Siraj, the authentically Emirati restaurant with a contemporary twist, is the latest addition to the list of dining places at Souk Al Bahar (Downtown Dubai). I’ve passed its premises on a number of occasions, and the stunning interiors make me take a second peek every time.
The restaurant interiors pay tribute to the UAE, with seven distinct arches representing each Emirate. A flock of golden horses are suspended in mid-air, and the artistic vibes of Siraj is all at once Arabesque yet stylishly new-age. The most striking feature of the restaurant is the cursive calligraphy, flowing across the walls and the bar-stools. These are stanzas of poetry that were composed by the ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed himself.
“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.” – Heba Rumhein, Founding Partner and Spokesperson at Siraj.
The restaurant also has an outdoor seating area facing the Dubai Fountains, and it is currently being renovated for the summer month.
I had the pleasure of being invited for a tasting session along with a table of fellow bloggers courtesy The Qode, and had a lovely evening trying out an array of delightfully authentic, beautifully presented dishes.
Here is a lineup of my favorites from the night:
I absolutely love how the dishes at Siraj manage to stay true to their traditional roots, yet play with contemporary tastes. Executive Chef Ahmad Al Fakir took 6 long months to create this unique set of signature dishes, and it will be interesting to see what he has in stock for the near future.
The service at Siraj is immaculate. Our table was well serviced at all times, plates were changed between courses, and our dishes were served in very little waiting time. With an ambiance that transports the mind to another era and dishes that keep the diner marveled by the sheer brilliance of Arabesque fusion, Siraj is a restaurant I would highly recommend.
Siraj is located on the Ground Floor of Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (facing Dubai Mall). The restaurant is open 7 days a week, and operates from 12 noon to 1 am. For reservations, call 04 457 4063 or drop them an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more details on Siraj, visit their website www.sirajrestaurant.com and follow them on Instagram @sirajrestaurant
*Images that do not have The Tezzy Files logo are courtesy Siraj restaurant.