Nolu’s is where California cool meets the smoky flavours of Afghani cuisine and this cracking concept will be opening its doors soon in Dubai
After moving to Abu Dhabi from California in 2004, Marjon Andesha decided to create cuisine that reflected her formative years in California whilst carrying the essence of her Afghani roots. However, rather than attempt to fuse Californian and Afghani fare, she instead took the very best of both worlds and presented them as her own unique creations.
In Abu Dhabi, where she has been firmly established since 2011 and enjoyed royal patronage, Andesha has conceived of Nolu’s Khalidiya, Nolu’s Al Bandar, Raw by Nolu’s at Al Seef Hotel and Nolu’s Downtown at Galleria Mall. She is currently opening three new Nolu’s branches in Dubai, in partnership with Fitz n Glam, as well as three other locations. Her flagship venue will be in Al Quoz, where diners will be able to indulge in handmade healthy treats alongside a selection of sublime organic dishes. Plans for a Nolu’s at Sports Society in Mirdif and Dubai Hills Mall are also in the pipeline.
The menu at Nolu’s features fresh-as-the-morning salads and healthful bowls; and traditional kebabs and time-honoured Afghani dishes prepared by both American and Afghani masters in their kitchens. Some of the top dishes to savour include Mantoo dumplings stuffed with minced beef, onions and coriander; Nolu’s Salad with mixed greens, corn, beets, broccoli, carrots and cucumbers; Qabili pulao with braised lamb shank; Potato bolani with calzone, onions and red chili flakes; and Nolu’s Burger with a juicy beef patty, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and Nolu’s spicy relish.
More than a restaurant, Nolu’s is a social space where laid-back California meets the warmth of Afghanistan, all with a contemporary accent.
Nolu’s Dubai at Al Quoz, Mirdif and Dubai Hills Mall will open soon. Call 800NOLUS (66587). Visit Instagram.