Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar… is a month of fasting, prayer, reflection, and community. This is observed worldwide and is not new to UAE residents even to non-Muslims. As respect to our Muslim brothers and sisters, eating, drinking, and smoking in public is strictly prohibited during their fast.
A lot of restaurants and hotels offer Iftar packages. Osh has one of the most reasonably priced Iftars I had since I landed my foot in UAE. They offer a fusion of Uzbeki and Arabic menu.
To break the fast, one must start with three Dates, not just because it is a tradition but because it is a nutritious burst of sugar that will fuel you with energy. Osh added marinated olives to wake up your taste buds.
While everyone is hungry because of the fast, it is important to eat at a slow pace and better start with hydrating yourself.
Osh served us this fizzy drink with date syrup and pine nuts. It has a refreshing taste that will cool you down. It has the taste of soft drinks but doesn’t have the bad effects of it.
They served Cold Mezzeh to stimulate our appetite. Iftar favorites were served such as Hummus. Moutabel, and Muhammara. Georgian Salad, and Garden Salad not just added color but a refreshing taste and sight on our table.
To add that Uzbekistan touch, they served the Mastawa Soup which I consider as a meal that covers most of the nutrition you need. It has minced mutton, onion, garlic, carrots, potatoes, bell peppers, tomatoes, and rice in a tomato-based soup with a dash of salt, cumin, and black pepper. The soup that Uzbeks eat on cold winters but it definitely helps on warming the tummy after a long day of fasting. Osh’s Lentil Soup is very light, even if you finish a bowl you will feel satisfied but not bloated.
For those who are not a fan of Cold Mezzeh, they have Hot Mezzeh as well. Mixed Samsa is a baked savory meat pastry. It is like a fusion of samosa and empanada. Another Hot Mezzeh that was served is Falafel. A vegetarian deep fried ball made of chickpeas, herbs, and spices.
While waiting for the main dish, you can enjoy the sides with the Cold Mezzeh. They served us Arabic Pita Bread, Kupus Arabic Bread, French Fries
For the main dish, they served us the Mix Grill -Chicken Shashlik, Lamb Kofta, Chicken Kofta. All were very tender and has a very mild Arabic taste. In addition to this, Sea Bream Fillet and OSH are also part of the main dishes. OSH or palov is an Uzbekistan’s signature dish.
To end it with a sweet note, they have several dessert options. Chak Chak, Saffron Milk Cake, Umm Ali, and Fruit platter. Chak-chak is a Russian dessert made of deep fried unleavened dough. After frying, it is drenched with hot honey. The Saffron Milk Cake tastes like a very soft sponge cake bathed in saffron milk. The milk tastes like the Ras Malai milk. It has a mild sweetness that will make you want more. The playful side of me ate the Chak-chak and Saffron Milk Cake together, it is an explosion of sweetness and texture in my mouth.
Osh has an interesting take on Iftar, a break from the usual iftar meals. It is not just filling but satisfying too. For AED 149, you get to enjoy an Arabic and Uzbek cuisine with a nice view and amazing service.
I am rating Osh 4/5.