Maneesh and I, both are very fond of Arabic food since we both have spent a considerable amount of time in the Gulf region during our professional careers. But to our dismay and despair, we could hardly find a single restaurant serving good Arabic cuisine in Delhi. The Arabic cuisine is a combination of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Indian food. There is a strong thrust on Meat, Dairy Products, Breads, Herbs & Spices, Hot Beverages, Grains & Legumes, Fruits & Vegetables and Nuts.
Chef Ali Alhaj graduated as an electrician from Industrial Institute in Hama, Syria, but was never keen on taking it up as his profession. He had developed an interest in cooking when his father began running a small restaurant in their hometown serving traditional Syrian cuisine. So he used to take up small jobs in hotels and restaurants during his college vacations. Post graduation, he began his culinary career as a commis chef. During his two decade career, he has worked in Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and UAE and specializes in Cuisine from the Levant region. The Levant region, also known as the Eastern Mediterranean, is a geographic region consists of Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, and the parts of southern Turkey.