With fasting having started this week those of us who like to eat out are spoilt for choice, though for me, buffet meals are not quite in keeping with the Ramadaan spirit since frequently so much food ends up going to waste. With Fume’s set Ramadaan menu however, there’s more than enough to share with your plus one, or even your plus two without having to worry about wastage.
When we visited for the Ramadaan preview, we started off with a few cold juices, qamar-al din, pomegranate, labneh and jalab, and a decent selection of dried fruit and dates to ‘break’ our fast with. Our cold Fumezzes were served soon after. The usual mezze of humous, labneh, smoked muhamarra, olives with pitta and kubbus bread. I’m currently obsessed with muhamarra, a textured paste of red pepper and walnuts and this was an excellent version. All the mezze dishes were delicious though and I was eagerly anticipating the rest to come.
I fell in love with the fattoush salad that arrived next, with avocado and fried eggplant making it more exciting than the ones we usually eat. The quinoa (picture at the beginning of this post), okra, and pomegranate salad, was as light as it was tasty.
We were given a choice of two soups to begin our hot starters, lentil, and smoked lamb harira. My friend loved the lamb, though I found it to be a bit too meaty for my palate. The lentil soup was better, though tasted more like the Indian dhal than an Arabic lentil soup to me.
The fried calamari was well cooked, not oily and coated in a well flavoured batter.We enjoyed the cutely presented falafel too, which tastes just as falafel should taste.
For the mains we were served a board of mixed grills (mixed reaction to these with some tasting better than others), the daily catch with harra sauce (fresh fried fish in a tomatoey sauce), zaater potatoes and artichokes (slightly undercooked), vegetable dolma and Arabic rice.
Dessert, the final course and my preferred course along with the starters. A generous, dreamy portion of Umm Ali with honey and labneh ice cream served in a mini pot, Fume baklava, camel milk ice cream, and the most delectable basbousa with lime curd and berries that I could have eaten the entire night if I wasn’t already so full. The Umm Ali was my other favourite from the dessert offerings. I’ve tasted this dessert at quite a few restaurants and most fail terribly. This one thankfully did not and I relished every bite.
Fume is offering quite a decent selection that’s good to share and though most dishes do not veer of the expected path, there are gems in between that will keep you craving more.