While Downtown Vancouver has no shortage of restaurants serving Middle Eastern cuisine, Kabsa House located on Robson Street sets itself apart in a few respects.
Modern Dining Space
To start, Kabsa House is a table service restaurant (rather than casual counter service) featuring a spacious, contemporary dining space located on the second level above Robson Street.
The interior boasts floor-to-ceiling windows which offers expansive views of Robson Street below.
Kabsa House Menu
Kabsa House’s menu takes on Middle Eastern influences with a special focus on dishes from Saudi Arabia. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and also has weekday lunch and Happy Hour specials.
Kabsa (just like the restaurant’s name) is a family of mixed rice dishes served with meat and has its origins in Saudi Arabia. At Kabsa House, the
For proteins, there
Rounding out the menu are vegetarian appetizers (like hummus, falafels and so forth), non-vegetarian appetizers (like calamari, prawns and chicken wings), soups and stews (like lentil, molokhia
What We Tried
Disclosure: I was invited to a media tasting. All food and drinks were complimentary.
My guest and I enjoyed a hosted lunch at Kabsa House and tried many of their offerings.
To start, the hummus ($6.50) tasted fresh and had a
Another starter that we tried was the falafel dish ($14.99) featuring five pieces of fried falafel served with Tahini sauce, tomatoes, cucumber
We also had the bamiya ($7.99) featuring a sweet and sour okra stew served with pita bread.
We had the Mixed Awsal ($19.50) which had grilled marinated boneless chicken and lamb pieces. The meats were grilled on a skewer but not served as skewers. This was accompanied by a house salad, grilled tomato, raisins, carrots and choice of rice (we went with saffron).
The grilled meats were tender and
The other entree we tried was the weekday lamb
To finish off a delicious meal, we indulged in the Cream Kunafa ($6.99). It’s a traditional Arabic dessert made with long, thin strands of shredded phyllo dough soaked in simple syrup. It was creamy, gooey and had some beautiful floral
Kabsa offers a taste of the Middle East on Robson Street. I enjoyed all the dishes and would order the
128 Robson St, Vancouver, BC