Aladdin's in one of those little hole-in-the-wall kind of restaurants that you get enamoured with once you try its food...and want no one else to know about. But unfortunately lots of people know about it now, as it was packed when I returned. I remember first coming here without truly planning to, being lured in by the exotic look and decor, not to mention the music coming out from the store (Lebanese and Greek as described). But to be honest, it took the food to really win me over. Everything on the menu is great and tastes freshly made, be it the tzatziki, falafel wrap or lamb souvlaki. And the baklava! Just thinking about this food makes my mouth water.
Took my wife to Aladdin's in Nanaimo last weekend. She's vegetarian so I was looking for something interesting down that line. She had the falafel wrap and I had the lamb wrap. We both had the curried lentil soup to go with our wraps as a combo. We shared the rose pudding for dessert. All of the food was very good, fresh and nicely prepared. My lamb was quite good and I'd probably have it again. But then I had a bite of my wife's falafel and must say, it's the best I ever had. She said the same thing. Needles to say, I'll skip the meat next time too. The soup was a little bit spicy, as we like it, and nicely seasoned. All in all the food was great. It took a little bit longer then we expected, for the food to come. There were only two other tables with customers. However we got there quite late (about 9:15 PM) and were told they had a very busy service earlier. They may have been running out of steam or some supplies and had to make extra for us. No big deal. Service was otherwise very friendly and helpful.
Only bad thing I can say about the place is that it really needs a good scrub down. All the furniture looks very worn and grimy. So does the floor.
Prices were reasonable for the quality of food.
We will probably be back at Aladdin's on our next visit to Nanaimo.
The first time we ate here the food was great, the next time we came in it tasted like nothing. The tzaziki sauce has way too much dill and there isn't enough hummus in the wraps. The server is great, and the cafe like atmosphere is pleasant. Will not come back again. Unfortunately all of nanaimo has poor international cuisine.
The food is very well priced. You always get service with a surprise, and a lot of people soon become regulars. Probably one of my favorite little holes in the wall. Good ethnic food at a price that is fair for the average joe. If you are in my neck of the woods come check it out!