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Ramadan: Iftaar buffets and meals in Sydney and Melbourne

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This Ramadan, we have your iftaar needs and cravings covered. Here’s a special list of traditional Indian, Pakistani, and Middle Eastern restaurants in Sydney and Melbourne hosting iftaar buffets along with some contemporary fast-food options too!


Lal Qila (Darling Harbour)

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Promising “flavourful nourishment” with a view, Lal Qila has become a trendy spot for iftar. Understandably, this Darling Harbour location is pretty popular with those working in the city, families, and young people looking to grab a delicious bite. To ensure your next spot, make a booking on their website – they seat up to 200 people every evening this Ramadan.

Timings: 1.00 PM – 7.00 PM

Pricing: $25.9 for kids between 4-10 years; $35.9 for adults


Student Biryani (Surry Hills and Auburn)

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As if all-you-can-eat biryani was not a tempting thought already, Student Biryani is offering an iftar special buffet to meet those hunger pangs. Haleem, samosa, Rooh Afza, you name it they’re serving it up. (Alternatively, you can always opt for their special Iftar box that has all the goodies for $18.)

Iftaar Timings: 4.00 PM – 6.45 PM

Pricing: $28 for adults, $17 for children between 3 to 7 years


Lahori Dhaba (Punchbowl)

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Bringing traditional Lahore cuisine to food lovers in Sydney, Lahori Dhaba has begun iftaar buffet on popular demand. Make a booking to avail their delicious treats like fruit chaat, mutton biryani, chicken korma, and much more. It’s a big hit with families!

Iftaar timings: 5.00 PM – 7.00 PM

Pricing: $15 for children between 5 to 12 years; $29.99 for adults


Volcano’s Steakhouse (Parramatta and Bankstown)

If you’re keen for a taste of something else for iftar, how about chicken wings, baba ganoush, and lamb stew? With their alternative menu of dips, salads, mains and a final course of brownies, Volcano’s Steakhouse might be a happily different experience than you’re used to. Keep in mind, though, that it’s only available on weekdays.

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Iftaar timings: 5.15 PM – 9.00 PM

Pricing: $25 for children between 7 to 12 years; $49.99 for adults


Island Dreams Cafe (Lakemba)

On bustling Lakemba street, a very popular spot for iftar, here’s your spot to enjoy Christmas and Cocos Island cuisine. Snack on some turmeric squid, vegetable rissoles, or lamb bone soup at their buffet, only available on Fridays and Saturdays this Ramadan.

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Iftaar timings: 5.30 PM – 8.00 PM

Pricing: $15 for children between 5 to 12 years, $29.99 for adults



Khabbay (Carlton North)

Khabbay is a great opportunity to enjoy fresh and tasty Pakistani Indian cuisine while you are in the city. Welcoming customers with good food and service, Khabbay has high ranking reviews from the South Asian community who sing praises of their charcoal barbeque dishes, UFF!

Khabbay indian pakistani resturant
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Iftaar buffet timings: ends at 7.30 PM

Pricing: $20 for kids between 5-12 years; $35 for adults


Darbaar (Carlton)

Another Pakistani Indian restaurant in Carlton, Darbaar boasts its traditional dishes that include a variety of choices in BBQ and curries. The generous joint is also offering free sehar and iftaar meals to anyone struggling financially during the month of Ramadan, and free food to anyone who comes in after 8:30 PM.

darbaar indian pakistani restaurant iftaar buffet
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Sehri buffet timings: 3.00 AM – 5.30 PM

Pricing: $12.99 for kids between 4-7 years; $18.99 for adults

Iftaar buffet timings: 5.30 PM – 8.30 PM

Pricing: $15.99 for kids between 4-7 years; $29.99 for adults


Mann-O-Salwa (Clayton and Glen Huntley)

This family-friendly diner features delicious Pakistani cuisine with aromatic savouries and seasonally inspired small plates. Mann-O-Salwa promotes the taste of simplicity!

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This Ramadan, the eatery is providing free iftaar platters after 5:30 pm. The platter includes samosas, spring rolls, pakodas, channa chaat, fruit chaat, and Rooh Afza. Call them to book beforehand, this diner seats up to 60-80 guests.


Arabesque (CBD)

With a relaxed and casual atmosphere in the city, Arabesque is the perfect place to come and meet friends, have a coffee and enjoy one of Melbourne’s most authentic Jordanian and Middle Eastern restaurants. Enjoy the iftaar platter or indulge in some Mansaf (the national dish of Jordan) and Kanafeh!

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Iftaar buffet timings: 5.00 PM – 7.00 PM

Pricing: $35 per head

Burgertory (8 locations)

This Lebanese fast-food station has all kinds of diet-friendly options from vegan burgers to gluten-free buns. Their bacon is actually made of halal beef rashers! Their iftaar meals include regular burger combos with chips and a drink but accompanied by a date to break your fast along with baklava. They have stores in Werribee, Footscray, Prahran, Black Rock, Braybrook, Niddrie, Kensington, and Bulleen.

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Iftaar meal for 1: $22

Iftaar meal for 2: $40


With inputs from Tasneem Fidvi, Safwat Ali, and Firzad Ahmmed

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