Some cuisines attack your taste buds with the subtlety of a flame being swallowed by a fire-eater. But Middle Eastern cooking is a delicate balancing of flavors and spices. The food at Ali Baba captures that perfectly. The tasty garlic dip, the expertly prepared chicken or the multi-course vegetarian plate all combine to carry you away. It isn't only the food, though, which is authentic; the atmosphere is also true-to-life. The cafeteria-style selections served from brightly lit cold cases, manned by a chatty and helpful staff, is just what you would find in Beirut. Combined with the regional music, photos and mural which decorate the restaurant, eating at Ali Baba is like being on the other side of the world.
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