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PlasticMoonRain Mar 21, 2011 05:41 PM

I've seen the closed soon-to-be-opened storefront for this restaurant on Mamaroneck Avenue for a while.

"Middle Eastern Country Kitchen?"

Thankful to see it's not another Asian fusion or sushi joint, but what exactly is it?

Anybody know anything about it? And what's with the unusual name?

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    Avalondaughter Mar 22, 2011 01:01 PM

    I'm not sure either, but I'm definitely interested. Wonder how it will differ from Turkish Meze.

    I keep giggling like a schoolgirl at the name, especially with the hookahs in the window.

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    409 Mount Pleasant Ave, Mamaroneck, NY 10543

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      PlasticMoonRain Apr 16, 2011 06:46 PM

      Well, this place has opened up. I didn't go in but I swiped one of their menus.

      Very much a cross section of Greek/Jewish Mediterranean dishes and they boast of a grill and a smoker.

      While the basic dish prices seemed right on the nose (falafel), the gyro was a hefty $15. I don't even know if they charge that much in a Greek diner. A mixed grill went for $28 (with a 4-person special going for $99).

      If anybody dines here, would love to know how the food is and if the pricier dishes are worth it.

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        macromaster Apr 19, 2011 09:24 AM

        Dined here with my family last week twice. Went for lunch first and was excited by the menu (8 hour brisket, Flanken in a Pot, Kabobs) and the open kitchen (with a smoker right there on the cooks' line!). Loved the gesture of complementary house-made pickles (cucumber, olives, turnip!) upon being seated (but oh man were they salty). Underwhelmed by our vegetarian lunch (hummus, baba ganoush, mujaddarah (amazing lentil and rice dish -- heavenly when done right), grilled lebanese cheese. With the exception of the cheese, everything was rather bland -- watered-down versions of classic dishes. And portions were small. Still wanted to return for dinner to taste some of the more robust, meatier dishes from the kitchen. Unfortunately, everything (Flanken, Brisket, Lamb Kabob) was way below par. Flanken was rubbery and completely bland Brisket was not brisket at all.. it was thinly sliced corned beef in an insipid "barbeque sauce" (who tries to pass off corned beef as an 8 hour slow-smoked brisket?) and the lamb kabob was tough. Again small portions.. and the sides were not done well either (rice so dry it had to be sent back). I do hope that the kitchen pulls it together.... the menu is great... just needs better execution (much better execution).

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          PlasticMoonRain May 2, 2011 06:58 AM

          When I saw the menu, I didn't think it was that cheap either. What was your sense of value compared to what you were served and the quality?

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            macromaster May 3, 2011 02:12 PM

            Small portions of poorly cooked food... and steep menu prices. Absolutely no value whatsoever.
            I hope that they have since improved... but I will probably not be going back.

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        silverstarfish May 24, 2011 01:01 PM

        I went in for lunch a few weeks ago and was also not impressed. Sitting there eating my over priced and over salted lunch, I was wishing that I was eating at the turkish place around the corner on Depot Place. I noticed today that they have a sign out front that says $5.00 lunch specials. I may give them one more chance and try it out.

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          silverstarfish Jun 14, 2011 04:46 AM

          I did go back and try the $5.00 fallafel. You get what you pay for.

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          Gourmand2 Jun 30, 2011 05:01 PM

          According to Zabihah.com this is a Mediterranean restaurant that is owned by Muslims and serves Halal (Muslim dietary law) food. So I guess it's a Arab Halal restaurant. But It also seems to have an eclectic assortment of other eastern Mediterranean dishes on its menu. See http://www.zabihah.com/d/Mamaroneck+2...

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            bellafoodie Sep 15, 2011 10:43 AM

            DO NOT EAT HERE!!! I ordered lunch from here and one worker was making food with only 1 glove on. There was also another worker who was making a gyro with bare hands. He was touching all the food with bare hands...picking chopped tomatoes, touching the wrap and then proceeded to handle the register and touch money. Very unsanitary!

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              cubanat Sep 16, 2011 07:56 PM

              so he touched the money after handling the food? But did he then go back to touching the food without washing his hands? Now that would be un-sanitary!

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                bellafoodie Sep 17, 2011 04:00 AM

                let me rephrase it...i actually met the owner who shaked my hand, tuched his face and proceeded to make my lunch afterwards with his bare hands and then handled money....its besides the point...when handling food one should always wear gloves...thats why they have the dept of health whom i called.

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                  cubanat Sep 17, 2011 01:32 PM

                  I guess as long as they change their gloves...

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