Qazis: a feast of Indian/Mediterranean flavors in Fremont
Qazis, a nice little spot in Fremont where Indian cuisine rubs shoulders with Mediterranean flavors, offers a wide selection of great food.
Seattle Times arts writer
QazisIndian and Mediterranean cuisine
473 N. 36th St., Seattle
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily (lunch buffet 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; dinner 3-10 p.m.; brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays).
Etc: Major credit cards accepted; street parking; no obstacles to access; beer and wine available.
Indian cuisine rubs shoulders with Mediterranean flavors at Qazis, a nice little spot in Fremont that offers a wide selection of great food.
Between the appetizer menu and the entree lineup, you can order a delectable meal that's tailored to your budget. Two people can dine tastily for $20 or less. Or feast for $50.
We chose the feast option.
The menu: Qazis has a generous choice of appetizers, soups, salads, curries, tandoori dishes, Mediterranean platters and breads (20 of the latter!). It also has a varied dessert menu that includes New York cheesecake, Indian ice creams and puddings, and Middle Eastern baklava and halvah.
What to write home about: We started with two sampler platters. "Qazi's Surprise" ($7), a vegetarian assortment, consisted of spinach pie (soufflé-delicate and tasty), dolmas (rice-and-spice-stuffed grape leaves) and a trio of vegetable-stuffed items. Of these, the sautéed "vegetable cutlets" were the biggest treat: patties of potato, carrot, onion and spices that were light and flavorful.
The "Combination Plate" ($7.50) on the Mediterranean menu included creamy-smooth hummus and baba ghannouj (both ambrosial) and some falafel, perhaps a little denser and heavier than it needed to be. Both samplers were served with crisp greens.
For entrees, we went with Kashmiri Chicken ($11), a mild curry garnished with almonds and raisins and flavored with spiced apple. Even better was the Lamb Pasanda ($11): succulent, boneless lamb morsels in a spicy sauce with a sour-tangy edge.
With 20 breads to choose from, we went for one that fused Indian and Mediterranean cuisine: the Pesto Naan ($3.50). It was heavenly.
Qazis also has the fluffiest, most delicately spiced and aromatic basmati rice I've run across in a while.
The setting: The restaurant is an open room with cheerful yellow walls adorned with green and russet silk banners: elegant without being stuffy. In the background, Indian sitar music plays.
Summing up: Our bill for two sampler platters, two entrees and bread came to $44 before tip. There's plenty more to try out on the Qazis menu. We'll be back.
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