Putting on the Ritz

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Putting on the Ritz

WHEN YOUR DINING address is at the heart of the Arab financial world, expect nothing less than over-the-top luxury and a menu with international flare.

By Mohamad Kadry (kadry@khaleejtimes.com)

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Published: Sun 21 Aug 2011, 10:05 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 6:49 AM

Celebrating its first Ramadan, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is pulling out all the stops with their take on the popular iftar buffet that features Asian delicacies and Arabic favourites.

The tent at the Ritz feels like an extension of the hotel with its expansive terrace - located next to the pedestrian bridge connecting the hotel to the DIFC – that’s been transformed into a lush oasis. Dine in a courtyard setting with fountains, giant lanterns and melodramatic lighting.

With its décor inspired by modern Arabian culture, the spectacular Ramadan tent offers a variety of seating options including a limited number of VIP Majlis areas - an exclusive gourmet experience with iftar and sohour meals served family style, by your own personal butler. The evocative Oriental atmosphere is further enhanced with live performances by oud and tabla musicians, fruity shisha aromas wafting in the air, and intricately detailed décor of Arabic cushions and carpets creating a warm and sophisticated ambience.

From sunset to sunrise, the culinary team at The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC will offers a full array of traditional hot and cold beverages, an iftar buffet with six live cooking stations and an a la carte menu from 8.30 p.m. till dawn, including sohour. With a focus on traditional Arabic delicacies, the lavish offerings are complimented by international favourites such as lamb navarin, tandoori murgh tikka, kung pao chicken and nasi goring.

As the menu changes nightly, guest breaking their fast and celebrating the Holy Month can sample succulent creations of the hotel’s resident Arab chefs Majdi Alhinani and Mohammed Chabchoul.

Comprising of hearty soups, cold and hot mezze selection as well as ouzi and shawarma carving stations, the meal will culminate with mouth-watering creations by the pastry team. For those with a sweet tooth, nothing beats finishing off an amazing meal with a visit to the dessert buffet showcasing regional favourites, such as umm ali, mochabak and baklava and Western classics such as vanilla crème brûlée, strawberry tarts and macaroons. If the chocolate fountain doesn’t win you over, nothing will.

Iftar is served from sunset to 8:30pm, priced at Dhs200.

Sohour a la carte menu from 8:30pm to sunrise (minimum spend Dhs165-200 per person)

On the first day of Eid Al Fitr, Can Can Brasserie is offering a buffet of Arabian specialties prepared at live cooking stations. Priced at Dhs290 and Dhs495 with house beverages, brunch starts from 12:30 p.m. onwards.

Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling

04 372 2323 or emailing rcdifc.fbres@ritzcarlton.com.

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