I ate dinner at Tanoreen in Bay Ridge on Sunday evening and it was delicious, as it has been every time I've eaten there in the past. Very delicious. Extremely yummy. And the service, as usual, was gracious, warm and welcoming. There was about a half hour wait for a table. It was well worth the wait.
I think of Tanoreen as a great example of the life philosophy for success: "Do what you love...." It is so clear when I am sitting in Tanoreen's small room, that chef-owner Rawia Bishara loves what she does and loves to see people enjoying the food she created. I feel like I'm eating in her home kitchen when I'm there. It is a special place.
Anyway, in the way of updates, here are two new things that I learned while there last Sunday night:
(1) Zagat just named Tanoreen the best Middle Eastern restaurant in all of New York City. Congratulations to Chef Bishara and Tanoreen (see link below to an Oct 10, 2007 NY Daily News article).
(2) Tanoreen is in the process of applying for their liquor license. It will be nice to be able to order a bottle of wine with dinner there once that license comes through.
Oh, for the record, what I had the other night was this: First I shared an order of hummus and an order of an eggplant appetizer from that night's specials menu the name of which I can't remember. Both were yummy. Then I had the mixed grill platter which comes with delicious rice and salad and a mix of grilled lamb chunks, chicken chunks and lamb sausage. Delicious. Have I overused that word? I drank refreshing iced mint tea since wine isn't available yet. I was too full to even consider dessert.
Here's a link to an October 10, 2007 NY Daily News article about Zagat naming Tanoreen the best Middle Eastern restaurant in all of New York City (with a nice photo of a beaming Rawia Bishara serving up one of her platters):