Mediterranean cuisine is renowned for the way its rich ingredients inspire innovative food-fighting techniques. Skillfully execute the Kebab Eye Jab or Hummus Humdinger with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Middle Eastern cuisine and drinks at California Mediterranean Grill in Encino.
California Mediterranean Grill populates its menu with traditional Mediterranean and Middle Eastern recipes handed down through several generations inside the secret compartments of pitas. Guests can graze on a California Mediterranean salad stuffed with organic mixed greens and topped with balsamic vinaigrette ($6.95) or chew through a shish kabob pita, with grilled lamb, chicken, or beef ($7.35), or the signature falafel plate, which arrives rolling with 10 spiced falafel balls ($8.75). An extra $1 will be charged for sandwiches on hot laffa bread, which, like pizza and pizza-flavored pottery, bakes in a hot clay oven. For a dentist-defying dessert, sink a sweet tooth into the baklava cookie’s traditional pistachio-and-honey-filled flakiness ($1.85) or a slice of Sicilian-inspired tiramisu ($4.95).
California Mediterranean Grill offers plenty of thirst quenchers that mingle myriad flavors, such as Prigat, grape, or grapefruit juice ($2.25) or a glass of nonalcoholic Mediterranean black beer ($2.50). While sipping and feasting, patrons can gaze around the outdoor patio or inside the restaurant, where flat-screen TVs and contemporary décor convince the stomach to end its lengthy strike and begin directing food traffic again.
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.
17334 Ventura Blvd.
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