We went to Reem’s, which is right next to the Fruitvale Bart station in Oakland, had the mana’eesh that they are known for, as well a number of other baked goods.
The highlight: the Draymond Green . No, not the dude from Golden State Warriors. Its a seasonal man’oushe named after him that will be served until next week. We got the version with basturma, an air dried cured bacon that added a smoky and salty crunch to the wrap. The flat bread was seasoned with herbs, and fresh off the saj (the dome mounted on top of a griddle in their shop), along with mozzarella, goat cheese, herbs and dressing. Its one delicious wrap, though certainly not cheap at $14 for ours with basturma. Its filling.
A piece of basturma:
The semolina cookie with date, mildly sweet, was also delicious. Its a Eid special celebrating the end of Ramadan.
The Pali Cali is a man’oushe with sumac-braised chicken breast. The meat was a bit dry. Would have loved thighs instead.
The akkawi & nigella seed turnover was nice- with the salty brined akkawi cheese providing a savory oomph to the turnover.
The spinach and onion turnover, the sfoof (tumeric orange tea cake), orange blossom short bread were decent. Baklava had a hint of rose water and was fragrant in addition to sweet.
Forgot what this was called. But its a custard type dessert with ground pistachio sprinkled on top. Its adequate.
Reem Assil in the open kitchen. Saj on the left, used for mana’eesh during lunch. Oven on the right, used for breakfast.
Reem’s had been on the list to try for a while. When I looked into what to eat there the day before we went, I saw that there was a uproar about the mural of Palestinian activist Rasmea Odeh in the eatery right by the Fruitvale BART station that prompted a flood of negative Yelp reviews and article comments. Oscar Grant at the bottom of the mural. I
Come for the mana’eesh, stay for the mana’eesh. Next time if I go earlier during their breakfast hours, I’d try the shakshuka.