I know that some folks aren't in love with this place because of the prices and the fact that the menu is worthless (he tells you what he has and you negotiate what to eat... the prices are not mentioned and it's not an inexpensive result). And it didnt help him that he closed down for two and a half months to visit his father in Egypt and to do some well deserved traveling and rest.
But, he's open again (for awhile now) and we finally made it back last night. Disclaimer: we know him, we've gone out to eat elsewhere with him and his son and he borders on "friend" status. But we pay full price and, as far as I can see, dont get anything others arent receiving. And, since he is outgoing and friendly with everyone, I dont think what I write isnt applicable to anyone reading it.
So, last night my wife and I had 3 apps., 2 mains and a small dessert. We brought our own wine, but had a bottle of water. We had a basturma (like dried pastrami) "tart", cut in triangular pieces and placed, with cucumbers, around a mound of hummus. Excellent... the tart had egg, onions, peppers (both sweet green and some jalapeno) and had the basturma layered on top. A new dish for us. We also had fresh artichoke hearts simply sauteed with onions and we had the lamb cheeks w/egg dish that I've used as my CH avatar for a year or so. All excellent. The first main was lamb shank w/ rice.... a nice sized portion of lamb, falling off the bone and in a gravy w/onions, etc.... a simply prepared, very nicely done dish that we eat as part of almost every meal there. The second was new to us... a stuffed chicken dish ("mish mish"?) that had a smaller grain rice inside an almost boneless thigh/leg quarter chicken w/an apricot tasting (not sweet) sauce. This was very good. Small portion of a filo dough dessert that he's making himself (previous desserts were not always home made there).
The bill was $80 + tip and, of course, without factoring in the wine byob. Given what we ate, I consider this quite fair. I understand that this price may not be what some folks think that they're going to get in this postage stamp sized room.... but it isnt a falaffel joint (not that there's anything wrong with that either) and the cost is what he needs to survive in business. Your choice... we'll keep going back.
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