New Middle Eastern Restaurant in Frazer
Just had a meal in this newly opened restaurant, Cedars Cafe, in the Westgate Plaza where a Staples store also is located. It is family-run and their pride in their new venture shows.
We enjoyed several selections, starting with the Cedars Veggie Combo which included the ubiquitous assortment of hummus, baba ganouj, grape leaves, falafel, and a delicious spinach pie. Added to it was something we particularly enjoyed, a vegetarian kibbeh. The menu describes it as being a potato and bulgur wheat shell, stuffed with onions, tomatoes, celery, bell peppers.
For our main course, I had Chicken Shawarma and the better half had Lamb Kabob. Both were gone in a matter of minutes. No room for dessert, but there is baklava, rice pudding and Namoura, which is a semolina cake topped with orange blossom syrup.
A very casual, storefront kind of dining experience, it will be the warm, family welcome and the delicious food that will keep us going back. For the Great Valley Corporate Center lunch crowd, in addition to the main courses they have a selection of sandwiches and salads.
Nice to have a Middle Eastern dining choice in this area.
We ate there Saturday night and won't go back. We knew it wasn't going to be good when our appetizer (supposed to be a yogurt dip but I swear it was simply Greek-style yogurt drizzled with a bit of olive oil and a sprinkle of parsley) was served with cold, stale pita triangles. We also had a falafel appetizer and they were short on taste yet over-fried. They came with a teeny tiny plastic cup of tahini dipping sauce.
Our entrees were also mediocre, bordering on bad. I had a ground meat kibbeh -- the meat was clearly overworked because the texture was awful. Rubbery and bland. The rice seemed like it came from a box and was overcooked. My husband had a Shawarma that had lamb and beef and both were flavorless. The dishes both came with hummus and while it was flavorful it was also way too gritty.
The owners' young son was our server. He was pleasant and courteous but asked us way too many times if we liked our food. He also placed our dishes on the table in the corner rather than giving each one of us our own. Minor issues, of course, but when combined with the lackluster food and the $40 price tag it really made for a disappointing night out.
They seem like super nice people and we were so excited about the prospect of a local ME restaurant but unless they do something about the quality of the food I don't expect them to last more than 6 months. :(
Wow thanks for posting about this. I presume it is where the Indian place used to be and near Jimmy's BBQ?
Now that I think about it I may have seen a sign for it a couple of months ago.
Do you know if they have a website?
Is Bastilla on the menu?
Are they connected with Cedars in Philadelphia or any other restaurants?
Gee, I must not have known about that particular Indian restaurant, but you are correct that it is in the same shopping center as Jimmy's BBQ. Royal Thai Orchid is also there, as is a sushi place, the name of which I don't know.
I don't see bastilla on the take-out menu I have, but they do have a website: www.cedarscafePA.com
From my conversation with the owner/wife, this is a singular operation. The owner apparently spent years working in all aspects of the restaurant business and has decided that what he did for others, he should now do for himself. Bravo to him and his charming wife!
I would identify Bastilla with Morocco, which is not really near-eastern. When you see Cedars in a restaurant name, you think of Lebanon, of course. The only place I have had Bastilla in the area is at Spring Mill Cafe, and it wasn't that great. Other things at SMC were much better.