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111 E North Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
Wednesday - Live Music Sounds of the Mini Combo 7:00
Thursday - Belly Dance Zahira 7:00
Friday - Belly Dance Tashar 7:00
Saturday - Belly Dance Salome 6:00 Cassandra with Live drumming 8:00
Sunday -Belly Dance Arabic Bazaar Dance Ensemble 2:00
Monday - Live Music Sounds of the Mini Combo 7:00
Tuesday - Live Music Sergey 7:30
Wednesday - Live Music Jose Bob 7:30
Thursday - Belly Dance Lisa 7:30
Ararat Middle East Restaurant
111 E North Loop Blvd
Austin, TX 78751-1226
Phone: (512) 419-1692
Editorial Rating: Highly Recommended
Sample the flavors of Kurdish, Persian, Armenian, Arabic and Turkish foods.
Ararat is warm and inviting, with Persian, Turkish and Afghani rugs covering every wall. One can sit upright at a conventional table, or lounge on soft cushions around a low table. Gypsy and Kurdish music sweep through the room, transporting diners from the workaday world.
The nutty, lemony flavor of the drinker's choice made from sesame and pomegranate pastes and lemon juice make a fine companion for soft, warm rounds of pita bread. The Ararat combo features a dolma surrounded by small piles of beans, hummus, baba ghanoush, tabouleh, couscous and yogurt sauce. A bowl of lamb casserole held chunks of supple meat married with slices of tomatoes, eggplant, carrots, green pepper and zucchini, fragrant with seasonings of mint, garlic, dill and sumac. Desserts were the only disappointment. Even the syrupy Namaura--a sweet cake made of semolina and sugar with a dense texture soaked with honey--needed a touch of moisture.
The atmosphere here is amazing. A small cozy and yes even romantic environment with great ambiance. The belly dancer adds a lot to the experience. It's definitely not your typical night out to dinner. The mini combo platter is an excelent way to start your meal with a great variety of flavors for all and the sizziling lamb dish is a must and they have several great vegetarian dishes! Don't try to come without reservations, this place is almost always full and though it's a wonderful place to entertain guests or have a date, it's not very kid friendly. Don't forget to BYOB!
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