VENUE DETAILS

Babani's Kurdish Restaurant

Price:

$

Cuisine Type:

Asian, Middle Eastern

Serves:

Lunch, Dinner

Handicap Accessible:

Yes

Outdoor Seating:

No

Handicap Accessible:

Yes

Outdoor Seating:

No

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REVIEW

This cozy, family owned eatery claims to be the country's first Kurdish restaurant. Every meal at Babani's should start with the naska nan wa paneer, a plate that includes a few wedges of the kitchen's thick yeasty bread served with olives, cucumber and Roma tomato slices and feta cheese mixed with olive oil, oregano and garlic. It should also include the dowjic, a tangy chicken-and-rice soup zipped up with yogurt and lemon and pretty flecks of basil. And it most definitely must involve the salata tanyata, a salad that's half tabbouleh (a wonderfully refreshing one, popping with parsley, green onions and lemon) and half jaajic, a cool blend of yogurt and cucumbers flecked with dill. From there, the Kurdish fare - which tastes like it is related to the food traditions of several cultures familiar to Twin Cities diners, including Greek, Afghani, Indian and Lebanese - gets a little unpredictable.

Where:

Babani's Kurdish Restaurant
544 St. Peter St.
St. Paul, MN
651-602-9964

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