If you are looking for a delicious Iftar spread for an affordable price, Counter Culture Cafe is your answer. Located on the ground floor of the Dubai Marriott Harbor Suites, this restaurant will delight yours with their sumptuous spread. The restaurant had both indoor and lovely outdoor seating but the outdoor would count in the scorching Dubai summers, so we were seated in their limited but cozy indoors. The Ramadan decorations are to a minimum but the place still oozing out Ramadan vibes.
There are 5 drinks on offer which includes 2 Arabic drinks, one detox water and a fresh juice, also Laban is served on your table in a cute bottle. The mandatory dry fruit stations and lentil soup is in place too. I personally loved their dim-sum corner which serves chicken, seafood and vegetable dim sum. There were hot and cold mezze sections which has some great selections. Fish kibbeh and pistachio paste was my favorite. My friend really enjoyed the live prawns station and the shish tawook. Another section that I loved has some really good shawarmas, burritos, falafel rolls and freshly made flatbreads. For the mains we had the star of every Iftar, the lamb ouzi and for those who don’t know what ouzi is, Ouzi is basically baked lamb and spiced rice, a Ramadan favorite in this part of the world. The ouzi is a communal dish, to be shared by families and friends. Ramadan is an important time to bring communities together, and the ouzi is instrumental in doing so. We had some Indian stuff too like biryanis, butter chicken, an Italian pasta and a couple of oriental dishes.
Now coming to everybody’s favorite section, the dessert station. It’s the prettiest dessert spread I have seen. It’s got handing chocolate lollipops, a chocolate tree, cute little cupcakes, chocolate bars which are made in-house. It also consisted of cakes, rice puddings, fresh fruits, a variety of Baklava and other Arabic desserts. If this wasn’t enough you could always go to the ice cream section which has a variety of flavors and toppings. Here, my favorite was the umm ali, the kunafa and the almond rice pudding. Also, the chocolates were to die for.
In conclusion, I’d like to say that this should be your best bet if you are looking for a lavish Iftar which will just cost you a mere AED 120.