With The Holy Month now in full swing, here’s where non-fasters can grab a bite during daylight hours…
During Ramadan, those fasting are prohibited from eating or drinking from sun up to sun down, and many eateries across the UAE shut during those hours.
However not all restaurants close their doors, with many staying open – albeit respectfully behind behind closed curtains – for non-Muslims.
Our pals at What’s On Dubai have pulled together a comprehensive list of where will be serving dine-in breakfasts, lunches and early dinners during the Holy Month.
We’ve cherry-picked some of our favourite options below (but if you want to see the full list, click here).
1. The Lighthouse
The gentleman running the show in the kitchen of this casual new restaurant/design store is Chef Izu Ani, former head chef at French favourite Le Serre, and What’s On’s 2015 best chef so you can expect good things. Click to read all about what to order there.
Building 6, Dubai Design District, Dubai, Sun to Wed 8am to 11pm, Thur and Fri 8am to midnight. Tel: (04) 4226024. Taxi: D3, Building 6. More info on Facebook.
2. La Petite Maison
It will be posh business lunches (using non-GMO ingredients) as normal at this classy Nicoise restaurant.
DIFC, Gate Village 8, Dubai, daily noon to 3pm, 7pm to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 4390505. Metro: Financial Centre. More info on website.
3. Baker & Spice
From excellent salads to freshly-baked breads, all Baker & Spice outlets will be open during the day over Ramadan. These are Souq Al Bahar (8am to 11pm), Souq Al Manzil (7am to 11pm), Jumeirah Town Centre (7am to 11pm), Gold & Diamond Park (7am to 7pm) and Marina Promenade (8am to 11pm).
Various locations including Souq Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, 8am to 11pm. Tel: (04) 4252240. More info on website.
4. Katsuya by Starck
This chic new Japanese restaurant with food from Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi will be open throughout the month.
Jumeirah Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, daily 12pm to midnight. Tel: (04) 419 0676. More info on website.
5. Il Borro
If you’re after excellent Tuscan-style food for lunch, this is the spot for you (the fresh pasta is particularly delicious). You can even book the private dining room for 20 guests for lunch throughout the month.
Jumeirah Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah, daily 12pm to 3.30pm (then 7pm to 1am). Tel: (04) 2752555. More info on website.
A new restaurant in Media One Hotel with an extensive menu featuring everything from butter chicken to quesadillas. They have a business lunch for Dhs79. CafeM in the Media One hotel will also be open for lunch and breakfast.
Media One Hotel, Dubai, Sun to Thurs 6.30am to 10.30am and noon to 1am. Tel: (04) 427 1000. More info on website.
7. Muchachas/Tom & Serg
The food – and great coffee – of Al Quoz favourite Tom & Serg will be served up inside Mexican restaurant Muchachas over Ramadan. Different, but we’ll take it. The good news is that they’ll be serving a greatest hits menu of Tom & Serg breakfast classics, re-re-winding back to 2013.
Holiday Inn Express, near Safa Park, off Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, daily 8am to 3pm. Tel: (04) 3275878. Metro: Business Bay. More info on website.
8. Nola Eatery & Social House
Nola is pausing its live music offering, but aside from that, it’s business as usual at the popular JLT restaurant. Pop in for New Orleans inspired cuisine.
Armada BlueBay Hotel, Cluster P, JLT, Dubai, daily noon to 2am. Tel: (04) 3998155. Metro: Dubai Marina Mall. More info on website.
Very posh seafood with award-winning views. It will be open for most of Ramadan, but they will be doing some renovations for the first week or so of the Holy Month, so phone ahead to check.
Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah, daily 12.30pm to 3pm, 6pm to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 3666730. Metro: Mall Of The Emirates. More info on website.
You’ll find everything from sea bass to sushi at this Japanese-Peruvian spot along the Palm’s new seaside dining strip.
Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, daily 12pm to midnight (1am on weekends). Tel: (04) 5520244. More info on website.
11. La Cantine du Faubourg
Indoor dining at this classy French restaurant, with a weekday offer of one starter and one main course for Dhs105.
Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Sun to Thur noon to 2am, Fri and Sat noon to 3am. Tel: (04) 3527105. More info on website.
This excellent new bistro – which serves French food with some Middle Eastern twists – will be open throughout the week, and for brunch on Friday.
Building 6, Dubai Design District, Dubai, daily noon to midnight. Tel: (04) 2454700. Taxi: D3, Building 6. More info on Facebook.
To see the full list of restaurants open for breakfast and lunch throughout Dubai, click here.
This article originally appeared whatsondubai.ae.