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What's for iftar? 24 signature dishes from restaurants across Dubai

From a metre-long kebab to vegan donburi, we've scoured the city to find the most original and delicious chefs' creations this Ramadan

From traditional favourites to totally original recipes, chefs across the UAE have gone all out to impress their diners this Ramadan.

Whether you fancy Arabian staples, contemporary Japanese or something a bit more fusion, Dubai has it all – and so we've scoured the emirate to find the most unique, beautifully plated or delicious-sounding dishes on iftar menus this season.

We spoke to 12 chefs from a range of restaurants, and asked them to name their top two signature dishes.

Scroll through the photo gallery above to meet the chefs and get a peek at their two favourite dishes.

This includes a metre-long kebab at a hotel in Al Ghurair, the vegan tofu donburi at a golf course in Dubai Hills, and Australian-Middle Eastern creations in Al Quoz, plus plenty more.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - May 16, 2019: Iftar Signature Dish. Vegan Tofu & Mushroom Donburi:ÊAsian mushroom, stir-fried vegetables, vegetarian teriyaki sauce and toasted sesame seeds from Hillhouse Brasserie. Thursday the 16th of May 2019. Dubai Hills Golf Club, Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National Chefs description: A rather simple dish made exciting with a great mix of savoury vegetables over a bed of rice. An extremely healthy and flavourful dish, our Vegan Tofu & Mushroom Donburi is gluten-free and is a level-up from the usual vegan dishes. The combination of the flavours from the vegetable broth and sauce makes for a delicious meal.
Tofu and mushroom donburi from Hillhouse Brasserie at Dubai Hills Golf Club. Chris Whiteoak / The National

At The Loft at Dubai Opera, head chef Brian Voelzing has used fresh local seafood to create modern dishes that suit the venue's upmarket atmosphere. Case in point: his mac and cheese made with Omani lobster, gruyere sauce and homemade pasta. "This mac and cheese is on another level of deliciousness," he comments.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - May 13, 2019: Iftar Signature Dish. Lobster Mac and cheese, Omani lobster, grueyere cream sauce from The Loft at Dubai Opera. Monday the 13th of May 2019. Downtown, Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National Chefs description: This Mac and cheese is on another level of deliciousness, packed full of flavor with a creamy grueyere sauce, home made pasta and Omani lobster.
Lobster mac and cheese from The Loft at Dubai Opera. Chris Whiteoak / The National

If Indian cuisine is more your thing, then Mmmbox at Reem Mall has an interesting take on classic dahl, using burrata cheese and truffle kulcha. "It has been slow cooked for 24 hours to give it a creamier and flavourful taste that leaves you wanting more," says sous-chef Rajpal Singh.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - May 15, 2019: Iftar Signature Dish. 24hr Burrata Daal with Truffle Kulcha from Mmmbox. Wednesday the 15th of May 2019. Jumeirah, Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National Chefs description: Commonly known for its rich and buttery texture, we have managed to add a twist to this widely loved dish. Accompanied by the distinctive Truffle Kulcha, the delicious dal with the addition of Burrata cheese has been slow cooked for 24 hours to give it a creamier and flavourful taste that leaves you wanting more.
Burrata dahl with truffle kulcha from Mmmbox. Chris Whiteoak / The National

For a taste of the Far East, Oni at the Shangri-La Hotel in Downtown Dubai does a fantastic iftar platter, featuring organic chicken gyoza, the chef's sushi selection and salmon tacos. "It's a mix of Oni signature dishes in one plate, giving the guest an experience of contemporary Japanese iftar," says head chef Emil Helmy.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - May 13, 2019: Iftar Signature Dish. The Oni Iftar signature platter from Oni at the Shangri La hotel. Monday the 13th of May 2019. Downtown, Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National Chefs description: Organic chicken gyoza, chefs sushi selection, and aromatic salmon taco. A mix of Oni signature dishes in one plate, giving the guest an experience of contemporary Japanese Iftar.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - May 13, 2019: Iftar Signature Dish. The Oni Iftar signature platter from Oni at the Shangri La hotel. Monday the 13th of May 2019. Downtown, Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National Chefs description: Organic chicken gyoza, chefs sushi selection, and aromatic salmon taco. A mix of Oni signature dishes in one plate, giving the guest an experience of contemporary Japanese Iftar.

From high-end cuisine to cheap eats, you're bound to find something that'll tickle your tastebuds in this gallery.

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Updated: May 19, 2019 12:33 PM

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