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Mama Ayesha (Calvert Cafe)

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    $$$$$18.01 - $25
    $$$$12.01 - $18
    $$$7.01 - $12
    $Less than $7
  • Middle Eastern, Mediterranean
  • 1967 Calvert St NW, Washington DC20009 38.923254 -77.047417
  • (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
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

Main Dishes

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

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
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
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
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    

Cocktails & Beverages

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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