Monday, June 18, 2012

Nasiib Restaurant Brings Somali Food to South Grand [Updated]

Posted By on Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 1:05 PM

IAN FROEB
  • Ian Froeb

Driving down South Grand Boulevard not too long ago, I noticed that...something...was happening at 3445 South Grand, north of the intersection with Gravois Avenue. Without any fanfare or signage -- except, that is, for a No Smoking placard on the front door -- a restaurant appeared to have opened in this dowdy storefront.

Well, that restaurant now has a name: Nasiib Restaurant, serving Somali food. As far as I can tell (and please correct me if I'm wrong), this is the first Somali restaurant in St. Louis.

Yup. I was wrong. There was previously a Somali restaurant on Vandeventer. Read Jill Posey-Smith's RFT review from 1999.

My knowledge of Somali cuisine is cursory, at best, but Nasiib's menu suggests a wide of range of techniques and influences, with an emphasis on meat: sambusa; curries; pasta; fried goat liver; sukhar, a beef dish; kingfish; a cornbread-esque bread called moofu.

When I stopped in Nasiib today, an employee told me the restaurant is in a soft-opening mode, hence the lack of a "Now Open" placard or similar signage. (As a rule, I don't eat at restaurants during their soft openings, which is why I don't have a more in-depth report on the restaurant's food for you. Yet.) However, according to its menu, Nasiib is open every day for lunch and dinner.

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