The Middle Eastern restaurant has enjoyable, healthy fare at modest prices.
1439 Grandview Ave.
Overview: Brand spankin' new Middle Eastern eatery along restaurant-fertile Grandview Avenue.
Layout: Clean appearance, quaint, frugally decorated paper over white tablecloths, fresh flowers on each table.
Menu: Essential Med-Rim fare lots of vegetarian options, hot and cold starters, soups, kebabs, salads, homemade desserts.
Thing to remember: Orders are placed at the counter, brought to table when finished. Food is prepared to order, so expect a little wait.
What to try: Lamb kebab platter (served with two sides), Greek salad ($5.65), hummus ($2.65 for a small, $5.65 for a large), chicken kebab sandwich ($5.95), fatayer (lemony spinach pie served with enjoyable three-bean salad, $3.25)
What not to try: Watery red lentil soup ($2.50), dry kefta kebab ($9.50).
Unexpected surprise: Wonderfully spicy homemade red pepper sauce that shows up in various places, such as a topping on the very good fool mudammas (fava bean spread, $2.65 for small, $5.65 for a large) and worthwhile falafel ($2.95).
Service: Nice but not entirely polished yet; a little disjointed. Kitchen seems out of synch with server staff, hopefully attributable to the restaurant's youth.
Beverages: Tea, coffee (Turkish coffee an option), pop, juice; no alcohol.
Bizarro moment: Beatles on the soundtrack, not that we're complaining.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday
Assessment: Thoroughly enjoyable, healthy fare at modest prices.