Yansoon brings Ramadan feast to RAK
If you are braving the heat and off doing something adventurous during Ramadan in Ras Al Khaimah, we’ve found the perfect spot to break your fast.
Yansoon, the Levantine restaurant located next to RAK’s creek mangroves nature reserve, on Al Qawasim Corniche, is perhaps at the heart of what is fast becoming a foodie destination.
Iftar at Yansoon brings a host of traditional food for you to enjoy with family and friends, and we tried it out shortly after Ramadan started.
Firstly, our top tip is grab a window seat if you can – you get great views over the mangroves and the water. In cooler weather, there’s a rooftop terrace, but we opted for the cool AC.
The view from the terrace, Yansoon, Ras Al Khaimah
We notice a slightly incongruous brick pizza oven – apparently Yansoon was an Italian restaurant before, but the kitchen team has been quick to commandeer the oven to make beautiful fresh bread – so good, customers often visit just to try the bread.
Apparently, Ras Al Khaimah’s Sheikhs have graced the restaurant – so we are certainly amongst people with good taste.
Chef de Cuisine Leba Joseph Makhoul brings more than two decades of experience – working in France, Saudi Arabia and in Dubai – in delivering fine Lebanese and Armenian cuisine. His vision for Yansoon is to offer classic favourites with his own signature touches, using only the very best, freshest produce.
Chef de Cuisine Leba beside the pizza/ mana’eesh oven
After a glass of super fresh jallab, with good hints of rose, dates and grape mollases, we tuck into rich, creamy hummous, fattoush, moutabal, vine leaves and salads. Hot dishes such as cheese rakakat and sambousek are substantial.
We enjoyed a rich sayadieh (fish and rice) dish, as well as moreish aubergines for our main courses.
Fresh strawberry juice with kiwi and chili
There’s a different main course every day during Ramadan, giving you the chance to re-visit often! Chef Makhoul promises lamb, chicken and other exciting dishes, all with his signature flavour and style stamp.
The heroes of iftar…?
You can also opt for the a la carte menu for Iftar. We recommend the mana’eesh for a shareable treat, and the mixed grill for two. We always recommend the Khaskhash, just for the joy of asking for it.
Dessert saw us tucking into kunafa, a rich, traditional and satisfying way to end our fast.
In case you’re hungry – the Jebel Jais of rice!
Take advantage of the special iftar offer – break your fast at Yansoon and receive 20 per cent off the suhoor or suhoor a la carte menu, served from 10pm.
While hot drinks are not included in the iftar price, we recommend relaxing post-Iftar with Yansoon’s Moroccan tea. Screens are also available for those who crave privacy, and a ladies-only floor will be opening at Yansoon in future.
Aubergines, Yansoon style
There’s even a special offer for group and corporate bookings: 20% discount for 50 guests or more, 10% discount for 20 guests or more.
Ramadan Opening Hours: 18:30 – 03:00
For bookings and enquiries, call +971 7 2264030
AED 85 per person, up to two children under 5 can eat free.
Photography by Antony Hansen – email@example.com