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Feb 24, 2014
08:20 AMThe Connecticut Table
Kibberia Brings Middle Eastern Cuisine to Westport
In September, Westport welcomed KIBBERIA Restaurant and Cafe to the Post Road serving traditional Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine. Kibbe, a Levantine dish made of bulgur, minced onions and ground beef, is a staple in many Middle Eastern kitchens, and KIBBERIA serves KIBBE and an enormous variety of other Middle Eastern dishes, always fresh, always home-made (except for the Pita Bread) and very tasty! You have to excuse the packaging and get right down to the food… Cafeteria style with paper bowls for soup does not scream “GOURMET” by any means. But the food is the thing...and KIBBERIA does not disappoint.
Westport is KIBBERIA’s second location (the other has been a huge success in Danbury since 2011) owned by Lebanese-born Nick Iskander and co-owner and head chef Carole Iskander. Carole is cooking for a packed, Westport crowd every day but Sunday. From moms with kids to business people out for a healthy, quick lunch to vegans to carnivores-KIBBERIA provides a healthy, hearty, Middle Eastern meal that suits any palate.
We sampled numerous classic Lebanese dishes, including a killer , rich and flavorful with no cream what-so-ever. The Moujadra, warm lentils with sautéed onion and rice, was also delicious. The onion sweetened the dish to perfection and the warm lentils were tender and succulent atop the bouncy rice. The falafel were small but well-seasoned and the TAHINI sauce for dipping was creamy and delicious. Tahini is a silky puree of roasted and ground sesame kernels with just enough lemon juice, salt and garlic, and is the perfect complement to the ground chickpea patties. ...
Best of all, for me, was the Fattoush Salad (show above). Here, a crunchy, pita bowl was filled with crisp lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, lemon, garlic, sumac and plenty of mint. So refreshing and tasty, it is a wonderful salad to wake up the taste buds.