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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Visiting Tanoreen 4/10/2016

On my way home from Toronto - I know, I know, I'm posting about the end of my trip first - I flew into JFK. When I booked the tickets it was cheaper to do two one-way trips; since I flew out of Philadelphia to go to Toronto and had to have a layover in Atlanta because I wasn't sure if I could get there early enough for the Philadelphia --> JFK --> Toronto flight (dad's coworker did end up taking me, but if I had to take the train to Philadelphia, that's why I booked the Philadelphia --> Atlanta --> Toronto flight because the time worked for public transit), I decided coming home I would fly into JFK, hang out in NYC for a few hours, then take the train home. I wanted to try Tanoreen since I love making their fish dish. I thought I could sample how they make their fish dish and learn how to make other dishes as well.

I had reservations for Tanoreen at 12:30. I thought I was supposed to arrive at 10:15 AM, but I misread the ticket and that was the time I was leaving from Toronto. When I arrived at JFK at noon, I called to tell them I was going to be late because I misread my ticket and I just arrived. They were really courteous about it and changed my reservation to 1:30, but they would take me if I did arrive earlier.

I took a cab from JFK to Brookyln where Tanoreen is located. I arrived at 1:10 and was seated right away. The friendly host took my luggage and put it in the back, which I thought was very nice. I was seated and looked over the menu. Tanoreen was very crowded, but the atmosphere was very friendly. I talked to the waitress and other servers that stopped by my table. We chatted for a little bit, which added to the welcoming feel. I felt welcomed in Tanoreen and the vibe was warm.

I knew I wanted the fish I normally make, so I ordered that and three meat pies (well, one was spinach). I was nervous about the lamb because I'm usually not a lamb fan, but I wanted to try the mini pies since they are a delicacy in the Middle East. They were brought out right away and they were fabulous! The lamb even tasted good and I might have to try other lamb dishes (my mom made lamb once for my Irish great grandma and I got sick after I tried it. It was a stomach bug, but I associated getting sick with lamb and didn't touch it for many years until April 10, 2016 - I know it's usually strong, but the way the lamb pie was made it didn't taste strong at all). I especially loved the spinach pie - all three pies were delicious.

When the fish dish came out, I exclaimed to my waitress how I usually make this dish. I work for a library and we have Chef Rawia Bishara's Olives, Lemon, and Za'atar cookbook. One night in November I wanted to try making something new and picked out this dish. I wanted to try how she made it and learn. I noticed Chef Rawia didn't stuff the fish like I did, but put it to the side for the fish to be dipped in. Chef Rawia was walking around and she stopped by my table to talk to me. I was telling her how I made this dish and I don't yet compare. She smiled and gave me some pointers, which I really appreciated. I can't wait to make this dish again.

For dessert I had this custard called Sahlab that was served with rose water. Oh my goodness, that was amazing too! I also had Arabic coffee since I had a four hour commute back to King of Prussia. It did sustain me!

I would wholeheartedly recommend Tanoreen. It's not badly priced, especially for Brooklyn. The atmosphere is warm and vibrant, Chef Rawia is walking around talking to customers, and the food is just amazing. You won't be disappointed!

The view from Brooklyn - the Brooklyn Bridge in the distance.


  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    I never figured out why Atlanta is such an air travel hub for connecting flights. Many travelers must fly hundreds of miles out of their way to land in Atlanta and change planes before flying on to their destination. I know it is cheaper somehow but the rationale escapes me.

    You know by now that I love a good fish dish and I am going to show this one to Mrs. Shady. Tanoreen seems like a great eatery. Mrs. S and I enjoy dining in a noisy, "vibrant" restaurant atmosphere with good service, friendly staff and great food. That Sahlab custard looks a lot like the flan dessert we enjoyed on our vacation in St. Croix.

    Have a great week, dear friend JM!

    1. Hi Shady,

      My mom travels a lot for work and she says that Delta is based in Atlanta, so Atlanta is the hub for Delta. I guess other airlines originate in Atlanta too; but it's annoying.

      Next time you visit the North, stop in Brooklyn and try Tanoreen! You will not be disappointed! :)

      Have a great week too, dear friend!

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