Restaurants & Bars 10

Jerusalem, Denver

withalonge | Jan 29, 200810:30 AM

near DU campus, this place has gotten mixed reviews... thought I'd throw in my two cents.

I was on my own for lunch for once, and was happy to be able to try something new (my usual crowd are spicy pickle fans.. I'm not complaining, but there is definitely more to life than the spicy pickle).

I ordered the veggie "sample" platter.... The hummus had excellent texture, but was really salty... it wasn't bad when other items were added in a pita, but plain it was just too much for me. It was very creamy and tangy otherwise. The falafel... while nice and crispy outside were very leaden (and cold) inside. I wondered if they were pre-cooked and then thrown in the deep fryer again to warm them up. The rice, had good flavor but was a bit dry... dolmas were very oily, I couldn't get past the oily-ness to get a feel for how they tasted. the tabouleh was the best thing on the plate... the fatoush was very oily as well, though when mixed with the rice it kind of balanced out. The babaghanouj, was very smooth.... I prefer it a little chunkier... but aside from that it was oddly sweet... I enjoyed it, but the sweetness was a bit cloying. I opted not to get the french fries with my meal... it was more than enough food without them... they gave me extra fatoush as a substitute (btw... they'll sub anything on the menu for you, you just have to ask).

the service was a little slow, but very friendly... and the place was packed! a couple people near me had what looked like tasty gyro's... and other meat dishes, I might return to try some of those... but would avoid the veg sampler next time. wish i'd had a lunch companion so we could have tried both. has anyone had the kibbeh? I was surprised they didn't have more lamb dishes. all in all, I'm not in a rush to get back there... but I'm still curious about the meat dishes. anyone have any input? also, I forgot to ask if they make turkish coffee? and was too stuffed to eat any desserts.... has anyone tried them? or should I just try the pita jungle next time I'm at DU?

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