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2013-03-29 230 views
I visited Arab St for dinner with a bunch of my girlfriends. We decided to settle for a small Egyptian place(which was very dusty and looked more like a carpet shop in my opinion) for dinner due to the novelty factor. I am personally not a fan of middle eastern cuisine where we have to sit on the carpeted floor cross legged amongst wafts of sweet shisha smoke in a dim setting, not at all.I ordered the chicken wrap for $9.90++, and even though the pita was a bit hard, the chicken filling inside w
I ordered the chicken wrap for $9.90++, and even though the pita was a bit hard, the chicken filling inside was admittedly quite good!!!! The fresh chicken was cooked with spices in an orangey curry-like sauce that tasted good when piping hot, with fresh onions and wrapped in warm pita bread. A pity the pita was slightly hard/thick, if not this wrap would have been perfect!
My friends ordered the shish kebab and they commented that the meat portion was substantial, served with wedges/fries and a salad on the side. I'm not a fan of lamb nor do I eat beef so I guess I'll never know how those shish kebabs taste like -they have chicken too if I'm not wrong, but the portion seemed quite large given that I wasn't very hungry.
The food is average, I guess, but the ambience is .... it's just not my thing, especially since the whole restaurant looked dhingy and dark and dusty. The carpets didn't feel very clean either and I always felt paranoid sitting on the dusty carpeted floor...couldn't wait to get out of that place it was too stuffy in my opinion. The service was also slightly dubious, when we showed signs of difficulty in calculating the bill split per person, he took our receipt and manually counted it, counting ~$3 extra per person. By now, I decided to count the bill-split by myself and we paid exact and left.
I won't come back to this place, the servers are no where near to be found half the time, the waiting time for our food was at least 20 minutes, the ambience is not clean and also dark, and the price of the food is not worth the quality of it. I also question if this is authentic Egyptian food ...I don't think so.