IMO, it is the third best chicken place in the Bay Area
in order of preference
Good Frickin Chicken
and it gives the first two a run for their money.
What makes this so good is that the chicken is marinated overnight and not just the skin, but the chicken meat carries the taste of the spice. It is also chicken with a Mid Eastern influence.
Chicken and only chicken except for a daily vegetarian dish. There is open flame chicken, rotisserie chicken, chicken Shawerma and Mosakhan. I had to stop. The name of the place challenged me. Was it really that frickin good? Yes.
I had the half rotisserie chicken meal. It came on a huge colorful oval dish. The fancy type of dish you would buy at Sur La Table. There is a nice Mid Eastern salad with lettuce, chopped tomato and chopped cucumber. There was a hint of mint in the vinaigrette.
You get a great, golden, slightly greasy, piece of pita bread (is that enough alliteration?). There is also a little plastic cup of garlic dip. I thought nice and then the garlic kicked in a few beats later. You get a choice of sides. I had the mac and cheese. Not the soupy KFC type that is usually served. Nice balance of cheese to macaroni.
Each bite was of the chicken meat was permeated with the spices. Great. What makes this third on my list is the fact that the skin itself could have been crispier. Also the white meat wasnt as silky and juicy as RoliRoti. But those spices mmmm. The meat itself is number one on my list.
This is a place that likes its garlic. Dont go prior to a date. The garlic stayed with me all afternoon in a good way.
The place has the slick look of a chain, but dont think it is. They were playing Mid Eastern disco as the background music. There would be this Mid Eastern music, punctuated every now and then by the English lets dance.
Want to go back and try the open flame chicken for comparison. They had a huge chicken shawerma spinning around.
The other chicken option Mosakhan is listed as chunks of chicken smothered in onions, olive oil, summack and pine nuts, rolled in thin sheet of bread and grilled to a crisp. Yeah Mid Eastern fried chicken. That sounds good too. Gotta try that.
Other sides include house potatoes, baked beans rice pilaf and hummus. Im not a hummus fan, but the order I saw on a table next to me looked pretty darn good.
Desserts include pistachio Burma, Walnut or pistachio baklava and rice pudding.
They squeeze fresh juice to order, but the quality of the oranges could have been sweeter. Maybe the carrot juice is better. They are still waiting for their alcohol permit. They have been open about 5 months.
Heres a link to a review by the Bay Guardian the last three paragraphs talk about the food.