Was just at Inn of the Hawke last night and the little place across the street from it is now a place called Moustache that serves falafel. Anybody been there? I am a falafel/baba ghanouj lover.
My wife & I stopped in for lunch today. Neither of us are that knowledgeble about Mid Eastern food, but we throughly enjoyed our meal, the staff and the place. It's South Union St, Lambertville at Mt Hope St which is quite a bit south of the tourist area. The small place has lots of Mid Eastern decorative references and Mid Eastern music played. We split a falafel appetizer (there were 5) which was accompanied by a tahini dip and a spicy green salsa like dip. When the owner came over to check on us my wife said the green dip was too hot for her (it was, in fact, fairly high on the hotness scale!). The owner said No-No this is hot & moved it nearer to me and said: it's for the man! Almost all the items on the menu were new to us, but we have had falafels many times and what we were served at Moustache was so tasty I can't compare them to anything - it was a whole new level of "fafalel-ness" for us! The pita loaf that came with the appetizer was so freshly baked it was still inflated like a balloon. It flattened as the steam escaped but its taste and texture was more like a couple of crapes glued together lwaving a pocket. The soft parts reminded me of the feel of injera (sp?) while the crispy part was like a hard croissant flake.
My wife went with the familiar and ordered a gyro which is stuffed with rotisserie broiled beef. She ate the whole thing which is unusual for her! I tried the house Moustache Pitza, which is supposedly the ancestor of the pizza. It's personal sized thickish pita, loaded with roasted red bell pepper, tomato, onion, parsley, chili & fresh mozzarella. It was made like the pizza I remember eating back in the 1940s - flash baked in a piping hot oven. It was a tasty medley of flavors and I think the quality of the pita made it taste unique, not like a fake pizza at all.
My wife opted for iced tea which was deeply infused with mint. I drank a Loomi - a citrus drink that was tart & refreshing but I couldn't breakdown the flavors.
We shared Pistachio ice cream for dessert.
The owner told me his family runs the Moustache in the East Village, NYC. My son is familiar with that place & says that it's friendly but not a place for fast food folks. The service in Lambertville was friendly all right - it might be slow, but I'm an old Italian and find food prepared too fast suspect!
Yeah, Lambertville is a hike for me, but now I have another reason to go - and the place is open early week when the city's not cluttered with tourists. It's currently open 11 a.m. to midnight but the owner said he'd like to be open 24/7.
Finally, cash only. It's not cheap but we found everything worth every dime.
I went there the other day with my daughter. The food was wonderful. We got the baba ghanouj and a chicken schwarma. The baba ghanouj was so tasty that we literally scraped the plate clean. It was sprinkled generously with sumac which gives it a slightly citrusy flavor. The pita bread was hot out of the oven, crispy on the outside, and soft and yummy inside. The chicken schwarma was a little on the spicy side, but soooo yummy. We didn't try the falafel, but the couple next to us were Lebanese and they said the falafel was very good. The only negatives were that the service was slow, the appetizer came out at the same time as my entree, and the drinks were just so-so. We got a mint tea, and a lemonade. Neither of them were very flavorful. Despite those criticisms, I would definitely definitely go back. It may become a regular hangout! Oh - one more thing... the prices were very reasonable.
Finally got to try it today. I had the chicken kebab and the baba ghanouj. Both were good. The chicken chunks were reasonably tender and lightly flavored - very tasty. The rice I coulda done without, but on the upside it was not oily like it often is. There was a tahini salad that was yummy, but I don't like cukes, so I just ate some of the tomatoes (which were wonderfully red under the tahini sauce). The baba ghanouj was WONDERFUL. I really did enjoy it - just the right level of smokiness.
And as CompareFranco noted, the iced tea was deeply infused with mint. I'm still figuring out if I liked it this way. It was definitely flavorful, but I like my iced tea just tasting like plain old black tea - doesn't interfere with the flavors of the food that much. This tea is definitely not a palate cleanser.
I loved the freshly baked pita - too many places just use packaged ones. However, I long for the much doughier and crustier pitas from Aladdin's palace, which I have not been able to find elsewhere. I suspect that the style is largely dependent on the regional influence of the chef baking it. The family running Aladdin's Palace was from Egypt. The pitas at Mustache are great in their own right though.
We just discovered Moustache and love it.
Nice room, attentive service and fresh ingredients.
As good as any middle-Eastern joint in Brooklyn.
BTW, madgreek99, that green pitza is called Zatter Bread, pita covered with that wonderful combination of thyme, sesame seeds and olive oil.
Even though I've posted before about this restaurant, I just had to post again about my newest find. The OUZI. You must try it. It is absolutely scrumptious. It's like a delicious middle eastern chicken pot pie. But without the yucky creamy sauce. And the crust is filo dough. Light and flaky. I can't wait to go back!