Friday, August 11, 2017

Anahid Krichian's Grill and Bistro - a gem in Paterson, NJ

Over the years, I’ve heard many stories about the delicious food Anahid Krichian catered to Armenian functions in north Jersey. Not only does Anahid cater, she has a very popular restaurant as well.

My sister would tell me how she and her husband Ara would meet our cousin Vivian and her husband John at Anahid’s Grill and Bistro  Paterson, NJ for a relaxing and satisfying Armenian meal - and they’d bring their own bottle of wine – a practice that’s unheard of in our south Florida establishments.

As Doug and I were preparing for our trip to the northeast, Dawn arranged a luncheon date for the four us at Anahid’s along with friends Rose and John Kardashian (no relation to Kim). Upon entering the restaurant, we bumped into a table of long-time friends from St. Leon Armenian Church. It was like old-home week!
Some of the appetizers at Anahid's - manti with yogurt for dipping, and the remaining cheese boreg
The main event was meeting Anahid in the flesh, and dining on her wonderfully comforting food. The six of us shared an assortment of mezzes – babaganoush, Armenian shepherd’s salad with a tangy lemon dressing, cheese boregs, and manti with a yogurt dip. 
The filet mignon kebab platter.

Five of us ordered the filet mignon kebab and ‘wheat-lentil’ side dish – aka mujudara (spelling varies!). Doug had the chicken kebab. Everything was spot-on.

Did we save room for dessert? You bet!
The ice cream dessert Doug and I shared - yum!
One third portion of Anahid's kadaif dessert! 
Most shared the generous kadaif dessert, while Doug and I shared the creamy ice cream topped with ground pistachio nuts and rose jam – delicious! Armenian coffee topped-off the meal.

When we said our good-byes and thanks to Anahid, Dawn, Ara and I continued on to nearby Nouri’s Middle Eastern store to stock-up. Doug went home with the Kardashians because John promised to drive him back to my sister’s house in his CORVETTE. Boys will be boys!

If time and scheduling allows, we’ll most-certainly re-visit Anahid’s before heading back home.

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