At the Valencia Street branch of Ali Baba’s Cave, you can get a dish called Ohzi Al-sham. It’s a baked filo pastry, about five inches in diameter and three inches deep, weighing about a pound. Inside you’ll find lamb, pine nuts, basmati rice, almonds, and peas. The bottom is soaked in a spicy, pepper-infused oil. zippo pronounces it one of the best Middle Eastern dishes ever. It costs $4.50, and they also have a vegetarian version.
hankstramm likes it, too, but warns that you have to get it fresh–if it’s been on the steam table too long, the bottom of the pastry gets tough and chewy.
Ali Baba’s Cave [Mission]
799 Valencia St., San Francisco
Ali Baba’s on Valencia