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Al-Ameer in Dearborn (Warren Ave.), MI

boagman | Aug 31, 201309:50 PM

Finally got it it my head that I was going to try this place tonight, and of course, I chose the "wrong" one. Didn't remember that there was a difference between the two locations, and this one was closer to where my final destination was tonight.

Long story short: quite good. I tried the Lamb Ghallaba with "brown rice" (it's not actually brown rice) and a fattoush salad. While I wish the lamb had had a bit more of its own flavor, the dish itself was quite yummy. The lamb was thankfully *not* overcooked at all, and the veggies present were nicely prepared in the slurry (they call it a salsa, which I find odd, but whatever). I had enough to take home a decent portion of it for later.

The fattoush salad was good, but not great. A bit too heavy-handed with the parsley (not to the point of it being bad, though), but to almost make up for it, I *really liked* the fattoush itself! Usually the dried bread in a fattoush salad is something that I don't really like, but in this case? Good stuff, Maynard! Certainly not my favorite fattoush in the area, but I ate every last bit of it, so it certainly was good.

I asked for, and received, a small amount of garlic sauce to go with the fresh, light bread pieces they brought out. Bread was good, but not as good as, say, La Pita. The garlic sauce itself was decent, but far more runny than I was expecting, and I've had several versions that were better elsewhere. Still: it worked well and served its purpose with the bread, and I wouldn't refuse it. It's just not as good as others have been.

A note about the service: my server's name was Diana, and she was really good. Knew her menu, answered questions, was able to *differentiate* between dishes being asked about with quality answers, and did little things well. She even brought me a sample of their lentil soup to see if it was something I'd like (functional, but there are better out there for sure). There isn't one thing I wanted that I didn't receive from her, and I tipped her well. She was working hard, and her knowledge and offers of help and recommendations were well-received. She's good at her job, for certain.

So then, for being at the "wrong" Al-Ameer, I walked out for a shave under $20 (tax/tip included), quite happy with my experience. I can go here again without any issue, and now I want to try the next dish Diana recommended, as well as the chicken shawarma sandwich. Somehow I have the feeling that the sandwich might disappoint me a bit based on the garlic sauce I had, but it wouldn't be terrible, either.

Pleased I was able to try this place out.

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