A Taste of Yemen

Yemeni food is known for its unique flavours, diverse dishes and the use of aromatic spices. It has become a bit of a “thing” in the past couple of years and Calgary has a new purveyor on 17th Ave.

The cuisine reflects the country’s rich history and influences from Arab, Indian and East African culinary traditions.

A Taste of Yemen

A Taste of Yemen goes beyond an authentic Yemeni menu with an aim to create community and a cultural hub with late-night hookah bar and other offerings.

The menu is vast and if you’re not familiar with the cuisine, you may need the help of one of the knowledgeable servers who are happy to assist. We really loved the deeply flavourful, aromatic fahsa beef stew with malawah flat bread. While beef isn’t typical of Yemeni cuisine (lamb, goat, chicken, and fish are far more prevalent), we are in Alberta, so, it’s almost a rule to include it on your menu.

Rich with spices like cumin, coriander and turmeric, fahsa is served sizzling hot in a lava-stone bowl. Like most menu items, the fahsa comes with a side of two dips/sauces allowing you to add as much or as little spice as suits your palate. The sahawiq sauce blends tangy tomatoes with green chili, cilantro, mint, basil, and garlic infused with a secret Yemeni spice blend. The yogurt sauce uses many of the same aromatics in a cooling yogurt base. Note – while cool and creamy, it’s still quite spicy. If you’re bringing the kids or less adventurous eaters, the menu also offers a crispy, delicious fried chicken that’s worth a visit in and of itself. Plus, the food offering is complemented by a wide variety of non-alcoholic cocktails, smoothies, shakes and other delights.

A Taste of Yemen | 1033 17th Ave. S.W. | 825.413.7787 | tasteofyemen.ca