Review: Al Huda

By BRIAN DUFF  |  April 18, 2012

Appetizers show similar care. The pastry of the sambusa was light and flakey, and not a hint greasy. Folded inside the meat version was a smoky ground beef flavored with lots of red chili and onions. The veggie sambusa was stuffed full of seasoned peas and carrots. Another appetizer featured huge potato dumplings, with a fluffy, almost creamy, peach-colored flesh under its grilled exterior — which you dipped in a sour sauce. It came with a smaller dumpling, somewhere between falafel and a hush-puppy, seasoned with ample coriander.

Serving it all are a trio of women dressed in lovely bright-colors — the chef and two daughters it seems. They seem sweet and laconic — though with some regulars they seemed to really loosen up. It makes you want to become a regular yourself to see their easy banter with a party of five, who waved away their silverware to dig their hands into a huge platter of grilled beef, chicken, fish, vegetables, and rice. Al Huda cuisine is good enough to keep you coming back until you feel that comfortable.

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AL HUDA | Morrill's Corner, 1192 Forest Ave, Portland | Tue-Sun 11 am-9 pm | Visa/MC/Amex | 207.797.3833

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