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Inside Dyafa’s Sunny Dining Room in Jack London Square, Now Serving Dinner

Check out the very enticing menu

Dyafa opened its doors to Jack London Square just a little over two weeks ago, serving Middle Eastern cuisine in a sunny daytime setting. Starting tonight, its also open for dinner, offering an extended menu of chef/owner Reem Assil’s brand of Middle Eastern food, strongly influenced by her Palestinian-Syrian background.

Assil’s first restaurant, Reem’s California, is a cozy all-day cafe and bakery in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood. Dyafa is a much larger, 105-seat full-service operation, boosted by a partnership with chef Daniel Patterson’s Alta Group. Dinner will reflect that support with a refined and extensive menu focused around Assil’s specialty, bread.

A booth at Dyafa

Reem Assil
Reem and her baby, Zain

Dinner includes three main sections from which to order: moqabalat (bites), cold mezze and hot mezze, and suhoon (large plates). The menu is designed to create the cadence found at many Middle Easter tables, with small to large plates arriving at the table all at once. Assil says it’s designed to create an abundance on the table, with freshly baked mana’eesh and pita breads to accompany it.

Assil says each dish is meant to take diners out of the typical crutch of many Middle Eastern menus, each feature a technique or ingredient that’s been elevated in her kitchen. “We’re creating dishes inspired by the regions ingredient combinations,” says Assil. “It won’t be the exact traditional thing.”

The mezze sections include many familiar favorites like muhammara, labneh, and hummus, alongside less commonly offered dishes like hindbeh, with braised dandelion, caramelized onions, sumac, lemon and zidbiyit gambari with shrimp, tomato, peppers, coriander, chickpeas. Large plates are shareable, like a whole roasted fish with bulgur and tahini, and a braised lamb shank with garlic yogurt, arabic rice, almond, and gremolata. Check out the full menu below.

Shakriyah: braised lamb shank, garlic yogurt, arabic rice, almond, gremolata
Salatet Bakleh: purslane, blistered asparagus, red cabbage, bulgar, yogurt vinaigrette
Mezze sampler: dips, pickles, olives, pita
Silk Road Spice Trader: Japanese whisky, honey, ginger, cardamom
Dabke on the Moon: La Luna mezcal, tequila, pomegranate, cilantro, cumin

Dyafa is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.; dinner is Tuesday through Saturday from 5:30 p.m.- 10 p.m.; eventually there’ll be weekend brunch from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Dyafa

44 Webster Street, , CA 94607 (510) 250-9491 Visit Website

Jack London Square

Embarcadero West & Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607 Visit Website
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