Kabab Grill in Palms?
- omotosando Jun 16, 2011 06:06 PM
Anyone been to Kabab Grill in Palms? It got a good review today in the L.A. Times. Syrian food.
Went last night for take out. I still have not formed a full thought on them, but it is good. We had the Kibbe, Fatayer and the Safeeha The Fatayer and Safeeha were light and pillowy and the KIbbe was one of the better ones I've had in LA. There are folks on yelp who have complained of long waits for food but I called ahead and it was waiting for me about 25 minutes later.
re: Mattapoisett in LA
All the Yelpers who complain just go somewhere like Sunnin where the food is premade and reheated.
People (especially the hordes who post on Yelp) seem to have very unrealistic expectations of a tiny family run restaurant. It's not a four-star restaurant where there are a dozen sous-chefs running around. And they are obviously trying to do something other than premade fast food. It's people like the Yelpers who drive good family run restaurants out of business.
This has become my favorite place lately. The Safeeha is amazing, light, savory, addictive, middle eastern pizza. The beef and chicken schwarma are amazing, juicy, perfectly spiced. And generously portioned. My misgivings about the felafel and the potatoes stand. But everything else is worth it. This place has grown on me. Also, free wifi from the Starbucks next door! Parking lot is terrible tho. All in all, it's up there with Zankou, possibly better. I haven't tried Mezza tho.
also, Zankou doesn't have Safeeha. yeah, i tried the falafel ther once with the safeeha, and like the ground lamb/beef topped safeeha but found the falafel to very lacking (and for some reason, they were formed in the shape of hockey pucks). I'll have to try the beef schwarma too (is it really flavorful, because recently I had shwarma that was not at all flavorful and tasted disgustingly awful at another joint across town).
Isn't it a Coffee Bean next door??? (or am i just getting my mini-malls mixed up)
Ate there yesterday. Still searching for a great kebab like what they have in Europe, but I do think kebab grill *narrowly* edges out Sofra for my area's top doner/durum shop.
I got a beef shwarma wrap with fries inside (gotta have the fries inside). Beef was a little dry, and somewhat underseasoned. The chicken looks better judging by pics on yelp, so I'll try that next time. The wrap was a little thicker than the usual tortilla wrap, which I liked, but it wasn't quite big enough to surround all the ingredients inside.
So far the best shwarma I've found in Socal is at the Kebab Shop in my hometown, San Diego. They have a Europe-level kebab. Kebab Grill will do in a pinch and apparently they have some menu items (eg the safeeha) that are great, but their shwarma is just OK. At least it isn't worse than OK.
Kebab Grill (some nice person made the chow link already!) place link. I was able to find and add their web site with a priced menu that includes photos of the food as well as a description.
10401 Venice Blvd #101b, Los Angeles, CA 90232
Finally made it there and the only thing I liked was the garlic sauce.
The hummus was beyond terrible -- very gritty and it wouldn't shock me if it came from a mix. It also had a very unpleasant taste that came from the oil that it was topped with.
The chicken kabob wasn't the worst I've ever had, but it wasn't good either. Overcooked and not very flavorful.
The safeeha I had bore no description to the L.A. Times review, which said: "The luxuriant pies, about the diameter of a medium-size flour tortilla, emerge from the oven as textural wonders. Little charred pockets dot the undersides, while flavor-drenched top layers seep into the baked dough." I ordered the Za'atar safeeha and would describe it as dull, thin pita that someone dumped a bunch of not very fresh tasting Za'atar on top of.
Very disappointed -- I love Middle Eastern food and was hoping this was a little gem in the rough.