ZEFKI: SAY HELLO TO AN AUTHENTIC NEW LEVANTINE EXPERIENCE
Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Bringing together traditional dishes with a twist, Zefki, an authentic Levantine affair is set to open in popular landmark, Number One Tower Suites, Sheikh Zayed Road, on 7th Feb 2019.
Originating from the Turkish word ‘zevki’, meaning ‘pleasure’, the 60-seater venue will play host to a menu adorned by classic, homely and beloved favourites hailing from countries including Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and the UAE, in addition to housing Eastern Mediterranean inspired décor and tableware, harmoniously intertwined with a relaxed and charming ambience.
Traditional dishes with a modern flair will take centre stage on Zefki’s menu. The eclectic selection includes kabsa, Turkish pides and viral-worthy 1 metre kebabs. Zefki will also serve a memorable visual and palette experience with Turkish coffee made on sand. The restaurant will offer culturally authentic dishes such as Kuzu Guvec – originating from the Turkish word Güveç, meaning earthenware pots, which were used in traditional Turkish cuisine. At Zefki, Kuzu Guvec will be served with slow cooked lamb shank and vegetable stew, oven-baked in a clay pot.
The kitchen by Zefki is led by Chef Mohamad Tayeb Derbas, who comes from a culinary background of 16 years working in renowned F&B concepts in Dubai. Working predominantly with Mediterranean and Levantine fresh herbs such as zaatar, baby rocca leaves, thyme and basil along with freshly grounded spices like sumac, saffron and cumin, Chef Derbas brings to the city a flavour profile that is refreshed to wow modern palettes but still stays true to its originating roots.
“Food is considered one of the greatest pleasures in life,” says Chef Derbas. “It is a significant element in every culture, that carries deep traditions and brings people together. Our goal at Zefki is to bring joy to every single guest dining with us through our food, hospitality and overall ambience.”
The soon-to-launch restaurant will offer an a la carte menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with a buffet breakfast for hotel guests from 7AM-11AM, business lunch from 1PM-3PM, and delivery and dine in offerings to the public and hotel guests of Number One Tower Suites.