Athens is a great place to try new food. If you want something, you can probably find it in town. My husband and I went for our first Middle Eastern restaurant experience for my birthday this year. It was new food territory for us (and we love to try new food), so we ordered the mezza for two - basically a sampler plate, which is in general a really good decision if you're trying something new.
We started with stuffed grape leaves - those weren't a favorite for either of us. They weren't bad, just not our taste I guess - kind of oily.
Then came the falafel and shawarma (grilled beef over basmati rice). I love falafel and thought theirs was really good. The shawarma wasn't my favorite for what I thought it would be - the flavor was intense - but my husband loved it.
Then came the main course - chicken, beef, and vegetable kabobs. Best part! The beef kabobs were very good, but the vegetable and chicken kabobs (recommended by our server) were the winner. I LOVE the way they were seasoned!
I really loved the feel of the place. It kind of feels like someone's kitchen in their home - the black and white damask wall paper and red paint, the wide market-style counter in the front with food to take home, the relaxed self-seating. I love the feel of this place.
So here is my very amateur opinion: It's a great introduction to Middle Eastern food. Someone who's well-versed in this kind of cuisine would probably say it's an average place and there's a lot better out there. But our experience was really pleasant, and I would recommend this place to people who haven't yet ventured into Middle Eastern cuisine.
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