The dining room was transformed with a complete new set up of tables and chairs from Innovative Hiring who work along side Dish Catering to provide a complete service for private parties and events.
Upon arrival we were served a welcome drink of either a green juice consisting of green apple & lemon juice, cucumbers, elderflower and basil or a pink drink with lychee juice & middle eastern rose, sweet and floral tasting.
As you would expect dates and water were placed on the table and when everyone finally took their seats the appetizers started to arrive.
Next up was a small bowl of roasted butternut squash & red lentil soup. Served warm with a drizzling of Argan Oil, fresh chili and toasted almonds. The soup was so well received by everyone that we almost licked the bowl clean.
Then the cold dishes including 3 salads and a salmon dish followed. The salads were all quite light and fresh, including a favorite of mine the grilled peach with beans and rocket. While others favored the cauliflower & falafel salad.
An Iftar wouldn’t be complete with lamb so the final dish of the mains were a slow cooked (for 5 hours) lamb shoulder with middle eastern spices served on a bed of pilaf rice and a side of garlic, preserved lemon and honey yoghurt. The tenderness of this lamb was superb and I couldn’t help but reach for another serving.
But this stage everyone was feeling content but obviously the night is not over until dessert arrives. A cleverly constructed chocolate sphere disguised as a coconut filled with coconut cremeux sitting pretty on chocolate soil and a base of vanilla & passionfruit compote. Served in a small rounded glass I was scared of breaking the glass when trying to break open the chocolate coconut. The combination of chocolate, coconut cream and sweetly sour passionfruit was a mission to get all on one spoon but the flavor combination was worth it as I nearly finished a whole dessert to myself. Luckily for the extra pot of compote for those who like more passion in their life.
The prettiest dessert of the two was the citrus mousse but it was also more tarty. The sour combination of pink grapefruit, pomelo and & citrus meringue was beautifully prepared complete with a white chocolate lid.
After all the food was digested we moved into the living room to chat and enjoy a selection of tea or coffee.
If you like the sound of this alternative Iftar affair then you can book into the pop-up restaurant in Al Quoz’s Warehouse Four. Price is 195AED. Last year was a sell out so make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
For reservations call: +971 56 128 3247
To see what my fellow diners had to say after Ramadan Nights by Dish Catering click on the links below.
- Mark My World
- The Tezzy Files
- Annika Panniker
- One Latte Please
- Big Food Boy
This event was sponsored by DoinDubai & Dish Catering.