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Arth Aljanatain (Bronx Yemeni)

Jim Leff | Dec 8, 2013 04:56 PM

Arth Aljanatain (700 Rhinelander Ave; 718-918-9191) is a super barebones, super friendly, super bustling little joint in the Yemeni section of the Bronx (near Parkchester). I was the only gringo.

I got chicken and rice. The rice was a sheened fluffy miracle of moistness, with actual saffron!! Chicken was excellent, but couldn't touch the superlative rice, quality-wise, which was the best takeout rice I've had within memory.

Despite the super raw decor (they don't seem to have heat, for one thing), it's not real cheap, nor should it be ($15-ish for a not-large portion of meat with lots of rice, the usual Yemeni soup, and a micro-salad that actually wasn't bad). Don't expect finesse (more of that at Yemen Cafe in Brooklyn), but there's a lot of love in the food.

The tandoor bread, alas, looks way better than it tastes. And once it cools, forget it (per Leff's Law of Baked Goods http://jimleff.blogspot.com/2013/03/l... )

My Yelp strategy these days is to ignore the reviews and ratings, and just look at the photos. Take a look at the ones for this place; I think you'll find them as convincing as I did: http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/arth-a...

Here's the best rice shot:

Across the street, Oasis Meditarranean Restaurant 1907 White Plains Rd is the opposite extreme - a dauntingly fancy and intimidating place that seems like a catering hall, but they apparently serve restaurant meals and takeout. http://oasis-1907.com

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