Mediterranean cuisine is renowned for the way its rich ingredients inspire innovative food-fighting techniques. Skillfully execute the Kebab Eye Jab or the Hummus Humdinger with today’s Groupon: for $130, you get a large Middle Eastern party platter (a $220 value) from California Mediterranean Grill in Encino.
California Mediterranean Grill, which was formerly known as Amer's Falafel, populates its menu with traditional Mediterranean recipes handed down through several generations. A large, catered party platter feeds 20 to 25 people and includes an israeli salad, 80 falafel balls, and a choice of seven Mediterranean salads, including hummus, potato salad, babaganoush, and avocado salad. California Mediterranean Grill also supplies plenty of pita bread, tahini, hot sauce, and pickles, ensuring party guests are full enough to have no desire to delicately nibble on the edges of your sofa.
The LA Times featured California Mediterranean Grill when it was known as Amer's Falafel. Also under the old name, the restaurant snagged a unanimous five stars from five Citysearchers. Under the new California Mediterranean Grill marquee, it grabs an average of four stars from Yelpers:
- …we have ordered in catered lunch for the office a couple of times. It is always a huge hit! Their chicken schnitzel and shawarma are a popular favorite, and the laffa bread is amazing. – Melissa R., Yelp
- The ambiance is very warm and welcoming and the food is the simply the best middle eastern food I have ever tasted. What they call their laffa bread makes the chicken shawarma I had very tasty and filling. – BenandMaya, Citysearch
California Mediterranean Grill (Or Amer's Falafel)
The chefs at California Mediterranean Grill flavor Middle Eastern fare according to generations-old recipes the owners brought with them from Israel 26 years ago. After passing under crimson umbrellas into the café, patrons inhale the scent of thick laffa bread baking in a clay oven and hear the sizzle of juicy burgers and falafel balls frying atop grills. More than 14 salads fill plates with doctor-recommended amounts of vegetables, and kebabs culled from lean cuts of beef and garlic-marinated morsels of chicken supply bodies with healthy sources of vital proteins. For moderately sized meals, diners can thoughtfully share portions of tabouleh, hummus, baba ghanouj and other mezzes.