It doesn't actually sound too terrible. Muslims around the world are currently fasting daily between sunrise and sunset, and they are not even drinking water in that time. I had forgotten this fact until I returned to Holy Land Foods last evening, and saw the restaurant transformed. There were bowls of dates on every table, and at the front of the room there was a veritable feast, with an assortment of Middle Eastern desserts on multiple platters. "It's Ramadan," explained chef-owner Abrahim, as he smiled at the surprised look on my face.
|An unbelievable amount and variety of desserts for Ramadan.|
Now, I'd only meant to have a light salad for dinner, but I just couldn't resist trying all the new and unusual items on offer. And so, in addition to the fattoush (فتوش), I ordered a selection of sweet treats: basbousa (بسبوسة), a warm semolina cake; qatayef (قطايف), a semi-circular dumpling filled with cream and sprinkled with nuts; and awwamat or awamat (عوامات), fried dough balls drizzled with sugar syrup.
|Fattoush is a salad topped with crispy bread. This one included cucumber, tomato, radish (I love radish!) and onion.|
|Basbousa, qatayef, and awwamat.|
Holy Land also had a special menu for the month of Ramadan (today is day 19 already, and it only goes to day 30, so hurry if you want to try it!), with a set menu for each day of the week, three courses for $25 (choice of chicken or lamb for the main dish). Abrahim saw me taking a picture of this menu, and asked if that was really what I was doing.
Me (guiltily): Yes. Is that okay?Phew! With that blessing, I hereby present the Ramadan Menu at Holy Land. Although I did not manage to have it last night, I can highly recommend the lentil soup they make. There are a few other things I would love to try too. And you can still order off their normal menu. Just be aware that their opening hours are 3pm - 1am for this special month (maybe subtract an hour or so on each end to be on the safe side), before going back to 9am - 9pm after the end of Ramadan.
Abrahim: Are you the person who took pictures of our food and put it on the internet?
Me: Yes. Uh-oh, busted. Is that okay?
Abrahim (smiling): Of course. Thank you. Thank you for doing that.
|Ramadan menu at Holy Land Foods.|