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Reviews of Ryan Palace (Warren), Sheeba or Yemen Cafe (Hamtramck)?

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Does anyone have opinions regarding these restaurants? We're planning a trip to the Detroit area and trying to choose...

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  1. I've always thought Ryan Palace is Lebanese or Iraqi... that you grouped it with two Yemeni restaurants makes me wonder if it's Yemeni too?

    Of the three, I've only been to Sheeba. They have outstanding fresh-baked bread (sort of a really large, thick naan-like bread). But the entrees can be hit or miss, and even the "hits" can be inconsistent. It has a very comfortable dining area.

    I have heard that Yemen Cafe does *not* have a similarly comfortable dining area -- it may be set up more like one of those all-male Middle Eastern social clubs. A single female diner said she did not feel comfortable eating there alone, but did feel comfortable at Sheeba.

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    Ryan Palace Restaurant
    4300 E 14 Mile Rd, Warren, MI 48092

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    1. re: jjspw

      Thank you. I believe Ryan Palace is Iraqi/Chaldean. I also meant to inquire about Arabian Village in Dearborn and Edan Jarden (spelling?) in Detroit., which I think are also Yemeni. Which entress have you found to be "hits" at Sheeba?

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      Arabian Village Restaurant
      10421 Dix, Dearborn, MI 48120

      Ryan Palace Restaurant
      4300 E 14 Mile Rd, Warren, MI 48092

      1. re: 2ForTheRoad

        Can't comment on Arabian Village, never been. I haven't been to Eden Garden, either, but the chef/owner was the former chef/owner of the now-closed Yemen Nights Cafe. The food at Yemen Nights was superb, so I expect the same of Eden Garden.

        Thus, of all these places you mentioned, I'd probably recommend Eden Garden, simply because the food should be very similar to Yemen Nights and it has a nice atmosphere (i.e. not the male social club scene).

        Dishes I'd recommend: mandi (stewed lamb over rice) and kabsa (stewed chicken over biryani-like rice). That goes at Sheeba as well, if you end up there.

        If you prefer Iraqi/Chaldean food, Najeeb Kabob House and Al Masgoof Grill may be better options than Ryan Palace. They are both right at the same intersection as Ryan Palace. Najeeb is on SE corner of 14 & Ryan, right behind the gas station; Al Masgoof is on NE corner of 14 & Ryan, in strip mall next to Lim's Chinese food.

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        Arabian Village Restaurant
        10421 Dix, Dearborn, MI 48120

        Ryan Palace Restaurant
        4300 E 14 Mile Rd, Warren, MI 48092

        Yemen Nights Cafe
        9310 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48210

        1. re: jjspw

          Come on jjspw, I was hoping for a meaty write up on Al Masgoof. After all, if you order take out, or stand at the counter rather than at sitting at the table awaiting eat-in, you get to see your fish of choice (~5 choices) plucked wriggling from the water tanks and gutted live before your eyes. That's what I call fresh seafood.

          Then, the fish gets driven onto a thin metal post, which is stuck vertically into a circle of burning logs. Oh, but in between those steps it unfortunately gets basted with a squirt of something which detracts from the natural flavor (or, is that just the weirdly strong flavor of the smoke?).

          Anyway, this place is fascinating (for as long as they can stay in business), but I've just been too lazy to write a review, myself. If you've got the energy, please expound on the experience, yourself.

          In any event, Cheers. Glad to hear you tried it and liked it.

            1. re: vtombrown

              Okay, this isn't an official review of Al Masgoof, but...

              The fish show is really interesting, just like VTB described. But this place is NOTORIOUS for messing up your order and for charging incorrectly. That stuff really detracts from my overall enjoyment of the food -- and I'm not usually one to be very picky about service, language barrier, etc.

              I've found it impossible to get what I order at Al Masgoof (even by pointing at the menu). I've been twice, and both times, both my husband's and my dishes have been incorrect. Both times, they charged him for the wrong dish -- charged for what he ordered, which was more expensive than the dish he got served. And if you order one of the fish specialties, the menu may say $14.99 flat price, but they'll charge $9.99/lb and give you a ~2 lb fish (without asking you how many pounds you want). Just a very shady practice, IMO, and I really didn't think the food was so spectacular that I'd put up with that.

              Najeeb across the street does masgoof (Iraqi national dish) of comparable quality, even though it may not be yanked-from-tank-as-you-watch fresh.

              1. re: jjspw

                Thank you! :-) I've never tried Najeeb. Maybe I'll give it a whirl.