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Somali Food at Kabsa House

Tom Armitage | Feb 22, 201503:06 AM

I just discovered this new Somali restaurant in Lake City. It has only been open for three weeks. Located in a small, spare room, it serves a limited number of dishes, mainly seasoned rice (curiously referred to by its Arab name “kabsa” rather than the Somali name “bariis) with a choice of three types of protein – chicken, goat, or salmon. Other dishes include lentil soup, hummus, falafel, sambosa (samosa), chicken salad, and sabiyad (a Somali flatbread similar to Indian paratha). They don’t have a written menu, but you can look at the menu on a computer at the check-out counter. I had a small sample of the rice with goat and thought it was pretty tasty, but I’m not familiar with Somali food and would be interested in what more knowledgeable folks have to say. I haven’t really explored the other Somali restaurants in the Seattle area which, with the exceptions of Dur Dur Café and Indian Ocean, seem to be located either in Tukwila or in the Brighton neighborhood of Rainier Valley. I’ll try to check out Kabsa House in the next few weeks and update this post. Hopefully, others will also report their experiences. Since it’s so new, it’s relatively undiscovered and, with the exception of one brief, favorable report on Yelp, there isn’t much information about it.

Kabsa House
12340 Lake City Way NE

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