Rating: 4 paws out of 5
Date Friendly: Yes for the adventurous, don’t worry it not crazy
Note: Cash only
2522 Steinway St
Astoria, NY 11103
Finding this place was like an old expedition to the Great Pyramids. This hidden gem was hiding under the sands of time among the bright lights of the other more modern vendors on this street. It was a while before this ferret figured out that it was under his little snout this whole time. This sweet savory scent in the air was the greatest hint to the location of the entrance. Hopefully once this ferret pushes past the great boulders and climb through the air shaft, he is not greeted by a giant mummy.
The Interior of Mombar is filled with many trinkets. Once inside and behind the doors you will feel as you are in a different country. There are lots of ethic decorations and interior tidbits to look at. Also the bathroom is very clean. Yes this place’s bathroom impressed me and I just had to mention it.
The menu was easy to read with detailed descriptions. Many of the items here can be altered for people who has dietary restrictions such as allergies or no meat diets. The staff here is very friendly and definitely help you with your choices.
The first part of the meal here was with the start of a flaky bread. This bread was moist, soft and composed of many layers. Kinda like a croissant but without the crispiness.
One of the specials for tonight was a trio of baba ganoush, hummus and foul. Baba ganoush is grilled eggplant that is mashed into a paste with seasoning. Hummus is mashed chickpeas and Foul is mashed fava beans. The Baba ganoush was very flavorful with a lite touch of smokiness. The hummus and foul texture was excellent and both had good seasoning. The apples that came with the dish complimented the dips very well.
The trio of dips also include pita bread for your dipping pleasure. They were fresh un-toasted and held the dips well.
Lamb tangine with couscous was the first main dish. The lamb was cooked to a very tender state with a very pronounced lamb flavor that was not offensive to taste buds. This dish has a large number of spices and flavors that work very well with easy other. The roasted vegetables within the dish soak the broth of the juices up well.
Couscous is required to be eaten with a tangine as it goes with the sauce very well. The raisins in the couscous does not over power any part of the dish, it merely works with all the flavors within the dish.
Glazed Duck with spinach and rice was another dish that was eaten. The duck was perfectly cooked sealed by the sweet crust of the duck. The spinach was well seasoned and had nice flavor notes of garlic along with other spices. The rice was perfectly cooked, fluffy with the right amount of salt.
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