Family Eats: Arabic Iftar at Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights

Breaking your fast at the end of a long day during Ramadan means that you eat wisely, and choose good food that won't weigh you down. I find that Arabic or Middle Eastern cuisine fits this Iftar requirement well because it is made with little fat and has lots of healthy proteins. It's probably why this cuisine features in most Iftar spreads in the UAE.

We tried the Iftar recently at Sufra, a restaurant at Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights. The warmly lit restaurant has a large seating area, divided with tokens of Arabic cuisine, such as olive oil an tagine clay pots.

We were seated at our table that busy weekend evening, and served water. Dates, apricots and figs decorated our table. There were other traditional drinks available too - including jalleb, kamardeen, and laban.

As the call to prayer was heard, we broke our fast with dates and water. The cold mezze in the buffet included all the favourites including hummus, mouttabel, fattoush, tabbouleh, and warak enab. Hot mezze included kibbeh, meat and cheese sambousek, fattet laban, and manakeesh. All of these were fresh and authentic in taste.

The buffet also included Arabic cheese, soups, and of course, lamb ouzi.

Among the main course dishes, there was a touch of international cuisine with chicken biryani, aloo matar, and pasta. The chicken biryani tasted great with yoghurt raita, and my son enjoyed the pasta.

The grill included meat and chicken kebabs, but for me, they failed to give that juicy texture and taste that a good grill should serve. The shawarma, which was pre-made, also did not make the mark as it was quite cold and dry.

Among the Arabic main course, there was some good fish macboos, white beans with lamb, and chicken freekeh. It was nice to see a real variety in Arabic dishes. I especially like the beans and lamb dish.

Outside the entrance of the restaurant, there was a sumptuous dessert section with fruits, dates, Arabic sweets, continental cakes and mouse, and a chocolate fountain. I could not have most of it, except for delicious pistachio ice cream. But the kids were loving the choice, including my little one!

If you're not after a huge buffet, Sufra is a great restaurant to break your fast this Ramadan. It is also family friendly, and most of the guests were indeed, families.

Iftar at Sufra costs AED140 per person including Arabic juices, soft drinks and water. It is AED70 for children between 6 and 12 years, and those under six dine for free.

To make a reservation, you can call +971-4 3172221 or email [email protected]. You can also book online here.

We were invited to Sufra for the purpose of review, but all views and opinions are sincerely my own.

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