Murphy avenue is a one block radius packed with a variety of restaurants, bars, a bookstore and dessert eateries. If you look beyond the twinkling lights, you will see worn building many of which have stood on the ave since early 1900s. Although i am not sure how many of the building have kept there original purposes, i do know today, Murphy ave packs a punch with its eclectic multicultural menus, representing the ethnic groups in the sunnyvale communities.
On my first visit to the avenue, my friend who i would call a seasoned restuaranture beckoned us to try Dishdash which serves simple Middle eastern foods. DishDash located on the south end of Murphy ave, has a menu with a variety of traditional middle eastern foods and meat options. For starters the fresh hummus with bread is absolutely amazing, the freshly made olive oil dip has an addictive element to it. There are also more popular starter options of Tabbouli, and Falafels for the less adventurous.
For my main entree i chose the Shish Kebeb, tender cubes of dry-aged american lamb and seasoned vegetables. The lamb was the best i had ever had. Lamb isn’t exactly for everyone, but i have eaten it for years in many Indian and Caribbean dishes so i am quite accustomed to it. The most popular dish on the menu is the Beriani Dajaj. This is one of those dishes where you read the ingredients thinks it sounds good, the waiter tells you its good, your friends tell you its amazing, yet you choose something else and when you taste it from your friends plate, you wish you ordered it. That was me. I can not begin to describe how rich and savory the sauce was, or how tender the chicken is. Total game changer in middle eastern dishes.
If you ever visit Dishdash, and i recommend that you do. You must try the Beriani Dajij you will not regret the experience and happiness your tastebuds will feel.
Recommended Starter : Hummus with Pita
Recommended Lamb dish : Shish Kebab
Recommended Chicken dish : Beriani Dajaj
*A good meal and great conversation leaves little time to snap pictures. Meal photos credited to Verlisia and Owie of gogobot.com. Feature image credited to Jores of panoramio.com*