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Anyone know where to find kabsa?

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My boyfriend grew up in Saudi Arabia and talks longingly of a dish he enjoyed as a kid called kabsa...it's rice with raisins, spices and chicken. I found recipes online and made it for him but it wasn't quite the same ;) Anyone know of a restaurant in the San Francisco area that has this? I'd be eternally grateful!

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  1. There's one mention on Yelp and it was a taster by a chef contemplating putting it on their menu. Mazzat in Hayes Valley
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/mazzat-san-fr...

    Looks like it made the menu as Kabsse with chicken instead of the lamb in the linked review. Test it out and report back! :

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    "Jasmine rice cooked with green peas, onions, carrots, and raisins, topped with tender chicken thighs, cooked with fresh tomatoes, all sprinkled with nuts, served with a side of plain yogurt"

    1. Have you tried Alborz on Center Street in Berkeley? I know they have rice dishes that sound quite similar, and I believe the owners are from Saudi Arabia.

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      1. re: TopoTail

        Close but across across the Persian Gulf.
        "After leaving his native Iran at age seventeen, David Dornan settled in Sweden, where he got a footing in restaurant work. Emigrating to the US twenty years ago, he opened the first Alborz — named for a snowy northern Iranian mountain range — in Fremont."

      2. Thanks so much! Will check Mazzat and Alborz out and let you know how it goes :)