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Anyone know where to find kabsa?

VegetableLasagna5 Feb 5, 2012 03:41 PM

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. drewskiSF RE: VegetableLasagna5 Feb 6, 2012 07:50 PM

    There's one mention on Yelp and it was a taster by a chef contemplating putting it on their menu. Mazzat in Hayes Valley

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


    "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"

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      TopoTail RE: VegetableLasagna5 Feb 7, 2012 11:08 AM

      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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        wolfe RE: TopoTail Feb 7, 2012 12:43 PM

        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."

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        VegetableLasagna5 RE: VegetableLasagna5 Feb 7, 2012 02:13 PM

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

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