Many years ago I joined the Navy and saw a lot of the world from a destroyer. Now and then we'd go ashore and I'd get to look around and enjoy the local culture, food and beverages. I enjoyed my visits to Greece, Turkey, Egypt and Lebanon and have loved good Mediterranean food ever since.
Maroosh has captured the authentic flavors of Mediterranean food right in the heart of Coral Gables. This cozy place with comfortable ambiance and middle eastern decor is great for lunch or dinner. It is owned by Samir al Barq. Samir is a Lebanese-American with a wonderful memory, and after your first visit will remember you and what you like to eat and drink.
The food at Maroosh is great, with Lebanese favorites like baba ghannouj, falafel, couscous, anoush, kefta kabob and other shish kabobs, grape leaves, hummus, chicken wings and fried or baked kibbe. For meats they have chicken, fish, lamb and beef. They also have lots of good soups and salads, including Tabouleh and Greek Salad. I love their Jerusalem Salad with chopped cucumber, green pepper, tomato, parsley and a lemon tahini dressing.
Maroosh also has great desserts. I especially like their baklava - thin sheets of filo filled with walnuts. I also like their cassata al cioccolato - classic Sicilian chocolate and vanilla gelato with fruit candies.
Prices are reasonable at Maroosh, especially when compared to other upscale dining establishments in Coral Gables. They don't serve hard liquor, but their wine list is extensive and good. They also have a good selection of domestic and imported beer.
An extra feature on Friday and Saturday nights is the entertainment of the belly dancers. These dancers ply their traditional craft in good taste. It gives those who are so inclined the chance to see beautiful women in colorful costumes and excellent physical condition moving with seductive grace to Mideastern music.
You will enjoy your visit to Maroosh.
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