Saturday, March 28, 2009
"The Damascus Gate restaurant benefits from its proximity to the shrine of Sayyida Zeinab, the granddaughter of the Prophet Muhammad and a major attraction for Shia tourists from Lebanon, Iran and Iraq. Fatima Abbas from Lebanon says she visits the restaurant every time she comes to the shrine. “We come here because it’s so big and it’s so famous,” she tells me, eating dessert while her husband smokes a hubble bubble pipe. “The food is good, especially the kabseh [Saudi-style rice]. “It’s not as good as Lebanese food, but Syria is famous for its sweets.” "