Authentic Saudi Arabian Cuisine at The Palm Trees Restaurant
Foodies can now find nearly every type of authentic ethnic cuisine from all around the world in St. Louis, as chefs continue to push boundaries and the city’s culinary scene expands. But before The Palm Trees restaurant opened on Cherokee Street in late 2016, where the previous tenant Revel Kitchen once was, no other Saudi Arabian restaurants existed.
Diners have thanked owner and chef Fedaa Alsadeq in droves when they come to sample her exquisite offerings, like kabobs and grape leaves, at affordable prices.
Each meal begins with a selection of juicy dates served in a gold dish, accompanied by Arabic or Turkish coffee. Entree favorites include the authentic kabsa, made with rice cooked in a meat broth with chicken or lamb and garnished with raisins, almonds and fried onions, as well as several vegan and vegetarian options.
Vegetarians will love the moussaka, a traditional vegetable-based dish crafted from layers of eggplant, potatoes, onions and tomatoes baked in tomato sauce and finished off with a hefty portion of béchamel sauce. There’s also the koshary dish, made with a mixture of rice, macaroni and lentils, then topped with spiced tomato sauce, garlic vinegar, chickpeas and fried onions. And the okra stew is a favorite, made with beef broth, tomato paste and garlic (but it can be made vegan upon request). And don’t forget to try the hookah!
During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the restaurant offers a popular buffet for those breaking their fast after sundown. It’s a chance to try small portions of a huge variety of Middle Eastern dishes and drinks in a relaxed, friendly setting, where the staff is happy to explain dishes and answer questions.
The Palm Trees
2837 Cherokee Street
St. Louis, Missouri, 63118
Images courtesy of The Palm Trees.