WHERE TO EAT
If you’re a fan of Middle Eastern food, you should book a reservation here immediately. Even if you’re not a fan of Middle Eastern food, now you will be. Conveniently located in Capitol Hill, after you’re done with vintage shopping in the neighborhood or after galavanting around downtown, this is an easy ride – or even walk – away. While this is not exclusively a vegetarian or vegan restaurant, unlike many other restaurants that say they have “options”, mamnoon really does. You’ll find the most options within the small plates menu but there’s plenty to go around. The fatteh falafel is one of the best we’ve ever tried, the shamandar bi tahini (beet tahini) is a beautiful mix of savory and sweet, and the arnabeit makli (fried cauliflower) is not fried but has a similar crispy texture and is topped with a light tarrator (tahini). The ash reshteh (lentil/herb stew) made with housemade noodles is so well-balanced and flavorful without being overpowering. You’ll be trying to figure out a way to take this home…somehow. For lovers of sweet treats, don’t skip out on the sambusek (apple dumplings).
Pair your meal with one of their exquisite cocktails or mocktails. We recommend the mamnoon mule (with a ginger beer base) or the mocktail no.2 (cucumber, cilantro, mint, soda). It’s like an evening green juice!
Lovers of reality TV will love that Top Chef contestant Chef Jason Stratton became the general manager and executive chef of mamnoon in the last year. The merge of his Italian cooking experience with owners, Wassef and Racha Haroun’s Syrian and Lebanese backgrounds make an absolutely unforgettable menu of both familiar and unfamiliar authentic dishes. If you’re lucky, Stratton might come by your table. Both him and the owners are very kind people so don’t be shy.
If you don’t have time to head to mamnoon, you can also check out their other locations: anar is a vegetarian juice and casual cafe, and mamnoon street is open for business in Amazon’s new Doppler building.
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