be transported to the bustling streets of Shanghai in no time. If you’re able to squeeze in a dessert, there’s both homemade ice cream and sorbet to cater to any dietary restrictions alongside a range of Arabic sweets.

Price: AED 228 per person
(+971) 4 384 8484
www.hakkasan.com

India: Bombay Bungalow

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Bombay Bungalow is not your typical Indian restaurant, but it is ticking all the right boxes if Indian favorites and Insta-worthy decor are what you’re looking to break your fast with. You’ll start with a signature salad and assorted kebabs before moving on to stir-fried greens, lamb rogan josh, dal makhani, and the always crowd-pleasing ‘Burrata Butter Chicken’. As for dessert? Bombay Bungalow has combined the best of the best for this one. Enough said.

Price: AED 110 per person
(+971) 4 427 0758
www.bombaybungalowdxb.com

Spain: TORO + KO

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Toro + KO is a firm Savoir Flair favorite, and a wonderful option if a feast with Spanish flair is what you’re craving for iftar. The three-course menu begins with traditional favorites when it comes to tapas: salt-cod fritters, mushroom and truffle croquettes, grilled corn, and Catalan tomato bread. The restaurant’s beloved Catalonia-style paella alongside grilled beef tenderloin and octopus planxa make up the mains, while a choice of three desserts serves as the sweet finish. Make a beeline for the churros and those three dipping sauces (for obvious reasons).

Price: AED 199 per person
(+971) 4 590 5433
www.torodubai.com

Brazil: Fogo de Chão

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Photo: Courtesy of Fogo de Chão

It hasn’t been open very long, but DIFC-based Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão is already doing wonders to satiate the carnivores amongst us. The iftar experience here features traditional drinks, unlimited visits to the gourmet ‘Market Table’ (for soups, salads, and imported meats and cheeses) and feijoada station, and – of course – a continuous service of the most popular fire-roasted cuts of Brazilian meat carved tableside.

Price: AED 189 per person
(+971) 4 343 8867
www.fogodechao.com

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