As we know it, during the Holy Month of Ramadan, the spirit of togetherness is in the air. And where there are festivities, there is food. While Ramadan signifies a period of prayer and reflection, the daily fasting rituals are concluded by Iftar – a meal that breaks the fast at sunset each day, making for a perfect occasion for families to come together and celebrate the spirit of Ramadan. When it comes to the ultimate Iftar experience, this city is spoilt for choice. I’ve tried tons of great ones, and it only gets better with each year. This year, I tried a ravishing iftar The Address Dubai Marina.
We love how the Ramadan vibe is further accentuated through coloured lanterns and lights festooning the area. As dreamy and magical as it gets. The experience begins upon entering the burgundy coloured lobby to the Constellation ballroom; hotel staff serve drinks including the traditional offerings like Laban alongside Lemon, Orange, and other refreshing drinks to choose from.
The hall is expansive, with plenty of room available between tables with classical Arabic music wafting from the speakers. As for the food itself, the buffet offers a large selection of Middle Eastern favourites in addition to Southeast Asian treats.
For those looking for more traditional options, the succulent shawarma and the mixed grill station, including Shish taouk, kofta, shish kebabs, shrimps, and araayas should do the trick.
The Indian food station includes everything from fragrant biryanis to lip-smacking gravies.
The lamb masala was well spiced without being too heavy. The chicken biryani was full of flavour and can become a full iftar on its own.
The highlight, however, is the Asian station with freshly cooked noodles and a variety of dim sums, including vegetables and shrimp.The dim sums were soft and not sticky and regularly produced to ensure the freshness remains throughout the evening. A big thumbs up to the hospitality and the way the affair was managed to keep Covid, social-distancing norms in mind.
On the desert front, the Sticky Date Pudding with Caramel Sauce is a must-have; however, due to its richness, it’s best shared. Accompanied by a glass of mint tea, it doesn’t get better than this!
An enjoyable and smoothly run affair, iftar at The Address Dubai Marina continues to offer something for all.
Note: The critic was invited by the hotel, but all opinions are her own.
Price: AED 199 per person
Where: 66 Al Marsa St – Dubai Marina – Dubai
Phone: 04 436 7777
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