I had a late lunch at Ayyame, Al-shaheed Urban Park – Phase 2. This is a NEW location. Ayyame is a Middle Eastern Contemporary Fusion Restaurant. I had Lebanese Tabbouleh & Palestinian Mujadara, which is a signature Middle Eastern dish of lentils and rice. The Mujadara is a one main order out of 9 in total, in the menu. There are 18 breakfast options and 6 Tabliyas, each order consists of 3 dishes (Trio).
The Lebanese Tabbouleh was with quinoa and without onions. This salad is healthy and with little dressing. The Palestinian Lentil puree is eaten with yogurt and topped by crispy onions served in a Yamani Stone Bowl. The braised lentils are mixed with rice as well. My sweet Egyptian waiter, Kareem noticed that flies were roaming around coming from the main door, so he prepared a way to wave off flies by pouring Turkish coffee powder on lemon wedge and lit it by a cigarette lighter to generates smoke. His trick worked. I like flan dessert and custard texture sweets. I had a Kuwaiti Baked Flan, the flan was like Crème brûlée, also known as burnt cream, and it was a dessert consisting of a rich custard base topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel. The caramel layer was crispy. The Kuwaiti version of Crème brûlée is cooked with saffron and cardamom topped with pistachio and granulated brown sugar. This flan was not too sweet; I would prefer to have it without the brown sugar and pistachio on top. My drink was the popular Egyptian Koshary Tea, which is a loose tealeaves strongly brewed for an authentic upper Egyptian flavor.
The location is easily accessible from the parking and the interior is bright with floor to ceiling windows. I liked the spread of big Spanish cushions on every chair and sofa. You feel like home.
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