My all time favorite place for Middle Eastern food is Lebanon’s Café (Report #95). Living on the Westbank though, sometimes I hate driving all the way uptown for it. I’ve heard some good things about Sahara Café, which is about 5 minutes from my house, so it was time to give them a try.
Small place. It was completely empty the whole time we were there, which wasn’t long. We ordered the Spinach Pie, a bowl of Basmati rice, a Gyro Plate and a lamb Shish Kabob. EVERYTHING was out on the table within 10 minutes. Now service wise that was great, but of course I know my chunks of lamb meat weren’t taken out of a marinade, skewered, thrown on a grill and cooked fresh for me. Everything was warmed up. Probably in a microwave. Is that their normal operating procedure or just what they do when business is pretty dead? I’m not sure.
That being said everything was pretty good! First the Spinach Pie. Lebanon’s Café makes a similar spinach dish called Spinach Filo, with that delicious, flaky phyllo dough, stuffed with spinach, feta and ricotta cheeses. This one only had spinach in it, and the dough was a thicker, chewier dough. Kind of like a biscuit dough. But I liked it, and I loved the Tzatziki sauce it came with.
Both the meat dishes were good, as was the Basmati rice. I thought their hummus was delicious.
Lebanon’s Café is still my favorite place, but if I’m too lazy to drive up there, I would eat here again!
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