QUESTION OF THE MONTH.
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I like the more tranquil, contemplative atmosphere that seems to creep over Dubai during Ramadan. To learn more about the traditions of this special event in Islamic calendar and share a 'break fast' with locals, I recommend the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding in the Fahidi district. There's a short walking tour round old Dubai afterwards too. Another down to earth experience is with Frying Pan Adventures on their Old Dubai Ramadan walk and Iftar. A humbling experience to witness thousands of workers sit down on the pavement in a mass communal breaking of the fast. The tour, which is a feast for photographers' eyes too, includes a meal at an Afghani eatery. At the other end of the spectrum, the enormous Asateer tent filled with glittering lights and palm trees at Atlantis, The Palm is has a lavish spread with magical feel about it. Early booking essential for all the above.
Award-winning freelance chef and food consultant. Originally from the Czech Republic, he started his culinary career in London. Founder of Tomas Reger Food Consultants, he is now the executive chef of Intersect by Lexus, DIFC.
Ramadan for me is the time of the year when I try to slow down and reconnect with my friends and family -- and what better way to do it than over a traditional meal in a great setting. I would highly recommend these places. The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) where special Iftars are organised with added explanation of culture and traditions during this holiday (book in advance). Next I'd say Al Halab Garhoud -- I enjoyed my first Iftar invitation there and they still deliver well, nine years later. For a lavish celebration and one to take visitors, I'd say Al Majlis - a Ramadan tent in Madinat Jumeirah.
A nutritionist with over 4 years' experience, Chloe teaches clients to make healthy choices and small lifestyle changes that help to achieve personal goals. Her food and nutrition blog offers nutrition tips and nutritious recipes: www. chloemoirnutrition.com.
I'd recommend, Be Super Natural. They offer an Iftar menu of raw, vegan dishes where food is locally sources and organically produced. Secondly, Tom & Serg -- during Ramadan they are open late for Iftar offering 'Rule The Roast' which is great for the whole family to enjoy. Lastly, Comptoir 102 -- another great place to visit during Ramadan offering healthy Iftar options that are organic and using only highly quality sourced ingredients.
Head chef at The Croft, Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, the former patron chef of Table9 has also been head chef at two Michelin- starred restaurant, Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, and worked alongside Gordon Ramsay at Petrus.
Firstly, Cle Dubai. It wasn't cheap but it had great tasting food, I had salmon and prawn tagine, and a spiced lamb sausage with harissa potatoes. My friend had lamb ouzi, which I tried too. The desserts were traditional items such as baklava or kunafa. Secondly, Qbara - I dined here when Chef Colin was cooking, I liked the modern approach with a twist to dishes from across the Middle East. We chose a selection of dishes to share. This was one of my best experiences of Iftar. I had slow cooked spiced lamb shoulder cooked for 24 hours; it just melted in the mouth. I can still taste it now. Lastly, I'd say Seven Sands. I liked this restaurant more for the salads and lighter approach. It's at the beach too. I recommend trying even if you don't have time around Iftar. Very simple but offers good flavours and use of spices. Price point won't break the bank either.
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