Eating authentically prepared food lets you taste the very essence of a country without chewing on its national flag. Salute global cuisine with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $13 for a Somali meal with one appetizer and two entrees for two (up to a $27.47 value)
- $25 for a Somali meal with two appetizers and four entrees for four (up to a $54.94 value)
The menu includes a vegetable-samosa starter with peas, potatoes, and carrots ($1.29) and entrees such as a marinated chicken pocket with onions, tomatoes, and cheese ($4.49); a creamy spinach pasta with chicken or beef ($9.49); and a marinated lamb sukhar with onions and peppers in butter sauce ($11.49).
After Somali militias destroyed the Hassan family's perfume store, they decided to push through their poor luck and open a restaurant. This was no easy task: Because the streets of Mogadishu weren't safe for women, sisters Amina and Hawa Hassan would do the cooking, then send food to the restaurant in the morning. Unable to make sandwiches fresh, they put a Somali slant on the calzone, which a customer named the “min.” The name translates to “bomb” in the Somali language, in honor of the item’s heft and powerful flavor.
Since moving to the United States in 1996, things have become easier for Amina and Hawa. Samosa House bustles with people who chat over the calzone-style minato with ground beef and fresh veggies. The menu centers on Somali dishes, which blend culinary influences from India, the Middle East, and Italy, but also includes less traditional vegetarian and chicken options. After polishing off a steaming curry, diners congratulate Amina on her reputation as a star samosa maker for local fundraisers.