Kulaj, olive mountain, evanston
Just had a great desert at the olive mountain in evanston. I *think* it was called kulaj, anyway its described as custard in phyllo dough.
The phyllo was still soft and not overly sweetened, and the custard was more like a lightly sweetened fresh cheese (thisnk ras malai). really good. I think it was $1.75
well after a very trusted source had mentioned the kulaj at al-basha (next to salam) I thought I had to do a taste test.
Now Al-Basha offers TWO different versions of kulaj, one with custard in the same triangular shape as olive mountain and one with cheese cut square. Both were nice, with the cheese one tasting similarly fresh, but I think what keeps olive mountain's version top for me, is the lighter hand with sugar and the key point of it being warm so the phyllo remains tender.
Before our pastry, we had dinner at noon-o-kabob, and had a dish there that i hadn't had before - gormeh sabzi. we actually ordered this for my veggie wife bcause sabzi translates as vegetable in hindi and persian and urdu have many similarities, but it contained chunks of beef. However, one thing did translate, the taste of the dish was like a well made version of n.indian spinach dishes (though i prefer lamb to beef) The usual kabobs and such were as usual great. One other thing i thought I should mention if you are thinking about ordering baba ganoush order the ******-i-bamijan instead, more of smokey eggplant flavor and the mint in it is very very nice.
Al-Basha Sweets (also known as Nazareth Sweets)
4638 N. Kedzie
610 Davis Street (Evanston)
4661 N. Kedzie
how odd - my response doesn't show on the main page, only after you click on zim's post. i'll try it again...
Thanks for the tip - Olive Mountain is one of my favorite places in Evanston, but I've never tried the desserts. I haven't been in since they moved, though - what's the new space like?
No, just the sandwichy - kaboby stuff. I LOVE their chicken salad, lentil soup, and cucumber - yogurt salad. I've also liked the "fried pan" a lot, but it is so rich and fatty, that I am reluctant to order it regularly :)
I'm not sure I'd go for their more elaborate menu items. It just doesn't strike me as that sort of place. It's my "hubby's out of town, get food fast after going to the gym" place :)