Five of us went to Sanafir for DOV last night, and it was one of the best dineout experiences I've had.
First, don't think of this restaurant as your traditional fine dining place. It's located on the Granville strip where all the clubs are, so the diners and vibe reflect that. The decor is beautiful - arabian influenced, with very high ceilings. When we first entered, it was packed and very loud downstairs, and we got a little worried. Luckily for us we got one of the beds upstairs. What a great concept! These are large leather beds with cushions strewn about. Diners sit or lie on them while eating off of a large platter in the center. Each bed is surrounded by see-through chiffon curtains. The whole thing was just gorgeous, and we were overwhelmed before even ordering our food!
We came knowing that Sanafir was a tapas place, so we didn't expect much in the way of portions. The food far exceeded our expectations. We ordered the mushroom salad and the tuna mango spring rolls (a third appetizer option not on their published DOV menu). The spring rolls were fantastic (and I don't even like tuna that much), and the salad was reported to be very good as well. For main we had the sea trio and land trio. The lamb kibbeh, oxtail ravioli, and the calamari were the highlights, but to be honest, every dish had a amazing harmony of flavors and was received well. The miso bourbon sablefish was served cold, which threw me off a bit, but it was still flavorful and delicious.
For dessert we had the baclava and the bread pudding. I wasn't crazy about the baclava.. it had too much nuts and that's all I could really taste. The bread pudding was yummy if you don't mind the taste of ginger or chai. I loved the firm (but not too chewy) texture.
Our server was very attentative and pleasant, and we had a great time. It's hard to believe all of this comes down to $18 pp.