Take a trip along the spice route with Nine7One at Oberoi, Dubai

Travel may be a little tricky at present, but that doesn’t mean you can’t rack up plenty of new stamps in your passport.

Get ready to take a journey along the spice route this Ramadan and discover a wealth of flavour at Nine7One.

Based out of The Oberoi, Dubai hotel in Business Bay, the fine-dining destination is preparing to take guests on a month-long expedition across India, Central Asia, the Middle East, North East Africa, the Mediterranean and Europe – all without leaving the comfort of the restaurant’s dreamy courtyard.

Nine7One is known for its authentic Arabic, Asian and Western cuisines, and this month it is turning its attention to celebrating Ramadan in the best way it knows – with its food.

An appetising iftar buffet experience comprises an array of dishes with ingredients boasting origins from all along the spice route. However, there is a definite theme to proceedings.

Headline inclusions are Middle Eastern delicacy lamb ouzi, a traditional Yemeni dish in the shape of chicken mandi, and Persian beef kebabs flavoured with white onion.

But the tastebud tour doesn’t end there.

There’s also namak mandi ka gosht, a specilaity of Peshawar; lham bel barkouk for Morocco; Usbekistan delicacy Usbek plov; Afghani kebabs of chicken and lamb; lamb machboos, Saudi-style; a Polish hunter stew called bigos; Persian lamb stew; aloo bukhara kofta and more besides.

A live gourmet station is also in place, carving up a Turkish delight tower to diner’s preference.

Each plate has been carefully selected and refined by the in-house Michelin-starred chef to guarantee the very best dining experience through quality ingredients and top-tier taste.

Of course, the main event is sandwiched between an appealing selection of starters and sweet conclusions (who can resist ending on a sweet note?).

The expedition starts on a strong footing of cold mezze and salads, before turning up the heat with a spread of hot mezze classic delicacies.

And once main plates have been polished it’s time for dessert.

Indulge in a selection of Arabian sweet dishes such as Kunafa Nabulsiya, an assortment of baklava, umm Ali and plenty more besides.

Be extra diligent to make sure you snap up the luqaimat, which is a traditional Emirati dessert.

Ramadan juices will flow through each course to wash everything down in yet more delicious fashion.

The multi-course menu comes in at Dhs195 per person, making it both delicious and wallet-friendly.
Dhs195. Open daily 6.30am-11.30pm (Iftar timings are from sunset until 9pm). The Oberoi Dubai, Business Bay, oberoihotels.com (04 444 1407).