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Bulbul Middle Eastern Cuisine

When food is prepared with love and passion you can taste it in every bite. If you want to try a truly unique, authentic, and passionate meal then you absolutely must go to Bulbul! Bulbul is serving authentic Middle Eastern cuisine Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 am to 9 pm and Sunday from noon to 6 pm (they are closed on Monday.) This truly magnificent family owned business is conveniently located at 7421 Oswego Rd in Liverpool. Come to Bulbul to dine in or order ahead and take a delicious meal home.

You just can’t beat a meal of authentic cuisine made from family recipes that have been passed down through generations and that is exactly what you will find at Bulbul. I had the opportunity to speak with owner Kawther (Kathy) Edwan and she told me how every single dish is prepared from recipes brought over from the Middle East (specifically Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine.) Kathy also impressed me with the fact that they make every single dish to order. This practice not only insures the freshness and quality of the dish but also allows them to accommodate dietary restrictions. She states that upon request many of the vegetarian options can be prepared vegan. She also stated that the do not cook with any peanut oils. A meal at Bulbul is fresh, delicious and anything but boring!

Kyle and I arrived at Bulbul on a sunny summer evening. We noticed the outdoor seating option but instead decided to sit inside in the cool air conditioned restaurant. We really loved the colorful décor, particularly the stained glass light fixtures. We sat in a cozy booth and Kathy immediately came over to ask if we had any questions. Kyle and I both absolutely love Middle Eastern cuisine so we had a hard time deciding what to order on the menu because everything looked so wonderful! We decided to begin our feast with an order of the Maza for sharing which came with 4 perfect falafels, 6 delightfully rolled yalanji, 2 pieces of kubeh, and the most outrageously delicious Arabic salad I have ever tasted! For those that don’t know, falafel is a lightly fried patty of ground chickpeas, onions, garlic, and parsley and they were served with tahini dip. Yalanji are grape leaves stuffed with rice and veggies cooked with olive oil, and kubeh is a handmade pocket of bourghul dough stuffed with ground beef mixed with special spices. The Arabic salad, which may have been my favorite item of the night is a salad made with fresh cucumber, tomato, onion, parsley and mint drizzled with olive oil and topped with lemon dressing. It tasted like there was a garden in the kitchen and every ingredient was picked just to make this very salad. In short, it was incredible! We also ordered the Baba Ghanouj (the pampered father), a slurry of grilled eggplant and garlic, topped with tomatoes, green peppers, lemon, parsley, salsa and drizzled with olive oil. The chunky texture of this dish only added to the delightfulness of the mixture of flavor. Because it was a warm day and we went crazy on the appetizers I decided to have the traditional salad for an entrée. This salad was a gigantic bed of lettuce topped with super fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, with Kalamata olives, three pieces of falafel, and gyro meat on top drizzled with tahini dressing. This dish was so fresh, so scrumptious and so filling that I almost didn’t have room for dessert! Kyle decided to order the Tahini Kafta, and boy was he satisfied with this choice! This dish is a mix of ground beef, parsley, garlic, and onions that are rolled together, grilled, then baked in tahini sauce. This super tasty dish comes with a side of the house rice (with a mix of saffron and other seasoning.) Overall, our dinner was a 10 out of 10, that is, until we had dessert. For dessert we each had a piece of warm, homemade (fresh daily) baklava. The baklava alone is worth a trip to Bulbul. All things considered, with dessert I would give this meal an 11 out of 10!

There are so many great options at Bulbul that I didn’t get to discuss in this article so I would strongly encourage you to head over there for lunch or dinner today! Bulbul is the perfect place for a cozy date night or with all of their sharable options, it’s a great place for a group of friends to all enjoy something different. Bulbul also offers a catering menu for your next event or get together.

Check out their website at https://www.bulbulcuisine.com/ or better yet, stop in today!

Kerilyn Micale
Kerilyn E. Micale is a Cicero native.