How many times have you walked into a restaurant in Dubai and admired the decor so much that you wished you could take a piece with you? Or have you seen a painting at the restaurant that you know would be perfect for your living room?
Well, at Quince, a new food and drink destination in Dubai, you can leave with more than just a stomach full of food. In addition to the Mediterranean delicacies on the menu, you can order paintings, other decorative items and select furniture.
Located in Umm Suqeim, the restaurant is a passion project by father and son duo, Amer and Abdulla Al Tamimi. Quince promises to combine healthy food and flavors with the artistic legacy that the family has continued for 30 years as interior designers.
The local destination was presented as a food and beverage extension of the family’s design concepts, DecoArt and D&D Home. Most restaurant decor items or furniture can be customized and delivered to a guest upon request.
Upon entering the 9,260 square foot restaurant, a beautiful tree rises to the ceiling. Abdulla said Khaleej TimeIt was reused from dead trees. Prices for the fully customizable tree start from Dh3,000.
“The concept started in 2019,” he said. “We found this tree outside our factory in Al Quoz. We cut it, clean it and wire it with high quality leaves. We used it as a decoration piece for my sister’s wedding, placing it behind where she sat at the ceremony. “It was completely white.”
The family enjoyed working on the project so much that when it came time to decorate Quince, they drove around Al Quoz to recover dead trees. “We collected as many dead trees as we could find and gave them new life,” Abdulla said. “It gave them a new purpose.”
Diners will discover objects selected from the family’s art acquisitions, complemented by the decor’s color palette that features shades of green, yellow and gold.
The interiors of the restaurant have been tastefully decorated with paintings, lamps and exclusive furniture.
At the entrance, guests can see a long table carved from a single piece of wood and reinforced with marble. If someone likes it, the team can customize a similar piece of furniture for them.
Furniture prices start from Dh3,000.
Multiple decor elements are strategically placed throughout the restaurant in various locations. Abdulla said the entire restaurant was built from scratch by the family “with a lot of love.”
The restaurant features an indoor seating area, an open kitchen and an intimate dining section called The Garden.
“We are the contractors, the interior designers, the chefs, everything,” he said. “It’s a mix of ideas from the whole family. However, the decoration is mainly my father’s. He has a very good eye for design.”
living your dream
A fitness enthusiast, Abdulla is a self-taught chef who loves preparing healthy meals to achieve his goals since he was 15 years old. He said his entire family are passionate food lovers who made travel plans based on the restaurants they wanted to eat at.
His dream is to earn a place for Quince in the Michelin guide. “I love eating at Michelin-starred restaurants around the world,” she said. “And I have a vision for Quince. Over the next two years, I would love for the restaurant to appear in the Michelin guide and I will work to achieve this. “I want Quince to be a casual dining place with a relaxed atmosphere and good quality food.”