The Mediterranean is commonly considered the cradle of civilization, just as Africa is considered the birthplace of humanity and America the daycare center of democracy. Help palates to grow up with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get a Mediterranean meal for two at Cayenne Cafe (up to a $53 total value), which includes:
- One appetizer (up to a $9 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $22 value each)<p>
This Groupon can be used at lunch or dinner, and is not valid for the antipasto espagnol or Garden of Eden appetizers.
Cayenne Cafe’s globetrotting executive chef Noura Elnasser integrates international inspirations, organic ingredients, and simple Middle Eastern seasonings into a pan-Mediterranean menu. An appetizer of feta caprese puts a zippy twist on the classic italian salad, with mint standing in for basil, and tangy yogurt awaits the boulettes de damas’ cracked-wheat and meat croquettes. Moroccan flavors infuse many entrees: stewed veggies or grilled salmon bed down on fluffy couscous, and apricots stud the lamb tagine’s tomato-rich stew in accordance with North Africa’s traditional blend of sweet and savory flavors and strict prohibition against eating meals without fruit. Steaks emerge in universal bistro style, with garlic herb fries and creamy pepper or béarnaise sauces waiting to mingle with carnivorean juices. Ethereal drapes and strands of hanging lights shimmer among Cayenne Cafe’s white-cloaked tables and dark wood, and when weather permits, the sidewalk patio’s canvas umbrellas protect diners from moonburn.
Cayenne Cafe’s executive chef and co-owner, Noura Elnasser, crafts the restaurant’s tasty Mediterranean-American cuisine, and she does it with a little help from mom. Not only did Elnasser’s mother teach her much of her cooking methods, but her mother also bakes the desserts and cakes that perfectly wrap up Cayenne’s brunches, lunches, and dinners.
In its review of Cayenne Cafe, the Los Angeles Times said, “[L]ike a quirky friend who’s got a different take on things, Cayenne’s full of pleasant surprises.” Strings of glass globes dangle from the ceiling, and simple vases showcase single green stems. Inside or under the patio’s sprawling white parasols, patrons dine on spanakopita, salmon, and kebabs. The restaurant also whips up Angus-beef burgers, but often with a Mediterranean twist—the Zorba burger comes topped with feta cheese, cucumbers, and yogurt sauce in a pita.
7169 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90036