A couple of us decamped out to Bayside last night in search of the mythical Armenian feast. I say mythical because I still haven't been able to find an Armenian meal that lives up to what I've read about the cuisine. Not that there's a lot of choice in the NY area. We started w/the Lamhjun(?) flat bread w/meat topping (or as a smart ass pal of mine called it Turkish pizza), Armenian salad, carrot salad and a deep fried "meat ball". While all where edible, nothing had any ummph. For mains we had a dish of mini dumplings w/tomato sauce and chicken kebabs w/basmati rice.
For years I've read about Armenian food, about the great spices, flavors and how the cusine is different from most anything else that we know of in the west. Maybe, it's close to Georgian but still, what we had last night did nothing to polish the rep of the cuisine. Everything was perfectly fine, but the flavors didn't jump out at you, nor were they subtle and tasy. Just ok. Damn, it's either off the Glendale, Ca. or Yerevan for me....
It's a damn shame, cause the place is a lovely little spot and the bakery/grocery stoe that they run next door looks pretty swell.
Sevan @ 216-09 Horace Harding Expressway (that's the LIE service road to all you non Queens folks). Just who the hell Horace Harding was, I don't know, and I grew up out there!