Friday, July 21, 2006

Dining in L.A.: Gaby's Mediterranean.

In June when I visited Venice Beach, one of the great places I had dinner was Gaby's Mediterranean. This is a regular dining stop for Rand and Bradley, and if I lived in this area, it would quickly become a favorite of mine too. Gaby's features middle eastern cuisine, one of my most preferred types of food, and everything I tasted was outstanding.

Meals at Gaby's start with this appetizer plate of pita bread, diced tomatoes and onions and Zaatar mixed with olive oil. If you're not familiar with Zaatar, it's a spice blend which contains sumac, thyme, sesame seeds, and sometimes salt. It's often eaten simply sprinkled on pita bread which has been brushed with olive oil. I loved this idea of mixing the zaatar with the olive oil, something I hadn't seen before.

Rand ordered Kafta Kabob, minced ground beef with parsley, onions, and spices, char broiled. This is similar to something I love to order at Cafe Med in Salt Lake. It came with Gaby's House Salad and Rice Pilaf. The pilaf was fantastic, light and fluffy and with subtle flavors of lemon. (For those who care about such things, this was Basmati rice, which has a glycemic index rating of medium. If you're a South Beach Dieter who usually sticks to Uncle Ben's Converted Rice, the lowest glycemic index white rice, go ahead and have Basmati once in a while.)


I ordered something called Vegetarian's Choice, which included hummus, Baba Ghannouj, Falafel, and Grape Leaves (dolmathes) served with Tebbouli Salad. (These are the spellings from Gaby's menu.) Everything was delicious, and I ate it with lots and lots and lots of their warm pita bread, definitely not a South Beach Diet food, but I was on vacation!

Another time I visit Gaby's I'd like to try the Zaatar Pizza, described as grilled pita bread topped with zaatar, feta cheese, and chopped tomatoes. I think this sounds like a great combination; maybe I'll try making it at home with whole wheat pita. Another favorite of mine that I noticed on their menu is Moujadara (I would spell it mujadarah), which is lentils and rice with carmelized onions. Can you tell that I think Gaby's menu looks amazing? Well, don't just take my word for it. Sarah from The Delicious Life, who writes some of the most interesting restaurant reviews on the web, also raved about Gabys, and Sarah visited the Marina Del Rey Gaby's too. Check out Sarah's reviews, and next time you're in L.A. stop by Gaby's for a great Mediterranean meal.

Gaby's Mediterranean
10445 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90034
310-559-1808




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6 comments:

  1. Ooooh Pim and Arianna in one place? Sounds like fun. I loved Pim's piece on the Truffle Man.

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  2. How i wish i could be there!

    I'm looking forward to reading about this. Sounds really exciting. Have fun Kalyn [but i'm already sure you will!].

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  3. Oh, I like your vegetarian plate. It's looks so healthy and yummy.

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  4. Steven, I missed that piece on Pim's blog. I'll have to look for it. I'm very excited to see Arianna.

    Mae, I promise I will have as much fun as I possibly can.

    Sher, face it, we're the same person in two different bodies when it comes to food preferences. I don't think you've ever posted a recipe that I didn't think looked good!

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  5. i live practically right around the corner and i've never been to gaby's! [sound of door slamming and car starting]

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  6. Maltese Parakeet, you must go there immediately. You will not regret it!

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