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(13 reviews)


About Kush

Sudanese & Middle Eastern cuisines, inspired by family recipes and influenced by global flavors .

I was born along Sudan’s Blue Nile and began my food journey in my mom’s kitchen. I shadowed her in the markets and while she cooked her signature stews, dips, and falafel. I spent many Ramadan holidays helping her prepare the Iftar meal and becoming the chef I am today. 

At 18, I left Sudan during the war. Life took me to Syria, Egypt, Thailand, Denmark, and finally to the United States. Each country influenced my culinary career. I sharpened my Middle Eastern cooking skills in Syria; learned the restaurant industry in Egypt and Denmark; and founded and opened Abu Layla (Arabic for Father of Layla) in Thailand. Now here I am in the U.S., where everything is coming together.

My wife, who I met in Bangkok, also comes from a rich food culture—Louisiana Creole. We joke that the fastest way to her heart was through a pot of okra. During the holidays, I have a friendly kitchen “rivalry” with my father-in-law, a talented and sophisticated cook.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me cycling, gardening, and spending time with loved ones (mostly feeding them). In 2022, I expanded Abu Layla by adding Kush food truck, bringing my unique perspective on Sudanese and Middle Eastern cuisines to DMV foodies.

4.54 (13 reviews)

Lauren H.

March 2023

The falafel and homemade hot sauce!

Michael D.

March 2023

The Service and the food was awesome

Samantha L.

March 2023

It was amazing! I don’t like a lot of salt on my fries so I was worried when I saw him dousing them with seasoning. Haha! No need to worry it was perfect flavor not too salty! Wow

Jody G.

March 2023

Fast & on time service

Marlon R.

February 2023

Great food and very friendly service! 😊