Last week my girlfriend Jeanne and I went out for some Middle-Eastern cuisine at the Aladdin Restaurant in Allentown. We arrived with a bottle of champagne, since it's BYOB, and an empty stomach, and ended up being full for the entire next day!
We started off by splitting the Special Maza, an appetizer that was actually 12 appetizers in one. For $27.95, we received:
1. Hummus 2. Baba ganoush 3. Tabbouleh 4. Feta 5. Olives 6. Semboske - bread stuffed with spinach, onions and spices 7. Grape Leaves 8. Kebbee 9. Spinach Pie 10. Arnabit - deep-fried cauliflower topped with tahini sauce 11. Kusa - lightly fried zucchini and topped with lemon juice, parsley and lots of garlic 12. Falafel
In addition to the 12 appetizers, we split a Vegetable Shish Kabob entree and had as much fresh baked pita bread as we wanted. We each got a side of rice, which was excellent with a nice tomato-based onion sauce on top, and a Greek salad to boot! I am normally not one for iceberg lettuce but their dressing, a mixture of olive oil, lemon juice and garlic, really makes it. Jeanne managed to take home a piece of Baklava for the road. Unfortunately, I had to pass that up, but I have had it before and it is great.
The service was great. Our waitress was one of the owner's daughters. She was very pleasant and answered all of our questions about our selections.
We will definitely be going back for another meal at Aladdin. Maybe next time we will go on a Saturday night for the belly dancers!
What's your favorite dish at Aladdin?