I decided to visit over the weekend as I was craving kefta since my lunch at Namaste Cafe the previous weekend. I ordered the Grilled Lamb Kefta Sandwich, which, according to the menu, is topped with Tamarind and Cucumber Raita and served on a Naan Bun. It also comes with Roasted Potatoes and Pickle Spear.
The kefta, like the Sanaa burger, is supposed to be cooked to the guests’ preference. I wasn’t asked to which temperature I would like my kefta, so I asked if it could be cooked medium rare. My server said she would have to check with the kitchen, and I was then informed that they prepare it medium well, but they would try to cook it more to medium.
The kefta still arrived at what I would consider medium well, but I’m not one to complain over this. Had it been a regular beef burger that I had requested rare, that would be a different story. Regardless, the kefta was juicy, well-seasoned, and had a nice sweetness from the Tamarind. Glaringly absent, however, was the Cucumber Raita. While I do like their raita, I didn’t asked for this to be remedied as it was perfectly fine without, and I didn’t want the added mess (the tamarind makes the lettuce and tomato even more slick than normal). As for the Naan Bun, there really wasn’t anything naan-y about it. It has a different crumb than a typically squishy white bread bun, but I really preferred the previous version served open-faced on actual naan.
The roasted potatoes were a combination of red and sweet potatoes. Typically, I’m not a fan of sweet potatoes, but they weren’t overbearing here. I thought both of the potatoes could use a bit more cooking time, but in all, I liked them.
Here is the Lamb Kefta sandwich in its former glory.
While it may not be as good as it once was, I still very much enjoyed the Grilled Lamb Kefta. The flavors were prominent, and even with the raita absent, it didn’t hinder the dish, and I’d order it again if I’m craving kefta. Here is a look at some of the menu items available that we’ve tried over the course of our visits:
What is your favorite dish at Sanaa? Do you like to graze on appetizers or order a full meal?