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 $10, you get $20 worth of authentic Lebanese fare and drinks at Mandaloun Mediterranean Cuisine, located on the south side of Jacksonville at Deerwood Village Shopping Center.
Owned by a friendly family and festooned with flavorful fare, Mandaloun Mediterranean Cuisine concocts its fine Lebanese dining from luscious, fresh ingredients. Mouth-watering mezze (starters) top the expansive lunch menu and dinner menu. Try aromatic fattoush ($7.45) or expertly fried falafel ($6.95), or combine their appetizing powers with tabbouleh in the combo platter ($9.95) for a formidable Justice League of flavor. The red lentil soup ($2.95) is hearty and thick, preparing the digestive channel for the generous blitz of tender seasoned beef, chicken breast, and minced lamb skewers present in the mixed grill ($15.95), which arrives sidekicked by sautéed veggies and rice or salad.
A casual yet elegant vibe reverberates from the burnished-yellow walls of Mandaloun, an inviting atmosphere accented by lively music and belly dancing on weekends. Diners might spot the gracious owner circling the floor serving appetizers while the servers ensure the cheeriness and comfort of noshers.
- Having traveled around the world and coming from Middle Eastern heritage, this is hands down the BEST Mediterranean restaurant in North Florida. The food is authentic Lebanese cuisine, served just like you'd get in Beirut. – IAO, UrbanSpoon
- The service at Mandaloun was impeccable. Our waiter did an excellent job managing our large party and our baskets of pita and glasses of water were constantly replenished. – Cari S., Yelp, 7/18/10
Mandaloun Mediterranean Cuisine
Like the Phoenician traders who set out from Lebanese ports in ancient times, the Barakat family has voyaged far and wide, spreading culinary excellence across three continents since the 1930s. Founded in 2008 by Pierre Barakat, Mandaloun Mediterranean Cuisine is the latest outpost of a dynasty that includes UK restaurants run by Pierre's nephews and his father John's original eatery back in Lebanon. Family tradition finds expression in recipes honed over decades, guiding chefs as they transform fresh ingredients into Mediterranean classics from veg-friendly falafel to meaty shawarma and kebabs. Sunlight glints off outdoor tables in front during the day, and belly dancers maze between white-linen-topped tables inside on some weekend nights.