Found myself needing a snack in the vicinity of the Santa monica BLvd location recently and had a meal. I found the lentil soup to be terrible, almost sour, perhaps w/ too much ___ -I don't know. Of course, I was already a little disappointed when it was served with very crunchy thin pita strips on top - a texture mistake that I generally don't enjoy, but can easily look past.
The fatayer (spinach turnover) was outstanding, however. I have eaten many spinach pies from the Middle Eastern delis in Chicago, and this beauty made me forget them entirely. Baked fresh I think, served warm, with chopped olives and olive oil inside as well, a warm-hearted delight. And only a buck.
The surprise garnish plate with two kinds of olives, fresh green onion, pickled beets, those little hard yellow peppers that are everywhere in california, and mint made many flavor combinations available - the mint being the real bonus taste that the other flavors of the meal craved and played with well.
I also had the veal sandwich (can't remember the proper name now) which for only 3.75 was a fine fine friend. Not a lot of meat, but what was there was cooked red and charcoal hot and the fresh tomato and lettuce did their job. There may have been some small amounts of other vegetables in it or not, I can't quite recall because it was with the sandwich that I experiemented most with the garnish plate: green onion and mint being winners here. Definitely a very nice sandwich for that price.
In the future, I will be investigating their baked dishes. Any other tips for their menu?