“This cafe is an homage not just to my tradition as an Arab, but my lifestyle as an Oaklander,” says Dyafa chef and operator, Reem Assil. Born into a Palestinian-Syrian home, Assil has long been devoted to sharing the voice of her Arab heritage with the group in Oakland, California.
Dyana’s menu focuses on the Levantine component of the Arab environment — namely Syria and Palestine — and in this episode of Cooking in The united states she’s sharing a feast of spreads with host Sheldon Simeon. There is hummus with spiced lamb, muhammara, and musakhan — the nationwide dish of Palestine with sumac-roasted hen as the centerpiece. “It’s authentic to me and it is who I am,” claims Assil. “All these dishes in some way or variety are a tale about my upbringing.”