Ramadan Nights is a pop-up space that serves a culinary Iftar experience. Dish Catering has taken over an Al Quoz warehouse and transformed it into a makeshift restaurant with Moroccan themed furniture and tables lit with candles. It’s a cosy, somewhat romantic setting and definitely something different to try out this Ramadan.
Location: Warehouse Four in Al Quoz
The menu varies every day, so this is just what we had when we visited.
Starters: They started us off with a selection of dates, followed by a Roasted Butternut Squash and Red Lentil Soup topped with toasted almonds, chili and argan oil. This was a thick soup, both sweet and spicy with the almonds adding some great texture. We were then presented with a delicious Green Olive Hummus with pistachio, sesame and olive oil served with artisan bread and crisp flat bread. We loved the sesame seeds sprinkled on top, it was a nice addition.
Salads: The salads included a grilled peach and green bean salad, rocket and orange blossom dressing, torn falafel salad with fried cauliflower, pine nuts, sumac and tahini dressing and a salt-baked beetroot with zaatar, sesame, mint and harissa labneh. All three had great Middle Eastern flavours.
Mains: The mains consisted of Slow Braised Shoulder of Lamb in Middle Eastern Spices over rice pilaf with preserved lemon, confit garlic and honey yogurt. The lamb was cooked well and the elements that came with it complimented it well. There was also a Tartar Style Salmon with coriander, fennel, walnut and radish which was well seasoned and the salmon was cooked well. And finally a chicken dish of Charcoal Chicken Marinated in Rose and Pomegranate with a parsley and almond salsa.
The menu on the night we visited consisted of two desserts. A delicious pink grapefruit curd, citrus mousse, caramelized pink grapefruit and shredded pomelo. This was our favourite of the two. It had a perfect balance of sweet and citrus. There was also a milk chocolate and coconut cremeux, chocolate soil, passionfruit and vanilla compote.
Dish served two drink options. The first was a fresh green apple, cucumber, lemon, elderflower, basil drink. The second was a lychee, Middle Eastern rose drink. There were bottles of water on the table which were constantly refilled. They also offered coffee and tea after the meal.
The Ramadan Nights set up was done really well. The venue, Warehouse Four, was transformed into what you could easily assume to be an outdoor area. Strings of fairy lights are hung from one end of the ceiling to the other, the floor was covered in artificial grass and the options for seating included floor seating with Moroccan style ottomans and tables with different styles of chairs. The decor was set up by Innovative Hiring.
How to get there
By Public Transport: The area isn’t metro friendly so it’s best to drive to the location in Al Quoz. If you’re familiar with Al Serkal Avenue it’s not far from there.
By Car: From Sheikh Zayed Road, Abu Dhabi bound, take exit 43 towards Al Manara Street, D65 East. Stay on Al Manara Road. Take a right turn from the signal and the next right turn just before Al Serkal Avenue. Take a right from the end of the road and the first left, followed by a right turn. Follow the road until you see a parking lot. There should be a small red ‘Ramadan Nights’ A-board on the right side which is near an arch that will lead to the entrance of Warehouse Four.
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/LurnCsjsS5A2
To Make a Booking: Call 056 1283247 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Price: AED 195 per person