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“Best cardamon/pistachio ice-cream dessert!”
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Aladdin's Cafe
Ranked #776 of 4,850 Restaurants in Portland
Cuisines: Lebanese, Mediterranean
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Reviewed 23 January 2016

We've been coming to this neighborhood restaurant for years. Last night, after a couple of years of absence, we rediscovered this family-run Moroccan eatery again and were again welcomed warmly. Their lamb shank with plums and apricots is to die for as well as their Shawarma plates (with scrumptdelicious hummus) and flat bread. And we were treated to home-made cardamon/pistachio ice-cream on top of a warm crispy-skinned baklava with spices and nuts flown especially from their middle-eastern source! All ingredients are fresh and authentic. We will not be waiting more than a few months to return even if we have to drive more than 30 minutes!

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Reviewed 17 January 2016

Aladdin's catered a friend's gathering last Easter and we finally made it there! The food is excellent and some items may have a twist compared to other Arabic restaurants in town (homemade recopies you know...) but the food is excellent and authentic. We had the feast for two and enjoyed good hummus, baba ganuj, kafta & chicken kebab skewers, salad, falafel, dolmathes. Pita was unique (and possibly not authentic but very tasty). All were great. For $35 total (for that meal). For desert (extra $) we had knaffe and baklava - both I think we liked more than most if not all the other Mediterranean / Arabic restaurants in town.

The building itself is not too impressive and the interior is not high end with the lotto but the owner is in here and is friendly and the food is reasonably priced. If you have a waiter/waitress that doesn't know the answers to your questions, you might try to ask for the owner. Otherwise service was pretty prompt.

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Thank TomFallon
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Reviewed 29 November 2015

Clearly off the beaten tourist track (unless you're staying at the nearby Kennedy School), Aladdin offers many traditional Middle-Eastern favorites, some with a Syrian twist. After two visits this month, my wife and I have designated it our favorite of many good Portland Middle-Eastern restaurants! The fresh Syrian flatbread is a tasty variation on typical pita. We love Aladdin's choice of seasonings in both its hummous and lentil soup. Both daily lamb shank specials offer ample portions and respectively delicious sauces. The house-made pistachio-cardamom ice cream and rose-water scented tea taste authentic and are both prepared with care. Guests are greated warmly with great hospitality. Don't expect luxurious surroundings, just a casual and comfortable home-like cafe!

Thank HenryW
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Reviewed 15 April 2015

This unassuming small restaurant is tucked away on the side of a convenience store on NE 33rd. Don't be put off by the appearance. The menu is middle eastern, but the owner is Syrian, and her take on classics makes all the difference. The falafel sandwich was delicious. The bread is among the most tender and delicious I've had. A couple of good beers on tap and some wines by the glass made this a memorable and affordable meal. We'll be back!

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Thank Sillydg
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Reviewed 26 March 2015

My fiance and I were spending the week in Portland, and we found this place by accident. It is so inconspicuous, but I am so glad we stopped by. The food was delicious and Authentic. My family is from the Middle East/Mediterranean, and the food did not disappoint. Definitely would come back!

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Thank Anita G
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