Baba ghanouj is a staple of Mediterranean culture, or more frequently, a glue for reaffixing the arms of ancient statues. Enjoy paste you can taste with this Groupon.
$15 for $30 Worth of Mediterranean Fare
The menu includes penne with spicy homemade lamb sausages ($14.95), salmon à la Marocaine with tomato, garlic, and cilantro ($18.95), tender beef tagine with olives ($19.95), and grilled half spring chickens marinated with rosemary and garlic ($15.95).
At age 14, Moroccan-born Simon Elmaleh already had a job, and it was no paper route—he was already earning his chops in the kitchen of a Mediterranean restaurant. Just two years later, he launched his 17-year career as an assistant chef on a five-star passenger cruise liner, and in 1986, he opened the first Moroccan restaurant in Japan. In 2001, he brought his decades-long passion for Mediterranean cuisine to California, where he founded Simon's Restaurant.
A Los Angeles Times writer praised the "warm atmosphere," which is decked out in rich cream-colored tones and vintage French cabaret posters. At cloth-draped tables, guests feast on traditional Moroccan tagines, spicy homemade lamb sausages, and baba ghanouj, described as "vivid—roasty and pure, whipped into a fluffy cloud of eggplant."
4515 Sepulveda Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, California 91403