This is a lovely little BYO at the top of the hill in Chestnut Hill, at 8630 Germantown Ave., serving Middle Eastern cuisine. We had tried this place a few months ago and then visited again this week.
We had a creamy lentil soup with garlic and lemon, and a cauliflower appetizer that was pan fried and then coated with spices, lemon and garlic, both very good starters. I had a dish called mousaka, which is nothing like the Greek version. It was a vegetarian dish of two eggplant halves baked with olive oil until silky smooth, filled with chick peas in a tangy tomato sauce and flavored with fresh mint, accompagnied by perfectly cooked and seasoned long grain rice with pine nuts. Hubby had a lamb dish with yogurt served on a flat bread that was very much like nan. At our first visit to Al' Dana we had a memorable special of tandoori chicken. Everything we have tried has been perfectly cooked and fragrantly seasoned.
On this visit the chef came up from the kitchen to ask us if we enjoyed our meal. The service was very good on both occasions. The menu has many vegetarian options as well as numerous meat dishes, mostly lamb or chicken. The atmosphere is quiet and romantic. Most appetizers ranged from $5-6, entrees were from $13-20, our total bill was 49.00 including tax.