Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Mezza Lebanese Restaurant

My good friend wanted to try out a Lebanese restaurant that was close to her house last night. I'm always open to trying new foods, especially when I know it's a cuisine that's already vegan- and gluten-free-friendly, so I said yes without hesitation. Since it wasn't raining, and it was somewhat warm outside, we decided to walk to the restaurant. As a result, by the time we got there, we were starving!

Mezza is located in SE Portland, on a popular street named Woodstock. It looks fairly new, although, after perusing the website, it looks like it has been around for a while.

It was a bit challenging to communicate with the waiter, but after enough hand gestures and questions, I ordered a delicious drink called Tout (which, according to this website, is a juice made from mulberries). I even got a second glass, because it was very refreshing on the muggy day and not too sweet.

After glancing at the menu and asking a few more questions, I eventually ordered the Veggie Delight (sans pita bread).

The dinner came with a lovely green salad that I gobbled up extremely quickly and finally, the actual meal came out. It was fabulous; seasonal vegetables grilled to just the right extent, served with a delicious curry, olive oil and garlic sauce.

It was reasonably-priced, if a bit on the expensive side, but the food was good, the service was quick, and the size of the meal was massive. When I return I'll be sure and try the Mejadra (lentils and rice with caramelized onions).

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