History

History

Batoul Damascene Gourmet

Probably one of the most alluring cities in the world, Damascus is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the world with over 125 historical monuments.

Its name comes from the ancient technique of weaving pattern onto cloth (Damask) when the city was once a major trading post for merchants travelling on the Silk Road to trade silken cloth. It was on the road to Damascus that St Paul changed his path from Judaism to Christianity after receiving a vision.

Damascus brings to mind A Thousand and One Nights, a romantic vision of an old Arabia with busy bazaars, haggling merchants, mounds of fragrant spices and succulent green and black olives, along with towers of olive soaps, and of course opulent Damascene houses – serving bountiful feasts of traditional food.

Today, Damascene food is travelling around the world, gaining repute for its textures and flavours; ones that bring your taste buds alive: tart, spicy, sweet, sour, crunchy and creamy.

The cuisine stems from a fortuitously fertile land and location, where food markets brim with fresh vegetables and spices. We’ve taken the very best of traditional Damascene food, such as falafels, hummus, stuffed vine leaves and milled wheat balls, as well as pastries, pies and delicacies, for our extensive menu.
Every dish has a story. You can trace Syria’s history, which dates back to 10,000 B.C., by the food we serve. This is due, in no small part, to the Syrians who have settled outside their country and shared their history with the rest of the world through their love of food.

Syria was one of the most sophisticated lands in the Middle Eastern world; deeply influenced by the greater Ottoman Empire, where the Sultans took great pride in serving the very best foods, prepared by talented cooks. Similarly, Batoul Damascene Gourmet brings Sweden the most exquisite food, inextricably woven with the romance of the Damascene heritage – for a sensory indulgence like no other.