I hate to be one of the masses for something just because Bourdain showed it to me, but now that I know there is such a thing as raw kibbeh, I must have it. Googling shows me some in NYC, LA, DC, and Philly...surely the Bay Area has one place to get it! If not, I'll try to make it myself, but I'd rather have a professional version to calibrate against first.
Last year I had stopped at Sunnyvale's Armenian Gourmet for lunch. Unfortunately, the raw lamb is only available at dinner time. I ended up with a mixed appetizer plate that was indifferent at best.
But, just notice that it's on the menu at Arabian Nights. Who's had it?
re: Melanie Wong
You should call ahead to make sure it's available @ Arabian Nights.
We went there with a Lebanese friend who was excited to see it on the menu and wanted to order it for the table, but the waiter said it wasn't available that night.
They also have another raw lamb dish Kafta Nayeh
ooh great find.
also, kibbeh nayeh should be made with freshly ground meat from the leg; so the presence of kibbeh on the menu doesn't necessarily indicate the ability to make kibbeh nayah (for example, i made kibbeh last night with 3 pounds of ground beef from safeway, (nowhere else was open) but was in no position to make kibbeh nayah)
Here are 2 places with kibbeh on the menu, perhaps they can make it for you raw.
Saha,Beef Kibbeh ground beef, onions, spices, pine nuts and cracked wheat with tomato-prune sauce and leban
La Mediterranee, Lebanese Kibbeh four pieces of local, grass-fed fresh ground lamb & cracked wheat, seasoned and baked with pine nuts