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25-22 Steinway St., Queens, NY, 11103
nr. 25th Ave.
By divcot on 7/24/2011
I went to Mombar this past Friday night. I was looking forward to trying the tajeen, that I heard about so much, but never tried. Contrary to the reviews I read, I was disappointed with the place. I ordered the lamb Tajeen ($18) and it came in a casserole dish, not in a Tajeen as was stated in the menu. Looks like they were just baked in casserole dish in an oven, with the rice or couscous as a separate side dish. The couscous was good, I have never had this kind of couscous before, but I thought it would have been better with more dried fruit in it. The vegetables in the lamb tajeen were the frozen peas, carrots, corn, beans frozen combo that you can get from any frozen section of grocery store. This is not ok in my books for "made from scratch" that previous reviewers have raved about, and certainly not for the $18 price of the dish. My friend ordered the Chicken Tajeen ($18) which also came in a casserole dish. For the appetizer we had the unleavened bread with olive oil with herbs, both very good. As for drinks, it turns out that they are not BYO anymore. They serve bottled water without the option for tap/filtered water with ice. The air conditioning didn't work very well and it was very hot inside the restaurant. As far as the decor, the chandeliers were very beautiful and there were some beautiful paintings and art work, but my overall impression was that there were so many things hanging on the wall, on shelves that it gave the place a cluttered appearance.
By liqinlin92 on 10/23/2010
I had to write a food report on an Egyptian restaurant for my english class so i decided to go with MOMBAR. I ordered the steak which was $25, medium rare VERY Succulent! the juices just rolls down as i cut the steak :) It did take rather long for the food to be prepared but it was definitely worth the wait. My friend whose a vegetarian ordered this dish with Eggplant and she LOVEDDD it also i personally didnt like the taste. we had flaky bread with 4 different types of dips, my favortie would be the fava beans :) it was about $15-$18 i dont clearly remember but all my friends loved it too! my other friend ordered the chicken tajeen it tasted alright since im not the biggest fan for chicken. Three of us ordered out and one of us mooched off of the rest of us, in total there were 3 main dishes with appetizers plus 2 bottles of water plus 3 coke with a total of $114 plus the tip
The food is absolutely fabulous and the owner/chef is personable. A True Gem!
By JelenaHalli on 8/20/2008
OMG!!! This place is a gem. The food is absolutely fabulous and the owner/chef is personable. He creates every meal from scratch so please plan to be at the restaurant for the whole experience. My Boyfriend and I came to Mombar for dinner late Tuesday night; called ahead for a reservation and were surprised by the no corking fee for their BYOB wine service. Upon entering this gem we were greeted with friendly faces on the patrons and family staff. We were treated like royalty all night! The owner/chef came to our table with every course to explain each dish he created for us; we had to order the tasting menu, how could we not the menu and special dishes of the night were too good to choice just one!
By jenpebble on 7/2/2008
This is not a place where you rush in, eat in a hurry, and leave. El Sayed employs one to two other cooks to help create his dishes from scratch, and as the saying goes, good things take time. Worth the wait! The clay pot dishes are amazing, stews containing tender cuts of meat, fish, or vegetarian concoctions, aromatic spices, are both baked and served in round clay pots that keep things hot. I highly recommend the fava bean appetizer, the rabbit tajeen, and the chicken tajeen. Also of note is their Egyptian steak, and the sausage dish Mombar is named for. The appetizer specials are always the same, but they are well worth a try each. For desert, all is good but I recommend the bread pudding most! Mombar is one of my favorite local restaurants and I do hope to encourage business there so if you are in the mood for trying new things that are guaranteed to wow you, go! I'll often find Mombar a bit more empty than I'd like it to be, most likely due to its location and NOT its quality. It deserves better, and you won't regret trekking out.
Don't know why they stay in business
By varickwt on 5/25/2008
Friday night and barely anyone was in the restaurant @7:30 pm- bad sign...I went with a friend from Egypt who was really wanting to try this place. The food was just so-so and way too expensive for what it was. The owner is a very nice guy but he just does not cut it for the restaurant business. It took way too long as well and the food was not prepared correctly. He also needs to clean the place well. Very dusty and no music. Save your $$ and go somewhere else.
Mombar is an excellent tribute to slow food, and good company
By nycat on 1/17/2008
Mombar offers excellent food, cooked from scratch. The owner and chef, Moustafa El Sayed, puts great care to the food he prepares, and was very friendly to us when we came for a big meal. El Sayed also worked on the decor in the restaurant, and that took him about nine years. I tried the Egyptian Steak, and it was crispy on the outside, tender on the inside. The appetizers were flavorful, succulent. The restaurant is small and cozy, so, it is quiet, unless you are the party of 10 and rowdy. The staff is also small, and very friendly. If you are the type of person who wants to come in, sit, eat and leave, this restaurant is not for you. The food is slow cooked, nothing is pre-packaged, you won't be kicked out the door when you're done, quite the opposite of the rush of New York. You are at Mombar to enjoy time, appreciate the company of your friends, wind down over great food. ItÃ‚Â’s like going to an uncle's house, and he and family cook for you. I love Mombar so much, I will go there again.
By jmh1971 on 1/3/2006
The food and atomsphere was amazing. I had the Mombar named after the place and I didn't want to stop eating it.
By matt on 8/19/2004
Beautiful, friendly and savory as hell. Moustafa is a brilliant artist/chef and a really nice guy who stops by your table to check on everything. The kitchen staff includes himself and one assistant, and in fact the kitchen is really just a part of the dining room partitioned off by a counter. The spinach and chickpeas appetizer is nonsensically delicious, as is the filo-wrapped salmon and vegetables. For dessert, skip the bachlava and have Moustafa improvise some sort of artisanal fresh fruit and filo dough concoction that you should order no matter how full you are.
By willtraveltoeat on 4/27/2003
This teeny tiny place is the epitome of good things in small packages. Pretty to look at ,smells wonderful because it is like eating in some great chef's kitchen and being served by your favorite nephew. The appetizer plate is wonderful as was the glazed duck. I would go again and try new things.
By marieviljoen on 4/12/2003
Queens. It's in Queens. You can do it, though. We did: an Italian, a Canadian, a German and a South African. We found, on a very wet night, an empty restaurant, occupied only by it's shy owner and a waiter. For half an hour we thought the waiter was the owner, so refined and gracious and Levantine was he. He brought us freshly-baked unleavened bread and a dish of olive oil and herbs to dip it in. We guzzled it and demanded more. Quite delicious. We drank North African wine and found it very easy and bright; red, full of grapes I'd never heard of. We ate lamb, and shrimp and tagines. The lamb chops were delicious, pink and tender. We drank small strong coffees laced with cardamom. The decor is other-wordly. The tables are all hand-decorated by our chef, the walls beautifully painted and hung about with objects d'Egypt. We made an adventure of it. Take a cab, a train. It is worth it and great fun. The street it fronts teems with Middle Eastern accents and sights and cooking-smells. It ain't like New York, and yet it could only be.
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