42-03 Queens Blvd. 718-392-3838
A nice addition to the neighborhood, with very enthusiastic and helpful waiters who seem eager to steer you towards whatever is best on the menu that particular night. Tonight I had Hunkar Begendi, "Tender cubes of braised lamb over a bed of pureed baby eggplant". The eggplant was mysteriously smoky and creamy, and the lamb cubes were expertly braised so that although they look pretty firm on the plate, they collapse into moist shreds the second they hit your mouth. It was amazing.
I also had an unusually bright and fresh tasting hummus (not the sad paste that hummus usually is to me), and "burma", or "stuffed baklava" as it was described to me. It was green from being overstuffed with chopped pistachio. I'm not usually into this supersweet stuff, but the abundance of nuts allowed me to eat more than the usual three or four bites before the sugar headache hit, so I highly recommend it to those who like baklava. It tasted very fresh too.
Less impressive was the octopus salad (although I strongly suspect we were accidentally brought grilled chicken salad--I didn't see any suckers, and I was too embarrassed to ask if it was really octopus. If it WAS chicken, then it was pretty good.)
So try that Hunkar Begendi. That dish alone will make it a regular pit stop for me.
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