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Azerbaijan, Westbury

  • mcf Nov 27, 2013 08:17 AM
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Finally made it here after reading some good things in recent years. WOW, it was really excellent. Staff is very gracious and welcoming.

We had two of the kebabs, ground and spiced and filet, and they were excellent. The star at the table, IMO, was my butterflied and grilled brook trout, intensely smoky and very richly seasoned. Seasoining here is intense, complex at times, really stands apart from the usual, IMO, especially on that fish. Could not get enough.

Instead of rice, we had grilled veggies as sides, and they, too, were smoky off the grill, a really nice assortment of whole plum tomato, onion, peppers and zucchini sticks. Bread was grilled, very good, too.

our apps were a greaseless sigara stuffed with feta and herbs, excellent, and eggplant slices topped with what tasted like Italian marinara (very good, just unexpected) and yogurt sauce.

Cannot wait to return, we thought the meal was outstanding.

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  1. My mother and I find every reason possible to make it to Long Island just to dine at Azerbaijan. The tabbouleh salad is outstanding along with everything else on the menu. I have been asking the owner, Said, to open a location in Westchester for many years. Nothing yet...but still hoping.

    1. mcf, that's a great review.

      I have only had one lunch there.

      I think it was $11.95 at the time and now they advertise it as $10.95, but I could be wrong.

      I had the ground meat kebop. I didn't get the seasoning you got, but hope to on another visit, maybe dinner this time. It also came with a watery "soup" that was forgettable.

      Not cheap for the portions as my plate was very full of rice, but compared to a diner where a "Caesar salad" with unseasoned griddled chicken costs $16.95 and up... or Neraki in Huntington that gives a very tasty green salad with small portions of protein and unlimited tzatziki and pita bread for $11.95, I guess we're on par.

      I'm really looking forward to tasting the seasoning you speak of at a dinner I hope to have there soon.

      :-)

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      1. re: Gastronomos

        If you want a lot of smokey goodness and strong seasoning, get that brook trout and the grilled veggies. The kebab meat is not nearly as intensely flavor and rice is just, meh, rice, I never order it, always get veggies instead, and we had a bunch leftover to take home.

        The app I mentioned was very herbal, didn't need the strong seasoning from the dip it came with at all.

        I thought the value there was excellent, but have only been there for dinner. You're typically disappointed by places I like a lot, so maybe we have really different palates or expectations.

        1. re: mcf

          maybe we have different expectations. and I think that is ok. even if a place called Azerbaijan bills itself as "Mediterranean"

          1. re: Gastronomos

            As usual, I have no idea what you're referring to. Did you eat there and have a different experience than I did? We also look for very different things: I don't eat rice or bread, so my meals are all about the proteins and the veggies.

            1. re: mcf

              He may be referring to the fact that Azerbaijan is more than 1,000 miles from the Mediterranean Sea. (It's on the Caspian.) We always run into this problem of how to briefly characterize the cuisines of Central Asia. Perhaps kebab-y or flat-bread-y is the way to go!

              1. re: emarcus

                I was actually responding to the first part of his comment. And I think it's clear we always have completely different expectations, and, for that matter, posting styles. :-)