Please note that the meal was complimentary. However, the opinions expressed in my blog are 100% my own!
We rarely go to Queens, but could not say no to my friend Malini, The Restaurant Fairy, who was organizing a meal with a bunch of bloggers at Sevan, an Armenian restaurant located in Bayside. There, we met with Arthur Matevosyan who has been running this family restaurant since 2004, keeping in mind the advice of his father, a restauranteur in Armenia, gave him. The food there was delicious, the kebab being my favorite, especially the lamb chops that came in a very spectacular way to the table. Here are the various dishes we tried:
Basturma, thin slices of sirloin cured with Middle Eastern spices:
Sujuk, a spicy dry sausage:
Yalanchi or grape leaves:
Carrot Salad made with shredded carrots, garlic and walnuts:
Armenian salad, composed of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, onions and spices:
With the salads, we got some homemade bread:
And some Armenian wine that was quite sweet...
Armenian cheese pies:
The best part of the meal was to come: kebab. The first ones were grilled steak and chicken, served with some crispy potatoes and grilled vegetables, on a piece of thin bread called lavash that should not be ignored as it is soaked in the delicious jus of the meat. The beef was marinated for several days, juicy and tender, as was the chicken that was still moist, with both meat having a nice char.
The second kebab was the lule kebab, that is ground beef cooked on a skewer with spices. This reminded me a bit of the kubideh in Persian cuisine. It was superb: flavorful and juicy with again the lavash bread full of the juice of the meat.
But in term of presentation, the most spectacular was the lamb chops as you can see in the video below.
Considering that I love lamb, I was in heaven! The lamb chops were delicious, nicely charred and I could have had that entire dish for myself!
Last was dessert: baklava. And it was succulent: buttery, not too sweet and perfectly soaked in honey.
This was a great meal and my only regret is that this restaurant is far from our place. Otherwise I would be there often...
Enjoy (I did)!
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Sevan - 21607 Horace Harding Expy, Bayside Hills, NY 11364