I’ve always loved Aida’s, and now that i’m back in Calgary I get to take full advantage of my love once more. In the past week I’ve been to Aida’s twice. Not only d they have vegetarian options for me, they have plenty of delicious and filling meat options for my family and friends. And can we please talk about the Mouhammara? Holy heck. I could live on it. When I go, I’ll often ask for an extra order to take home with me.
The first time I visited Aida’s this week was with my family and we started with (of course) the Mouhammara. In case you couldn’t tell, I recommend it. I also ordered the Fatayer to start, which is spinach wrapped in pastery and are delicious on their own and also with the Mouhammara. For my main course I ordered the Vegetarian Couscous, which was phenomenal. I wanted to order the Baklava for dessert, but was sorely disappointed to learn that it is made with excessive amounts of butter and, beng vegan, I obviously did not order it. The service was great on this visit; I find it’s often up in the air at Aida’s, where sometimes service will be wonderful and oftentimes take forever to even have drink orders taken.
My second visit of the week was with friends. One of whom is a vegetarian and the other who is not. Again, we started with Mouhammara (it’s not even an option with me to strat without it). I ordered the Spinach and Lentil Soup which was delicious, but very large and very filling. I would not recommend it unless you haven’t ordered an appetizer, are extremely hungry, or perhaps just eat more than I do. For my main course I ordered the Falafel Platter, which is always a good choice. I generally order it with Baba Ghannouj and Tabbouli, but (for some reason) I was not feeling Tabbouli on this occasion and, kindly enough, they gave me Baba Ghannouj and Hummus instead of the Tabbouli. I was pleased that they made the switch for me, but regretted my decision after dinner when I felt exceedinly full from such excess amounts of heavy food. I recommend sticking with the menu, as I plan to do on all future visits. The service on this visit was very slow. While our waitress was very nice and very helpful, it took a long time for drink orders and the final bill.
Overall, it’s obvious that I recommend everyone try out Aida’s, if you haven’t already.