109-12445 Lake Fraser Drive SE, Calgary, AB, T2J 7A4
Alladdin’s Casbah is an up-scale restaurant in Avenida Village Shopping Centre that serves Lebanese food.
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Profile Last Updated: February 28, 2008
Although the name congers up an image of something quintessentially North African and Arabic, Aladdin’s Casbah is a restaurant that specializes in Lebanese cuisine. The space is nicely appointed and the ambience tends to the up-scale, with service to match. The owner had a very successful restaurant in Quebec for over two decades before relocating to Calgary. The distinctive flavours of the dishes reflect the chef’s employment of special spices, sauces and marinades, coupled with the use of a charcoal grill.
Lots Of Choices for Vegetarians
Lebanese cuisine has lots of delights for vegetarians. One signature dish is baba ghanouj. It is made primarily from eggplant, the pulp of which is mashed and mixed with various seasonings, then broiled over an open flame, adding a smoky flavour to the pulp. Falafel is a fried ball or patty made from spiced fava beans and/or chickpeas which is usually served wrapped in pita bread. Hummus is a dip or a spread that is made of blended chickpeas, sesame tahini, lemon juice, and garlic, also eaten with pita bread.
Meat Eaters Also Welcome
For the non-vegetarian, the menu has an extensive list of beef and seafood dishes prepared with tasty secret marinades and broiled on the charcoal grill. Try maanek, which is a Lebanese sausage dish, or perhaps frog’s legs, which are particularly delightful fare. If you want to try something truly authentic to the Mediterranean tradition, order basturma. It is meat that is pressed, then covered in a cumin paste that consists of crushed cumin, fenugreek, garlic and hot paprika, then air-dried to cure.