655 K Street, NW
“Shouk is a new quick-serve restaurant that aims to re-think comfort food…..so we’ll have you in & out in quickly & comfortably!”
Menu and a peek inside after the jump.
Photo credit: James Jackson
Shouk – (shook) n.
1. A modern eatery and market located at 655 K St
NW (City Vista) offering a new take on comfort
2. Meaning “market,” an assault on all five senses.
3. Opening Tuesday, May 3.
4. Open from 11am to 10pm daily.
5. A new way to define comfort food.
Ran Nussbächer – (rahn) n.
1. The founder of Shouk.
2. First time restaurateur.
3. Former VP of Sales at OPOWER.
4. Avid market goer and experienced traveler.
tahina – (ta . hee . nah) n.
1. An oily paste made from toasted ground hulled
2. In its raw form, a key component in many dishes
at Shouk. (Syn: tahini)
amba – (um . bah) n.
1. A tangy mango pickle condiment, similar to
Indian mango chutney.
2. A great complement to tahina in some Shouk
harissa – (ha . ris . ahh) n.
1. A chili pepper paste originating in North Africa;
can be spicy.
2. At Shouk, a really spicy chili pepper paste.
silan – (see . lahn) n.
1. A thick, dark brown, sweet syrup extracted from
2. Date syrup for making market soda.
labneh– (lub . nah) n.
1. Strained yogurt dip with thick consistency and
2. A spread made by Shouk using cashew nuts.
za’tar – (zah . tar) n.
1. A green herb mixture including hyssop, oregano,
thyme, sesame and other spices
pita – (pea . tah) n.
1. At Shouk, a thick and airy, slightly leavened
flatbread of a style popular in Israel.
2. In some places, a thin, leavened flatbread with a
pocket inside (not at Shouk).
mujadra – (moo . ja . dera) n.
1. A traditional mixture of brown rice, green lentils
and caramelized onion heavily seasoned with
2. Meaning “pockmarked” a resemblance to the
lentils among the rice.
3. Turn any Shouk Pita into a rice & lentil bowl.
halva – (hal . vah) n.
1. A dense, sweet confection made from tahini
(sesame), sometimes containing pistachio flavors.
2. A great compliment to coffee.
el nakhleh – (elle neck . lah) n.
1. An Arabic coffee with cardamom.
2. One of the many products for purchase from
Shouk’s market walls.
hamsa – (hum . seh) n.
1. Shouk’s unique blend of five essential spices to
bring the aroma of the middle eastern market to
2. Available for purchase at Shouk.
almond delight – (all . mend dee . lite) n.
1. A sweet and refreshing drink at Shouk.
2. An all natural energy drink made by turning
almond extract into syrup and mixing with water.
3. Too unique to define.
market soda– (mar . ket so . duh) n.
1. A rotating array of made to order sodas.
2. A Shouk original drink using house made syrups
from spices and fruits.
allergies – (al . er . gees) n.
1. A damaging immune response by the body to a
substance, especially pollen, fur, a particular food,
or dust, to which it has become hypersensitive.
2. An aversion that could make eating at certain
restaurants difficult, but should not impede diners
comfort food – (shouk) n.
1. Food that provides consolation or a feeling of
well-being, typically any with a high sugar or other
fat content and associated with childhood or home
2. The inspiration behind Shouk, a market and
eatery inspired by food from Ran’s childhood that
does not leave you feeling guilty or uncomfortable