Molokheiya (Egyptian Spinach) at Maisa - Downtown Oakland
I just had a wonderful lunch from Maisa. On Fridays they often cook a North African or Middle Eastern regional specialty for a group that meets at the restaurant (or that they cater for, I'm a little unclear). These dishes are not on the menu, and sometimes don't even have a name.
I've told them that I am interested in trying any of these off-menu items whenever they are available and the 2 that I've tried so far have both been very good.
Today was Molokheiya cooked with lamb. The dish was somewhat similar to a saag curry from an Indian restaurant but with much less spice, a brighter vegetable flavor (I'm told egyptian spinach is botanically closer to okra then to spinach) and no oil or grease. The lamb was cooked perfectly as it always is here, mouth-meltingly tender and juicy. Served with fluffy rice, warmed pita, and sliced lemon. $10.99.