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Report: Aladdins Palace in Hamilton/Trenton NJ (longish)

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Report: Aladdins Palace in Hamilton/Trenton NJ (longish)

claire | Jul 13, 2005 10:18 AM

It's off of 295, the exit for 33/Mercerville...
Anyway, it's in a little shop across from a muffler shop. I believe it's Egyptian food, or at least owned.
To start, we split an order of lamb kofte, which could have been more flavorful but were moist and pretty good, hummous, which was smooth and lemony and foul, which i don't particularly like, but my companions really enjoyed. We also ordered a pita which was AWESOME. I'd seriously go back just for that and eat the entire thing! It's about 12in across, like a boboli crust, and divine! Hot bread is always good, but this was amazing, a bit buttery, fluffy yet also chewy. Oh boy, sheer heaven!

For entrees, we shared the grilled whole fish. This was moist and a slightly firm flesh, not sure what kind of fish, however. The server didn't tell us, but maybe it was snapper? Delicious, whatever the case! We also ordered lamb shank, which was good according to the shank-fans. I only took one bite, as i don't care for that. It was tender and they loved it. The last thing was grilled quail. Either you like those or you don't. I find them too small and too much like just having dark meat. But again, I was also wayyy too full from the pita to take more than a few bites. The fish, however, was awesome and I definitely ate more than my share of it!

I'd go back again, for sure! And I might just concentrate on pita and mezes, but that's in part b/c i am obsessed with the pita! You do have to call ahead to make sure they have grilled fish that night. I probably wouldn't go back if they didn't, only b/c that was my favorite entree.

Ambience-wise, well, not so much ambience...but whatever, that's really not why you're there. The service is friendly, though a teeny bit bossy. Apparently they usually have arab news on the TV, but as we went 7/8, the TV was off entirely.

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