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Carousel Restaurant


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Carousel Restaurant

Tom Armitage | May 4, 2001 04:55 PM

There have been a handful of previous posts on the Los Angeles board about the Armenian/Lebanese restaurant, Carousel, located in a mini-mall on Hollywood Blvd. just west of Normandie (5112 Hollywood Blvd.). I’ll add my accolades to those of the previous posters. I had an absolutely wonderful dinner there last night. The mezes were all delicious. In addition to individually ordered mezes, you will be given a large platter with olives, cucumber slices, scallions, jalapeno, mint, feta cheese, and turnip pickles to nibble on. The muhammara, a spicy dip made with crushed walnuts, red pepper paste, and pomegranate juice, was to die for. Pure ambrosia. Also wonderful were the maaneh, small, juicy, highly flavored Lebanese sausages, and the mousakka, eggplant with onions, tomatoes, chickpeas, and green peppers. The cabbage salad was wonderfully crisp and crunchy with a tangy, lemony dressing. The lamb and beef kebabs were fine, though nothing exceptional. I preferred the more highly seasoned lula kebab. For desert, I had Ash El Sarayya, a honeycake with rosewater, topped with thick cream and crushed pistachios. A demitasse of Armenian coffee completed the experience. With the exception of the beef and lamb kabobs, which were just fine but nothing special, all the other dishes drew “oohs” and “aahs” reflecting the pure, unadulterated pleasure they induced. Highly recommended.

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