May 9, 2011

Chicken Shish Tawook at the Chickpea Café


■■■■□ 4.5/5 “It’s Mediterranean Soul Food”

A friend had this to say about Chickpea Café: “it’s Mediterranean soul food.” In particular, he had nothing but praises for the Chicken Shish Tawook. Having so highly recommended it, I was excited to try it for myself. The Chicken Shish Tawook Plate is marinated chicken sautéed with onions and green peppers, which comes with rice and a small chopped salad on the side for just under $10. (There is also a sandwich version, which I’m curious to try as well.)

The marinated chicken pieces were crisp and flavorful. I’m tempted to compare it to teriyaki, being both slightly sweet and salty, but the flavor is actually more complex. Although the menu doesn’t divulge the marinade’s exact ingredients, it is typically made of yogurt, tomato purée, garlic and a variety of spices. Combine that with the onions and green peppers, and you have delectable awesomeness.

The meat was complimented nicely by the “timmen and kishmish”—rice and onion/raisin toppings as well as the chopped salad made of lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes drenched in a vinegar-based dressing.

The meal is a little heavy for lunch, but would make for a great dinner.

As an aside, their hummus is also very good. I’ll be back for more Mediterranean soul food soon.

Reviewed by Eric Barnes

Comments (1)

  1. June 8, 2011
    hirr said...

    Went for lunch today and had the Chicken Shish Tawook Sandwich. The flavors were bursting and the bread was melt in your mouth moist and light. I could only eat half, large portion, so I’m looking forward to leftovers for dinner already!

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