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Arabian Breakfast

Zoe | Feb 13, 200503:54 PM

After seeing the sign earlier in the week in the window of Sham, 716 SM Blvd, Santa Monica, 310-3932913 for "Arabian Breakfast, sunday 9.30 am" - we showed up bright and early.

Last time we went here it was a bleak cafeteria type space and non too clean. This time its spanking clean with redone pale lime walls - always did love the Middle East stone work and the music. Tables had pretty cloths and it definitely looked like a restaurant. Omar helped us with our choices and we had two combinations - three choices for $8.95 after starting off with a good cup of Turkish coffee and nibbling at an olive/pickle/turnip appetizer plate that arrived with boiling hot puff bread (pita thats just off the griddle). We chose foul - fava beans boiled with lemon and garlic, parsley, tomato and olive oil and 2. eggs scrambled in a pancake, 3. humos with meat topped with ground beef and chopped onions - the humous was like velvet and this was a very tasty dish. 4. Lebanese sausage - spicy and very flavored. 5. Spinach fattaier, ch.spinach with onions and pomegranate baked in special dough - my least favorite because the filling was cold and my big favorite was #6, Manaeish Zata, like a pizza; special dough covered with dried oregano, mixed spices, sesame seeds mixed in olive oil.

Then Omar read my coffee grounds - only good luck for February. A great breakfast for $23.00, charming atmosphere and music, easy parking.

Lots of garlic but what a feeling of well being. Back to liquid diet tomorrow.

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