I want to check that out. I went to his buddy/Top Chef World All Star competitor Ali Ghazee’s restaurant in Amman last month and it was fantastic.
Thoroughly enjoyed my dinner here last night. They still have some issues to sort out, but this is definitely a spot I’ll head back to. Here’s what landed on our table:
Wood Roasted Matchuba
This was the perfect way to start a meal with a group, in this case of 4. All of the mezze were somewhere between good to very good with no misses at all. The pita was freshly made and came out warm and while it wasn’t bad by any means it was not my favorite pita I’ve ever had.
This is a must get if you dine here. I imagine man’oushe is like $1.50 on the streets of Lebanon, but I was had no problem paying $19 because it was absolutely delicious.
Ahi Tuna Crudo
This was straight up bad. Terrible quality of fish that honestly shouldn’t have been served. I would never have ordered this here, but others at the table wanted it.
Delicious whole fish with zhoug, jalapenos, and a charred lemon. This was a favorite at the table.
Shawarma Skirt Steak
Cooked properly, but served a touch cold. Overlooking the temp issue the steak was quite good.
Very good fries
My least favorite of the desserts, but still pretty good
I didn’t have any drinks last night, but the others at the table were happy with their on and off (cosmopolitans) menu drinks.
i had low expectations coming in, mainly because hotel restaurant, but i was pretty impressed with the food. everything was very good to great. highlights were the mezze platter, specifically the spicy hummus, muhammara, matbucha, and potatoes. also, scallops, duck, lamb and baklava. service was the only miss.
hummus - chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, olive oil
spicy hummus - hummus topped with spicy chili sambal
babaghanouj - charred eggplant, tahini, lemon, yogurt
muhammara - roasted red pepper, cilantro oil, walnuts
falafel - ground chickpeas, herbs, tahini sauce, mint, tomato
marinated olives - green and black olives, chill, lemon
garlic labneh - strained yogurt, confit garlic, pickled eggplant
wood-roasted matbucha - tomatoes, red pepper, onion, garlic
batata harra - triple cooked potatoes, garlic, cilantro, chilies
arnabit tahini - fried cauliflower, dukkah spice
grilled maine scallop - vanilla, fennel, green shatta, orange, puffed rice
octopus - potato, chorizo butter, lemon relish
roasted rainbow carrots - labneh, hot honey, za’atar
dry-aged rohan duck - honey, rose
olive crusted rack of lamb - garlic yogurt, dehydrated olives
Brings up a good topic: Best hotel food in L.A.?
Loved the duck, even though the skin got a tiny bit burnt over the grill. Octopus was good, but surprised how small the portion of octopus was considering how much scallop we got… almost makes we wonder if they upsized the scallop for our 3 person party.
Mezza platter is worth it if you have more than two people. We saw several folks get it as a pair, but I think you’ll struggle to finish much more after that. muhammara > spicy hummus > batata harra == falafel for me.