Eid Celebration at Marjorie
If you haven't already noticed we have not been posting a lot of restaurant reviews lately. As Akon would say, "You could put the blame on me."
Why? Well for the past month I've been fasting aka participating in the Muslim hunger games. Jokes aside, Ramadan is more than just abstaining from eating and drinking.
Yes, even water.
The month is also about abstaining from all your bad habits, spending your free time giving back to your community and praying to strengthen your spirituality.
All that being said, Ramadan ended on Wednesday so you can expect us to be back on track starting this week. To kick us off, I thought it would make sense to review the first restaurant I ate at.
Eid al Fitr is the celebration that marks the end of Ramadan and it is usually determined by sighting the moon. Although we usually celebrate by feasting all day with family and friends, it's not celebrating the fact that we can eat again but more about celebrating the good habits and spirituality we've gained in the past month.
Fellow halal foodies I wish you a belated Eid Mubarak!
Now on to what you really came here for, a restaurant review...
For last weeks TMA Monday, we found out that Marjorie was doing a special Eid Celebration menu on Wednesday. Before my friends and I could commit though, we had to make sure the food was halal.
What impressed me the most is that they were planning to serve their regular organic grass fed meat, but after I asked about halal meat on Facebook they ventured out to a halal meat store and got as much as they could.
Why did they decide to celebrate Eid when none of them are Muslim? Well the Chef realized that so many restaurants have special menus for Christmas and Passover, but she has never seen anyone do something for a holiday that a bajillion people celebrate.
The menu was set up in a way where your entire table was served the mezzes, but entrees and dessert were of your pickings all for $50.
They were definitely not expecting the huge turnout they got and by the time we showed up for dinner with 12 people they were already running out of halal meat to serve.
I'm not sure if this was the only cause of the delay, but our food took forever to arrive. Luckily our bodies were still in fasting mode and we were able to keep the hanger at bay.
Out of all the mezzes, I think there was a consensus on the boorani (like spinach dip) and samosas being the best. Sadly they were out of cabbage rolls, so maybe those would've been the true winners. I guess we'll never know.
Since they were running out, they served us the Biryani, Beef Rendang, and Atalkilt Wal Injera family style. Boy oh boy, was it good. I'm very picky about my biryani because there truly is nothing like my grandma's, but I have to say for a chef that was serving it for the first time she did the flavors justice. The Beef Rendang was pretty good and it was finished pretty quickly. The Atalkilt was surprisingly very flavorful for just being cabbage and carrot stew and went well with the injera, which had a tangy sour taste to it.
Once we devoured the entrees, the desserts were brought out in such a flourish I felt like our table was being showered with Ras al Hanout chocolate cake and sorbets. The cake was spongy and went really well with the coconut ice cream. I'm not a big sorbet fan, but with these sorbets you could taste every individual ingredient. Like the prickly pears, the ginger, the lemon, etc.
Overall, I would say the restaurant is probably the most hospitable restaurant I've been to in Seattle. I would go back and give their famous Monday pop-up a shot. More than anything I want to express my gratitude to the restaurant for helping my friends and I celebrate Eid al Fitr. They get major brownie points for not only acknowledging the holiday, but bringing awareness to the islamic holiday marking the end of Ramadan. I hope they do something like this again for Eid al Adha so we can make sure to go earlier in the day before they start running out.