I've eaten in various Middle Eastern restaurants during my lifetime and I thought the food here was mediocre at best. After reading the reviews, I was excited to try the sampler platter. They started out with two tiny slices of dried baguette-style bread smothered in dried oregano, sesame seeds and drizzled with a little olive oil. Dried oregano? It seemed like they put a single teaspoon of dried oregano on each slice of bread.
Next came a plate with some hummus spread on one side of the plate, lebanese yogurt on the other, trimmed with six rolled grape leaves with white rice in their centers. The hummus was nothing special - I make it myself at home and this tasted the same. The Lebanese yogurt on the other hand, was delectable. I've never had anything like it - it had the consistency of a cheese spread and tasted wonderful. That was the best part of the meal. This course was served with pita bread.
The next course consisted of two different kabobs - grilled chicken that was nothing special, tasted like it came off my own grill, and there was perhaps 3 ounces on the skewer. The second kabob consisted of seasoned ground beef and onions, a little on the salty side. Perhaps 3 ounces to this skewer. This last plate also came with rice and potatoes. I don't understand the rave reviews on the potatoes. They were like country-style hash browns (cut in cubes) on the dry side with a little oregano on them. Very bland! The rice was not seasoned either. This dinner plate for two was hardly worth the 400 pesos we paid for it.
Last on the menu review is the rose petal ice cream. Talk about different! Honestly, I felt like I was eating bath salts or perfume. And actual rose petals was in the ice cream. Wierd. I have always loved middle eastern food, but this culinary experience was just plain strange. I wanted different, and I got it. But we won't be going there again.
Service - my husband and I were the only patrons when we went - my husband had to ask for a glass of water twice before he got it.
Here's a heads-up to any travelers staying in beachfront hotels in Nuevo Vallarta. If you want to experience this restaurant, the mapped location shown on this site is misleading. We stayed at the Villa Varadero and thought this restaurant was only perhaps a mile and a half from our hotel. It is more like 3 miles. Had we known that we would have taken the free tourist bus to get there. As it was, we had sore feet.
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