Located at 2740 South Virginia St in Reno, Naan & Kabob, etc. came highly recommended by my best friend. I don’t think we would have tried it, if not for the recommendation, but both of us were happy that we did. The chef, Maurice Afraimi, was a colorful character who strolled from table to table telling tales of being the former neighbor of Steve Jobs in Palo Alto, and about how he prepares his delicious cuisine. When he stopped at our table, he told us about his former restaurant, Bourbon Street, that was for many years, located in Palo Alto, California. After we tried his delicious food, we begged him to open another in Portland. He said he would consider it.
Chef Maurice Afraimi
The prices were low and the food was outstanding. Chef Maurice accommodated our vegetarian preferences perfectly! We started off with pita bread and a freshly made red sauce, which is presented to each table with the chef’s compliments. Additionally, we ordered the Tzatziki, which is a delicious blend of yoghurt, lemon juice, dill and garlic. I serve this dish at home a lot, and is one of my favorite summertime snacks. It was cool and refreshing served with cucumber slices and Kalamata olives.
For my entree, I had Maurice’s Vegetable Pasta Barcelona, which was a dish consisting of penne pasta tossed gently in a creamy saffron/garlic sauce with delicious fire roasted vegetables. It was garnished with mild, crunchy, raw onions and chopped parsley, which gave it that certain je ne sais quoi. This dish was delightful.
I felt it fitting to include a glass of Greek wine with my meal, and enjoyed a glass of light, dry Boutari Moschofilero for the first time. It was the perfect compliment to the pasta.
John was not feeling as adventurous as I, so he ordered the very safe and typical vegetable combination of falafel, dolmads, tahini and hummus. It seems like he always orders the same thing, when we go to Greek restaurants. sigh….but he did comment that this particular food was delicious.
We split a baklava, which was atypical to most baklava, as you can see in the picture. This pastry was huge and absolutely wonderful! It was filled with pistachios and honey in a light, flaky crust….but it looked more like an egg role than a piece of baklava! Who’s complaining, though? We loved it!
The chef gave us cards that we can redeem the next time we’re in Reno, for yet another dessert. Both of us really enjoyed this little restaurant with its quaint atmosphere and friendly service. We shall definitely return! Thanks to my sweetheart friend for the recommendation!