I was recently invited to Iftar at The Address in Dubai Marina. I haven’t been to any Iftar events so far this Ramadan so was delighted when I received the invite and even more delighted when I found out that the table would be full of Twitteratti (peeps and tweeps – oh OK people- from Twitter) 🙂
For those of you not in the know Iftar is the evening meal when Muslims break their fast during Ramadan and it happens right after Magrib (sunset) which here in Dubai is around 7.10 pm. Typically Iftar is done as a community with people gathering to break their fast together.
Iftar was held in the Constellation Ballroom at the hotel which had been set up to accommodate tables of all sizes and had an Arabian theme. Arranged buffet style, there was plenty of choices of food on offer ranging from a huge selection of fresh salads and soups for starters, a large variety of Arabic themed main courses as well as a selection of sweet treats for puddings including sinful Gulab Jamon which were very syrupy and devine (yes I sampled a few just to make sure).
I started off with some beautifully fresh salad along with a small bowl of lentil soup and some fresh hot Arabic bread.
There was a large selection of food for main course offering something for everyone, and I selected a few of my favourite Arabic foods – some grilled chicken and lamb which had been marinaded and were beautiful and juicy, I also had a chicken shawarma which was made from the live shawarma stand. Other selections available, included plenty of fish dishes and a wide selection of meat and rice.
I’m a big meat eater so find arabic buffets just perfect, a vegetarian on our table also commented on how much choice was available for her which isn’t always the case when she is dining at buffets, so this was good news too.
All of this was accompanied with free flowing soft drinks including one of my personal favorites of watermelon juice.
Since there were a good few people already filling their plates at the buffet, I didn’t get a lot of pictures of the food or the venue, but a small selection of pictures can be found below, alternatively take a look at Instagram if you are following @DigiDesigner as he posted a lot of pictures.
At 140/AED per head the Iftar is reasonably priced and a lovely way to have a calm and relaxing evening out with friends during the holy month of Ramadan. Enjoy