Al Safadi is a famous Syrian restaurant in Al Rigga with an al fresco dining. It has a different vibe among other restaurants in Rigga as it looks like a fine dining experience. The weather was still nice so we opted to dine outside. Having an al fresco is challenging for restaurant owners… in addition to the additional rent they have to pay for that space it is also risky when it comes to food contamination. Service was fast. They served our mohamara and Arabic breads immediately. My first impression made a high expectation of the restaurant, but it slowly died down because of the servers not paying attention to the customers.
Here is my review of the food.
- Mohamara- I have posted a lot of restaurants serving mohamara. Al Safadi has one of nicest tasting mohamara I had. It is made of bread crumbs, walnut, chili paste, pomegranate molasses, lemon, cumin. It has a sweet, tangy, and a little bit spicy taste. The bread crumbs gave it a thick soft texture.
- Foul- fava beans with lemons and garlic. Topped with tomato, coriander, and whole green chili. It isn’t spicy, but there is something about it that I don’t like. It has a fishy taste in it.
- Lahem Beajine Trabolsi- this is minced meat with onions, pomegranate molasses topped with pine nuts on a croissant like bread. It is like muhammara with meat and additional crunch from the pine nuts.