Signature dishes: Nawwara

Relax in the laidback atmosphere of this Levant restaurant and lounge


Levantine vibes, mixology masterpieces and Mediterranean flavours – Nawwara celebrates the region’s finest cuisines, perfectly prepared and executed with flair. Contemporary and sophisticated, this restaurant, lounge and shisha terrace is a chic setting to end the day and start the night.

The Chef
Youssef Issa

Chef Youssef has extensive experience in Arabic cooking and food presentation. He has experience catering for royal weddings and major events in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, including the Dubai Airshow, Taste of Dubai and many others. During these events, Youssef cooked for VIP guests, celebrities and royal families. The chef also represented Dubai during the Arabic Cuisine Week in Singapore. He has been a member of the Emirates Culinary Guild since 2006 and received accolades in categories such as New Arabic Cuisine, Traditional Arabic Mezzeh and Emirati Cuisine Meat Dishes. Youssef started cooking in 1999, when he visited his aunt in Damascus and saw his uncle preparing a dish in the kitchen. After watching the entire cooking process he was inspired to become a chef, and honed his skills in his mum’s kitchen before heading to Damascus to find a job as a chef.

The Details
Open daily 7pm-2am. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay, (04 414 3000).

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Walnut pepper salad recipe

Deer machbouse recipe

Ashta bil asel recipe

Walnut pepper salad

15g walnuts
30g tomatoes
15g onions
20g red peppers
10g pomegranate seeds
5g parsley
5ml lemon juice
3g salt
5ml olive oil
10ml pomegranate molasses

• Cut all the vegetables into cubes.

• Mix together the lemon juice, pomegranate molasses, olive oil and salt.

• Add the cubed vegetables to the mixture and then toss together.

• Top with walnuts and pomegranate, then serve.

Deer machbouse recipe

Ashta bil asel recipe

Deer machbouse

Chef's Inspiration
This traditional Emirati dish is inspired by local culture and tradition to deliver an authentic flavour to guests.

170g deer meat
50g rice
10g onions
5g cinnamon powder
3g cardamom
4g salt
10g cashew nuts
3g white pepper
10ml corn oil
25g ghee
A pinch of saffron

• Marinate the deer meat with oil, pepper, cardamom, saffron and salt, then sear.

• Place it on a tray and cook in the oven for one hour.

• Soak the rice for 10 minutes, then wash it.

• Heat a pot, add ghee and sliced onion. Then stir it.

• Add the rice, cardamom, salt and cinnamon. Add hot water until covered.

• Cook on low heat for 15 minutes.

• Fry the nuts until they are golden brown.

• Serve the rice topped with deer meat and garnish with nuts.

Walnut pepper salad recipe

Ashta bil asel recipe

Ashta bil asel

60g ashta (Lebanese
fresh cream)
15g honey
5g crushed pistachios

• Place the ashta on a plate and drizzle the honey on top.

• Garnish with the pistachio nuts.

Walnut pepper salad recipe

Deer machbouse recipe

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