My husband and I went to try this place out after seeing an ad in a coupon book/mailer. There aren't many Arabic/Mediterranean type restaurants in the area, so we were curious to see if this place was any good or not.
For a weeknight, it was relatively slow, not too many people actually eating there. Hmm. Atmosphere was decent once inside, but located in a somewhat rundown (and under construction) strip mall. Service was good, and the waitress never let my cup go empty.
The food was pretty good. The entrees came with a choice of soup or salad - the salad was a Middle Eastern type of chopped salad (lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, chickpeas) with a lemony dressing. The soup was a blended lentil soup, reminiscent of split pea. I enjoyed the salad, but my husband did not care for the soup.
The entrees were not quite what we were expecting - I had the Chicken tikka plate (grilled marinated chicken breast) which was excellent. The chicken was very juicy and flavorful. It came with a choice of rice - I had the white basmati, my husband had the saffron (which was a yellow saffron flavored rice pilaf). Both rice side dishes were sprinkled with some type of fried noodle (?), with almonds, and soaked green raisins. It was a little bit weird at first (I was expecting more of a Persian style rice), but in the end, I liked the white basmati (a little bit salty and sweet at the same time).
My husband did not care for the saffron rice, and did not like the shawarma entree - he felt the meat was too sweet. He was wishing he had ordered the #1 entree (the ground beef kabob) instead.
Overall we were pretty happy with the food and service, and will be back (just won't order the saffron rice or the shawarma).
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