I've passed by this semi-new restaurant a zillion times since it's just down the street from me and finally made it over there on Saturday night. The bottom line is that this is a chow-worthy place that no one seems to know about. It's good cuz then you don't need reservations but bad, because I don't know how this place is going to survive without more patrons.
We started with an appetizer plate which came with hummus, moutabel and kashke. Hummus was smooth, no complaints there. Moutabel had a nice char flavor to the eggplant. Kashke was outstanding - slightly garlicky and creamy. We were slathering this onto the pita bread like there was no tomorrow.
I ordered what I usually order at Middle Eastern restaurants - ground beef kebabs (koobideh or lula, I forget what they're called at the moment). I order this everywhere - it's how I test out a Middle Eastern restaurant sort of like I test Italian restaurants with ordering a simple Bolognese sauce. Anyway, this version was very good - juicy meat, nicely spiced, piping hot, and accompanied by very fluffy rice.
On a side note, I went to Skaf's last weekend for the first time, and I know that many on this board really like it. I had the ground beef kebabs there as well and I'd have to say that Noah's Ark's version blew Skaf's out of the water. I know, I'll go back to Skaf's and try their fish, but like I said, I always order the koobideh/lula kebabs as my first try.
Anyway, friend's chicken kebabs had a nice nutmeg/smoky flavor. My bf's beef shwarma was more like beef stew (as in hunks of meat) than carved meats, but it was still good.
Service was friendly throughout. We brought in a bottle of wine with us and were not charged corkage (yay!) so that's a big plus there. Total bill for 4 entrees + App plate was about $50. Good deal!
So, 'hounds, the sad thing about this place is that when we went on Saturday night, we were the ONLY people in the restaurant! The entire time we were there! So, I'm writing this review hoping you'll go try them out. I'd like to keep this neighborhood joint alive and the food and service are certainly good enough to get the crowds.
btw, you get a 10% off coupon to go back within a month, so for sure they're seeing me again. :)
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