Waleed is the oldest of the Abo Alhaija kids and was our server on a current check out. He informed us he showed up in Dallas with his bro Mohammed in 2008. A years later on their daddy, Khaled, mom, Souhad, and sis Farah joined them.
Another addition to the household would follow a couple of years later on: this dining establishment,Arabica
“My daddy had a vision to develop something various than the majority of the other Arabic Mediterranean dining establishments in the location by collecting various meals from various nations in the Middle East,” Waleed states. “We wished to bring in all individuals from various cultures and backgrounds, which is what has actually occurred in the very first 2 months.”
The area is open and airy. Spits remain in view, turning chicken and beef shawarma. A rotisserie spins, packed with chicken. They make all of their spices internal here, none are packaged or store-bought. An distinctive neon indication on the wall checks out “Ἀla Rasi,” Arabic for “anything for you.” Waleed talked with us as if we were visitors in his own house while writing our order.
We began with the hummus, mutabbal (eggplant dip) and falafel, all fairly priced at $4.99. Hummus, which is served with a home pita bread, was abundant, velvety and smooth, while the mutabbal had notes of smoky eggplant with a tip of sweet taste. The falafel was crispy on the outdoors, soft on the within and included tahini sauce.
For our main dish, we chose the mandi chicken on a fluffy bed of basmati rice. It’s $14.99 for a half chicken and is quickly shareable amongst 2. The fragrant, biryani-esque mandi was lively in a hawaij spices (a mix of Yemeni spices) and garnished with little, golden fried onions that we could not get enough of.
We likewise had the tender chicken shish kabob served over an almost paper-thin pita bread that absorbed the sauce for a great touch (see image at leading).
Also tested was chicken shawarma ($ 9.99 each), served covered in a warm, thin pita.
To cap the night, we purchased a round of Arabic coffee, which functioned as a powerful ending to an excellent meal.
Arabica, 1403 E Campbell Road, Suite 101,Richardson Open 11 a.m.– 10 p.m. Monday– Thursday, 11 a.m.– midnight Friday, 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. Saturday