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Re: “Semiramis

I live in Albany Park and this is one of the few gems among many unremarkable restaurants. In contrast to bustle, grime, and nearby EL train going by Semiramis is a tranquil retreat with an understated, almost minimalist décor. The food is good, but what keeps me coming back is how the restaurant feels. Large westward-facing windows combined with muted interior colors provide gobs of languid, natural light when it’s sunny, and after sunset a few mismatched floor lamps provide soft, indirect lighting. The kibbee and eggplant are married with this pan-cultural aesthetic, a combo that’s perhaps emblematic of what Lebanon may become again: a tapestry of contrasting cultural inputs well-enough tolerated (if not sometimes celebrated, even) so as to support various harmonious, and positively cosmopolitan, pursuits. But don’t hold your breath. For now one will have to be content with wine (it’s BYOB) and maybe a roast chicken as a wink to one side of the divide, and tabbouleh and maamouls to the other. Program their number into your cell and call for takeout on your way home from work. This is very good when one feels tired, oppressed by the endless divides (be they between water coolers or continents), and not entirely energized for the cooking efforts.

Posted by Brit Creelman on 05/20/2007 at 5:00 PM

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