Went there for Valentine s Day with my husband. Lamb kabob was bleeding all over my mashed potatoes; asparagus was burnt to charcoal, literally. I asked the waitress to have the lamb cooked more; it came back still bloody. Sent it a third time; this time, it was charcoal with bloody insides. Salad was swimming in lemon juice and was so sour it was unpleasant to eat. I couldn t eat the meat at all, much less the charcoal asparagus, so I ate the non-bloodied portions of the (actually quite tasty) mashed potatoes and went home to have actual dinner. Waste of money and time; never ever go there unless you love bad food.
The premises look fairly simple from the outside but change completely when sitting down to dine.The soothing burnt orange walls and colorful pics of Jerusalem ceate and warm ,soothing environment.
We started our meal with a choice of north african (Tunisian) salads:marmuma, caponade,eggplant, harissa,with some Lebanese thrown in for good measure:babaganoush and hummus.All were fresh, spiced just perfect and very esthetic.Shai the chef/owner then marched out carry his special mixed grill platter containing entrecote steak, lambchops, shishlik, and chicken. All the cuts were grilled just right as per our request, medium with spices and garlic.A rice pilaf smothered in fresh cooked herbs accompanied the meat.We washed this down with some sweet malt beer.
For desert again Shai spoiled us with an extremely rich chocolate moos. I overheard him brag to one of the diners that he has a regular who drives down from Indiannapolis just for this concoction on a weekly basis.
All in all this really was for one of the most enjoyable,tastiest meals that we had in Bloomington when we were visiting our freshman son
Love the food, love the server. Falafeel was better than in arabic restaurants. Kabab , salads , everything we order was just great. Any time I come back from Michigan I'll stop there for a feast. Shaloom
I'm no expert on Mediteranean food, but this place is nice and though I don't know how to pronouce everything on the menu, I haven't had anything I didn't like yet. The kabobs are excellent, and stuffed grape leaves have a very interesting flavor. I would recommend the sampler, to try a little bit of everything.
Do you ever have a restaurant where now and again you just craaave something on the menu? For me, there are several things I get cravings for at Falafels--including their namesake menu item. These are not just the best falafels in town--they're the best falafels I've ever had--bite-sized, crunchy and spiced just right. However I also love the Shawarma chicken. What's a gal to do? Order the Shawarfel--a very generous portion of both falafel and chicken, served with asparagus and your choice of side. The rice pilaf is tasty, but I personally recommend the mashed potatoes. Believe me, these are not your grandma's spuds. There are plenty of other entrees, including two sampler platters, one vegetarian and the other featuring meats. And no matter what you want, you can add falafels or shawarma for a small additional fee. There is also an appetizer sampler, with plenty to share, but if you're feeling adventurous, try the Mama Ganoush--eggplant stuffed with feta cheese and fried. For dessert, if you have room, try some of the top baklava in Bloomington. The only downside is that the restaurant is very small and pretty claustrophobic; and the chairs are not comfortable enough to linger in for long. The service has always been friendly, if not always overly attentive. And especially during breaks, the hours can be a little difficult to discern. However, the food is well worth any small inconvenience; and the prices are reasonable. Try it and see if you're not craving something on the menu before long!
This is how one would imagine good tasted in the holy land. The best falafels in town. The best grape leaves andexcellent mint tea! Ican't rave enough about this place. There is something for everyone here. The only downside..sometimes they run out of food!
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