More Hummus Please!

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My husband recently partnered with his Moroccan friend to open Hawaii’s first Moroccan-Lebanese restaurant in downtown Honolulu called Kan Zaman.  Kan Zaman in Arabic means “Once Upon a Time”, which fits nicely into their themed Middle Eastern restaurant.   Although Kan Zaman has been open for 7 months, we rarely have the chance to eat there because the kids schedule of activities are so full.

So when we had to opportunity to go there, we invited some of Lou Lou and Jaf’s school friends who never tried Middle Eastern/North African food before.  Everyone was excited!

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Dining Room

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Outdoor Courtyard

It was 5pm on a Friday and we chose this time specifically because we knew it wouldn’t be crowded.  Since they have a wonderful outdoor courtyard, we chose to reserve a space there for dinner.

As we waited for our guests to arrive, my daughter sat and decided to do her homework on the majilis that was created just for her by her father.

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Her quiet corner

Our friends arrived and we received our menus. Lou Lou already knew what she wanted, “Can I have hummus, the appetizer plate and Arabic bread please?”  My children are used to eating Middle Eastern foods, so it was interesting to watch them order and explain “what was what” to their friends when the food finally arrived.

Mezze Platter
Babaganoush, Taktouka, Hummus and Warak Inab (Grape Leaves)

Arabic Bread

Arabic Bread

"Hummus is my favorite!"

“Hummus is my favorite!”

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French Fries with garlic and sumac aioli (dipping sauce)

Our friends asked us to order for them and there was a huge spread!  Here are a few items we suggest that are kid friendly and what my children love in particular.

Shish Kabob - Beef with rice pilaf, hummus, tabouleh and arabic bread This is Mom's plate

Shish Kabob – Beef with rice pilaf, hummus, tabouleh and arabic bread
This is Mom’s plate

Special Order for the Kids!
Shish Kabob and rice pilaf with no sides (because we ate so much appetizers)

Special Order for Kids! Shish Taouk (grilled seasoned chicken with rice pilaf)

Special Order for Kids!
Shish Taouk (grilled seasoned chicken with rice pilaf)

“Shish” or “Sheesh” means stick or skewer, depending on what part of the Middle East you are from.  My children are half Lebanese and so we call it a Shish (Shh-ish) kabob.

Vegetarian Couscous (for our friends)

Vegetarian Couscous (for our friends)

Couscous is a dish made of semolina, cooked by steam.  It is traditionally served with meat or vegetables and is a staple food in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya.  My kids love vegetables, especially if they are colorful and look appetizing!  The kabocha squash, zucchini and carrots in this dish are so tender and wonderful…

Chicken Tagine

Chicken Tagine

Chicken Tagine is a popular Moroccan dish and a kid favorite.  Under the fries are tender pieces of chicken marinated in a garlic, onions, turmeric, cilantro and cinnamon.  Jaf kept dipping his bread into the sauce, enjoying every bit of it.

Stuffed and barely ready for dessert us adults decided to share the Orange Blossom cheesecake and Baklava.

Orange Blossom Cheesecake with date sauce

Orange Blossom Cheesecake with date sauce

Baklava  (layers of filo pastry filled with nuts and sweetened with honey)

Baklava
(layers of filo pastry filled with nuts and sweetened with honey)

It was a beautiful evening and the kids were so happy to be able to share a part of our culture with their friends.

Kan Zaman Restaurant
1028 Nuuanu Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii  96813
(808) 554-3847
http://www.kanzamanhawaii.com

Hours:  Mon-Thu 11 am – 9:30 pm / Fri-Sat 11 am – 10:30 pm

Good for Groups, Accepts Credit Cards, Casual, Kid Friendly

* Call for reservations as it gets busy in the evenings.
**Suggest taking the kids there in the early afternoons or for lunch on the weekends to avoid the crowds.

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