Review excerpt: The length of the menu at Ali's Kitchen could be Zaidi overcompensating for the size of his restaurant: there are more than 600 specials listed on the website, including dishes from Turkey’s Bosphorus region right through to Pakistan’s Peshawar.

Eleven years later, Tabela's laid-back style, funky furnishings and righteous, Middle Eastern-inflected menu feel just as comfortable as ever. Slide behind a well-patinated table or, if you’re with friends, into one of three semi-private booths modeled after European train compartments. Then start with an ...

Although there are just three mains on the regular menu at Om Nom Nom — chili con carne, pita bread stuffed with chili and a chilidog — customers are given the choice of two free toppings and can add additional ones for just an ...

If you are searching for a more traditional halal meal in Nagoya, but still want variety, Ariana is the spot. Much like Om Nom Nom, everything on their menu is halal, including Afghani rice dishes, Iranian kebabs and Indian curries. Also like Om Nom ...

The Israeli owner turns out tasty versions of such classics as falafel, hummus, baba ganoush and matbucha (stewed tomatoes and peppers), mixing imported seasonings with locally sourced veggies.

In addition to being the capital's longest running Israeli restaurant, Shamaim is also a fantastic deal: The all-you-can-eat dinner course is just ¥2,100 per person.

One reason why it feels so friendly is because it's a family business. Chef Suleyman Ozeri, a native of Izmir, is the man in charge of the glowing doner grill and the cooking stove, the heart and soul of the operation.

Its scope is far wider than just the Maghreb: The entire span of the Mediterranean is covered, from the Levant to the Atlantic, via Turkey, Greece, Egypt and the Pays d'Oc.

Istanbul, in the nighttime back streets of Shinjuku-Sanchome, is the oldest and best established, slick and a little impersonal, its decor crammed with photos and exotic baubles, making it easily accessible to first-time visitors.

Ankara, up behind Mark City in Shibuya, is busy and serious, with little time for people unfamiliar with the territory. Izmir, the least known of the three, not only lies further from the mainstream -- in Asagaya, out on the Chuo Line west from ...

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