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3 Dubai Restaurants for Foodies Who Enjoy Different Tastes This Ramadan

These eateries will take you on a culinary journey during the holy month.

Katsuya's Outdoor Patio

Eating after a day of fasting should be a special experience. And since Ramadan is a month-long religious celebration, it’s a good idea to shake things up culinary-wise and try different cuisines from around the world. Dubai, where loads of restaurants offer unique menus, is the ideal place to savour different tastes.

Here are three spots to consider:  

International Cuisine at Markette Restaurant & Creperie

Markette twice-cooked oxtail

If you want to feel right at home, but want to skip all the faff that comes with cooking, Markette is the perfect choice this Ramadan. Situated on the ground floor of The Dubai Mall, the heart-warming restaurant’s cosy and casual interiors, cabinets and accessories included, make you feel like you’re in a kitchen. Then, of course, there’s all that home-cooked goodness and the numerous choices when it comes to fresh out-of-the-kitchen sweet treats.

Markette Mamma Mia Burger

As the sun sets during Ramadan, Markette is offering a wide range of hearty and fulfilling choices to break your fast. Whether you’re a seafood lover or adventurous eater, options like sumptuous twice-cooked oxtail, which is served with Hainanese rice and mild green chili sambal, Pan Roasted Salmon and Spaghetti Aglio Olio with prawns, ensure all diners can find something that puts a smile on their faces.

Markette Pan Roasted Salmon

On a sweeter note, Markette’s signature crepes like Claudette, which comes with roasted bananas, rich vanilla pods, a sweet salted butter caramel sauce and is topped with vanilla gelato, are a must-try. For those who love a mix of tangy and sweet, Amelie, with lemon zest, buttered sugar and a squeeze of lemon, is another top pick. Other desserts to be enjoyed along with a great cup of coffee include a decadent Red Velvet Cake with vanilla mascarpone yogurt frosting. For visitors who want something refreshing, there’s a wide array of sorbets, gelato and juices.

Markette Spaghetti Aglio Olio

Markette will also be offering a special á la carte day-time menu during the Holy Month, including breakfast options, salads, sandwiches, mains and crepes.

Flavours from the Greek Islands at Opa

With its traditional dishes, charming interiors, friendly ambiance and fun experiences like Zorba dancing, OPA, located at The Fairmont Hotel Dubai, always offers a multi-sensory customary Greek experience. And during Ramadan, its patrons can enjoy an extraordinary meal the restaurant renowned for its delicious Mediterranean dishes has planned.

The special set menu of culinary discoveries inspired from the Greek islands provides the perfect opportunity to gather with friends and family and enjoy a different take on the usual Iftar buffets. As well as offering a different soup every day alongside a healthy selection of dates, there’s an assortment of breads served with traditional Greek Tzatiki, the signature OPA Hummus, Fava Dip and the Spicy Feta Dip for starters. Additionally, the cold appetizers include a refreshing Greek Salad and the all-time favourite Tuna Tartare, while the hot choices include the Grilled Halloumi, Spinach Pie and Lamb Kebab.

When it comes to choosing main dishes, there’s an array of Greek-inspired ones, including the newly added Lamb Gyros, or the juicy Australian Waygu Striploin with Oregano Jus, served with crispy homemade potato chips. If you’re in the mood for a light and healthy meal, you can go for the Sea Bass Fillet served with Rice Pilaf or the Imam Bayildi made with aubergine in a rich tomato sauce and yogurt with a spicy twist. You can then end your Iftar on a sweet note with desserts like the Athenian Pie, Pistachio Cake or the traditional Loukoumades.

East Meets West at Katsuya By Starck
With branches in Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel and Dubai Mall, Katsuya By Starck is an artistic union of Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi’s fresh take on Japanese classics with design impresario Philippe Starck’s sleek and sultry interiors.

Crispy Rice Duck Confit

For those observing Ramadan, a contemporary, inventive combination of Japanese and Californian food can be an alternative and unique Iftar experience. And diners at Katsuya are invited to break their fast with a complimentary offering of dates, laban and the restaurant’s special Miso Soup.

Double Double Roll

Then signature dishes such as the Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna and the classic Sushi Rolls can be shared with loved ones.

Katsuya Napoleon

If you aren’t fasting this Ramadan, Katsuya By Starck will be open for daytime dining throughout the holy month.

Crispy Brussel Sprouts

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