The holy month of Ramadan is upon us once again. It is observed by the Muslim community all over the world as a month of fasting which is one of the 5 Pillars of Islam. For the whole month, Muslims refrain from consuming food and water among other things during daylight. They are only allowed to eat and drink before sunrise and after sunset. According to Islam, the blessings that a Muslim will get for fasting during this month are believed to be multiplied as compared to fasting on a regular day hence, Ramadan fasting is highly encouraged unless of course you are suffering from an illness, old age or traveling.
The meal served after the whole day of fasting is called iftar, it is often done within a community by breaking their fast altogether. Since I’ve been in Dubai, I have been invited occasionally to join some of my Muslim friends for iftars and I will have to say that I actually love going to one. During Ramadan, I try to fast as well (but I can never go without water) just to show solidarity to my Muslim colleagues. I rarely eat lunch at the office during Ramadan and I don’t really eat breakfast as well even during the normal days so receiving an invitation for an iftar makes me giddy. Apart from being able to eat great food after a day of fasting, you get to be with your friends as well. That is the case when I received an invitation from Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana to join them for their iftar at Liwan Restaurant.
I asked my friend Jacqui to join me as she’s also fasting and we met Mitzie Mee at the restaurant itself. Liwan Restaurant is at the 3rd floor lobby of Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana in Deira, it is their main restaurant where buffet is served. Priced at AED149 per person, this is probably one of the cheapest iftars in Dubai. International and Ramadan specialties are served while a live Arabic entertainment adds up to the already pleasant atmosphere of the restaurant. They have a huge selection of salads, grills and of course desserts. I will have to say that they’ve got the tastiest Iranian mixed grill I’ve ever had. If not for the fact that I’m trying to lose weight, I would’ve filled my plate with just the Iranian mixed grill. The highlight of any iftar meal is of course the ouzi which is baked lamb with spiced rice. Liwan Restaurant of course have it. The lamb meat was so tender it melts under your fork.
They also have a wide variety of desserts – from Arabian desserts to cakes. I filled my dessert plate with cakes and fell in love with the merengue that they served. Writing about it now makes me drool on my keyboard. Lol.
For this whole month of Ramadan, Liwan Restaurant is having a promotion of giving a chance to all of their iftar and suhour diners to be one of their daily lucky winners of overnight stay and meal vouchers. Apart from that, you also have a chance to win their grand prize of 2 business class tickets on Turkish Airlines. Eat great food and you never know, maybe you get to fly with Turkish Airlines on business class as well. Sweet deal, yes? 🙂
Note: I mistakenly deleted all of the photos I took during this iftar (I know, I know. Stupidity at its finest). All the photos above are courtesy of Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana.