The Dubai culinary scene is set to witness the addition of a new blend of flavours by the name of SIRAJ. The restaurant that opened doors in March this year will transport guests back in time with its authentic Arabian flavors and welcoming ambience offering a fusion of Emirati-Levantine inspired dishes. In a plush setting that combines rich Arabic-inspired décor with sweeping views of the Dubai fountains and Burj Khalifa, guests are invited to embark on a flavorful journey at Dubai’s newest Middle Eastern culinary delight.
“I was greatly inspired by Emirati culture and the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum which is very evident from the interiors of the restaurant,” said Heba Rumhein, Founding Partner and Spokesperson of Siraj.
The elegant ambience at Siraj carries an interesting mix between traditional and contemporary where each element takes you back in time, while implementing a modern touch. Describing the interiors of the venue, Heba said, “Embodying the concept of ‘old meets new,’ the seven arches in the restaurant represent the seven Emirates, and the golden horses signify the unbreakable elements of Emirati culture. Arabic calligraphy and poems by HH Sheikh Mohammed adorn the walls, defining the overall mood and feel of the restaurant. The central dome covered with glass signifies a protective shield that preserves Arabic heritage, wherein the yellow stone represents Levantine culture, and the sand stone represents Emirati culture.”
Combining ancient culinary traditions of both Levantine and Emirati origins, this authentic Middle Eastern restaurant offers a unique blend of regional flavors with a distinct contemporary twist. All spices and ingredients are organically produced and jams and pickles are homemade with a personal touch.
In true Arabic tradition, guests are greeted with a sprinkle of rose water while they’re surrounded with the smell of Arabic scent at the entrance. The smell of freshly baked bread and strongly brewed Arabic coffee fills the air as guests experience the warm hospitality of Arabic culture. Each dish on the menu at Siraj has been specially created with elements of Emirati and Levantine cuisine with the assistance of Heba Ruhmein’s own mother and Influencer Lojain Omran’s mother. Chef Ahmad Al Fakir then added his Midas touch to every recipe, ensuring authentic taste with a modern twist to every dish.
Creating this unique culinary experience took Chef Ahmad 6 long months. To capture the true essence of this specialized cuisine, he recreated signature dishes and recipes passed on by the older generations. Highlighting traditional flavours with modern presentation, Chef Ahmad came back with a distinct taste to be experienced only at Siraj.
Location: Level 2, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai
Timings: 7 days a week – 12 pm to 1 am