Buro 24/7 restaurant review: Siraj
Modernity with all the authenticity
From the moment you step into Siraj, you get a sense that there is something special about this place. At the entrance, a lady sits on a stool, making Arabic flat bread — the traditional way. Then as your eyes wander deeper into the restaurant, you're greeted by charming décor that mixes old and new effortlessly.
Deeply rooted in Emirati culture, the restaurant features seven grand arches that symbolise the seven emirates, while golden ornamental horses signify the undying culture of the nation. "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 Founder of Siraj, Heba Rumhein. That inspiration is evidently etched into the walls, which are adorned with excerpts of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum's poems.
Juxtaposed against traditional elements, modern pieces place the restaurant in a characteristically industrial direction. A direction, which continues to the terrace area where panoramic views of the Burj Khalifa greet guests.
The menu at Siraj is a fusion of Emirati-Levantine cuisine with, Head Chef, Ahmad Al Fakir adding his own modern interpretation to classic dishes. The comprehensive menu runs the gamut from soups and salads, hot and cold appetisers as well as mains and desserts.
For starters, a mix of appetisers is recommended, specifically the Siraj signature halawa salad, the eggplant mutable and the labneh with smoked salmon. The salad is an interesting mix of greens including cucumbers and asparagus topped with the restaurant's signature dressing as well as strawberries and nuts. Balanced and flavourful, this is the perfect dish to open up the tastebuds — a nice surprise even for those who are not green-centric. The labneh with smoked salmon, meanwhile is rich and the addition of the baby beetroot adds a different element. For those who want to luxe it up, caviar is an added option.
From cold to hot, try the Jashid cake and lobster kebbeh. The exotic Jashid cake is made from baby shark, which is mixed with spices before getting deep fried.
For mains, the Emirati cuisine is enticing, think camel tenderloin, shrimps majboos and a whole baby chicken cooked with sumac and onion. The soft camel tenderloin was complemented perfectly by the spice of the accompanying curried potatoes, while the shrimps majboos is a traditional Emirati dish cooked simply in tomato sauce with local spices. The grilled baby chicken, drenched in caramelised onions, remains juicy and sweet. Finish dinner with delectable desserts. We recommend the rice pudding and pistachios or the saffron mouhalabia with cotton candy.
Siraj is more than just a restaurant; it's a place where cherished traditions come alive and heritage is proudly showcased. From the amazing ambience and décor to the food and service, each little detail ties back to authentic Arabian culture. With its strong focus on Emirati cuisine, Siraj might just be the perfect go-to place for a true UAE experience.
Siraj is located at Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai. For reservations, call 04 457 4063 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.