An Indian and Middle Eastern style restaurant to perform a taste test – The Daily Evergreen

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Taste tests in two weeks will have part of menu items, test to see feedback from community members

COURTESY OF AUDREY MENEZES

This is just one of the many menu options at the new Indian and Middle Eastern style restaurant that will be available soon.

After noticing a lack of Indian and Middle Eastern style cuisine in Pullman, Audrey Menezes has decided to take matters into her own hands.

Menezes moved to Pullman after growing up in Florida, hosting and managing a restaurant business that her parents owned and ran, she said.

“I thought after they retired with their company, I wanted to take over and create my own when it came to the food industry, so I offered Maleeka,” Menezes said. “It’s a blend of Indian and Middle Eastern style cuisine, the recipes of which have been passed down from my side of the family as well as my fiancé’s side.”

To launch his new restaurant, Maleeka Cuisine, Menezes is hosting a tasting event September 22-25 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event will allow Menezes to receive feedback from locals and students, giving her an idea of ​​when she would like to open the business, she says.

“I just put a few select items on the menu right now for people to try and see if they enjoy the culture, the variety of flavors and the cuisine,” Menezes said. “Some of the menu items I put on the menu was shawarma on the Middle Eastern side with a variety of spices like cardamom and cinnamon and then I also added something on the Indian side which is tandoori .”

Business partner Amjad Al-Shakarji said the chicken shawarma sandwich was not only his favorite order, but part of his motivation for this new venture. An ideal chicken shawarma sandwich comes down to how spicy and cut the chicken is.

“I was going to a lot of restaurants and since I was traveling for work and everything, we just couldn’t find anything as good as we would,” Al-Shakarji said. “So I think people would really like this sandwich and it was always my favorite whenever I traveled or visited family in the Middle East.”

Al-Shakarji’s goal for Maleeka is to share his family’s food and the food he enjoys the most with his surrounding community, he said. Maleeka will also offer gluten-free and vegetarian options as well as allergy-friendly meals.

All menu items for the tasting event are based on order and will be available for pickup at Lehman Court or delivery by Delivery Pullman.

Orders can be placed on the Nextdoor app, Facebook Messenger, via email [email protected] or by calling or texting 352-875-0537.

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