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favorite lentil dish?

I think the last time I had lentil was at the Patinette Cafe in soup form a couple of months ago. I figured that even Patina-run restaurants normally can't *ruin* soups and gave it a shot. Since it was Patina-esque food, I can't really say it was particularly memorable; I think the soup was lukewarm (a pet peeve of mine, but let's not get into that).

Come to think of it, the last time I had lentil was about a week and half ago. The soup at the 101 Cafe was even worse than the one at Patinette. I must've added every condiment at the table, and even those didn't help. Not one whit. Don't ever get soup there!

In any case, like the spinach/artichoke dip thing, lentils may not necessarily be something I would normally seek out in an area with such vibrant produce, but I sometimes miss the things I ate in that awful New England cold...

So, what's your favorite dish featuring lentils in the city? Is it available all-year round (and thus something I'm able to have now) or is it seasonal? I've noticed that the curried (and yet rather bland) lentil soup isn't in rotation as heavily at Clementine's as it had been in previous cooler months.

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  1. Hands down the lentils at Cobras and Matadors. I love that dish.

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    1. re: OliveBelle

      Absolutley! The lentils are cripsy and delicious- how do they do that?

      1. re: OliveBelle

        AMEN! Forget that it's the best lentil dish, it's one of the best meals period. Even if you don't like lentils, it's AMAZING. Like nothing you've ever had.

        1. re: OliveBelle

          So funny this was the first response. It was EXACTLY what I thought of as soon as I saw the topic.

        2. The rice and lentils side dish at Magic Carpet. I like it mixed with peas but either way it's addictive, a must order no matter what the main dish.

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          1. re: PayOrPlay

            this dish is called "mejadara"! They also make a great version at Carnival in Sherman Oaks.

          2. Lentil salad with goat cheese and pumpkin seeds at Ammo, and second the lentils at Cobras and Matadors.

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