who we are


KISHMISH is Dubai's first gourmet Afghan street and soul food restaurant. 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.

KISHMISH the Dari term for raisin; a partially dried grape. An integral ingredient of Afghan cusine. You will find it sprinkled on our rice, embedded in our pastries, and subtly flavouring our yoghurts


Our Mission


is to revive the identity of Afghanistan by taking people on a journey through the homes and streets of our country through the flavors, comforts and aromas of our food.

Kishmish strives to provide a relaxing, enjoyable dining experience in a friendly, family oriented atmosphere. Serving great food, great people with a greater purpose.

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.