Aldeerah

Rating: ★★★✩✩

23107370_10155857905248011_1397953694_oAldeerah is the DMV area’s only Saudi restaurant. Saudi Arabia, of course, tends to make the news for its treatment of women rather than its food but the beautifully-decorated Aldeerah (think salt and pepper shakers of Saudi men and women dressed in traditional clothes) is all about celebrating Saudi food. I went on a rather quiet night (it was the middle of the week) and ordered the chicken kabsa, the national dish of 23030801_10155857905233011_574397082_oSaudi Arabia which consists of chicken over rice. It was tasty and well-cooked though not bursting with flavor. My friend ordered the jareesh, a type of porridge, which she really liked though, not being a fan of cream of wheat cereal, I steered clear of that one. For dessert, we split the haysa, a sort of date and ghee pudding that was very sweet and rich- good in small doses. Service was friendly, if quiet and not super attentive.

Aldeera is located at 262 Cedar Ln, Vienna, VA.

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