On the positive review in the Chronicle, I decided to give this a try for lunch. Was a bit long a commute for me from work, but was really craving something a little more special than a gyro from Milto’s (there’s a gyro place just across the way on Burnet but I never really liked them).
It’s in a very non-descript little strip mall. Inside is warm enough with a few posters on the walls. There was one other customer in there. Both the man and woman who helped me were very courteous and helpful. The paper menu at the door advertised a free appetizer with entrée so I chose:
Maast-o-Khiar Diced cucumbers mixed in yogurt with mint $3.49
Chelo Kabab Barg One skewer of marinated steak, charbroiled, served with grilled tomato on a bed of fluffy basmati rice $10.99 (subbed pita for the rice)
Meal arrived quickly and smelled very good in the car on the way back to work. Meat and tomato had nice grilled flavor, however the meat was a bit dry (easily fixed with the yogurt sauce). I strongly believe the pita bread was from Phoenicia, and I find their pita bread kind of dry and lifeless. Was it tasty? Yes. Would I go back? Yes, if it was very close to work. Am I going crave it enough to make it a destination? Probably not, but would recommend it to anyone in the area.
Have you been to Arpeggio's on Airport Blvd in the old Schlotzky's building?It is an amazing Palestinian restaurant with dropdead skewers of Tika,Kafta and/or Chicken.The Hummus is fabulous,the baklava fresh from the oven and the staff appears to have some sort of vested interest in the affairs of the business[courteous and helpful].Can't wait to try the pizza...
I just stopped by there for dinner on my way home from work upon your recommendation here (thanks!). I ordered the Arpeggio Mesa plate, which is basically a little of everything. The tabouli, hummus, falafel and variety of meats were all really delicious and well-prepared. It was enough food that I could only finish about half of it (dinner for tomorrow night!), so for $10, it was a good deal. Agree about the friendly staff, as well.
A bit of a drab little place inside though :(
Do they happen to have Tarama Salata? Or, for that matter, does any restaurant around here have it? Phoenicia sells it in jars, but I'd like to try some more.