In looking for cheap BYO places to eat in “our” neighborhood of Marylebone, we found a listing for Ali Baba, a no-frills Egyptian restaurant. Sounds good! We went there one evening, beers in tow, and ordered falafel to share and a plate of grilled meat each.
Along with our falafel, we got a complimentary bowl of pickled green things (I think they may have been okra), pickled peppers and green olives, as well as a basket of still-warm pita bread (“It’s warm??” J asked in awe). We proceeded to stuff some falafel and pickles into the pitas as an appetizer. The falafel was great– crisp and salty and more flavorful than many I’ve had, which may have been due to the fact that it was green. I’d never seen green falafel before, and I’m not sure exactly what was added to the chickpeas, but I know that it was delicious. Here’s a blurry pic of the green falafel:
Then came our entrees– grilled chicken for me and mixed grill for J. All of the meat was beautiful, fresh off a real flame grill (um, can you even call it that? I’m not good at talking about grilling). It was nice, but honestly a little on the dry side, and in the end I think I would’ve been happier making a meal of a plateful of falafel.
In our relationship, J is clearly the meat-lover, whereas I’m usually happy with a small amount or with going meat-free altogether. As proof of this, J appreciatively finished off his entire plate of mixed grill as well as many of my uneaten chicken pieces. At any rate, we both got our fill of a novel (to us) cuisine for an extremely reasonable price– definitely no complaints there!