The holy month of Ramadan is a festive period for Muslims across the globe, especially at sundown when families and friends come together to end a day of fasting. It is the time for a feast of celebration, and a must-do is to break the fast at a café or restaurant, where special iftar menus are on offer to choose from.
Here is part 2 of our selection of some of the best dining experiences on offer in Malé City for iftar.
Shell Beans – (MVR195 to 220)
With a stark and bold interior across three branches, two of which are in Malé and one in Hulhumalé, Shell Beans is well-known and often recognised for its signature dish, The Shell Beans Special Lasagne. For Iftar, Shell Beans offers a special takeaway menu in addition to three dine in menus.
Highlights include Beef Lasagne, Chicken Spring Rolls, and Lentils with Spinach, Mini Tuna Buns and Mini Brownies. Prices of the menus range from MVR195 to MVR220 per pax. For reservations call 333 3686.
Salt Café and Restaurant – (MVR290)
Located in the busy market area in Malé, Salt Café and Restaurant features an outdoor terrace overlooking the ocean, in addition to the beautiful indoor dining area. Salt offers three exquisite rotating menus for iftar.
Highlights include Mushroom Tart, Coconut Rice, Devilled Beef and Pineapple Upside Down Cake. The price of the menus is at MVR290 per pax. For reservations call 333 6660 or 970 5162.
Belle Amie Bistro – (MVR249)
The Summerset Hotel’s famous diner, Belle Amie Bistro, is designed to create the perfect absence with a contemporary and modern design. This restaurant is well-known for offering a large range of international cuisines. For iftar this year, Belle Amie Bistro has a special menu for each day of the week.
Highlights of the menus include Mexican Salad, Pasta Neapolitan, Afghani Beef Biryani, Potato White Curry and Caramel Pumpkin with Coconut. The price of the menu is at MVR249 per pax. For reservation call 300 9090 or 333 3068.
Nouvelle Grill – (MVR235)
This eatery specialises in being a Coffee House and Grill Restaurant and offers Mediterranean Cuisine. With four rotating menus for iftar, Nouvelle Grill offers mouth-watering dishes to breakfast with.
Highlights include Spicy Chicken & Mushroom Soup with Egg Drops, Tuna & Penne with Basil Salad, Nut Brown Butter Glazed Veg with Honey and a Live Kitchen & Grill featuring Grilled Fish, Sausage and Rosemary Chicken.
The price of the menus is at MVR235 per pax. For reservations call 955 7113.
Thyme – (MVR160- 260)
Thyme blends Maldivian recipes and western food and offers a unique dining experience. The decorated interior offers a humble environment with the simplest of touches that make one stare in admiration.
For Iftar, Thyme offers four rotating menus. Highlights include Steakhouse Fish Kebab, Thyme Special Dhon Riha, Meatball Spaghetti and homemade Pound Cheese Cake. Thyme has also launched a special takeaway menu for iftar with prices as low as MVR160 for two people.
Prices of the menus range from MVR160 to MVR260 per pax. For reservations call 778 7790 or 752 7422.
The Sea House Maldives – (MVR224)
The Sea House Maldives offers dining options in four locations, one in Malé located above the Hulhumalé Ferry Terminal and Sea House Brasserie near the Villingili Ferry Terminal, and another two located in Villingili and Hulhumalé. They are known for their relaxing atmosphere, stylish decor and the Sea Deck (in Sea House Café) offering spectacular views of the ocean.
Sea House offers a unique menu for dining every day featuring exquisite dishes such as Pasta Mama Rosa, Greek Salad, Spanish Omelette and Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Chicken.
The price of the menus is at MVR224 per pax. For reservations call 333 2957.
Secret Recipe Maldives – (MVR250)
Secret Recipe is a Malaysian café chain with international branches in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, China, Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar and recently the Maldives. Designed with a modern and contemporary outlook, Secret Recipe has a special menu for Iftar every day.
Highlights from the menu include Macaroni White Sauce, Beef Curry, Vegetable Curry, Roasted Potato and Caramel Pudding. The price of the menus is at MVR250 per pax. For reservations call 977 6626.
Velaa Express – (MVR140)
Located on Ameer Ahmed Magu, on the ground floor of Velana Building, this restaurant has an excellent reputation amongst workers visiting for lunch and from people just enjoying the casual dining atmosphere.
For Iftar, Velaa Express features a different menu every day. Highlights from the menus include Vegetable Rice, Chilli Chicken, Egg Sandwich, Omelettes and Fruit Custard. The price of the menu is at MVR140 per pax. For reservations call 766 6262.
Citron by Lemongrass – (MVR250)
Citron by Lemongrass is the sixth outlet operated by the Lemongrass chain of restaurants and is conveniently located near the Hulhumalé Ferry Terminal overlooking a spectacular view of the ocean where dolphin pods can often be seen crossing the ocean.
For Iftar, Citron offers five rotating menus. Highlights from the menu include Thai Omelette, Russian Salad, Vegetable Biryani and Caribbean Beef Curry. The price of the menus is at MVR250 per pax. For reservations call 793 7000.
Retro – (MVR190)
As the name suggests, this café envelopes itself in a retro design and creates a wonderful cosy atmosphere. Retro also runs a “Roadha Hadhiya” competition on Facebook where one lucky person stands the chance to win an iftar for two every week.
With a different menu every day, Retro has an array of dishes to wet your taste buds. Highlights from the menus include Pasta Arrabiata, Caesar Salad, Chicken Coconut Fry and Russian Salad. The price of the menu is at MVR190 per pax. For reservations call 914 4722.