RIYADH: As Ramadan comes to an end, you may find yourself tired of cooking up a storm, so we’ve compiled a list of six fuss-free spots in Riyadh to enjoy a delicious iftar with your family, based on ambiance and, of course, food.
Instead of an open buffet, as was common in pre-COVID-19 days, now restaurants are offering a family service style, where guests can enjoy their meals with loved ones safely and with all the dishes served up at once at your table.
The definition of luxury, the Ritz-Carlton hotel offers their annual Ramadan iftar around the beautiful indoor pool.
The iftar consists of three set menus with many options to choose from — consisting of traditional favorites such as jareesh, mandi options, grilled kabobs, kufta, and other international favorites including their baked sea bass, oriental grill, beef lasagna, roast chicken and buttered chicken.
This is served alongside a choice of soups and freshly baked breads. End the meal with a selection of the most extravagant hand-crafted desserts including cheese kunafa, um ali, luqaimat and their famous honey cake.
Time: Iftar is between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Price: $89 for adults and $44 for children excluding tax.
Al Faisaliah Hotel
The five-star hotel offers two restaurant options for iftar this year.
La Brasserie — A family-style dining choice of international and local cuisine for Ramadan, the family iftar contains various choices of cold and warm appetizers.
Guests can expect a selection of dates and coffee decoratively placed at the tables, and can enjoy an assortment of Arabic sweets and cotton candy for dessert.
Price: $101 for adults and $50 for children including tax
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Globe — Located at the top of the Faisaliah tower, this restaurant gives visitors the best view of the city while they enjoy European cuisine such as steaks, seafood, chicken, cold mezze, and their famous mango cheesecake and baklava for dessert.
Price: $136 for adults including tax. Children are not allowed Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Iftar at Elements — the international-cuisine restaurant set menu offers the traditional flavors of the Kingdom during Ramadan serving lamb kabsa rice, mandi options, cold mezze, um ali and other favorites.
Price: $93 for adults and $43 for children excluding tax
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Offers iftar in the Al-Bustan restaurant, serving international and local flavors such as lentil and cauliflower cream soups, a grill station offering lamb, chicken and beef, samosas, cold mezze and smoked salmon with lemon. Visitors can end their dinner with a light fruit cup and tea or coffee.
Price: $69 for adults and $34 for children excluding tax
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Burj Rafal Hotel
Guests can enjoy iftar in the Aroma restaurant with a set menu of traditional flavors including salads, soup options of chicken or lentil, hot mezza, ouzi, shawarma and mixed grills.
Price: $73 for adults and $37 excluding taxes
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Crown Plaza RDC Hotel
Serving iftar in their main restaurant Mosaique, a set menu of traditional favorites includes a selection of hot and cold mezze, samosas, grilled meats, jareesh, and lamb kabsa, with a variety of Arabic desserts offered during Ramdan.
Price: $87 for adults and $43 including tax.
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.