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Tamam: A Beginners Guide to Palestinian Cuisine

Tamam: A Beginners Guide to Palestinian Cuisine

Tamam: A Beginners Guide to Palestinian Cuisine
The Vancouver East Village – basically running on Hastings Street from Renfrew to Commercial – has become quite the hub for the Vancouver culinary scene. With places like Red Wagon, Campagnolo Roma, Tacofino, and Kessel&March, it seems THIS is the place to be! Since reading about Tamam in the Vancouver Sun several months back I knew I had to visit the place. I always noticed with the big, yellow awning so one rainy Vancouver night my boyfriend and I made it our mission to discover true, Palestinian cuisine. Our expectations were super high but they were exceeded. I was literally blown away.

The restaurant itself is large, with a separate section, quite like a veranda, which is where chose to sit. The place is dimly lit, which gives a nice ambiance. I have looked over the Tamam menu about a thousand times online, so I was ready to order as soon as I sat down. To start, I ordered the eggplant salad and my boyfriend ordered the lentil soup. We shared both dishes and were both in awe of how flavourful both were. We grinned at each other, thinking “This is going to be a good night!” The eggplant salad was mixed with grilled eggplant, olive oil, parsley, almond slices, and raisins. This dish was surprisingly quite light and very refreshing. We both agreed this was our favourite dish of the night. The lentil soup was the “Soup of the Day” and both my boyfriend and I have a thing for lentils. We are a tad picky when it comes to our lentil soup. The Tamam version is hands-down the best one I have ever tasted. It seemed there was very little ingredients added and the soup was purely lentils. It was fabulous and the portion was large enough us to share. This is how all lentil soup should taste.

Tamam: A Beginners Guide to Palestinian Cuisine Tamam: A Beginners Guide to Palestinian Cuisine

Now on to the main courses! I chose the Mujaddarah, which is rice that is mixed with lentils, caramelized onions (for anyone who knows me this was a big feat!), served with chicken breast, grilled peppers, and purple cabbage salad. The arrangement of the dish on the white, porcelain plate was beautiful and highlighted all the colors. I loved everything about this meal! The chicken was juicy and had garlic slices on top. The peppers were perfectly done and there is no describing the mixture of rice and lentils. I have vowed to always make my rice with lentils now. As I was eating I said to my boyfriend “This dish was beautiful – there is simply no other way to describe it. It was beautiful!” My boyfriend ordered the stuffed cabbage rolls which also came with purple cabbage salad. This dish was also arranged wonderfully on the plate, with lots of vibrant colors. The cabbage rolls were fresh, filling, and so full of flavour!

Tamam: A Beginners Guide to Palestinian Cuisine Tamam: A Beginners Guide to Palestinian Cuisine

After we paid we talked briefly to the restaurant owner, Tamam. She was very kind and we told her we will soon be back! I told my boyfriend I could eat at Tamam: Fine Palestinian Cuisine every day and he couldn’t have agreed more! We vowed to go back for brunch and lunch. I immediately texted my mom and ordered her to take my dad there immediately! Uh oh… looks like we found my new obsession!

Written by:  Micaela Monk

 
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