mamnoon

modern union of middle eastern cuisines

Dining Out For Life

We're proud to be participating in Lifelong's fundraiser, Dining Out for Life! If you don't already have plans for Thursday, April 27th, please consider making a reservation or coming in for lunch or happy hour. We'll be donating 30%(!) to this important cause on your behalf. Eat your generous heart out!

Click here to make a reservation!

"Dining Out for Life is one of our biggest, most important fundraisers of the year—it’s been going strong in Seattle for over 20 years, and ensures that our food program, Chicken Soup Brigade, can continue to provide our clients with healthy food catered to their specific medical conditions." - Lifelong

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President's Day

Come help us raise money for the ACLU on February 20th, President's Day!

Charity is a core part of the mamnoon mission. We have raised substantial funds over the years to help refugees with incredible support from the generous and worldly city of Seattle and its amazing inhabitants. Over the years the refugee crisis has only gotten worse and its effects continue to grow deeper. That's why this President's Day, we will be donating 10% of our revenue to the American Civil Liberties Union to fight for the rights of immigrants and refugees.

Hopefully you've got the day off and will come join us in contributing to the mission of the ACLU by having lunch, happy hour, or dinner with us. We hope to see you here.

mamnoon to you

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Valentine's Day at mamnoon

we all need to reach out and get closer to who we love and who loves us back, more than ever. 

for this coming holiday, we have worked hard to create an unparalleled experience for you to share the love with family and friends.  please join us this valentine’s day for a very special prix fixe menu and our a la carte offerings that you love.

mamnoon to you


Valentine’s Day Tasting Menu 2017

 Mezze

moushakal

mezze of hummus, labneh, shamandar bi tahini, baba ganoush

borek

baked phyllo pastries filled with greens

tabbouleh shatwieh

parsley, bulgar, fennel, radish, lemon

arnabeit makli

fried cauliflower, tarrator, parsley

Entrée

mahi-ye sabzi

boneless stuffed whole trout, barberries, herbs, angelica, almonds, new potatoes

dolmeh barg-e kalam

lamb stuffed cabbage, tomato, yogurt powder, dried mint

Dessert

labneh cheesecake

huckleberry, caramelized white chocolate walnut croutons

tahini truffles

dark chocolate truffles, tahini swirl

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spectacular new annual traditions: mamnoon & mbar NYE

New Year's Eve

This New Year's Eve mamnoon will be offering a four course tasting menu for everyone that comes in for dinner!  We will forego our a la carte options for a $65/person menu with an optional wine pairing for $30/person.

Course One: Cold Mezze

spot prawns with hummus

fattoush salad

dolmeh, yogurt, barberries

lamb kibbeh nayeh

rabbit liver mousse

Course Two: Hot Mezze

kibbeh, tarrator

spinach borek

eggplant, lamb, yogurt, pomegranate

khobz bi fleifleh

Course Three: Meshoui

served with chelow rice

trout, herbs, barberries, angelica, almonds, new potatoes

or

filet mignon, mushrooms, confit garlic, spiced au jus

Course Four: Dessert

turkish affogato, cardamom, pistachio biscotti

or

labneh mousse parfait, pear, quince sorbet, turkish delight

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mamnoon turns 4

mamnoon turns 4!

mamnoon debuted on 11/19/2012. We opened to an incredible reception by the  amazing people of Seattle and we have been going strong ever since.   
mamnoon's mission is to bridge the ancient and deep Middle Eastern cultures with the progressive and forward looking Northwest culture.  We are doing it by staying as true as possible to the roots of the food and hospitality while projecting these cultures into the future, one that is influenced by our experiences here over the last 25 years.
We are proud of what we've been able to do with your help. We are extremely thankful to you for giving us the opportunity to serve you and the community at large, and for making us feel very much part of the fabric of Capitol Hill, Seattle.

mamnoon 4th anniversary week
There will be many opportunities for you to  celebrate and enjoy our 4th anniversary throughout the week starting 11/28.
From Monday to Thursday all items on our super hot happy hour menu will be for $4
On Friday and Saturday Executive Chef Carrie Marshaney has prepared a special 4 course tasting menu for $44, with special wine pairing for $24.  Please mention your interest in the tasting menu when you reserve
Through out the week you can enjoy a Champagne and Harra Frites special for $24 - featuring our amazing harra frites, za'atar mayo and a half bottle of Chandon Brut Classic.

Helping the White Helmets

We will also be donating 15% of our revenue during this week to the life saving heroes of the White Helmets: https://www.whitehelmets.org/e...We hope that we can share all our good fortunes with those most needing support in Syria.

 
We hope to celebrate with you soon.

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bread service

The civil war in Syria is in its 5th year and has taken an immense toll on the lives of everyday people there.  The extreme situation, there and elsewhere in the Middle East, weighs heavily on our hearts and minds.  mamnoon has successfully corralled the community in Seattle to support several charitable activities to help with this dire situation.  Unfortunately, today millions do not have access to basics like bread and clean drinking water.  This heartbreaking truth reminds us how lucky we are to live in a place that we do have access to those things and so much more.

mamnoon is a beacon for modern middle eastern hospitality, and for years we’ve welcomed you with our fresh bread and our exclusive za’atar imported from the region – the very best of what our culture can provide.  While we still believe in providing this level of hospitality, we can no longer justify giving bread away when so many can’t get it at all.  Another impact of the chaos in the region is that our spices and exclusive za'atar have become very difficult to import.  Under the circumstances we are changing the way that we are approaching our bread service. 

Starting on Monday November 21st, we will no longer offer our barbari bread to start our meals.  We will continue to offer our incredible, freshly baked pita with your meal, but will move the za'atar and olive oil to our menu at a nominal charge.  We are going to continue to provide the highest quality spices and flavors, and our hope is that everyone will enjoy these offerings with an awareness of the deep connection to a region that is experiencing a shortage of basics, like bread, that we are so lucky to have.

Our mission is to bridge cultures, and it is sometimes through seemingly very small gestures that this bridge is crossed.  If you are moved to do so, we always have ways of donating to charities that have shown their commitment to efficient humanitarian work, and we are happy to connect you to them.  Several times throughout the year we host fundraisers, and currently we have retail items available that support charities that we have vetted.  Our hope is that our daily work in creating food and flavor experiences, that link us to cultures that are far from Seattle, generates an understanding of the humanity that we all share. 

mamnoon to you.

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tarab 4 syria fundraiser

tarab:  a state of euphoria invoked by music 

update please donate here if you can't make any of the events : tarab 4 syria crowdrise page

We've all felt it,  out of the blue while listening to some piece of music - you get overwhelmed with emotion, get goosebumps, feel ecstatic or feel very sad and start tearing up. Often you'll catch yourself unconsciously tapping your feet, humming a tune accompanying a distant radio, or get lost in your work while music is blasting.  Sometimes you'll burst into song at a concert with thousands of others in unison, other times you're with a group of friends jamming endlessly over the same riffs with a simple drum and guitar.  Music has its way with us, it connects with higher order perception functions and works on emotions directly, without interpreters, translators or coordinating rational guardians

Music is a great unifier,  even if no one in a group can agree with the interpretation, they will all share a common visceral experience.  In that way music is like food,  food is experienced in the same visceral way by everyone.   I've often said that when you're eating a man'ousheh in mamnoon or mamnoon street, you are so much closer at that moment to someone eating a man'ousheh in Beirut. This is absolutely true of music, when you hear the traditional Umm Kalthoum,  Sabah Fakhri,  Fairuz or the ultra modern hellopsychaleppo you are so much closer to Middle Easterners through shared experience and emotion. 

One of the most amazing things to witness at mamnoon is how people of all kinds, races, religions come together, socialize and connect in the same medium of great food, surroundings and music.  We've been told that it's a unique and very appealing draw of the mamnoon dining experience. A key element for our exciting new mbar project is to replicate this diverse and ultra-social experience in an unbelievable geographic setting. 


Charity is a core part of the mamnoon mission. We have raised substantial funds over the years to help Syrian Refugees with incredible support from a generous and worldly Seattle and its amazing inhabitants.  Over the years the Refugee crisis has only gotten worse and its effects deeper and deeper.  It has all the hallmarks of becoming a multi-generational disaster, impacting not only those fleeing the strife today, but also their kids and depressingly their kids' kids. 

It's worth reflecting on this fact for a bit - the large scale Palestinian refugee crisis in the Middle East started with the events of 1948. There are Palestinian refugee camps in neighboring countries that have been continuously inhabited since then - 65+ years of refugee-dom.  The situation in the camps is deplorable and the worst part is the lack of opportunity afforded the inhabitants.  The Syrian Refugee crisis scale is at least 10 times larger than that and there is no end in sight to the conflict.   It seems that refugees get stuck in a vicious cycle where one generation leaves the subsequent generation less able to help themselves. Already the impacts on neighboring countries, the EU and events around the world are straining existing aid, financial and political systems. Just imagine what can happen over decades. 

My experience with higher education and working in the US has taught me a valuable lesson,  anyone with some freedom,  the right motivation,  education and work opportunities can build a good future for themselves, family and give back to the community.  It's really that simple.  If we can help educate and create opportunities for Syrian Refugee children they will be able to build better futures for themselves and help bootstrap others.  This is a virtuous cycle.  The only downside is that it's not immediate and needs to be nurtured for some time to get going. 

This has changed our strategy for charity,  instead of galvanizing giving for general aid (which is still necessary), we've chosen to focus on organizations and set-ups that can provide the safety, education and opportunities to start the virtuous cycle going, even if it is for relatively few.  The hope is that by doing so we can positively impact the lives of few today, and many more tomorrow. 


We've found a great organization to help us with this:  International Rescue Committee.  The IRC has been at the forefront of aid operations with Syrian Refugees, and has upped its efforts on helping build futures for children. I'll post more details on the project we will be targeting: Reyhanli Youth Center in Turkey. 

We have close to hand many elements for a primordial soup of humanity, if we can put them together and add some spark maybe we can create something that lives on.  That was the idea behind tarab 4 syria - to see if we can put everything together, and apply your spark. 

The event takes place over 2 days, in 3 locations:

-  On August 4th, and for 35$ there will be an all you can eat mamnoon street and anar food and drink menu and entertained by musicians Black Giraffe and Dj Dana Dub, Dj Spank from 4-9 pm.   

- On August 4th we will have an all inclusive special a la zao'ak menu at mamnoon with Musar Arak and curated paired wines for 250$/person, music provided by House of Tarab.  Details of the menu will be available shortly.  reservations strongly recommended. 

- On August 5th, we will host an invite-only event from 5-9 pm with a special tasting menu by Jason Stratton and some of his Top Chef colleagues. The menu paired with Chateau Musar wines and will be the first ever event held at mbar.  Music will be provided by Dj Riz. Please inquire with jonny@mamnoonrestaurant.com about this event. 

- On August 5th starting 9 pm, we will host an invite-only tarab 4 syria party on the mbar rooftop deck featuring bites and special drinks, as well as music by DJ Riz and Hellopsycaleppo.   Please inquire with jonny@mamnoonrestaurant.com about this event. 


Come join us and get into your tarab and do lasting good.  There will be many ways to participate, for all budgets and preferences.  I look forward to seeing many of you there. 


Wassef








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Soup for Syria Fundraiser, Thursday October 22, 2015

Dominating the news from around the world, we are troubled by the plight of Syrian refugees fleeing their country in massive numbers- taking little to nothing of their home and possessions and striving to find a country in which to build a better life.
On Thursday, October 22nd, we will partner with local retailer, Elliot Bay Book Company, to organize a fundraising event in the restaurant with 100% of the money designated toward 3 organizations: Mercy Corps, Medecins Sans Frontières and Karam Foundation. We hope that you will come out to support them.

Inspired by the cookbook, Soup for Syria, from Lebanese author, Barbara Massaad, Chef Jason Stratton has enlisted support from Seattle’s culinary community.

In the dining room, Jason and friends will construct a fantastic, multi-course dinner with beverage pairings. The dinner will include a copy of Barbara’s book. The cost of the dinner is $250 per person (+ tax and gratuity).

Half-dozen chefs will contribute a soup for an all-you-can-eat, Soup, Bread and Beverage for $35, available at the communal table and Mamnoon Street. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis.
{Please note that these will be the only menus offered on that evening.}

plan to come in for the soup or reserve now by calling (206) 906 9606 or emailing reservations@mamnoonrestaurant.com

mamnoon

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mamnoon in the news

By now, we hope that you’ve read the news that Chef Jason Stratton, formerly of Spinasse and Artusi, has come on board to lead the kitchen and front of house at mamnoon. He has also brought on talented pastry chef, Carrie Mashaney to join him, along with Executive Sous Chef, David Gurewitz. Needless to say, we’re delighted to have them leading our culinary team.


Additionally, you may have seen that we are expanding mamnoon’s experience to South Lake Union. We are really excited about these projects and we’ll make sure that you’ll be the first to get the full scoop just as soon as possible. We think you’ll be delighted with these new food and beverage options.

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if your party is larger than six people, please call to inquire about availability and private dining options. if you are reserving for dinner, please note that the traditional lebanese street food from our window menu is only available at the community table and outdoor tables