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Kibeh and Atayef @ Tartousa in San Mateo

Melanie Wong | Nov 22, 200910:56 AM

Many thanks to “dml” for bringing atayaf to our attention in this post,
I’d never heard of atayif and had a chance to try them in September during Ramadan. They weren’t listed on the menu, but I just had to ask for them. Good news is that they’ve been so successful, the restaurant said they’d continue making them after Ramadan.

Tartousa is a new “Mediterranean” restaurant combining a range of traditional foods from the Levant (Syria and Lebanon) with a sprinkling of Italian. A complimentary basket of warm pita chips with some yogurt dipping sauce comes the table right away.
Pita chips

I started with an appetizer of Kibeh (3) 6.50 - Hand rolled burgal stuffed with spiced ground meat and pine nuts. These were fine, but can’t come close to the phenomenal version at Sajj in San Bruno.

But I was here for the atayef and signaled my waitress. She had said to let her know when I was ready so they could be fried to order.
Atayif, (2) 3.00 – Very thin, well-browned, deep-fried and crunchy pancake layer encasing a custardy filling, two to an order. These were doused with floral scented honey syrup and dusted with pistachio nuts. In the running for one of the best things I’ve put in my mouth this year.

Two months later, it’s hard to believe that I haven’t returned yet to eat them again.

Tartousa Mediterranean Bistro
514 Peninsula Avenue, San Mateo

Sajj Restaurant
482 San Mateo Ave, San Bruno, CA

514 Peninsula Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

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