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Lebanese Kitchen Pasadena

mcmal | Jan 11, 2007 04:12 PM

So I finally went and tried this place for dinner based on all the rave reviews. I was however extremely disappointed.

They didn't even heat the cheap mass produced pita bread. It just sat there in the basket as cold as it was when they removed it from its plastic bag. I knew at that point things weren't going to get any better. The hummus was OK. The tabouleh was not bad. But the main dishes, a lamb kebab and a shwarma, were about the worst middle eastern food I've had in ages. Food was unispired, extremely salty, and the lamb was dry as a bone. The rice pilaf, which was almost as cold as the pita bread, was a joke; I'd have been better off buying a box of it at the store and making it myself. And the amount of not very good tahini poured all over the shwarma didn't mask the total lack of flavor (except the flavor of salt, did I mention the salt?)

Add to this the unpleasantly austere environment. It's like they couldn't decide if they wanted to be a hole in the wall or a decent restaurant, and so the place remains in some kind of limbo between the two. Then there was that top notch service: the waitress literally threw the food on the table (when it finally arrived) and was otherwise extremely unpleasant.

Not worth the time, not worth the money, not worth the high salt intake. Too bad, as it is within walking distance of my house. I'll pay the extra money and head out to Glendale when i want Lebanese or Armenian food.

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