It’s been almost three years since the last time I wrote about Alwatan so we’re definitely overdue for another post on this hidden gem. It’s a tiny spot on Klondike Lane that serves some of the best Mediterranean/Middle Eastern food you’re going to find in town. And they’re the only place in town that I personally know of that serves shakshuka which is a dish I absolutely adore.
Though it was only the two of us B and I decided we wanted a little bit of a whole lot of things. So we ordered lots of stuff and took home a ton of leftovers (and paid less than $30 before tip). We had the aforementioned shakshuka which is basically eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, onions and garlic and it’s fantastic. B had grape leaves (I’m not a fan of those), we shared hummus, falafel, warm pita and mujadarah.
B is much more of a falafel connoisseur than I am but I’m pretty sure the falafel I had at Alwatan last week was the best I’ve ever had. It had the perfect crisp exterior and creamy interior.
I’m struggling to describe the hummus. Sometimes hummus has an overwhelming tahini flavor and not much else, this hummus was more complex. It was thick and it was almost….I want to say “peanut butter like” but that’s not right. What I mean by that though is that it had a real depth of flavor and substance to it. You’ll just have to try it for yourself and confirm that I’m not talking like a crazy person here.
I had had Alwatan’s pita recently. A friend of mine got it from the Alwatan bakery and grocery which is in a separate building a door or two down from the restaurant. It’s just as delicious as you would expect freshly baked pita to be.
I love rice and I love lentils so combine then in a dish with some spices like mujadarah does and well, I’m a happy girl. And Alwatan’s mujadarah is really good. My only personal complaint is that I don’t like the onions they put on top but that’s just me, B liked them.
Obviously middle eastern food is very, very vegetarian and vegan friendly. Our whole meal was vegan except for the shakshuka I think. But for the carnivores among us Alwatan has gyros, shawarma and kabobs that smelled very good. If you go try some of their meat dishes let us know how you like them.
Just to recap: Alwatan is a super affordable middle eastern restaurant with delicious food tucked away on Klondike Lane and you should go there for a meal soon.
3707 Klondike Lane