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Posted by Anonymous on 11/22/2007
I love the feeling of knowing I don't have to settle on eat nasty food just because it's 3 in the morning. I love knowing that Mataam Al Mataam, which translated to English means "Restaurant of Restaurants," is open and have some of the best middle eastern food you can get 24 hours of the day. Some people might call the place "ghetto," however, I find it to be very traditional and full of character. I, especially, love when I see all the old school Assyrian guys playing "Kon-Khan" and using the hidden slot machines in the back corner of the room. The shawirma is mouth watering, the kefta is phenomenal, and the chicken is full of flavor. The salad is fresh and awesome at all times of the day. The soups or stews that come with the plate are a meal of their own. I especially love the white bean soup and pour it all over the rice for a true Assyrian touch to the dish. Whenever I see the owner Camil, pronounced like "Camel", walking around with the brounette version of the Hulk Hogan hair dew, I know I'm at a special place. That's exactly what Mataam-Al-Mataam is, a very special place! You have got to try it and NOW!!!
Posted by Iraqiboy on 12/28/2006
Well, walking through the doors of this restaurant takes you away from USA and lands you in a popular restaurant in Iraq. The food is so authentic and not Americanized at all. What used to happen to restaurants in order to satisfy American taste. You will not find burgers if you come here, but you will touch the base of the Iraqi food. If you have the time and energy to come to this place all the week for the daily specials, you will have a great authentic taste of Iraqi kitchen. You will enjoy the food, it is great . This if you don't mind the appearance of the place that looks old a bit. My two main down points are: (1) For everyday menu, they only serve one kind of rice that is the white one (2)They use non disposable plastic glasses for the water which I still don't understand why. A bottle or can of coke with a straw will solve this latter issue (they offer that as well). Enjoy the experience. It is a really good one.