meet our team
Fatima Rabbani, Iman Nazemi, and Homaira Nasser-zia, all grew up in different countries with various experiences, yet the three share a strong love of food and their homeland, which enivitably brought them together. To each of them, meals play a crucial role in building personal ties, but even more so in connecting with their homeland, Afghanistan.
Over steaming bowls of aash, they were taught about their beautiful ancestral land; where the streets smelled of freshly baked bread, and empty plastic bottles were used as salt-shakers.
The patriotic trio, who spent summers bonding over traditional Afghan dishes, were inspired to open Kishmish in celebration of the spirit of old Afghanistan in a new light. Dubai’s first gourmet Afghan street and soul food restaurant embraces the country’s gastronomic heritage; which marries the Afghan tandoor with spices of neighbouring India, Iranian herbs and Mongolian dumplings. Of course, everything embellished with the family-friendly restaurant’s namesake – kishmish, or raisins.
Through Kishmish, Iman, Fatima and Homaira hope to help reframe the way Afghanistan’s identity is perceived by outsiders, and provide a glimpse into the country they know – through the flavours, comforts and scents of its food.
A tale of three patriotic Afghan women with a shared love for food, nostalgia for home, and a mutual dream: to share the riches and comforts of Afghan food.