Most popular mezza are hommos, tabbouleh, baba
ghanouj, and stuffed grape leaves. Premium Arak, Lebanon's anise
flavored alcoholic beverage, is the perfect accompaniment for mezza.
Savory main courses
served with vegetables and basmti rice delights as well. Ali Baba's
Basmati rice with its rich aroma, texture, and taste is the epitome
of fine rice.
"Every item qualifies
as a signature dish, as each is authentic", chebat says. Perfectly
char-grilled kabbs include choice of lamb, beef, chicken and flavorful
kafta (ground beef mixed with parsley, onions and exotic spices).
"We want the main product to stand out, therefore we only use
light marinade to enhance the flavor," the chef explains.
chicken, marinated quail, and samke hara (traditional Lebanese fish)
baked and served with two specially sauces, are available as well.
Ali Baba's wine list
is adequate, with several selections from various countries. I suggest
the Lebanese Ksara, a full-bodied red, or Massaya.