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Mama Ayesha (Calvert Cafe)

  • Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
  • 1967 Calvert St NW, Washington 20009 38.923406 -77.046757
  • (Btwn Biltmore St & Cliffborne PI NW)
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  • (202) 232-5431
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Appetizers - Dips

Hummus chick pea puree blended with tahini, fresh lemon juice and a hint of fresh garlic    6.50
Hummus Bil Foole hummus topped with foole fava beans    7.50
Hummus Bil Lahmeh hummus topped with ground lamb, pine nuts and almonds    9.50
Baba Ghanouj baked eggplant blended with tahini, fresh lemon juice and a hint of fresh garlic    7.50
Foole M' Damas fava beans blended with fresh lemon juice, cumin and a hint of fresh garlic topped with fresh tomatoes and red onions    7.50
Labneh creamy farmers cheese made from strained yogurt and topped with olive oil    6.50

Salads

Taboullah finely chopped parsley, tomatoes, cucumbers, cracked bulgar wheat in fresh lemon juice and olive oil    6.50
Fattoush chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, radishes and mint tossed in fresh lemon juice and pomegranate or olive oil dressing topped with pita chips    6.50
Salata Bil Tahina - Arabian Salad chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley, tahini and olive oil    6.50
Khyar Bil Laban - Cucumber Salad diced cucumbers, yogurt, fresh mint and a hint of garlic    6.50
Sultut Harateen - Helen's Salad diced tomatoes and red onions in olive oil and lemon juice    6.50
Sultut Harateen - Helen's Salad add feta cheese    1.50
Sulata Jabal Il Zaytoon - Mt. Of Olives Salad lettuce, tomato, cucumber, kalamata olives, green peppers, chick peas and feta cheese with our house dressing    9.50
Sulata Turkiye - Turkish Salad fresh tomatoes with red onions, green pepper, cilantro and olive oil    6.50

Other Specialties & Sides

Falafel ground chick peas, parsley, cilantro, and a hint of garlic and onions deep fried and served with tahini dressing    6.50
Zaahir Maglie fried cauliflower topped with fresh lemon and garlic dressing    6.50
Kibbeh Maglia deep fried oval shells made with crushed bulgar wheat stuffed with spiced ground beef, sautéed onions, pine nuts and almonds    6.50
Betin'jan Maglie fried eggplant topped with a fresh lemon and garlic dressing    6.50
Koo' Sa Maglie fried squash topped with a fresh lemon and garlic dressing    6.50
Faatayir - Spinach Pies made with sautéed onions and sumac    6.50
Faatayir Bil Jibnah - Spinach And Cheese Pies made with feta cheese    6.50
Mu-Khal-Lal assorted pickled vegetables    4.00
Jibna Wu Zaytoon - Cheese And Olives made with syrian cheese, kalamata olives and mixed vegetables    7.50
Sujok spicy beef sausages served over mashed potatoes    8.50
Kibbeh Neeya lamb tartar mixed with crushed bulgar wheat and red onions    9.50
Grande Mezze hummus, baba ghanouj, khyar bil laban, lifid, taboullah, salata bil tahina, fattoush, olives, sultat harateen and falafel   (serves 10-12) 78.00

Homemade Stuffed Specialties

Vegetable / Lamb

Warak Inib Mahshi tangy grape leaves stuffed with tender ground lamb, white rice and mama's secret spices, served with homemade yogurt    16.00  14.00
Malfoof Mahshi tangy cabbage stuffed with tender ground lamb, white rice and mama's secret spices    16.00  14.00
Koo'sa Mahshi tyellow squash stuffed with tender ground lamb, rice and mama's secret spices cooked in a tomato sauce    16.00  14.00
Stuffed Combination grape leaves, cabbage and squash    19.00  17.00

From Our Charcoal Grill

Shish Kabob lightly spiced cubes of marinated lamb served with rice and grilled vegetables    19.00
Shish Taouk boneless chicken breast marinated and served with rice and grilled vegetables    16.00
Kifta Kabob ground beef, minced parsley, minced onions and mama's secret spices served with rice    16.00
Lahem Meshwi lightly spiced cubes of marinated beef served with rice and grilled vegetables    19.00
Reeash - Lamb Chops three loin chops lightly marinated and served over dry couscous    23.00
Mushakal Mashawi - Mixed Grill shish kabob, shish taouk and kifta kabob served with rice and grilled vegetables    19.00
Jaj Al Fah'Im - Charcoal Chicken bone in half chicken marinated with mama's secret spices and served with rice    16.00
Salmon Meshwi a fresh salmon fillet marinated and served with taboullah    20.00

Other House Favorites

Mouzat a lamb shank baked in a tomato stew with mama's secret spices served with rice and green beans    18.00
Menzalah layered eggplant topped with ground beef, pine nuts, almonds and tomato sauce baked and served with rice    16.00
Kibbeh Sineeyah ground lamb baked with cracked wheat, lightly spiced onions, pine nuts and almonds served with rice    16.00
Jaj Mu'Hummar half chicken baked in an onion based stew with mama's secret spices and served with rice    15.00
Jaj Bil Toma half chicken baked in a garlic based stew with fresh lemon juice and mama's secret spices served with rice    15.00
Musakan half chicken baked with sautéed onions, pine nuts, almonds and sumac served over toasted pita bread    16.00
Bamia Bil Lahmeh vegetarian    15.00
Bamia Bil Lahmeh simmered okra and chunks of lamb cooked with mama's secret spices in a tomato stew and served with rice    18.00
Makloobah vegetarian    15.00
Makloobah a traditional dish made with cauliflower, carrots, bone in chicken and spiced rice topped with pine nuts and almonds and served with homemade yogurt    18.00
Mujadarah rice and lentil dish topped with sautéed onions and served with homemade yogurt    14.00
Couscous vegetarian    14.00
Couscous semolina wheat served with a shoulder cut of lamb and mixed vegetables topped with our fresh tomato sauce    17.00
Dry Couscous semolina wheat served with raisins, pine nuts, almonds, cinnamon, sugar and a shoulder cut of lamb    17.00
Combination shish kabob, kifta kabob, couscous, grape leaves and kibbeh sineeyah served with rice and grilled vegetables    22.00

Brunch

Hummus chick pea puree blended with tahini, fresh lemon juice and a hint of fresh garlic    6.50
Hummus Bil Lahmeh hummus topped with ground lamb, pine nuts and almonds    9.50
Foole M' Damas mashed fava beans blended with cumin, fresh lemon and a hint of garlic topped with red onions and fresh tomatoes    7.50
Labneh creamy farmers cheese made from strained yogurt and topped with olive oil    6.50
Falafel ground chick peas, parsley, cilantro, and a hint of garlic and onions deep fried and served with tahini dressing    6.50
Zait Wu Zatar mixed spices made up of wild oregano, herbs and toasted sesame seeds served with olive oil    5.50
Jibnah Maglia fried goat cheese topped with zaatar    6.50
Kalayah chunks of lamb and diced tomatoes sautéed with fresh onions and peppers over an open flame    11.50
Shakshoukah sautéed tomatoes, peppers and onions topped with eggs and parsley served with arabic home fries    12.50
Ij' Ah made with cauliflower, eggs, parsley, onions, garlic, flour and cumin served with arabic home fries    12.50
Bay'D Wu Batatah scrambled eggs and sautéed onions made with arabic home fries    10.50
Bay'D Wu Sujok scrambled eggs and sautéed onions made with spicy beef sausages    12.50

Brunch Beverages

Mimosa sparkling wine with orange juice and a splash of cointreau    8.00
Bloody Mary made with your choice of vodka  
Arabic Coffee unfiltered arabic coffee with a hint of cardamom  
Mint Tea   

Desserts $4

Baklawa layers of fillo pastry with a walnut crusted bottom and honey  
Esh Il Asfoor - Bird's Nest rolled fillo pastry filled with ground pistachios  
Namoura fillo pastry filled with ishta and honey  
Ruz Bil Haleeb - Arabian Rice Pudding made with a hint of rose water  

Coffee & Tea

Arabian Coffee unfiltered arabic coffee with a hint of cardamom  
Sheik arabian coffee with a splash of galliano  
Irish Coffee made with jameson irish whiskey and topped with whipped cream  
American Coffee Or Decaf Coffee   
Mint Tea   

Dessert Martinis

Caramel Apple Martini   
Chocolate Martini   
Toasted Almond Martini   

Beverages

Soft Drinks cranberry, orange juice, grapefruit, pineapple  
American Coffee   
Decaf Coffee   
Mint Tea   
Arabian Coffee unfiltered coffee with a hint of cardamom  

Martinis

Pomegranate Martini pama, stoli orange vodka, grapefruit, splash of fresh lemon juice and a twist of lemon  
Pineapple Martini malibu coconut, pineapple and a splash of chambord  
Washington Apple Martini maker's mark, dekuyper sour apple pucker and cranberry  
Wild Tea Martini absolut wild tea vodka, st-germain elderflower liqueur and iced tea  
Ruby Sky Martini absolut ruby red vodka, lemon lime soda, grapefruit and pineapple juice  
Vanilla Sunrise Martini absolut vanilia vodka, grenadine, orange juice and white crème de cacao  

Signature Cocktails

Cosmopolitan absolut citron, cointreau and cranberry  
Manhattan maker's mark, sweet vermouth and a cherry  
Old Fashioned muddled cherry and orange mixed with sugar, water and angostura bitters topped with knob creek bourbon  

Arabic Cocktail

Arak licorice cocktail made with grape neutral spirits and aniseed  

Bottled Beers - Domestic

Miller Lite   
Samuel Adams Boston Lager   
Yuengling   
Kaliber non-alcoholic  
Blue Moon colorado  

Bottled Beers - Imported

Heineken netherlands  
Amstel Light netherlands  
Corona mexico  
Red Stripe jamaica  
Almaza lebanon  

 

Mama Ayesha (Calvert Cafe)
1967 Calvert St NW
Btwn Biltmore St & Cliffborne PI NW
(202) 232-5431
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