Had an excellent dinner tonight at Alcazar in Encino (in Plaza de Oro). This is definitely some of the best Middle Eastern food in the L.A. area.
Started with 3 appetizers. Kibbeh Nayye, which is raw beef with onions and wheat, beaten to a paste and topped with pine nuts, this was very good and perfectly spiced. Sawdat Djej, chicken livers cooked in pomegranite sauce...really good. Also a very good fatoosh salad. For entree I had lamb chops and my brother had lamb kebobs, both very good.
Topped off with a dessert of Ashta B'Assal which is sort of a yogurt topped with honey and almonds and crushed pistachios. Then some Arak and double apple hooka. Good stuff. Highly recommend this place.