Fen Cafe and Restaurant: The Sharjah Art Foundation’s foodie jewel

Join The Huntr as we present Fen Cafe and Restaurant Sharjah – a gorgeous little foodie hotspot located inside the picturesque Sharjah Art Foundation…

Tucked away inside Sharjah’s glistening cultural crown jewel – the Sharjah Art Foundation – you will find another little gem, a foodie hotspot: Fen Cafe and Restaurant. Split between an upscale restaurant space and a more casual cafe area, this relatively new eatery has fast shot up The Huntr’s favourites list. Read on to find out why.

German and Italian-designed furnishings offer a modern minimal interior vibe, which perfectly complements the more traditional Arabic architecture of the Sharjah Art Foundation. The brainchild of Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi (also the President and Director of The Sharjah Art Foundation), this dreamy little spot offers a bounty of fusion dishes. The word ‘Fen’ means ‘art’ or ‘art of…’ and the plates here are as pretty as a picture.

In terms of food, the menu at Fen Cafe and Restaurant features a carefully thought out selection of Asian and Japanese-inspired dishes, international cuisine, pastas, burgers, salads, sandwiches and heartier main courses. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and there are lots of gluten-free, nut-free and dairy-free options, and even some sugar-free desserts.

The Huntr visited for a lunch. To start, we opted for the seasonal specials – a Tomato Gazpacho (45AED) and the Vietnamese Spring Rolls (45AED), both of which were light and appetising. For the main event, we sampled another special on the Fen menu: the Miso Seabass (85aed), which comprises a perfectly tender Seabass fillet, served on a bed of capsicum peppers and topped with sauteed mixed mushrooms and soy glaze and basil oil. Divine. From the main menu, our guest ordered the Wagyu Beef Cheek and Mozzarella Ravioli (75AED), which comes with balsamic glaze and linseed oil. The beef was incredibly tender and we recommend asking for extra sweet balsamic sauce to lap up more of its sweetness, which really makes this dish come to life.

To end a glorious meal on a sweet note, we ordered the seasonal special Vanilla Ice Cream (40AED), which comes with sugar-free mango sorbet on edible ‘sand’, candied pecans and topped with a crunchy tuile. Plus the Ube Leche Flan (30AED), which offers just the right amount of sweetness and is comprised of a sugar-free purple yam cake topped with creme caramel.

To drink, we ordered two delicious mocktails: a Mojito Grapefruit (20AED) and Kiwi Apple (20AED) – both are made fresh, with no sugar added.

With full stomachs, we wandered over to the cafe side of Fen and made the brave decision to try to cram more food in our bellies – and boy are we glad we did. The Chocolate Cake is a must-order, it’s rich, but not too rich and perfectly moist. All washed down with lovely Lattes (20AED), which are made using RAW Coffee’s beans. Superb.

The customer service was friendly and attentive, and we will definitely be returning to Fen next time we find ourselves in Sharjah.

Insider tip: Keep an eye on The Sharjah Art Foundation’s cultural happenings and enjoy a slice of art before or after sitting down for a lovely meal or a coffee at the Fen Cafe and Restaurant.

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