We are no strangers to Middle Eastern food as it remains the most dominant and favorite choice for most people in Dubai. However, this rich cuisine includes so many traditional dishes that have not yet been embraced and discovered by restaurants here.

This Ramadan at Raffles Dubai’s Azur restaurant, you can take a culinary journey by sampling some of the most delicious dishes from the Levant and North Africa that you most likely have never tried before.

This chic spot offers a variety of Iftar options in a chic and spacious setting ideal for a dinner with family and friends. The restaurant is also decorated in a very festive fashion with palm trees and tapestries that really give you that Arabia feel.

This tantalizing feast is served up by Arabic Head Chef Mohammed Okla, who has more than 15 years’ experience spanning across a variety of luxury hotels in the region.

We started off our Iftar in the traditional way with water and dates, following by a stop by the soup station. The Harira and Lentil soups are the best options for those who fast, as they are flavorful yet light and gentle on the stomach. 

azurThe salads and cold mezzah station has a quite impressive variety of delicious options for vegetarians, including fatteh (chickpea and yogurt casserole), couscous and dried fruits,  mouhamara (a spicy drip made of red peppers, pomegranate and walnuts) and a variety of healthy eggplant salads.

Some of the best hot dishes included the baby eggplant stuffed with meat and pine nuts, spicy meat balls served with burghul, yogurt Kibbe, Siyadiyah (a popular fish and rice dish), with the succulent Lamb Ouzi really stealing the show.

One of the best things to look forward to in Ramadan are the traditional juices served during this time of year, such as Tamarind, Qamar Al Deen and Jallab, which really complemented our Iftar experience at Azur. 

azur1The dessert buffet offers a great mix of Arabic and Western sweets. Our advice is to eat as light as possible throughout to meal so that you can save some room for this part of the meal. Turkish delights, pistachio ice cream, Um Ali (a sweet bread pudding), almond tarts and the white chocolate mousse were all superb.

Raffles’ Iftar at Azur is priced at AED 185  per person including juices, soft drinks, coffee and tea.

For further information or to book your table, please call +971 4 324 8888 or e-mail dining.dubai@raffles.com

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